SWC Walk 191 – Haddenham Circular (via Brill)
Length: 27.6 km (17.2 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 458 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 6 ¼ hours
Toughness: 8 out of 10
SWC Walk 191a – Haddenham Circular (omitting Brill)
Length: 20.1 km (12.5 mi) [the route splits from the main walk after 7.7 km]
Ascent/Descent: 300 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 10.10 Bicester Village train from Marylebone, arriving Haddenham & Thame Parkway at 10.50
Return trains: xx.13 (52 mins journey time) and xx.38 (40 mins journey time), then 20.08, 20.39, 20.44, 21.37…
“This is a long and strenuous – but 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 lunch stop is in any one of two charming pubs in the ancient hilltop village of Brill. A short loop around the village, providing far views into five counties, passes its well-preserved windmill in a prominent position on Brill Common, before a long descent from this steep-sided village follows.
There are a few ascents throughout the walk at regular intervals, with the third one – up to lunch in Brill – the longest, as the walk links a total of four hilltop villages and crosses one other hill chain. It also contains several arable field crossings.”
This short walk cuts out the beautifully located hilltop village of Brill, but still provides some fine far views across the rolling landscape and to the Chilterns.
The Hundred of Ashendon
(on the short walk:
11.5 km/7.2 mi, food to 15.00), which has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016 and 2017 for its cuisine. They also serve sandwiches and more traditional dishes from a Bar Snack Menu.
: The Rising Sun
, en-route to the station, part of the Oak Taverns mini-chain.
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