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Chinnor Hill

Please note that due to resurfacing of Hill Top Lane, the car park will be closed on the 4th March. The bridleway will remain open to visitors on foot. There is an alternative parking area where Chinnor Hill/Hill Road meets The Ridgeway. Chinnor Hill crowns the Chiltern escarpment and offers panoramic views of the surounding countryside.

Prehistoric past

Chinnor Hill falls steeply to the Icknield Way, part of the ancient Ridgeway. Made up of prehistoric pathways that follow the chalk 'spine' of England, the Ridgeway is thought to be Britain's oldest road.

Spring and summer flowers

The chalk grassland here contains an amazing variety of flowers in spring and summer, including several species of orchid and the nationally scarce Chiltern gentian. Pretty harebells can be found here, and if you look closely, you might spot the tiny white flowers of eyebright - once made into herbal remedies for eye disorders.

Birds and berries

Hawthorn, juniper scrub, yew, whitebeam and the wayfaring tree have colonised the once open area of grassland at the top of the hill.  In spring, this scrub is alive with birdsong and in autumn, migrant bird populations are attracted to the banquet of berries. Chinnor Hill is also a great place to watch red kites soaring in the sky, as well as kestrels hovering above the slopes looking for prey.

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Reserve information

1 mile east of
OX39 4BJ
Map reference
SP 7665 0065
Great for...
spring flowers
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open at all times
27.50 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Wheelchair and mobility vehicle users can gain access to top of reserve with a RADAR key - call 020 7250 3222 or go to
Walking information
Sloping, steep and stony in places, muddy in places; kissing gates and gates; benches
On Chinnor to Radnage road take first left to Bledlow Ridge; after 500m turn left into Hill Top Lane to surfaced car park
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Tel: 01865 775476

Smartphone Safari

Every weekend on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Oxford we broadcast a Smartphone Safari. Listen along as we explore some of our fantastic reserves and introduce you to the wildlife you can see.