The Sir Charles Napier restaurant is the start of this beautiful walk around the South Oxon/Bucks border. The restaurant is located at Spriggs Alley, Chinnor, OX39 4BX. It has a large car park, but there are also parking places along the road.
The walk is 8.6 km (just over 5 miles). It took our group 2 hours to complete by which time we were ready for a drink at the gastropub. The route has a top elevation of 235m and you’ll end up climbing 245 m (803 ft). However, the effort is worth it as there are some great views along the way.
From Venus Wood to Town End and Radnage
The path leaves the road and almost immediately descends along the edge of Venus Wood.
One side of the trail is the wood and the other contained a large harvested field.
At the bottom of the descent we turned sharp right and followed along the path beside Sunley Wood. Like Venus Wood, Sunley is predominately a Beech Wood.
The right hand side looks up to the ridge you have just left while ahead the path winds through the edge of Sunley Wood.
At the end of Sunley Wood the shelter continues with a thick hedgerow on your right and pretty views to the left.
The clearly marked trail continues through this attractive countryside to Town End and Radnage.
From Town End and Radnage to The Charles Napier
When you reach Town End it might be worth making a quick detour to St Mary the Virgin Church in Radnage. This late 12th & early 13th century church was built by the Knights Templar and has decorated wall paintings that span six centuries.
The walk now follows the Chiltern Way for approximately a mile with a couple of rises and descents. The views continue to be magnificent.
The trail arrives at a series of farm buildings. Here the route departs from The Chiltern Way and crosses a couple of fields where it connects up with the edge of Cromwell Wood.
Shortly after the path is enclosed by Lott Wood on the left there is a sharp right hand turn uphill. This is the toughest climb of the trail. The route rises quickly, but fortunately it is not that long, unfortunately there are no great views from the top because the path is still in the woods.
From here it is a simple walk on back to the Sir Charles Napier for a deserved pint and bite to eat.
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