Chiltern Hills: Pulpit Hill circular walk

Following a comfortable night in the Dinton Hermit, we drove the short distance to the start point of our second walk of the weekend. Today’s circular walk was 10 miles and we began and ended near Coombe Hill near Wendover.

Boer War Memorial

We took a short detour to look at the Boer War Memorial which was erected to honour the 148 Buckinghamshire men who lost their lives in the Second Boer War. This took place in South Africa between the British Empire and South African republics from 1899 – 1902

Aylesbury Vale

From the memorial you can see panoramic views across the Aylesbury Vale… even in dull and rainy weather!

From the memorial, the 4 of us walked towards the Coxgrove Wood.

Thanks to heavy rain overnight on already waterlogged ground much of the walk was super muddy today!

We had a couple of hills to climb and at one point we were at Haddington Hill (also called Wendover Hill) the highest peak of Buckinghamshire and also of the Chilterns.

Chequers Estate

Towards the end of the walk we passed through the Chequers Estate near the village of Ellsborough. Chequers is a 16th century manor house which is the country house of the serving Prime Minister of the UK! A quick google informed me the house has 19 bedrooms, contains an indoor heated swimming pool and is situated in 1500 acres of lawns.

This is Russell’s photo!

Yet another quagmire as we walked past the Chequers Estate on the left!

As the walk today was shorter at 10 miles, we only had snacks and coffee with us. However the Buckmoorend farm shop and particularly its little kiosk to the side was a welcome lunchtime surprise! We were all starting to feel a bit hungry and I enjoyed a delicious home made butternut squash soup. The farm shop sold a wide range of fresh vegetables together with local produce including local beers, wines, cheeses and honey.

Nice! (Photo courtesy of Russell)

The farm shop was only just over a mile from the cars where we said our goodbyes and made our way home.

Next up

These most recent 4 short posts covering our Devon weekend and my Aylesbury weekend all took place in March 2023 and I managed to get these done during the long Easter weekend! I resume with the next scheduled Throwback Thursday post which covers a few days spent in Tallinn, Estonia in 2006.

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