Loosley Row - Grim's Ditch - Great and Little Hampden

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The Chilterns offer a good mix of short sharp rises, gentle well-marked paths, rolling panoramas, woodland tracks and multiple-route options if conditions change during a day's walk. This walk takes in a bit of everything and passes close to several villages, pubs and other stopping-points, while avoiding long stretches of road-walking. I saw a couple of muntjac deer en route and the renowned Chilterns red kites are a not uncommon sight. I started the walk at its westernmost point, but this circuit could be started at several different places, which may increase opportunities for short cuts and alternatives.

England - Central England - Buckinghamshire - Chilterns


Ancient Monument, Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Stately Home, Wildlife, Woodland
2/19/2021 - Neil Packham

For an alternative shorter walk of 5.7 miles, go straight on at WM17 and take the footpath just before the church to cross a narrow lane and eventually meet the road. Over the crossroads, turn right (by the bus stop sign) and walk down the right hand perimeter of Hampden Common, down through the woods to turn right at the road and pick up the route again at WM45. An enjoyable walk but be aware that the ground conditions make it relentlessly muddy in winter!

10/19/2010 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thanks to Adrian Perkins for updating the missing photos in this walk.

5/3/2009 - Roy Walker

2 may 2009. This walk is even better in the height of the blubell season. We too were lucky enough to see a muntjac and several red kites, one pair even performed an aerial ballet right over our heads. Roy & Jo Walker

5/13/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated May 2008.

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