Coombe Hill from Wendover

An easy Chiltern walk that rewards your efforts with some fine views across the Chiltern escarpment and across the Vale of Aylesbury. The paths and bridleways are generally clearly signed.

Technical sheet
No. 293325
A Wendover walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 30/01/17
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h05[?]
Distance Distance : 5.96km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 124m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 126m
Highest point Highest point : 258m
Lowest point Lowest point : 132m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Chiltern Hills
Location Location : Wendover
Starting point Starting point : N 51.761921° / W 0.744442°
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Spring is a Beautiful Time to Hike the Chilterns


(D/A) If arriving by car, start from the car park in Wendover (grid ref SP868077). Exit the car park and turn left up the High Street and go straight on to pass Station Approach on the right and over the A413. If arriving by train (regular services from Marylebone), turn right out of the booking hall, go up Station Approach and at the main road turn right and cross over the railway and the A413.

(1) Just after crossing the A413 take the first footpath on the left. Entering a field take the path heading half right which leads to a lane. Turn right up the lane and take the first signed path on the left between houses. Walk half right across the first field. Do not go over the stile, instead turn right through the gate (grid ref. SP865068). Follow this bridleway uphill for about 800 metres to reach a T-junction with a bridleway (grid ref. SP858059).

(2) Turn right, soon crossing a private driveway. The path divides. Take the right hand path (a signed footpath) and after 150 metres turn left at a waymarked post into woodland. Continue until you reach a T-junction of paths with a waymark (grid ref. SP854060). Turn right here and walk for just over 200 metres to reach another footpath waymark (grid ref. SP853062). Turn left here and walk through the wood to exit at the National Trust carpark.

(3) Continue straight ahead through a wooden gate and follow the left-hand path. The path begins to descend. At this point turn right onto the Ridgeway national trail. You soon are able to enjoy some wonderful views to Chequers (below on your left) and the Vale of Aylesbury. Reaching the monument on Coombe Hill the panorama improves with Wendover Woods also coming into view.

(4) Careful navigation is needed leaving the summit area of Coombe Hill. There is a very inviting clear gravel path, which leads back to the National Trust car park. Ignore this and take the waymarked Ridgeway across grass. This provides a gradual descent towards Wendover with a number of paths providing alternative routes over Bacombe Hill. Reaching the road (grid ref. SP863074), continue straight ahead descending past cottages and houses on your left to cross the A413. Turn left for the station or continue ahead to reach the car park, which is off to your right by the Library(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 134m
1 : km 0.21 - alt. 141m - A413
2 : km 2.24 - alt. 247m - Turn right
3 : km 3.12 - alt. 255m - National Trust car park
4 : km 3.72 - alt. 250m - Summit Coombe Hill
D/A : km 5.96 - alt. 132m

Useful Information

A short Chilterns walk that offers some wonderful views without too much effort. The route uses generally well-marked footpaths and bridleways.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.83/5
Number of opinions : 6
Description quality : 3.5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Mon 26 Apr 2021 09:41:37 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 24/04/21
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

I enjoyed this walk even though I got lost due to THE CURSE OF HS2. Thrown off track at the very beginning because of being forced to go all the way around a field by the restrictions imposed by HS2 works. When three quarters of the way around this field the gate was locked so had to climb over a fence and then started to climb to enter into a wood opposite a Nature Reserve. Instead of entering the reserve I decided to climb up the wide bridle path thinking that I might come to the T-junction mentioned in the instructions but after a mile I gave up on the T junction because I saw a sign to Coombe Hill so I headed straight for the panoramic views. Lovely. The instructions were very clear to find my way back to Wendover. On reaching the road leading to the station I found it very sad to walk past some lovely cottages which had been boarded up before being demolished to make way for HS2 and could not help wishing that the HS2 route should be redirected to plough through Chequers (the PM's country pile which you can see from Coombe Hill) to convince our politicians that this new railway is an abominable project. This is not the first time that a walk has been disrupted by construction work for HS2 in the beautiful Chilterns. However, overall it was a lovely morning's ramble.

on Mon 30 Nov 2020 13:17:19 CET

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 29/11/20
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Average

A very easy walk to follow, however, as soon as you cross the main road and turn left at the first footpath you are presented with a new pre built housing estate with the route being directed around the field rather than across.

Its not a major problem but something to be aware of.

on Mon 02 Sep 2019 10:19:29 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 31/08/19
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Description got confusing half way through - ended up in Bacombe Hill Nature Reserve and using google maps for the loop back to Wendover!

on Thu 02 May 2019 17:09:22 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 02/05/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

This short walk is easily accessible by rail from London. It was beautiful on a partly sunny spring day. Dry paths, good footing, lovely wildflowers and a very nice view at the top of the hill. The description is excellent and easy to follow.

One note: your Oyster card is not valid all the way to Wendover; buy a separate return ticket before departing Marylebone station.

on Mon 15 Apr 2019 09:29:19 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 15/04/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

This walk provides stunning views and a variety of open country and woodland. On the day I walked it was very dry underfoot and with plenty of sunshine.

on Mon 03 Sep 2018 12:50:11 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 03/09/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Worth the walk for the view alone.

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