On a beautifully clear day in late September we decided to revisit Coombe Hill. To be honest it was a spur of the moment thing. We were actually heading for the Thame Food Festival, but driving down the country lanes on the scenic route to Thame I noticed signs for the nearby Butlers Cross. “Let’s take a detour to Coombe Hill” I suggested and we all agreed it was a good idea.
You may recall we visited Coombe Hill a couple of years ago, but the fog descended and we were reduced to seeing basically nothing. It made for an atmospheric visit at the time, but we promised ourselves we would return on a nice sunny day.
On this second visit the view from the monument was simply amazing! I don’t think it would be possible to see any further without the use of binoculars; I could almost see my brother waving from his home in the Cotswolds.
Built as a memorial to the Buckinghamshire men who fought in the Boer War, it is a striking and thought-provoking monument that watches over so much of Buckinghamshire. It was lovely to see families, young and old, enjoying the fresh air and the stunning views.
There is free car parking and it’s just a 20 minute casual walk to the monument. Of course, there are many footpaths and off-piste tracks to make for a much longer walk but the main path is easy to follow and is ideal for wheelchair users and pushchairs.
Continuing our journey to Thame Food Festival we passed Buckmoorend Farm shop and as we have communicated with them via social media recently we thought we would pop in and say Hello. Run by Daniel and Steph, the farm shop is stocked with lots of local produce and, by the time you read this article, their state-of-the-art new mobile kitchen will be up and running and serving hot snacks and drinks. Perfect for the cold winter days ahead.
No excuses now, combine your visit to Coombe Hill with a well-deserved hot drink and warming sausage roll (other options are available) and enjoy.
By the way, we finally made it to Thame Food Festival and it was well worth the trip. Make a note in your diaries for next year. It’s only a stone’s throw over the border into Oxfordshire.
Coombe Hill – Ordnance survey map grid reference for parking and entrance: SP851062
Coombe Hill is 3 miles west of Wendover and 5 miles east of Princes Risborough
Butlers Cross, HP17 0UT