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Virtual Earth map of Bledlow Cross

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This small figure can be found on the North West face of Wain hill approx. 175m on the Chiltern hills close to the Oxfordshire / Buckinghamshire border, 1 mile east of Chinnor and 11/2 miles SW of Bledlow. The best views can be had from the Henton turn off of the B4009 and the for the next 1 1/2 miles of the B4009 east of this junction. Parking is difficult along this busy route, there is however a small layby on the road to Henton. The lower half of the cross is obscured by the tree foliage from these points. To visit the cross take the Wain hill only turn off the B4009 1 mile east of Chinnor. Parking is nearly impossible, walking from Henton is an option. Cross the railway line into the village, continue up the track to a three pointed fork, take the left hand path past a few houses. The path crosses the Ridgeway / Icknield way and continues uphill in a small cutting or heavily eroded path, follow this for 175m then take a small steep overgrown path to the left into a small broad leaf woodland clearing where the slope becomes gentle, this overlooks North North Westerly into the Vale of Aylesbury. The cross is made of small pieces of loose hard chalk (circa 1") covering slightly more compacted chalk. Some of the edges are reinforced with wood. The arms of the cross are quite overgrown particularly the right hand arm and in need of some attention in the near future.

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