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Saturday, 8 August 2015

Saturday First Walk - a late start

I will be standing down shortly so a new volunteer poster is needed - or volunteers: it is perfectly OK to volunteer for every other week or even one week in four.
Traditionally this slot has been chosen from Book 1 or Book 2 walks and the feeling is that it would be good to continue this
The work involves choosing a walk - choosing a train time and posting it.
The posting team will be very happy to give the new poster/s support
To volunteer email saturdaywalkersATyahooDOTcoDOTuk (or post a comment if you have a question).

The job is easy and does give you the chance to be creative if you wish or you could revert to just posting Book 1 walks in the original order with Book 1 Walk 1 on the first Saturday in the year and then on so about now you would be posting Book 1 Walk 32 Arundel to Amberley 
The walk posters look forward to hearing from you 

Book 1 Walk 52 : Princes Risborough to Wendover
14.9km (9.3 miles) or if you follow the info below then 13.4Km (so say 8.5 miles)
6 out of 10
Explorer 181 or Landranger 165
Walk map here

Take the 11.09am from Marylebone Station to Princes Risborough arriving 11.54.
Trains back from Wendover run twice an hour at XX.13 and XX.43. Journey time 52 minutes.
Buy a day return to Aylesbury (where the two Chiltern branch lines converge).

A ridiculously late start but I dare say there will be a few who fancy it.  Allowing an hour for lunch you should be back at Wendover by say 16.30 so still time for tea / chocolate and back into London by around 6

This walk is easy to follow, being mainly along the Ridgeway and is very much uphill and downhill, but not strenuously so. The way is predominantly through high beech woods and chalk downlands, including the Grangelands Nature Reserve and has views out from Coombe Hill over the Vale of Aylesbury and surrounding counties. The walk ends by descending into the pleasant old town of Wendover.

From the updates
While the Bernard Arms is closed it is simpler to stay on the Ridgeway at para 21 and avoid the out-and-back route into Great Kimble. The book route rejoins from the left in 200m and you resume at para 26. This short cut reduces the walk length by 1.5km.

If you want a pub lunch, The Plough in Lower Cadsden ( ) is more up-market than its outward appearance suggests, with expensive main courses. The sandwiches and ploughman's are probably a better choice. You'll reach this pub in an hour from getting off of the train so say 13.00 ish.
You need to phone and book. Last time I did this walk they wouldn't take a booking but we turned up and they gave us a table for 7 and the food was good and fast
The remainder of the walk takes between 2 and 2½ hours.  

The suggested tea place is Le Petit Café (tel 01296 624 601), five minutes from Wendover Station, which is open until 5.30pm. Cocoa aficionados may instead succumb to nearby Rumsey’s Chocolaterie (tel 01296 625 060), which also serves tea and coffee and is open until 6.30pm.
Also worth considering are the bar of the 17th century Red Lion Hotel (tel 01296 622 266) and the Shoulder of Mutton pub (tel 01296 623 223).

Also from the updates
As you are finishing in Wendover you may want to try the Red Lion that as of January 2013 has the oldest (98) barmaid 'in the world' ( so she should be 100 by now ) and also looks like a nice pub

More info here

Info and walk directions here


Anonymous said...

I intend to go

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Anonymous said...

I meant to let a walker I met on this fine summer day, the details of the accommodation the SWC used in the Cairn Gorms. So just in case she looks at the comments for the walk here it is

Anonymous said...

n=15_16, W=sunny_and_hot, another Book 1 old favorite enjoyed by all, great views and lovely woods to cool down. Lunch at The Plough was basic but adequate. The instruction in the afternoon was somewhat confusing, at least two subgroups were lost in the woods. However, this was more than compensated for by the reward at Rumsey’s Chocolaterie in Wendover where a group of us had refreshment (homemade ice cream, tea, ice cream coffee etc) before heading back to London.