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Bacombe Hill Local Nature Reserve

A valuable area of downland, scrub and woodland on the central Chilterns’ escarpment. It has a mix of mature beech woodland, paricularly to the top and the south of the reserve, also with large aras of open chalk grassland. It is managed as a Local Nature Reserve and is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (for its chalk grassland). There are some rare chalk grassland flowers and butterflies. It is noted for orchids.

Numerous footpaths cross the site, including the Ridgeway National Trail.

Flowers to look out for: Thyme, Clustered Bellflower, Hoary Plantain, Pyramidal Orchid, Juniper, Bee Orchid, Fragrant Orchid

Butterflies to look out for: Chalkhill Blue, Brown Argus, Dark Green Fritillary, Duke of Burgundy


Walks and rides (on bridleway)

Getting There

Nearest station Wendover (15 minutes' walk). Parking in Wendover

Disabled Access

No sealed paths


Buckinghamshire County Council


Take the Ellesborough road out of Wendover. Go over the bypass and a small parking area is on the left at the sharp right hand bend. Or walk from the National Trust car park at Coombe Hill.

OS Map

Sheet 165: Aylesbury & Leighton Buzzard

Grid Reference


Dogs Allowed

Under supervision

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