A short'ish circular walk from Chinnor in Oxfordshire.
Walking out to Bledlow from Chinnor and back via nice paths and includes part of The Ridgeway/Icknield Way and Swans Way.
This pleasant walk has only one sort of climb and probably takes around 90 minutes or so therefore is ideal for a bit of exercise if time is a bit short and/or without having to walk too far. Sectionos of this walk can be very muddy therefore walking boots are a good idea as opposed to perhaps flip-flops. Parking is available on a small section of The Ridgeway where the Trail passes through Chinnor - as you leave Chinnor heading up Chinnor Hill towards Bledlow Ridge and turn left onto The Ridgeway (this is roughly near to map reference OX39 4ER) - generally there is plenty of room unless a
local football match is being played. Walking away from the road follow The Ridgeway for a few 100 yards and then take the first track on the left which goes off at right-angles downhill back towards Chinnor - then when nearly at the bottom of the track take the first right - which starts as a narrow track and soon becomes a path. This goes straight across a wide field - the railway line (used for steam train rides from time to time) follows the path below on the left and Bledlow Great Wood is high up to the right. The path
comes out on a narrow road at Lower Wainhill - turn right and then take the first marked path which goes left into a small farm. Go ahead towards the barn and on the right of it there is a usually very mucky style - follow this passing a well on the right across the field to a pair of styles - take the right hand style.
This goes between fences to a tall hedgerow - follow on now bearing right across another field to reach a track (Swans Way). Go left heading towards Bledlow - where the track turns right leave it by the path which goes straight ahead - this takes
you to the village of Church End just by The Lions of Bledlow Public House. Pass in front of the Pub and walk along the road to perhaps take a look at Bledlow's really lovely old Holy Trinity Church. Also of interest is just beyond the church and opposite The Manor House there is a small gate on the left which takes you into a water garden (Lyde Garden) - the always open garden is free to enter and really picturesque especially in The Spring.
From the garden head back towards the Pub but around halfway look for a path going off between
houses on the left (this is opposite "Piggots" buildings). This takes you up alongside a couple of fields to reach a track. Turn right and continue easily upwards - soon the track is joined up withThe Ridgeway Trail which comes in from the left. Shortly after this the track arrives at a junction - keep ahead going further into woods and stay on this as the route undulates and eventually arrives back at a track junction with the Swans Way. There are several paths and tracks here - pass in front of the house and take the
second path on the left (i.e. The Ridgeway). This stays more or less flat for a while and then has only small undulations - eventually arriving back at the start point..
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