Wendover Woods - Cholesbury

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There are good facilities at the start, with a café, play area and public toilets. Wendover Woods is set high in the Chiltern Hills. The walk starts through mixed conifer and broadleaf woodland but soon enters open fields with great views at various points. There are good paths across farmland, but in some short sections the terrain can be muddy after heavy rain. The walk crosses the Iron Age fort of Cholesbury, where there is a fine pub with good ales, a wide choice of food and a pleasant garden. The pub is at the halfway point. Later there are more woodlands to cross and for a short while, we use the Ridgeway Path. The route then descends through woods by a sunken path before re-entering Wendover Woods. Here there is a steady climb back to the start, with benches at viewpoints. A hide is positioned to give a rare glimpse of the firecrest, which inhabits the area between April and September. This tiny bird is just 3½ inches long. It has an orange head and flits between the evergreen trees. The café welcomes you at the finish with teas and cakes.

England - Central England - Buckinghamshire - Chilterns

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
10/03/2007 - Robert Wright

Dear John. Thank you for taking the trouble to point this out. Knowing the walk well, as the road becomes a track and continues for some distance through the woods, I presume there was no danger and you managed to continue the walk without further incident. It would have been such a shame if you had to abandon at that point. I have done this walk a number of times with friends, and it must be my absolute favourite of all country walks I have done. Best wishes, Robert Wright

05/03/2007 - John Ford

Did this walk on March 5th, 2007. Thoroughly enjoyable though very muddy. About half a mile down the track that leads on from Browns Lane, the path is blocked for resurfacing. We phoned the council and they said we could clamber over the barriers and proceed at our own risk if we wanted to - but worth knowing that this might be an issue until June 2007 judging by the lack of progress to date.

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