18/02/2012 walk around Wendover woods
Length 8.6Mi
Elapsed Time 3:27:33
Ascent 1235ft
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Decided to finally get out into the Winter drizzle and cold. We arrived back to one of our favourite places the chiltern Hills, near the town of wendover. and Princes Risborough. There is a small car park (SP8506) which can become very busy in the summer time, there were quite a few cars there today even in bad weather. There is a large monument at the top of Coombe hill this was erected in 1904 in memory of the 148 men that died in the south african war (the boar war) this war was the second Anglo-Boer war, and the british fought against the Transvaal and Oranje Vrijstaat. The Uk losses were very high due to both Combat and disease, its also the war where the british had Civilians put into Concentration camps. The conditions in the camps where dreadful and it was a lady called Emily Hobhouse that finally brought this to the attention of the British public.

We made our way towards the weekend retreat (Holiday Home) for the prime Minister,
Chequers. There has been a house in this location since the 12th Century, however the house you see today dates from 1565 and has a lot of history surrounding it. Lady Mary Grey sister to Lady Jane Grey was imprisoned there, and the room is still kept as it was to this date. In the first world war the house become a Hospital and a convalescent home for officers. It was David Lloyd George that become the first Prime Minister to use the house in 1921. When you get near to this location and the surrounding Maple Wood keep you eyes open for Red Kites, there are numerous sightings around this area

We made our way across Pulpit hill to
lower Cadsden then a stiff climb up to Whiteleaf Hill. There is a Neolithic barrow on top of here, the rain was at this point pouring down and we have been here before so we made our way into Giles wood. the walk is great in the summer but it was nice to get out again in the chiltern hills.