Coombe Hill is one of the highest points in the Chilterns and used to be part of the Chequers estate (country estate of the Prime Minister), until the land was given to the National Trust in the 1920's. At the top is a monument to the Buckinghamshire men who died during the Boer War and there are great views out over the Vale of Aylesbury.
|The path through the wood opens out to reveal the view in the distance|
|The monument on the top of the hill|
|Chequers can be seen from the monument|
|The view from the top - Beacon Hill is the grassy hill, Pulpit Hill is the|
wooded hill to the left and Bledlow Ridge is in the distance
There are some great trees in the woods up there. These are very old coppiced beech trees, that look a bit like they're wearing a thick fur coat.
There were lots of lovely climbing trees and we even found a dragon disguised as tree - all we could see were it's nostrils and belly button!
|The dragon's nostrils - luckily it was asleep!|
|and it's belly button|
Some of the other little gems that we discovered ...
|The woods will be full of bluebells in a couple of months|
|Orangey-red, flat fungus growing in a tree stump - maybe beefsteak fungus|
|Gorse - looking dramatic against the blue sky|
|The honeysuckle has started to grow leaves|
|This tiny red weevil was out and about on a tree trunk|
|This huge tree gall wrapped right around the tree trunk|
and looked a bit like a bear hanging on to the tree