24.6 km (15.3 mi), of which 4.4 km (2.7 mi) on tarmac or concrete . Cumulative ascent/descent: 275/274 m. For a shorter walk, see below Walk options.
Time: 5 1/2 hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 8 hours and 15 minutes.
OS Landranger Map: 165 (Aylesbury & Leighton Buzzard) OS Explorer Map: 181 (Chiltern Hills North) and 192 (Buckingham & Milton Keynes).
Aylesbury Vale Parkway station, map reference SP 786 153, is 3.6 km northwest of Aylesbury and 75m above sea level. Aylesbury Station, map reference SP 817 134, is 76m above sea level. Both are in Buckinghamshire.
5 out of 10
This walk links up a few quiet hilltop villages north of Aylesbury in the rolling landscape of East Buckinghamshire, providing for good views into Aylesbury Vale and back to the Chiltern Range.
Note: some of the fields along the Thame, its tributaries and along the canal are essentially flood plains, and this walk is therefore not recommended after prolonged wet weather.
It is possible to shorten the walk in two ways. Shortcuts I and II are mutually exclusive though:
Three bus services to Aylesbury run through the walk area:
Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway (AVP) stations are on the London Marylebone to Aylesbury line (via Amersham). Journey times are 65 minutes to AVP (hourly service) and 60 minutes returning from Aylesbury (half-hourly service). Buy a day return to Aylesbury Vale Parkway. Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.30 hours.
The Five Elms Stockaway, Weedon, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4NL (01296 641 439). Open Mon-Tue 18.00-21.00, Wed-Sat 12.00-14.30 & 18.00-23.00 and Sun 12.00-16.00. Food served Tue 18.00-19.45, Wed-Sat 12.00-14.00 and 18.00-21.00, Sun 12.00-14.30. Last food orders 15 minutes before close of service. The Five Elms is located 5.3 km (3.3 mi) into the walk. It is a 400 years old thatched Freehouse. The restaurant, providing quintessentially English dishes, only seats 16 people, so phone ahead if in a large group! There are a few outdoor tables.
Aylesbury Station Coffee Shop One4six Coffee Station Approach, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1RU. Open Mon-Fri 5.00-18.30, Sat 8.00-14.00, Sun 9.00-13.00.
A plethora of options in Aylesbury City Centre (see Walk Directions).
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Out: (not a train station)
Back: (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk