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Name:Bald Hill
Hill number:5386
Height:257m / 843ft
Parent (Ma):2874  Wendover Woods [Haddington Hill]
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Oxfordshire (CoU)
County (CoH):Oxfordshire (CoH)
Class:Hump, Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top, Clem
Grid ref:SU 72876 95771
Summit feature:ground on path
Col:132m  SP805005  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 165
(1:25k) 171
Observations:this position is 20m SW of intersection of paths by a telegraph pole (SU 72883 95783); ground 50m to NW on path is as high; note tree cover restricts visibility
Survey:Abney level
Comments:Spot height on path by overhead electricity cables; higher than nearby Shirburn Hill. Possible alternative summit at 17280 Beacon Hill.
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  • Oxfordshire historic county top
  • Replaced by Hill 5479 Whitehorse Hill as the Current County top in the 1974 boundary changes

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 188 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
20km walk around Cowleaze Wood.atreides788716/06/2019
A short walk from the car park to the junction by the telegraph poles. A good walk around to try and ensure got exactly the right point. A very popular spot with dog walkers.andrewcoles02/06/2019
On own. Easy short walk from Cowleaze Wood car park to grassy open area at junction of paths with telegraph pole. Spotted a woodpecker high in the trees drumming and a red kite carrying a twig for nesting material. Very peaceful.Beeliner22/03/2019
From the muddy and pot-holed CP along the muddy track. 15 minutes there and back.Newton Maximus08/03/2019
High point of the historic county of Oxfordshire. Worked in Cambridge and drove to Oxfordshire after work.peter_tun18/01/2019
A quick walk from the CP. With B and R.jenx09/12/2018
A quick stop off on way home, gave us some fresh air. Walked up from Ridgeway path so that gave it a sense of hill!nickywood122/11/2018
Solo. Parked in Cowleaze car park and went for a walk. Strolled around Aston Rowant nature reserve after finding the summit as I had new boots to break in. Another county top completed.Buck29/09/2018
1st of 6 tops (5 tumps) today on Stage 6 of the Ridgeway with Lesley on a route from Watlington to Saunderton. Lesley waited on a concrete block while i headed up a track over the road and onto a woodland track to reach the summit area then did a circular to take in spot height and take another track round returning the same way. Lesley was ok because she was included in a film a guy was making about the Chiltern Hills. We headed over to Lewknor where I intended to carry on to Adwell Cop...Dazingdale26/09/2018
With Jenx and Bryher to the same telegraph pole. Better light this timenordicstar12/09/2018
From Cowleaze car park to one of the least memorable HuMPs around. Visited Shirburn Hill trig 730m to the SW for a bit of excitement...Aye Jimmy09/09/2018
Lewknor to Princes Risborough. Glad I had a POI on my GPSraymondwilkes08/08/2018
Circuit with CPgarth8701/06/2018
Solo. Muddy!Dangerous Dave18/02/2018
Parked on B4009 Lewknor and walked up Hill Road which becomes track. Returned same way as Ridgeway looked very muddy.Pollyanna09/02/2018
Parked in woods carpark, walked to GPS summit and was very muddyjmistry8621/01/2018
Stroll around the woods from the Cowleaze car park, frustratingly indistinct summitmapple29/06/2017
Short wander from Cowleaze Wood car park. Views from the other side of the road.squeegs01/04/2017
Parked in Cowleaze Wood carpark and took a circular walk through the woods to take in the HP. Firecrest and Red Kites seen.JohRvs26/03/2017
walked from car park along the flat past the telegraph poles (which block gps on garmin) to the highest pole near end of track. Not exciting.keithelliott23/03/2017
County top outing, travel to Cowleaze wood not far from Watlington turn left in the free car park and at the end of the track park the car near a clearing.Instead of following the path across the grass follow the wide track towards the telegraph pole which the high point is near.WAYNE ROWLETT11/11/2016
A quick walk from the FC car park. Did the trig point to the S earlier in the year thinking it was the HP.DanMaisieBex02/10/2016
From B4009 near Lewknor, up Hill road a stony track through woods to top. Followed path from nice green clearing to the telegraph pole, then to green for picnic, left my wife Nicola there to pdantically traipse round all high points, then we returned via Aston Rowant nature reserve path, after fruitless search for path to Beacon Hill to check out alt' summit. Someone has put a massive great motorway in the way!!! Had to go to Hughenden Manor NT place near Wycombe - part of the deal for going up a 'Hump', so will have to return another time for Beacon Hill!pdantic24/09/2016
Lovely summer walk in the woods under blue skies, wandering around the top area. Glorious from the bridleway over the road.edmundjohnson23/08/2016
Circular route 9.5 miles.Graeme06/08/2016
Enroute to Farnborough air show. A straightforward wander around the woods..lots of Bear Ghrylls wannabes in these parts it seems.. visited TP too.stig_nest15/07/2016
Pleasant wander through damp forest after a genteel day at Henley Regatta. Pity the trees mean there is no view. Red kites, chiff chaffs and great tits .Mainly beech but also oak and pine . Also did nearby trig.Denise 30/06/2016
Short walk from Cowleaze Wood car park. All very level, at path junction under power lines, no views.RichardM30/06/2016
With K.Ashley20/05/2016
From the B 4009 near Lewknor at SU 71438 97323 - plenty of parking. Took lane SE past Hill Farm then track up to the plateau through Aston Rownant Nature Reserve. Then paths from car park through beech woods to flat summit area. Solo. Walk continued to Beacon Hill.marktrengove06/03/2016
With Katy on way to London. Circuit on woodland paths.George Thompson05/02/2016
Walked over from the car park. Great views, but not from near the summit.r.ashwell31/01/2016
It would be easy to visit the summit without knowing and I probably did in 1999. Did it for sure today and recce'd new access areas since I walked a lot in this area. Two more visits in 2016 to the scarp slope looking for local moths that only use juniper. The conservation of juniper there, struggling in the wild in the S, is commendable, as some of the insects that use it are not found in the N. A walk on the scarp side (the wonderful Aston Rowant NNR) is also commendable, a much more aesthetic experience than wondering it a stump or a tangle of bramble might be higher than the recognised top in the dreary summit area.pwheeler25/01/2016
As Gerry Bowes except I arrived by bike and being a Monday the area was deserted so mountain biking around the area was good as these are lovely woodstrimarc216/11/2015
Easy walk from car park with very little ascentPeterD16/11/2015
From Cowlease Wood car park. Solo.ADT25/10/2015
in tandem with Pavis Woodrlee504011/07/2015
One of 5 before noon. (Mx, Beds, Herts, Bucks, Oxon)maltose11/06/2015
A sunny day - and was the wood busy... Charity Horse Rise, Local Photography Club, Assorted Walkers and Picnicking Families. Do visit other parts of the nature reserve - very specialM3WDD04/05/2015
A 5 hill category top. Pleasant flat woodland -simple loop on tracks from the large car park, a stones throw from the M40 which slices its way through the Chilterns known as The Stokenchurch Gap, or Aston Rowant Cutting or locally The Canyon. This is a steep chalk cutting, constructed during the early 1970s for the M40 motorway. It is 1,200 metres long and a maximum of 47 metres deep. The cutting is a SSSI of geological importance. Over 200 pairs of Red Kites can be seen in this area having been introduced in the Aston Rowant Nature Reserve and have bred successfully.Chris Pearson25/04/2015
Gentle walk from car park.Fred Windsor31/03/2015
7/10 Easily the most disapointing of the day. Ground beside car parkFergalh07/03/2015
on west east trig gathering drive Cheltenham to Londonvegibagger25/02/2015
A brief visit.Chris Peart06/08/2014
Four-in-a-day tour of Historic County Tops along the Chilterns scarp with Smoky and Ella. Dunstable Downs (Bedfordshire); Gadmore Lane beside Pavis Wood (Hertfordshire); near High Meadow Farm in Wendover Woods (Buckinghamshire); Cowleaze Wood by Bald Hill (Oxfordshire). None of these are distinct summits.Skip11/05/2014