SP8203 : Information Board at Whiteleaf Hill

taken 1 year ago, near to Whiteleaf, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Information Board at Whiteleaf Hill
Information Board at Whiteleaf Hill
This information board is located by a car park off Peters Lane, HP27 0RP and has the following wording:

Welcome to Whiteleaf and Brush Hill Local Nature Reserves

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Whiteleaf Hill and Brush Hill Local Nature Reserves are situated within the
Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These sites are located above the
historic market town of Princes Risborough and provide fantastic panoramic
views of the Chilterns escarpment, across the Vale of Aylesbury and on to the
Wessex Downs in the distance.
Both reserves boast a diverse range of habitats which support an array of flora
and fauna throughout the year. Of particular importance are the areas of
species rich chalk grassland - relics from an earlier era when broad swathes of
sheep grazed downlands covered the thin chalky soils of the Chiltern scarp.
This chalk grassland provides habitat for a range of specialist plants and
insects such as the Marbled White butterfly and Horseshoe Vetch.
Whiteleaf Hill is well known for the 100m high chalk hill figure - The
Whiteleaf Cross - on its northern slope but it is also home to other
interesting archaeological features including a Neolithic barrow and WW1
practice trenches.
Whiteleaf Cross has stood above Princes Risborough for several centuries
dominating the local landscape. The first written record of its presence dates
from 1742 and although the reason for its creation is unknown and subject to
speculation and folklore, this emblematic cross is best viewed from a distance
where its sheer scale can be fully appreciated.
Image of Whiteleaf Cross

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What to look for
in Spring: Yellow Archangel, Blackcap, Wood Anemone
in Summer: Speckled Wood, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Pipistrelle
in Autumn: Common Beech, Hazel Catkins, Blackthorn (sloes)

In the middle of the board is a map showing the Brush Hill and Whiteleaf Nature
Reserves.
Below the map is the following information:
a) Brush Hill & Whiteleaf Circular Walk
This 1.6 mile/2.6 km walking route is a great way to enjoy the varied
landscape these two nature reserves have to offer. Take in the wonderful views
across the Aylesbury Vale and try and spot some of the diverse flora, fauna
and historic features along the way.
b) The Ridgeway National Trail
Following a route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and
soldiers, The Ridgeway National Trail traverses the chalk hills of the
Chilterns and North Wessex Downs between Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire
and Avebury in Wiltshire. There are stunning viewpoints, nature reserves,
historic monuments and more to discover along this 87 mile signposted trail.
Start exploring The Ridgeway at "LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) y".
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Date Taken
Thursday, 16 July, 2020   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 28 July, 2020
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
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Brush Hill 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8222 0365 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:43.5331N 0:48.6613W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8224 0364
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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