Ibstone circular walk

Start: Ibstone Common

Finish: Ibstone Common

Length: 13 km/ 8 miles

Weather: Bright, autumnal day

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I parked beside Ibstone Common and walked through the wooded area opposite the pub.

ibstone

 

After a short distance the path descends steeply into Commonhill Wood. It follows a man-made, cut path in the chalk, covered by leaves in this picture. At a fork ignore the Chiltern Way path that heads off to the left and continue on the right-hand path.

Commonhill Wood

 

The descent becomes more gentle now and there are glimpses of the valley through the tree.

Commonhill Wood

 

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On the left there is the Worsley cricket ground, part of the Wormsley estate, owned by John Paul Getty.

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ibstone

 

The Wormsley Estate

 

The Wormsley Estate.

The Wormsley Estate

 

Follow the track to Wellground Farm, where there is an intriguing signpost just before a pretty, ochre coloured cottage.

Wellground Farm

 

Past the cottage there is a track on the right that climbs into Bowley’s Wood.

Bowley’s Wood

 

The path climbs steeply but then flattens out as you approach Ibstone Road.

Turn right and walk along the lane for a short distance until you reach a public footpath sign that points left back to Lower Studdridge Farm.

Studdridge Farm

 

The track leading to Studdridge Farm.

Studdridge Farm

 

The other side of Studdridge Farm.

Studdridge Farm

 

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The path leading across the field into Penley Wood.

Penley Wood ibstone

 

Once over the stile and in the wood turn right and follow the path.

Penley Wood ibstone

 

Penley Wood.

Penley Wood ibstone

 

Penley Wood.

Penley Wood ibstone

 

At this point take the left fork.

twigside bottom

 

Go through the stile and walk up hill, inbetween the fences.

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The path is bounded by fences either side of it.

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Looking back.

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Keep the fence on your left and follow it to the lane and turn right.

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The lovely view near to Ibstone Church, looking across the rolling Chiltern Hills.

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Holloway Lane.

Holloway Lane

 

Climb up the slight slope, out of Holloway Lane.

Holloway Lane

 

Walk across the field to a stile in the woods.

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Having climbed steeply up hill, another stile appears.

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Wormsley estate

 

Back on Ibstone Common. Unfortunately no cafe, no shop, just a lovely cricket ground. Oh yes, and a posh pub that probably wouldn’t welcome a muddy walker! (But I might be wrong).

ibstone cricket pitch