12 Bacombe Warren, Chequers and Woods around Dunsmore
By Rudi Kalveks
This is a variant on previous
routes through Wendover, which explores various bridleways and tracks through
woodland around Coombe Hill and Dunsmore before returning to The Lee via Cobblershill
and Leather Lane. Some of the wooded stretches have been rather muddy this
summer with mosquitoes and other jungle life in evidence. However, as autumn
draws on the malaria hazards are receding…
Total distance: 12
miles. One long climb of 400 ft, two of 200 ft and one of 100 ft. Allow 1¾
hours, or more, depending on surface conditions.
- Start at the Cock
& Rabbit. Take the road past Pipers.
- Turn right into Kings
- On reaching Kings
Ash turn left into Chesham Lane and then after 100 yards right into the track
towards Concord. Take the left fork just before Concord into the bridleway
signed ‘Cycles slow’. The top section can be muddy and parts of this descent
are quite steep and can be rutted. Continue straight on past Boswells.
- Upon reaching the
Wendover road system turn right and then after 500 yards left downhill onto
a short bridleway between some houses.
- On reaching the old
A413 turn right and then double back left uphill into Bacombe Lane, crossing
the new A413.
- Continue half way
up Bacombe Lane and turn left onto a bridleway (with its entrance obscured
- After a few hundred
yards the bridleway turns right through a gate, leading to a short descent
followed by a long uphill.
- At the top of the
hill turn right and follow this bridleway as best you can until you emerge
near the Coombe Hill National Trust site and monument.
- Find the gate to the
NT site. Do not enter, but turn right following the fence and join a steep
bumpy bridleway heading downhill.
- Emerge by the Ellesborough
golf course. Turn sharp left and take the bridleway through a gate and around
the side of the hill.
- After a mild climb
emerge by the back gate to Chequers. Turn left uphill on the road but then
almost immediately cross the road into a small clearing and take the middle
path (bridleway). The path climbs over a hill before descending.
- On reaching some farms
near Dunsmore turn right along what seems like a stream bed. Follow this until
you reach a junction, and then turn left up a steep climb.
- At the top turn right
onto the main track between Dunsmore and Cobblershill. In Coblershill continue
on across the road. After the house ‘Blossoms’ on your left, the bridleway
passes between open fields and then enters a small muddy wood.
- Immediately on exiting
this wood the bridleway forks. Take the left fork down the hill (quite steep
and rock strewn in places). Take care. Continue under the railway line to
join the A413.
- Turn right into the
- After 500 yards turn
left up Leather Lane.
- Left at the top of
Leather Lane and return to the Cock & Rabbit.
Don’t forget: Helmet, puncture repair kit, water, go slow for
Recommended: 1:25,000 O/S Map – Chiltern Hills North - Explorer