GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Princes Risborough Walks

11 miles (17 km)

This Buckinghamshire based town is in a great location for exploring the beautiful Chiltern Hills AONB.
This walk from the town's train station takes you to some of the highlights of the area. You'll climb to Coombe Hill, Pulpit Hill and Whiteleaf Hill with some fabulous views over the surrounding countryside to enjoy on the way. You'll also pass Chequers, the country house retreat of the Prime Minister.
The walk starts from the train station where you can pick up The Ridgeway National Trail. The waymarked path will take you up to Whiteleaf Hill, a local nature reserve. The hill has five scheduled ancient monuments, including some dating to theNeolithicandBronze Agesand theWhiteleaf Cross, a chalk carving thought to date to the eighteenth century. There's also attractive woodland and lots of butterflies to look out for in the summer months.
From here it's a short walk to Pulpit Hill which is another notable area in this part of the Chilterns. The area is run by the National Trust and includes more beech woodland, a Bronze age hill fort and lots of interesting flora and fauna.
After exploring the site the route continues east passing Chequers. There's been house on the site since the 12th century and once housed a royal prisoner, Lady Mary Grey, the younger sister of Lady Jane Grey and granddaughter of King Henry VII. It also contains one of the country’s largest collections of art and memorabilia about Oliver Cromwell.
After passing the house the route bends round to the north to climb Coombe Hill. The popular hill is the highest viewpoint in the Chiltern Hills and commands wonderful views over Aylesbury Vale and the Cotswolds. The summit also includes the iconic Coombe Hill Monument. It was erected in 1904 in memory of 148 men from Buckinghamshire who died during theSecond Boer War. There's also more nice views down to Chequers from here.
The walk then returns to the train station using the same paths.
You can extend the walk by continuing along the Ridgeway to Wendover where you can visit Wendover Woods. Three other long distance trails also pass very close to the town. You can pick up the Aylesbury Ring, North Bucks Way and the Midshires Way to further explore the area on waymarked paths.

Princes Risborough OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Princes Risborough Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Princes Risborough

  • Pulpit Hill and Whiteleaf Hill - This circular walk from Princes Risborough makes use of a section of a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/the-ridgeway-walking-route'>The Ridgeway to visit Pulpit Hill and Whiteleaf Hill
  • Coombe Hill - Climb to the 260m (850ft) summit of this lovely hill in the Chilterns
  • The Ridgeway - Step back in time on this wonderful 85 mile route which follows an ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man The trail starts at Overton Hill in Wiltshire on the edge of the Marlborough Downs and heads east through the Chiltern Hills to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire
  • Wendover Woods - Enjoy miles of great cycling and walking trails in this large forest in Buckinghamshire
  • Aylesbury Ring - This circular walk takes you on a tour of the Aylesbury Vale
  • North Bucks Way - This long distance walk through Buckinghamshire visits a number of pretty villages and takes you though the beautiful countryside of the Vale of Aylesbury
  • Midshires Way - This route follows public bridleways and quiet country lanes through Middle England, from Bledlow, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, to Stockport in Greater Manchester

Photos

Coombe Hill Monument 2

Coombe Hill Monument

The Ridgeway on Whiteleaf Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1458761

The Ridgeway on Whiteleaf Hill

Woods below Pulpit Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1472423

Woods below Pulpit Hill

Chequers and Coombe Hill Boer War Memorial - geograph.org.uk - 10025

Chequers and Coombe Hill Boer War Memorial

GPS Files

GPX File

Princes Risborough.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Princes Risborough.mmo (right click - 'Save As')