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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)
Catchment:Thames
Class:Hump, Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top
(Hu,Tu,2,CoH)
Grid ref:SU 72876 95771
Summit feature:ground on path
Drop:125m
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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Notes:
  • 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 172 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
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
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
.CreakingHiker05/07/2018
.tim74705/07/2018
Circuit with CPgarth8701/06/2018
Muddy.dal13/04/2018
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
petey18/05/2016
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
Tashpigerg01/03/2015
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
Cowleaze Wood car park (727958) ESE along avenue of trees for about 150m to intersection and line of telegraph poles Grid reference indicates that the highest point is a short distance SW of intersection on W. side of track. Also visited Shirburn Hill trig point 255m in nearby field at SU72349 95246, George Bridge's (1973) Oxfordshire historic county top. (S)gerrybowes08/04/2014
first of 3 county tops today. Cold clear day, parked outside Lewknor and walked through Aston Rowant nature reserve.callumorr01/02/2014
Easy and pleasant walk up along ancient, tree lined sunken trackway from Hill Farm through the Aston Rowant National Nature reserve. Returned from the flat summit in a loop down chalk grassland pasture. Excellent views over the Oxford valley.VirtualMountain02/11/2013
Up in the rain with Tony. No real top or view, but the Chilterns in autumn are spectacular, with red kites everywhere. A decent burger and better pint at the Fox and Hounds, Christmas Common.mcf01/11/2013
County top No.35. Train to High Wycombe then bus to Stokenchurch. A leisurely walk via Wallace Hill and Lower Vicar's Farm and Cowleaze Wood to bag the top, then down Bald Hill to the Icknield Way and on to Aston Hill Bottom for the bus back to High Wycombe and train home. Not easy to find the top approaching from the eastern (Stokenchurch) end of Cowleaze Wood; no clear path and I wandered around in the trees till I came on it quite by chance. A lovely sunny day: distance 4.6 miles, time 2:22, climb 653 feet, temp 22 deg C.alan.65to7006/08/2013
A short walk in snow.bolton16/01/2013
I am working my way through the Historic County Tops with my 2 Dalmatians - Celsie our 6 year old girl and Sandy our 4 year old boy - we have written a full log, with pictures, of this walk (and the others) which you can read at "http://blog.schunikka.co.uk"Schunikka26/12/2012
Muddy forest car park. Along wet forest tracks to get GPS reading. No view - trees. 14.00arranc14/10/2012