Walking

Walking trail

The Best of Coombe Hill walk

Walking trail

This gentle circular stroll takes in the best Coombe Hill has to offer from incredible views across the Aylesbury Vale to rare chalk grassland filled with wild flowers and butterflies during summer months. It's just as exciting in the winter if you're after a windy walk to blow away the cobwebs.

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

Top of Coombe Hill in Buckinghamshire

Map

The Best of Coombe Hill walk map

Start:

Near car park, grid ref: SP851062

1

Go to the stone track just the other side of the picnic area next to the car park and start walking along the track with the picnic area fence on your right Look out for the orange waymarkers along the route and follow these.

2

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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A Natural Play Trail, fun for all ages.

3

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

4

You have now reached the highest view point in the Chilterns, 260m above sea level. Take a moment to look at the toposcope which will explain what you can see in the landscape. When you are ready to move on, turn your back to the view and look for 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.

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Coombe Hill monument on a cold autumns morning

5

You will reach a slight rise in the path which gives you a fantastic moment to stop and admire Chequers, the Prime Minister's country retreat. It is the large house 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.

6

You will see along your right hand side a fantastic example of chalk grassland. Continue along the path until you meet a fence at the end.

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Ant Hills standing out after summer grazing on 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

You have reached the end of the trail and are back at the start, well done. Now time for that go on the natural play trail.

End:

Near car park, grid ref: SP851062

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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 close control are welcome as the site is grazed 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.