Coombe Hill Walk
Climb to the 260 m (850 ft) summit of this lovely hill in the Chilterns. Coombe Hill is the highest viewpoint in the Chiltern Hills and commands wonderful views over Aylesbury Vale and the Cotswolds.
This circular walk starts in Wendover, near the train station, and follows the Ridgeway long distance trail to the summit. It's a nice, grassy footpath taking you over the delightful Bacombe Hill. There's a series of nice woodland paths and the area is also a nature reserve so look out for pretty wildflowers and over 20 species of butterfly. The summit is a special place with the iconic Coombe Hill Monument. It was erected in 1904 in memory of 148 men from Buckinghamshire who died during the Second Boer War. As well as the great views over the Chilterns AONB you can also see Chequers, the country home of the Prime Minister from the summit.
From the summit you descend on more nice woodland paths to Dunsmore and then back into Wendover.
You could also visit the hill from the south by climbing from nearby Princes Risborough along the Ridgeway. Our walk starts from the town's train station and visits the attractive nature reserves at Pulpit Hill and Whiteleaf Hill on the way.
To extend your walking in the area you can pick up the Wendover Canal Arm of the Grand Union Canal. It starts in the town and heads to the nearby Weston Turville Reservoir, Tring Reservoirs and Bulbourne.
Also of interest is Wendover Woods where there's miles of good walking and cycling trails to be found. In the woods you can also enjoy a climb to the summit of Haddington Hill, the highest point in the Chilterns.
PostcodeHP17 0UR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Coombe Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Coombe Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Coombe Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Coombe Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Russell Arms is conveniently located a stone's throw from the hill in Butler's Cross. The historic pub was originally an 18th century coach house. Its name dates back to the family that once owned Chequers (approximately 1 mile away) and the pub itself was where many of the staff that worked at Chequers lived. The inn has an extensive menu and a nice outdoor seating area for warmer days. You can find it about 100 metres north of the hill at 2 Chalkshire Roadd, Butlers Cross with a postcode of HP17 0TS for your sat navs.
The hill and the surrounding woods are ideal for a dog walk. The Russell Arms pub mentioned above also welcomes dogs, providing water and dog biscuits for your thirsty friend.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
This route is accessible by public transport from Wendover train station. The station is on the London Marylebone — Aylesbury line and is served by Chiltern Railways trains. It is located between Great Missenden and Stoke Mandeville stations.
It's quite quick and easy to reach the town from the capital. At peak times there are up to four trains per hour towards London in the morning, and returning from London (towards Aylesbury) in the evening. Some of these are express services, which skip the stops shared with the Metropolitan line nearer to London. The journey time is only about 50 minutes and 40 minutes for express trains so it makes for a nice day trip for London. Journeys to nearby Aylesbury take about 10 minutes.