Name:Beacon Hill
Hill number:17301
Height:230m / 755ft
Parent (Ma):2874  Wendover Woods [Haddington Hill]
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Buckinghamshire
Catchment:Thames
Class:Tump (200-299m)
(Tu,2)
Grid ref:SP 83591 06056
Summit feature:ground by compound fence
Drop:33m
Col:197m  SP834057  
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 104 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Butler's Cross - Beacon Hill - Coombe Hill - Butler's Cross. With AH, AW, HS, JW, MR, SG and SS.Mark Jackson27/05/2023
Butler's Cross - Coombe Hill - Buckmoorend - Pulpit Hill - Beacon Hill - Butler's Cross. With HS, HS, MS, JD and RE.Mark Jackson02/01/2023
Butler's Cross - Beacon Hill - Coombe Hill - Butler's Cross. With seven friends. Still a great walk.Mark Jackson15/10/2022
A quick skip over the barbed fence, using the beech tree canopy to hide from the CCTV, and around the summit fence. The PM is still on holiday (when is he not) so no security breach.summitter15/08/2022
Parked by the church, up the track then over a gate into a field going up the nice looking hill. The hp is just over the fence with dire warning signs on it by a fence off area which appears to contain an entrance to an underground something.clivevilla21/07/2022
Butler's Cross - Beacon Hill - Grangelands - Coombe Hill - Butler's Cross.Mark Jackson26/02/2022
Butler's Cross - Beacon Hill - Coombe Hill - Butler's Cross. With MS, HS, AW, A, JD and VP.Mark Jackson02/10/2021
From Pulpit Hill. Steeply down due north on path not shown on map. Along Outer Aylesbury Ring and up steeply on access land from the west to summit area. Summit is over fence on prohibited land, so settled for getting as close as possible on access land. KeithByTheC12/09/2021
Done as part of a longer walk starting and finishing in Wendover.Gareth188612/06/2021
With J on a sunny Sunday circular walk from Princes Risborough. Used various paths to approach from S then used footpath through wood (ignoring the closed field gate with warning signs). Once into the access land, straight up to the top. The stile others refer to seems to have been removed. Decided not to leg it over the fence for the true summit & retreated along ridge for a lunch stop & the terrific view. Just as well because 2 heavily armed policemen suddenly appeared over the fence at the summit! They took no interest in us, looking down into the fenced off copse. Likely after the anarchists cunningly disguised as the local Ramblers marching along the footpath! Given that Chequers is in full view from the access land side of the fence at the top, it seems churlish not to allow access to the actual summit. However, may be wise to exercise caution with the true summit for sake of 2 feet?NotReallyABagger18/04/2021
Nipped over conveniently placed stile adorned with threatening notice. The security camera has gone. Galltywenallt06/11/2020
Butler's Cross - Beacon Hill - Coombe Hill - Butler's Cross. With nine friends. A superb short circuit.Mark Jackson26/10/2020
Butler's Cross - Beacon Hill - Coombe Hill - Butler's Cross. With R, C, C, W and L.Mark Jackson13/06/2020
BoJo's impending lockdown easing announcement hopefully distracted him long enough for us to sneak through the open gate at the bottom of the field and quickly nip up and down. 25km trail running loop with GFE.Fionalevey10/05/2020
6-Tump circuit from Great Kimble: Bradenham Hill, Slough Hill, Lodge Hill, Whiteleaf Hill, Pulpit Hill, Beacon Hill.PGCE07/04/2020
Paths from Coombe Hill up neat grass field to summit ridge and prominent CCTV camera. High point next to small hollow with steps to door on the S side of the fence with the threatening signs. A nice hill.RichardM06/03/2020
Steep grassy ascent to summit with panoramic views and soaring Kites. CCTV and unfriendly signs but presumably Boris is too busy dealing with Corona virus to be at Chequers today. Actual HP is by a small enclosure over fence.Denise 06/03/2020
As per Gordon A. Over stile with pointless notice to top.Bramley28/01/2020
With NigelPaul_142_uk01/01/2020
with PJB - out and back from Wendovertrimarc230/08/2019
Out and back walk from Wendover voa Coombe Hill and path across front of Chequers. All followed by excellent tea and cake at Rumseys Chocolaterie in Wendoverr130/08/2019
Part of circuit from Coombe Hill. Nice hill and good viewpoint.JohnIvor27/08/2019
With JSG on leg of walk from Chequers to Wendover. Breezy on top with excellent views all around including cruising red kites - cracking little hill well worth the effort.JOHNS17/08/2019
As part of National Trust walk around Chequers, up and down several elevations. This is a nice little peak - very steep but a short burst of just a few minutes. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chilterns-countryside/trails/coombe-hill-and-chequers-trailWendyWozEre14/07/2019
Aylesbury Vale walkchelec22/06/2019
Picked up on a short boot fit test walk - they didnt fit...atreides788719/05/2019
Parked at start of lane to S of Church. Followed footpath up through woods (steps)and via open gate up to top. Went back down ridge to N over the curious style announcing no access. Splendid little hill.GordonAdshead10/05/2019
Walk from Princes Risborough to Wendover Woods. Stopped for a break at the summit near to the security camera. Kites circling about 10m overhead. Lovely.jedthehumanoid01/03/2019
Walked straight up the pasture from Ellesborough church then over the little stile to the summit. A bagging round along the Chiltern scarp with Carol and the dogs. Beacon Hill (Ellesborough); Pulpit Hill; Whiteleaf Hill; Beacon Hill (Aston Rowant). Mild, dry, patchy sun.Skip25/01/2019
Just over wire fence (via stile with sign) after following clear path up. Fine views.maclrc05/01/2019
Torchlight procession to the summit with around 100 geocachers as part of a side event for the winter geolympixThe old soldier26/10/2018
Climbed it during an evening Beacon walk by torchlight with other geocachersey up me duck26/10/2018
8.6 mile circular around the forests of the Chilterns, parked Ellesborough, followed footpath to Coombe Hill (3rd time bagged), then a very round-about way to Pulpit Hill and Beacon Hill all on very good paths mainly long distance trails, interesting bagging this summit went through open gate onto proper top and found a camera watching us on the summit while being on the wrong side of the no unauthorised access sign we descended rapidly. After headed home via Waddesdon Hill and Quainton Hill. Lovely clear summery weather.DanTrig09/10/2018
3rd hill of 6 on Stage 7 of the Ridgeway walk with Lesley, having detoured to climb Whiteleaf Hill and Pulpit Hill, this out and back was only a bit further. Path from Ridgeway into woods and out then over to gate into field and a steep climb up. Fantastic views from and to this hill, in particular from Coombe Hill...This was my 11th Beacon Hill out of 46 in the country.Dazingdale27/09/2018
From Pulpit Hill, tracks through wood and fields to fine looking little hill from this side. Summit just outside fenced-off pit with steps leading down to... what?Aye Jimmy01/09/2018
Walked across from Coombe Hill, then onto Pulpit Hill.mart079714/08/2018
Took a short cut through a man's garden, who directed me to find the path. Direct trudge over grass to visible top and further to cross wire fence at top.arranc29/06/2018
Solo. Straight up from church. Low barbed wire fence with convenient stile to help you over, despite trespass signs!Dangerous Dave18/02/2018
Nice climb up a fine hill, from the lay by to the N & then via the PROW & onto the access land. CCTV camera has now gone, but the warning sign remains!!DanMaisieBex12/02/2018
From Pulpit Hill. Through open gate in SW corner of field by Ridgeway Path to summit. Climbed over stile and saw it had a sign on the other side telling people to keep out. Too late. Walked along to end of ridge, the mist making the view into Ellesborough Warren quite dramatic. Fine hill for these parts - arguably the finest. Retraced steps to Hobb's Hill car park, picked mum and dad up from Ellesborough.Wycombe Wanderer23/12/2017
From Pulpit Hill. Very pleasant walk. Not aware of any security restrictions so just walked straight up to the top. Interesting feature at the summit but I dare not reveal state secrets..Campbell Singer09/12/2017
With NS and Al. From Coombe Hill. Lovely hill, great views, beautiful day. Opted not to get to the true summit, it's good enough for me that my eyeline was clearly above the highest point a few feet away.Owen B08/10/2017
From Whiteleaf cp, out by delightful Ridgeway fp, back by the dull but easier riders' alternative- Pulpit Hill on way back.pwheeler25/08/2017
Walked over from the Plough at Cadsden. Think the PM might have more to worry about at the moment than a hillbagger nipping 50ft into the grounds.rhalstead17/06/2017
I parked to the S, over Pulpit Hill, then over to Beacon Hill, through the Box Wood. Great little hill, with amazing views all around, the HP is just over the fence into the no go area, but a quick nip seemed OK to me, the CCTV post is there but lacking the camera. views to Chequers too.griefmiester01/06/2017
Circuit from Wendover via Coombe Hill, Whiteleaf Hill, Pulpit Hill and Beacon Hillrjf3501/04/2017
4hr 30 walk between Saunderton and Little Kimble stations over 6 Tumps. Easy climb from ROW to NW (after passage from S through box woodland). Probably the best hill in East Anglia with a shapely profile and panoramic views. Even the approach from the church is easy!Mark Jackson13/06/2016
It would appear to technically be a criminal offence to visit this summit - all be it just the last 4 steps ! A lovely legal grassy path climbs steeply up open access land up the front (north) of this lovely shapely hill. If however you step over the convenient stile(with no sign saying not to) for the final 4 steps to the summit (once the bull which may be standing there has ambled away) then you have committed a criminal offence under Section 18 of the Prevention of Serious Offences Act 2007. This is according to a small sign attached further down slope on the fence you have crossed forbidding entry and replicated at intervals.This is understandably to keep people away from Chequers below - however a low fence,inviting stile and lack of keep out signs on this likely line of approach is not the best security. The security camera has also gone from the tall metal pole before the stile. Perhaps the bull is part of the deterrent? Climbed in shorts & shirtless.Chris Pearson08/06/2016
From the North, what a nice hill with a good ascent and views. Small stile assists getting over fence to HP. My last Bucks tump.PeterD26/05/2016
Did this walk: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chilterns-countryside/trails/coombe-hill-and-chequers-trailr.ashwell22/05/2016