Combe Hill and Chequers Circular Walk
Map Sheets 1:25,000 OS Explorer Series – Sheet 181 – Chiltern Hills North
A fairly short walk passing through woods and farmland in the early part, before moving on to the real highlights by walking around the edge of the Chequers Estate with good views of the Prime Minister’s country residence. After passing through more woods we reach the delightful church at Ellesborough and end on Coombe Hill, the highest viewpoint of the Chilterns with outstanding views all round. Park at public car park near Coombe Hill monument. GR 851062. This can be reached from the B4010 Princess Risborough to Wendover road via Great Kimble and Ellesborough to Butlers Cross. At Butlers Cross take the narrow road leading southwards and after about one mile turn sharp left and this leads to a car park. Parking is free.
Start from GR 851062 from the car park walk towards the road and turn left at the signpost into the woods passing the National Trust “Low Scrubs” sign. Follow FP to Dunsmore Old Farm and on to GR859050. Through Goodmerhill Wood on the South Bucks Way to GR 846049 passing Chequers and along the margin of Maple Wood and onto Whorley Wood followed by Beacon Hill to the church at Ellesborough GR 836067. Follow the Aylesbury Ring in the direction of Butlers Cross to GR 846075. Turn right and walk up the field and across the golf course. Follow the left fork signposted Coombe Hill. The climb is steep and the summit is 260 metres (852ft) . Finish.
Getting to Butlers Cross from Aylesbury – (Approximately 4.9 miles) Follow road A413 to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, follow the B4443 onto Mandeville Road. Follow the Risborough Road A4010.Take Nash Lee Road B4009. Turn right onto Chalkshire Road, and turn left onto Missenden Road. See notes above for directions to car park.
Getting to Butlers Cross from Oxford : (Approximately 26.6 miles) Take A40 in the direction of Thame and then A418 signposted Aylesbury onto A4129 signed for Princess Risborough. Follow A4129 onto Lower Icknield Way B4009. Continue onto Grove Lane, turn right onto Aylesbury Road/ Station Road A4010. Slight left towards Ellesborough Road, Turn right onto Missenden Road. See notes above for directions to car park.
Ridgeway and Vale Expeditions Walkers’ Code
- Walks will normally take place on the second Sunday in the month. In some months, where there is an overriding event, the day may be changed.
- It helps the Organiser to know who is intending to turn up. Please make contact beforehand.
- Grades of Walk are – Leisurely, Moderate, and Strenuous. If you are new to the group and to walking, start with a walk graded “Leisurely”, and build up.
- Walkers are reminded that they attend walks at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. Make sure you bring the appropriate gear for the conditions and adequate food and drink. Also make sure you have your medication and blood sugar meter handy. Especially on long walks, carry emergency provisions.
- A First Aid kit and additional glucose will be carried by an experienced member of the group. Please check your blood sugar at intervals on a walk.
- Follow the Country Code. Respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. Take home your rubbish and bury any human waste.
- Walks Leaders are responsible for keeping the group together and path finding. Please do not go ahead of the Leader. Always inform the Leader or back marker if you wish to leave the walk, however briefly. Always inform the Leader if you are feeling hypoglaecemic or if you believe another member of the group’s blood sugar is low.
- On public roads, take great care to walk in single file, facing oncoming traffic unless advised to do otherwise by the Leader.
- Dogs will be allowed on walks at the discretion of the Leader. Please keep them on leads when there is stock about or on roads.
- Remove or cover up muddy boots when entering a pub or tearoom. Do not consume your own food or drink on the premises, including the garden without permission. (If you enter a pub to use the toilet, buy a drink.)