Ibstone circular walk
Start: Ibstone Common
Finish: Ibstone Common
Length: 13 km/ 8 miles
Weather: Bright, autumnal day
I parked beside Ibstone Common and walked through the wooded area opposite the pub.
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.
The descent becomes more gentle now and there are glimpses of the valley through the tree.
On the left there is the Worsley cricket ground, part of the Wormsley estate, owned by John Paul Getty.
The Wormsley Estate.
Follow the track to Wellground Farm, where there is an intriguing signpost just before a pretty, ochre coloured cottage.
Past the cottage there is a track on the right that climbs into 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.
The track leading to Studdridge Farm.
The other side of Studdridge Farm.
The path leading across the field into Penley Wood.
Once over the stile and in the wood turn right and follow the path.
At this point take the left fork.
Go through the stile and walk up hill, inbetween the fences.
The path is bounded by fences either side of it.
Keep the fence on your left and follow it to the lane and turn right.
The lovely view near to Ibstone Church, looking across the rolling Chiltern Hills.
Climb up the slight slope, out of Holloway Lane.
Walk across the field to a stile in the woods.
Having climbed steeply up hill, another stile appears.
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).