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Name:Bald Hill
Hill number:5386
Height:257.2m / 844ft
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 72837 95794
Summit feature:in woods 7m SW of track
Col:132m  SP805005  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 165
(1:25k) 171
Observations:ground on path 45m ESE at SU 72876 95771 is 0.5m lower
Comments:1.5m higher than 17280 Beacon Hill and 2m higher than Shirburn Hill SU723952
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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 206 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Pleasant stroll through woods from car park. Found the memorial to WW2 Halifax crash, then on to discover the summit. On way home from Coventry with Geraldine.Pete West05/07/2020
Nice views from Aston Rowant Nature Reservetwg2715/06/2020
Lovely 18km walk from Cherry Tree Corner Car Park with trimarc2 & r1Fionalevey04/06/2020
18k circular walk from Cherry Tree Car Park through lovely woods along well marked bridleways and FP in the Wormsley Park Estate and Aston Rowant nature reserve. With Philippa and Fionatrimarc204/06/2020
with Fiona and DTL on a long 18k circular walk through lovely woods and parksr104/06/2020
21.1km run: Beacon Hill, Adwell Cop, and Bald Hill.maclrc08/03/2020
Figure of 8 walk through Cowleaze Wood and Aston Rowant Nature Reserve.prwild22/02/2020
Parked Watlington - Looped along the Ridgeway and up alongside M40 to get to the higher ground .D SID04/12/2019
Worst mud we've had in a while, but also it's been raining almost non-stop for weeks and weeks. Would definitely like to come back to the area when it's a bit less sodden. HP is basically indistinguishable.sjb23/11/2019
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.Man of Kernow106/03/2016
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