The Fox and Hounds - Route 3

A medium length walk with some steep climbs through woods.

Technical sheet
No. 4668546
A Watlington walk posted on 22/01/21 by The Brakspear Pub Trails. Update : 22/01/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 8.66km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 142m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 142m
Highest point Highest point : 247m
Lowest point Lowest point : 124m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Chiltern Hills
Location Location : Watlington
Starting point Starting point : N 51.632972° / W 0.969075°
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Description

(D/A) Leave the pub car park and turn left along the road. Just beyond the T junction you will see a path on the right hand side of the road bearing to the left, follow this grassy path between two fences. As you approach a hedge, the path bears round to the right and at the next path junction turn left between two hedges. This path goes right past a house and its garages before becoming a track. Follow the track until you see a path going to the right into the woods.

(1) Follow this path which leads through a mixed woodland with some ancient coppiced oak trees, and carpets of bluebells in May. The path begins to go downhill; at the next path junction go to the right. Note the long bank here, probably an old boundary. As you move down the slope the woodland changes to a stand of mature beech trees. On your right you will notice some hollows, perhaps where building materials, clay or flints were dug up. The path continues gently downhill through woodlands for about 1.25 miles/2km.

(2) You gradually leave the beech woodland and move into a younger mixed woodland, with glimpses through the trees of this quiet, remote feeling valley where there are no public roads. The path crosses an area of open grassland, a vista with an old stone urn on the left, and beyond that a Haha and a walled garden. Soon after this the path bears round to the left, passing between coppiced hazel trees with a brick and flint wall on the left. The path is now on the route of the Chiltern Way.

(3) When the path meets a lane, bear slightly right on the lane then turn left through a wooden kissing gate and cross the field to another wooden kissing gate in a hedgerow. Go through the gate and walk straight across the lane and through another kissing gate. Walk straight on across a large pasture, enjoying views of the valley and the wooded hillsides all around.

(4) On the other side of the field, go through the kissing gate and turn right onto a bridleway between two hedgerows. Note the pheasant release pens on the left, planted with trees and seed bearing plants. Follow the bridleway until you reach a lane where you bear slightly left and then turn immediately right up a very steep hill with banks and hedgerows on each side, and glimpses of fine views each side. The path levels out sightly and joins a track; follow this through a gate and then onto a lane in the village of Northend.

(5) Cross the road and take the lane ahead across the village green, heading towards Fingest and Turville Heath. There is a pond on the right hand side. On the other side of the green turn right along the lane towards Northend Common. The lane becomes a track, passing several houses on the left, afterwards look out for a fingerpost footpath sign on the right hand side, which sends you left down a very narrow path between two gardens bound by hedges. The hedges come to an end and you will see an open field with woodland beyond. The path goes between two fences and then through a metal gate.

(6) Turn left and walk downhill along the field margin and then turn left onto a path following down the valley across the field heading towards a mature woodland. The path enters the woodland and continues downhill.

(7) When you reach the valley bottom, turn right onto a track which is on the Oxfordshire Way. Where the track opens out, ignore a path branching left up a slope, and continue to walk straight ahead along the valley bottom, marked with a white arrow. The route continues through woodland, bearing to the left where the track becomes a narrower path which leads on to a lane (Hollandridge Lane).

(8) Turn right and continue along here until you reach the road, bear left at the road then turn left again at the junction and The Fox and Hounds is on your right.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 242m - The Fox and Hounds
1 : km 0.4 - alt. 247m - Mixed woodland
2 : km 1.63 - alt. 186m - Beech woodland
3 : km 2.73 - alt. 138m - Lane
4 : km 3.21 - alt. 124m - Kissing gate
5 : km 4.62 - alt. 212m - Road
6 : km 5.43 - alt. 221m - Downhill
7 : km 6.4 - alt. 177m - Valley bottom
8 : km 7.96 - alt. 235m - Path
D/A : km 8.66 - alt. 242m - The Fox and Hounds

Useful Information

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During the walk or to do/see around

Beech Woodlands – The Chiltern Hills are one of the most wooded areas of England. They are perhaps best known for their beech woods, planted for the local furniture industry.

Wormsley Estate – This 2,500 acre (1,000 hectare) estate in a secluded valley is only open to the public along the local rights of way. The red kite, now a common sight in the area, was first re-introduced on this estate.

Northend pond – Water is a scarce resource in the chalky Chilterns, but ponds can be found in several communities on the top of the hills where impervious clay overlies the chalk. This pond was probably used for washing wheels and as a watering hole for livestock.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5


Walker
on Mon 15 Feb 2021 10:19:28 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 14/02/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Very pleasant, if shortish, walk through varied countryside but including a lot of mature Beech wood. Not too muddy (unlike most places at present), but also not much road or hard surface walking. Should be good in late April for the Bluebells, or during hot weather in summer with shade from trees.

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