Wendover Circular via The Lee and Swan Bottom walk
Along the Ridgeway through the Chiltern Hills and through many splendid woodlands, a conservation village and idyllic Lee Common
20.0 km (12.4 mi) with 401m ascent/descent
|Maps||Explorer 181 and 172 (only for the Great Missenden ending), Landranger 165|
6 out of 10
This walk combines some of the finest elements of the Chiltern Hills, while having very little overlap with other walks in the area. After leaving Wendover in a south easterly direction on the Ridgeway the walk rises into woods, which are rich in Bluebells in springtime. It then passes along fields to get to the picturesque green in The Lee, a conservation area village. From there it continues through woodland and the beautiful Lee Common to a 16th century lunch pub at Swan Bottom. After crossing some more fields, the afternoon section then leads entirely through woods right up to the outskirts of Wendover: it re-joins the Ridgeway for a while and then descends steeply off the escarpment down an ancient Holloway. Only to rise again, on forest tracks with some magnificent panoramic views , until getting to the highest point of the walk in the middle of Wendover Woods. From there the route to Wendover meanders through the woods, passing a wildlife hide and an ancient hill-fort site, before descending steeply to the plains.
Shortcuts: It is possible to shorten the walk in three ways, shortcuts II and III are mutually exclusive;
Alternative Ending: You may vary the afternoon of the walk and finish in Great Missenden (adds 1.4 km). This version is also rated 6/10 (but only 4/10 if using Shortcut I).
Trains go from Marylebone station, on a half-hourly service (hourly on Sundays), journey time 48 minutes. There is a large car park at the station. Great Missenden (an alternative ending) is on the same line, one stop closer to London.
The Cock and Rabbit Inn/Graziemille Restaurant, The Lee, Buckinghamshire, HP16 9LZ (01494 837 540). Food served all day Fri-Sat and 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-23.00 Tue-Thu and Sun. Located 7.3 km (4.6 mi) from the start of the walk, this pub cum Italian Restaurant has been under its current management since the mid-80s.
Great Missenden Ending
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
Nov-20 Thomas G
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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk