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Whiteleaf Hill & Whiteleaf Cross – walks and picnic site

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A large area of chalk grassland and woodland on top of the Chilterns escarpment with amazing views and archaeological features. Car park, picnic site, waymarked walks.

Whiteleaf Hill (and nearby Brush Hill) offer good wheelchair access along firm, level paths through woodland which lead to firm grassy areas with viewpoints. A leaflet detailing these walks is available in a separate downloadable leaflet, see below.

The woodlands through from Whiteleaf to Pulpit Hill and beyond are all linked by The Ridgeway National Trail. The Icknield Way Rider’s Route also crosses these woods. Whiteleaf is well placed for beginning extensive off-road cycling trips on woodland bridleways both north and south.

At the top of Whiteleaf Hill is the chalk hill-figure of Whiteleaf Cross and a burial mound. Whiteleaf Cross has dominated the local landscape for several centuries, becoming a cultural focus associated with many aspects of local life. It was first officially noted by Francis Wise in 1742, but its full history is unknown and is the subject of much local speculation and folklore. In addition to the scheduled monuments there are also WW1 practice trenches near the car park.

Facilities

  • Picnic area.
  • Disabled Access

There are no sealed paths, however there is a level, firm paths suitable for most pushchairs, all-terrain buggies and wheelchairs from the car park to the top of Whiteleaf Hill.

A leaflet is available to download below

More info here

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