GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Coombe Hill Walk

5 miles (8 km)

Climb to the 260m (850ft) 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 theSecond Boer War. As well as the great views over the Chilterns AONB you can also seeChequers, 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.


HP17 0UR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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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.

Dog Walking

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 theLondon Marylebone — Aylesbury lineand is served byChiltern Railwaystrains. It is located betweenGreat MissendenandStoke Mandevillestations.
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.


Ridgeway climbing Coombe Hill - - 580117

Ridgeway climbing Coombe Hill. Pleasant climb through woodland - pity about the weather.

Boer War Memorial on Coombe Hill - - 8100

Boer War Memorial on Coombe Hill. The memorial was unveiled in 1904, in memory of the men from Buckinghamshire who had died in the Boer War. Standing some 843 feet (257 metres) above sea level (about 10 feet/3 metres lower than the summit of the hill) on the edge of the Chiltern escarpment, it can be seen from a great distance

Butlers Cross, Russell Arms

Butlers Cross, The Russell Arms pub. A nice place to visit after your walk

The path up Bacombe Hill - - 649014

The path up Bacombe Hill Nature Reserve

Three layers of trees - - 163437

Three layers of trees. This view was taken from the Ellesborough Road. There is a row of quite short trees along the field boundary, behind that is a copse or small wood, then rising behind this is the densely wooded continuous scarp of the Chilterns between Bacombe and Coombe Hills.

The path up Bacombe Hill - - 649014

A nice grassy footpath on Bacombe Hill

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Coombe Hill.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)