Haddenham Circular via Brill walk
Strenuous walk linking several hill top villages in the rolling landscape of the north westerly Aylesbury Vale, with splendid views throughout.
27.8 km (17.3 mi), with 429m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.
7 out of 10, with 6 hours 15 minutes walking time. For the whole outing allow at least 8 hours 45 minutes.
This is a very rewarding walk through the pleasant rolling countryside of the north westerly parts of Aylesbury Vale, just north of the Chilterns, with some far views on clear days.
The walk first crosses the Thame Valley north of Haddenham and then passes through the area of the ancient Bernwood Royal Hunting Forest on a wide circular route to return south on a different route back through the Thame Valley to Haddenham.
The walk contains several arable field crossings as well as plenty of pastures, hayfields and meadows, some of which will feature high grass in summer.
Shortcut: Half-way through the morning, cut out the recommended lunchtime destination, the charming hilltop village of Brill, this cuts 7.6 km (4.7 mi) and 156m descent/re-ascent. The recommended lunch stop for the short walk is in Ashendon, and this route is rated 4/10.
OS Explorer Map: 180 (Oxford) & 181 (Chiltern Hills North).
Haddenham & Thame Parkway station, map reference SP 731 085, is 10 km south west of Aylesbury, 22 km east of Oxford, and 81m above sea level. Haddenham is in Buckinghamshire. The station is on the London Marylebone to Bicester main line. Journey times are between 38 and 51 minutes.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.30 hours.
The Pointer 27 Church Street, Brill, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9RT (01844 238 339). The Pointer is located 12.1 km (7.5 mi) into the walk.
House of Spice 19 Fort End, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire HP17 8EJ (01844 292 934). An old pub converted into an award winning restaurant. Located 1 km from the station.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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