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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Wednesday Walk - Haddenham to Aylesbury via Waddesdon

Length: 25.2 km (15.7 mi) [shorter versions possible, see pdf for details]
Ascent/Descent: 300m; Net Walking Time: 5 ½ hours
Toughness:  6/10                        

Take the 10.06 Oxford train from Marylebone, arrives Haddenham & Thame Parkway 10.40.
Return trains are on 16.18/16.48/17.15/17.50/18.20/18.47 etc. via Amersham (your ticket is not technically valid on these services) and 16.29/17.29/18.22 etc. via Princes Risborough.
Buy a Haddenham & Thame return, this covers the return journey to London from Princes Risborough. You then need to buy an Aylesbury to Risborough single at Aylesbury and travel via Princes R’boro!, or argue with the ticket inspector.

This walk through some scenic northerly parts of Aylesbury Vale combines tranquil stretches of the Thame Valley Walk with more energetic climbs in between, heading north through Upper Wichenden and the Rothschild’s Waddesdon estate, finally along a long tree-lined avenue up towards Waddesdon Manor, situated on a prominent hill. After lunch in Waddesdon village, Eythrope Park (another Rothschild estate) is passed through and the route follows the Thame River and Bear Brook into Aylesbury.

Alternative (shorter) Finishes  in Stone (frequent buses to Aylesbury) or at Aylesbury Vale Parkway station are described. There is also a shortcut just before lunch.

Lunch: The Long Dog (13.7 km/8.5 mi, food all day). Nearby there are also The Lion (food to 14.30) and the 94 Coffee Shop.  
Tea: lots of choice in Aylesbury, see the pdf for details.

For summary, map, height profile, some photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here.

1 comment:

Thomas G said...

Heavy overnight and morning rain in London did not bode well, but even at Marylebone station the rain had already stopped and in Haddenham the n=4 who alighted were greeted by blue skies. Later it became overcast and at times even gloomily dark, but it never rained and some sun was also seen p.m., i.e. w=overcast-with-sunny-periods.
The ground was unmuddy and the few arable fields in the morning were harvested but not yet ploughed, so the going was good. Excessive delays were caused all day though by an abundance of ready-to-eat blackberries in formerly unseen numbers, the wet spring and hot summer with recent rainfall may have been perfect for berries?
At Waddesdon the majority vote was to go straight to the ever reliable The Long Dog along the shortcut, cutting out a wee bit of the route, and the lunch didn't disappoint. We arrived in A'bury just after 4.30, I think, and all walked on past the station into the town centre for either shopping, exploring or a drink at the 15th century King's Head (an NT-owned former Inn), which is now run by Chiltern Brewery as their taproom, AND now does food.