Wendover Woods - County Top Walk

Sunday 22nd July 2012

Following a trip to the Test match at the Oval and a weekend in Windsor as the weather forecast was for a good day we decided to fit in a walk before we headed back up the motorway and home. This walk in the Chilterns offered us the opportunity to explore part of the Chilterns whilst also taking in two county tops.

Start: Wendover Woods car park (SP 8888 0897)

Route: Wendover Woods - Haddington Hill (CT) - Aston Hill (TP) - Buckland Hoo - Fox Lane - Pavis Wood (CT) - Ridgeway - Wendover Woods

Distance: 6.25 miles     Ascent: 222 metres      Time Taken: 3 hours

Terrain: Good paths.

Weather: Hot

Pub Visited: The George and Dragon, Wendover    Ale Drunk: Fullers London Pride

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Wendover Woods

We parked the car by a very busy picnic spot where people were busy cooking on barbecues, but within a few minutes of leaving the car park we were by ourselves.

Haddington Hill

Following the signs we soon found the stone that marked the top of Haddington Hill, the county top of Buckinghamshire.

As the signs and the plaque also shows this is also the highest point of the Chilterns, unfortunately there were no views of the surrounding area.

Aston Hill

As we headed out of Wendover Woods I spotted this trig point in the field next to the footpath we were following. Fortunately there was also a footpath across the field so I was able to legally gain access to it.

Vale of Aylesbury

As we left Buckland Hoo we finally got some views of something other than trees. Here looking across the very flat Vale of Aylesbury.

Ivinghoe Beacon

Also in view was the ridge that takes in the distant Ivinghoe Beacon.

Pavis Wood

Heading around the edge of a field we get our first view of Pavis Wood.

Fox Lane

Fox Lane soon turned into a bit of a squelchy experience, a result of the very wet summer we have been enjoying.

Hertfordshire's county top

We briefly exited Pavis Wood to visit the corner of the road that marks the county top of Hertfordshire.


Back into Pavis Wood and we are now on the Ridgeway.

No chance of getting lost with this many signs to keep you heading in the right direction.

Wendover Woods

Heading back into Wendover Woods and we know that away to our left there are some good views, but the trees keep obscuring them.

Wendover Woods

Just before we reach the car park we come across a clearing with a view that probably takes in the other end of Wendover Woods.


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