The Best of Coombe Hill walk

Walking trail

This gentle circular stroll takes in the best Coombe Hill and has much to offer, from panoramic views across the Aylesbury Vale and Chequers, the country retreat for the serving Prime Minister. You will also see rare chalk grassland filled with wildflowers and butterflies during summer months. In the winter, this is the ideal walk if you are seeking some fresh air to blow away the cobwebs.

The walk is way-marked with orange arrows mounted on wooden posts at all major changes in direction.

Map

The Best of Coombe Hill walk map

Start:

Near car park, grid ref: SP851062

1

As you enter the car park, you will see an information board and a picnic area on the left. Follow the path that runs along the right side of the picnic area to reach a gate and a crossing gravel track. Turn right onto the track. Follow the track, with a fence on your right. Look out for the orange way-markers along the route and follow these.

2

About 60m after the picnic area you will see an entrance to the Natural Play Trail on your right hand side. You can either have a go now or come back at the end of the walk. Continue along the stone track with the fence on your right.

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Natural play trail at Coombe Hill

3

Follow the gravel track around to the left in the direction of the finger post. Soon, panoramic views over the Aylesbury Vale open up on your right. Continue along the track until you reach the monument.

The path to the monument at Coombe Hill

4

As you reach the Boer War Monument, you have reached the highest view point in the Chilterns, 260m above sea level. On a clear day you can see Aylesbury and the National Trust’s Waddesdon Manor perched on a distant hill. When you are ready to move on, turn your back to the view of Aylesbury and walk towards an orange waymarking disc on your right just in front of some bushes. You are now on the Ridgeway National Trail and the path turns from stone into a well-worn grassy/flinty track. Warning: this path can be very slippery after heavy rain or in icy conditions.

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Coombe Hill in Buckinghamshire

5

You will reach a slight rise in the path which gives you a moment to view Chequers, the Prime Minister's country retreat. It is the large house party hidden in the trees at a 1 o'clock direction to your path ahead. In the distance, just above Chequers, you can see Pulpit Hill which is another National Trust property. Carry on along the path following the orange arrows

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Chequers from Coombe Hill

6

You will see along your right hand side an excellent example of rare chalk grassland with its numerous mound-shaped anthills. Continue along the path until you meet a fence at the end.

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Chalk grassland at Coombe Hill

7

Once you reach the fence line at the end of the path, turn left up a slight incline. Ignore the kissing gate on your right, this is where you leave the Ridgeway path behind. Keep going straight on weaving through trees and bushes roughly parallel to the fence on your right. The orange waymarking disc on your right hand side will keep you on track.

8

At the large gate turn left past the picnic area and then turn right to re-join the path back to the car park. If you haven’t done so already, why not have a go on the natural play trail.

End:

Near car park, grid ref: SP851062

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The Best of Coombe Hill walk

Terrain

The first half of the walk is on an even stone path all the way to the monument. After this the path follows part of the Ridgeway, a well worn grassy track with some undulations that can become slippy in bad weather. Dogs under very close control are welcome as the site is grazed by cattle throughout the summer months.

The Best of Coombe Hill walk

Contact us

The Best of Coombe Hill walk

How to get here

Address
Coombe Hill, Nr Butlers Cross, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
By train

The nearest train station is a 1.5 mile walk away at Wendover on the Chiltern Railways line. From here, follow signs for the Ridgeway. Walk over Bacombe Hill to get to Coombe Hill. You will come out at the monument, half way round the trail.

By road

Coombe Hill is in the heart of the Chiltern Hills, 3 miles drive west of Wendover and 5 miles drive east of Princes Risborough. From Princes Risborough head east towards Ellesborough. Carry on to Butlers Cross then turn right onto the Missenden Road. From Wendover head west towards Butlers Cross and turn left onto the Missenden Road. Drive for 2 miles up the hill until you reach the peak where you need to turn left up Lodge Hill. Drive for 1 mile up Lodge Hill until you reach the car park in front of you on a tight right hand bend.

By foot

Coombe Hill is on the Ridgeway long distance footpath. Please see OS map 181 for the appropriate section.

By bus

Nearest bust stop is opposite the Russell Arms Pub at Butlers cross, redline route 321. From here, cross onto Missenden road and walk 0.6 miles along the pavement, past the guide centre until you reach a bridleway sign on your left. Follow this onto Coombe Hill and either take the steep path in front of you to the top or turn left and zigzag up the side slope. Please note these routes are very steep and uneven.

By bicycle

Coombe Hill is on the 170 mile circular Chilterns Cycleway. Please note that no cycling is allowed on the trail but bikes can be pushed.

The Best of Coombe Hill walk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking
  • Picnic area
  • Natural play trail
  • Several benches along the walking trail
  • No toilets on site. Nearest public toilets are in Wendover