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Date:   Friday 18th May 2018

Index:   South Area

Map:   Go to OS Map

HS2 route plan:   Sheet 23
& Sheet 24

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Last Chance (HS)To See:

Kingsash from Cobblershill

All change at the top of the Misbourne Valley

scene 016 map Approaching Wendover Dean from the south the Misbourne valley flattens before it drops into the Aylesbury Vale at the Wendover gap. To traverse a small side valley running up to Kingsash, HS2 passes from a cutting over a large viaduct and then back into a cutting once more. Due to the angle and location this will dominate the view up the valley, and especially from the opposite ridge line south of Cobblershill.

This image and panorama are taken from the byway which runs along the ridge on the opposite side of the valley, from Mobwell to Cobblershill.

The panorama below runs from the ridge at Cobblershill (left of panorama), past Haddenham Hill and Wendover Woods in the distance. This is where HS2 crosses London Road, before climbing (behind the line of pylons) to enter a cutting on the far side of the valley.

The houses on the hill opposite (near middle of the panorama) are the hamlet of Kingsash. The Wendover Dean Viaduct will cross in the middle of the view at this point. HS2 then re-enters a cutting which runs along the side of the valley, past Cottage Farm (at the right-side of the panorama).

Use the slider to move the view from side to side.

Although the Chilterns Tunnel was extended northward to hide the route around Hyde Heath and South Heath, the crossing of the upper Misbourne valley is where HS2 will have the greatest visual impact upon the Chilterns ANOB. Crossing at a height of 11 to 13 metres above the valley floor, on an incline, this will also generate an extended noise footprint up and down the valley, and into the well used woodlands around Little Hampden and Dunsmore.