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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 208 users)ByDate of Ascent
Pleasant enough stroll, clockwise along footpaths in Cowleaze Wood from car park of same name. Just 0.79km with only 12m of ascent so unsurprisingly a flat and indistinguishable summit feature. Plumped for area near HT electricity pole on or near 257m spot height. Returned to van and drove 500m SW down road to bag trig pillar inside cow field west of road.SteveSmith19/07/2020
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
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
Cowleaze Wood car park at 727958 SE along avenue of trees for about 150m to intersection Turned right & SW to unmarked summit. Also visited the nearby trig point on Shirburn Hill, George Bridge's 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
From Cowleaze Wood car park at 727958, SE along avenue of trees for about 100m to Jonny Muir's high point. This lies about 50m NW of the high point listed on the DoBIH. (PM GM) Visited DoBIH top on 08/04/2014.gerrybowes16/01/2013
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 ""Schunikka26/12/2012
Muddy forest car park. Along wet forest tracks to get GPS reading. No view - trees. 14.00arranc14/10/2012
After work, nr. dark. Hand torch and GPS phone, stumbled up damp track and near bumped into the telegraph pole, wandered down each ride tracking OS grid to be sure I got top. Don't believe the view any better by daylight!!nordicstar10/10/2012
A short walk from the car park for this very unimpressive and disappointing HuMP and Couty Top; located in the middle of a wood so not even a view to be had. Nothing to mark the summit so no Grid Reference taken.jonglew04/10/2012
Cycled here from Chesham. Would be cracking views from here if it wasn't for the trees...Richard01/09/2012
Parked at nearby car park, bagged on our way down south with my better half.Chingwakabungya26/05/2012
Nice walk around the wood incorporating the summit using GPSBHMC16/03/2012
Climbed as an off shoot from day 4 of the ridgeway pathdianepick08/03/2012
A quick bag from forest car park to point identical to Des's photo then up road in car to water tower, then into field on opposite side of road to bag trig point.Dugswell206/03/2012
KJF Early 2012 before above date with a coating of snow. Summit is not distinct.crazy27/02/2012
With DP from Cambridge doing all the Chiltern HuMPs in a day. Parked at car park just to SW and wandered along forest ride to line of telegraph poles. Top is around there somewhere.Mark Jackson18/02/2012
HuMP-bagging day trip to the Chilterns with Mark Jackson. Short walk along the track from the car park. Difficult to be sure exactly which is the highest ground.davidpettit8418/02/2012
Walked all around the quoted ref but not convinced as to where the actual top is 15:23chrisbien04/12/2011
Car park close to the top within Cowleaze Wood; an easy walk in the woods. Don\'t get confused by the trig point further south; it is lower.AlexanderHoward26/11/2011
Got dropped of at hill farm and made a speedy ascent to the car park. Here I picked up my son and we were soon poking around near the telegraph pole to find the highest ground.garyhoney10/09/2011
climbed on the way back from the game fair with Ismr bounce23/07/2011
Park by the information board and path to the right of the parking spaces opposite (small path) leads pretty well directly to the 'official' summit.simon and co29/06/2011
Nice walk thru forest areaBazWylie01/04/2011
Circular walk from Lewknor (Oxford Tube coach stop) taking in Wormsley & Watlington Park Estates before returning along The Ridgeway.Smudge06/02/2011
Park at Juction of Ridgeway path at Hill Farm. Take path left through gate and follow hedge line. Through next straight on following ridge. Return path towards watlington, then ridgeway back to carmarketherton22/11/2010
East of car park (top end), at Cowleaze Wood.Isambard10/08/2009
Had been to nearby Shirburn Hill many times for the great views without ever visiting this wood. The bluebells were wonderful and had a relaxing stroll before crossing the road and walking through Aston Rowant NNR to the bottom of the hill.Herbert Anchovy23/04/2009
Not bald. Its in a forest - good paths and tracks. Couldn't find a statue - was a telegraph pole though.destaylor02/03/2009
Large car park. Short walk to high probable or possible point i.e. track with power cables overhead. Shame sculptures have gone. Onward to trig and cache and rest of bagging activities.Father Ted21/12/2008
had a quick walk through the woods and then down to the trig just down the road.asbown22/11/2008
2nd Top on w/end away. Parked in cp and mooched around large wood. Highest point? Thought either by concrete tower, on forest ride 250m away, or in amongst trees to NE. Rode on through Goring & enjoyed Regatta, sunshine and ice-cream more!martin & storm19/07/2008
Beautiful bluebells growing in the woods. Top not obvious but had nice time strolling in peace.Nick02/05/2008
Sculpture park is now closed due to withdrawal of funding.clivevilla21/03/2008
Walked along Ridgeway from campsite at White Scar Farm and then up the hill. Spotted Red Kites.Overthehilljill24/03/2007
Straightforward walk from car park after a nearby orienteering event. Suited me on the day but a pity that the summit is so easily accessed.JohnW26/02/2007
Parked at the sculpture park and then made a shortish circular route taking in a section of the ridgeway. Fairly unremarkable top, lots of Red Kites on the nearby hillside.rhalstead10/02/2007
Pile of logs in clearing with overhead power cables near the Chilterns Sculpture Trail. Nearby in wood is a mysterious "Darling, it's dark now" sign on a post!signyred23/08/2006
just up road from a trigpointRhayader_wander27/06/2005
Flat plateau summit - top could be anywhere. We took it to be at the most prominent object, a grey-and-yellow concrete arch at the end of the car park. Other sculptures not up to Grizedale Forest or Forest of Dean, but worth a wander.wheresthepath25/09/2004
Quick visit en route to parents in Hampshire. Did this after visiting Shirburn Hill.mikejacobs22/07/1998
Spot ht. on path near statue (Update: I'm told the statue is long gone)webmaster01/11/1995
Date unknown RHW01/01/1990
There used to be a sculpture trail here. But on a recent visit there wasn't. Wooded hill, the top is not obvious, but a nice walk in the woodsChinnockCblank
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