Delightful hill top villages in East Bucks. Panoramic views of The Chilterns and into Aylesbury Vale.
24.8 km (15.5 mi), of which 3.7 km (2.3 mi) on tarmac or concrete . Cumulative ascent/descent: 254/261 m. For a shorter walk, see below Walk options.
Time: 5 hours 30 minutes walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 7 hours and 45 minutes.
OS Landranger Map: 165 (Aylesbury & Leighton Buzzard)
OS Explorer Map: 181 (Chiltern Hills North) and 192 (Buckingham & Milton Keynes).
Cheddington station, map reference SP 922 185, is 11 km north east of Aylesbury, 6 km south of Leighton Buzzard, 99m above sea level and in Buckinghamshire. Leighton Buzzard Station, map reference SP 910 249, is in Linslade, which lies west of the River Ouzel, while Leighton Buzzard itself lies east of it. It is 15 km north east of Aylesbury, 15 km south east of Milton Keynes, 92m above sea level and in Bedfordshire.
5 out of 10
A splendid walk through East Buckinghamshire’s rolling landscape of fields and wooded areas on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, linking up a handful of delightful hill top villages to provide panoramic views across pleasant countryside. Broadly following the Thames/Great Ouse watershed in the morning, it initially heads west, mostly with grand views of the Chilterns (when not walking in wooded areas), to then turn north with far views into Aylesbury Vale to the west, on to lunch pubs at either Aston Abbotts or Cublington. The afternoon route is more level, but still features the hilltop village of Wing and ends with a fairly tranquil descent into Linslade (for Leighton Buzzard station).
Disclaimers: There are several arable field crossings to contend with, generally along well-cleared paths, but this walk is nevertheless more challenging in high summer. There is also a level crossing of the dual carriageway Leighton Buzzard-bypass road near the end of the walk.
Two bus services linking Aylesbury with Leighton Buzzard run through the walk area, but the walk can sensibly only be shortened by taking a bus to Leighton Buzzard, as Aylesbury is being served by a different train company, necessitating the extra cost of two single tickets:
· The 165 bus (Aylesbury-Leighton Buzzard) travels through Wingrave, Rowsham, Aston Abbotts (the early lunch stop), Cublington (the lunch stop) and Wing (5 km from the end of the walk). It runs about every two hours until mid-afternoon Mon-Sat
· The 150 bus (Aylesbury-Leighton Buzzard-Milton Keynes) takes a more direct route, along the A 418, with opportunities to catch it at Wingrave Cross Roads (ca. 1 km off the walk route from Aston Abbotts [the early lunch stop]) and then again in Wing (5 km from the end of the walk). This service runs hourly Mon-Sat, but less frequently and only until late afternoon on Sundays/Holidays.
Cheddington and Leighton Buzzard stations are on the London Euston to Milton Keynes (West Coast) Main Line. Journey times are 40 minutes to Cheddington (hourly service) and between 34 and 50 minutes from Leighton Buzzard (up to 3 trains per hour). Buy a day return to Leighton Buzzard.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.30 hours.
Royal Oak Inn Wingrave Road, Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4LT ( 01296 681 262 ). Open Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30 and 17.00-23.00, Sun 12.00-22.30. Food served Mon-Sat 12.00-14.00 and 18.00-21.30, Sun 12.00-21.00. The Royal Oak Inn is located 250m off route 11.5 km (7.1 mi) into the walk and is a Grade II listed C16-C17 timber framed building.
The Unicorn High Street, Cublington, Buckinghamshire, LU7 0LQ (01296 681 261, http://www.theunicornpub.co.uk/ ). Open 12.00-15.00 and 17.00-23.00 Mon-Thu, 10.30-15.00 and 17.00-24.00 Fri, 9.30-24.00 Sat and 12.00-19.00 Sun. Food served Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30 and 18.30-20.30, Sun 12.00-15.00. The Unicorn is located 13.9 km (8.7 mi) into the walk. It is a 17th Century building with log fires and a large garden at the back (including a Pétanque court!).
Various options in Wing (5 km from the end of the walk), in Linslade (near Leighton Buzzard station) and in the centre of Leighton Buzzard. For details see page 2 of the Walk Directions pdf.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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