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Saturday, 22 December 2018

Saturday Walk - Wendover to Great Missenden

Length:  21.6 km (13.4 mi)
Ascent/Descent:  360 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness:  6 out of 10 
Length:  16.4 km (10.2 mi)
Ascent/Descent:  290 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours
Toughness:  4 out of 10 
Take the 09.27 train from Marylebone to Aylesbury (Harrow-on-the-Hill 09.39, Rickmansworth 09.49 etc.),  arrives Wendover 10.15, for the full walk.
Or the 09.57 Aylesbury Vale Parkway service, if walking the short version.
Return trains: xx.02 and xx.32 hours (48 minutes journey time). Buy a Wendover return ticket.

This fairly energetic walk combines some of the finest elements of the Chiltern Hills, while having very little overlap with other walks in the area. After leaving Wendover in a south easterly direction on the Ridgeway the walk rises into woods. It then passes along fields to get to the picturesque green in The Lee, a conservation area village. From there it continues through woodland and the beautiful Lee Common to a 16th century lunch pub at Swan Bottom. The afternoon offers constantly changing scenery. It completely avoids settlements and roads, mostly following grassy fields, while still passing through a variety of varied and characterful woods. Several beautiful valleys are crossed in between and the finish is a scenic descent into Great Missenden.

Lunch: Cock and Rabbit Inn with its  reassuringly (or frighteningly, depending on your perspective) traditional Graziemille Restaurant (7.3 km/4.6 mi) or The Old Swan  in Swan Bottom (10.0 km/6.2 mi, food to 14.30). It is advisable to book ahead for the latter.

For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. t=swc.140.a


Anonymous said...

Hi Guys aiming to do the full walkof 13.4 miles and hope to see some of you. Shall board train at Harrow on Hill at 09.39.

PeteG said...

n=8 on the early train on a w=sunny day. One left at the first short cut and part of the group missed a turning, but we met up again near the Cock & Rabbit. Remarkably for a Saturday walk, just two of us ate in The Swan. Not crowded with speedy & friendly service & great food. As we left the Swan, we met n=4 who were doing the later train option (but apparently not the short cut).

Very muddy in the first woods with forest operation churning up the track. The seven of us all met up again at the station for the return train to London. A great day out.

Walker said...

N=12 by the sound of it. (Note to those doing walk report: only one “n=“ allowed per walk report: the system does not do maths.)