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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Sunday First Walk: Buckinghamshire countryside and canal

SWC Walk 194a – Aylesbury Vale Parkway to Aylesbury, with Weedon short cut

Length: 18.3km (11.4 miles) Toughness: 3 out of 10

09:57 Aylesbury Vale Parkway train from Marylebone arriving Aylesbury Vale Parkway at 11:06.

Return trains from Aylesbury are at xx:29 and xx:45 (journey time 1 hour). Buy an off-peak day return to Aylesbury Vale Parkway.

This walk traverses the rolling landscape of East Buckinghamshire with good views into Aylesbury Vale and back to the Chilterns, before finishing with a long stretch along a branch of the Grand Union Canal. The full version of the walk (24.5km) goes further north to a lunch pub in Whitchurch, and could be done by those seeking a longer walk. However, the short cut heads east from Weedon, which entails using The Five Elms (01296 641439) at Weedon as the lunch pub after just 5.3km. Do ring the pub as you set off to reserve a table for lunch.

The bulk of the walk thus comes after lunch as you follow an undulating route east and then south to join the canal for the final two miles.

You will need to download the Walk Directions.


Thomas G said...

Intend going, but walking one of the longer versions. Decision about which one to be made after lunch at The Bell in Hardwick.

Thomas G said...

n=10 walkers in w=sunny-yet-cool weather. 3 ended up doing the posted short walk, all others opted for the long (i.e.: normal) version. The known weaknesses of this walk are the road-heavy beginning, some arable field crossings (fine today though after the dry weather we have had) and the a-touch-too-long stretches of grassy fields and then the canalside path into the sprawling Aylesbury. Despite that, all agreed that the splendour of the rest of the walk (fine far Chiltern views, pretty villages, plenty of streams) and the excellent lunch pub in Hardwick made this a very worthwhile day out.
One veteran SWC walker had chosen this as his first walk back with the SWC after several years off our group walks, he seemed happy enough.