View from Chilton House

SWC Walk 191a Haddenham Circular (w/o Brill)

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Close-Up of Tree in Valley NE of Long Crendon, on way to Wombwell's Farm

SWC Walk 191 Haddenham Circular (via Brill)

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Towards the Pollicotts and Ashendon

SWC Walk 191a Haddenham Circular (w/o Brill)

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Aylesbury Astrological Society's Observatory and Chilterns beyond, from Upper Pollicott

SWC Walk 191a Haddenham Circular (w/o Brill)

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Weather Vane, Haddenham

SWC Walk 191 Haddenham Circular (via Brill)

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Monbiot's nemesis

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Along the Thame

Haddenham Circular (short)

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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.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Wed, 06-Jun-18

Wednesday Walk - Haddenham Circular (omitting Brill)

Length: 20.1 km (12.5 mi) [longer version possible, see pdf]
Ascent/Descent: 300 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 10.06 Oxford train from Marylebone, arriving Haddenham & Thame Parkway at 10.40
Return trains: 15.13, 15.40,16.28, 16.38, 17.27, 17.50, 18.13, 18.25… (from 43 mins)
“This is a walk through the pleasant rolling countryside of the north westerly parts of Aylesbury Vale, just north of The Chilterns, with some fine views. 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 circular route to return south on a different route back through the Thame Valley back to Haddenham. There are a few ascents throughout the walk at regular intervals, as the walk links some hilltop villages and crosses one other hill chain.”
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.
Lunch: The Hundred of Ashendon (11.5 km/7.2 mi, food to 14.00), which has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016/17/18 for its cuisine. They also serve sandwiches and more traditional dishes from a Bar Snack Menu.
Tea: Little Italy Espresso Bar in Haddenham village (open until 16.30), or The Rising Sun (open from 17.00) en-route to the station.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
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Sun, 20-Aug-17 3

Sunday Walk - Rolling Bucks Landscape with tremendous views: Haddenham Circular (with or without Brill)

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
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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.
Lunch:
The Pointer (12.1 km/7.5 mi, food to 17.00);
The Pheasant (12.9 km/8.0 mi, food to 17.00);
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.
Tea: The Rising Sun, en-route to the station, part of the Oak Taverns mini-chain.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
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Anyone interested in this walk?

regards,
SP
Apologies for earlier erroneous train time, post now corrected
A meagre 3 came out for this undulating excursion in very good walking weather, namely sunny with passing clouds later overcast. Views as good as always, field crossings a doddle due to well cleared paths and firm ground, although plenty more acreage under the plough this year, with a high percentage of broad beans. Not pretty.
Very nice lunch indeed at The Pointer, Brill, which has gone even more upmarket (apparently featuring in the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants in Britain recently). They also do rooms now in a building opposite.
17.38 train after all that.
Wed, 02-Nov-16 10

Wednesday Walk - Rolling Bucks Countryside with some very fine views

SWC Walk 191a – Haddenham Circular (omitting Brill)
Length: 20.1 km (12.5 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 300 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 10.05 Oxford Parkway train from Marylebone, arriving Haddenham & Thame Parkway at 10.39
Return trains: 15.13, 15.38, 16.13, 16.38, 17.14, 17.49, 18.13, 18.25, 18.50 etc. (journey time from 49 mins)
“This is a walk through the pleasant rolling countryside of the north westerly parts of Aylesbury Vale, just north of The Chilterns, with some fine views. 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 circular route to return south on a different route back through the Thame Valley back to Haddenham. There are a few ascents throughout the walk at regular intervals, as the walk links some hilltop villages and crosses one other hill chain.”
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 lunch pub is the The Hundred of Ashendon (11.5 km/7.2 mi, food to 14.45), which has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016 & 2017 for its cuisine. They also serve sandwiches and more traditional dishes from a Bar Snack Menu. For tea the Little Italy Espresso Bar in Haddenham village is the café option (open until 16.30), while The Rising Sun en-route to the station is the pub option.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos, and gpx/kml files click here.
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Next Week: Book 1 Walk 47 Ockley to Warnham; 16.5 km; 3/10 rating.
Intend going and will print 2 spare copies of the walk for those without access to a printer.
10 walkers on a sunny day with light northerly winds, meaning very clear air providing for fantastic, far views. A perfect day for this walk, as the ground was dry throughout, which with several large fields to cross made quite a difference.
En route we had a look into the NT run Long Crendon Court House, which had a pretty comprehensive exhibition on the lives and times in the area, and also had several short breaks for views and watering.
The Hundred of Ashendon pub was strangely empty (as we learned, due to the road through the village being closed for 3 months), so we had a free choice of the tables. A pretty faultless gatro pub meal was served (fixed price menu: 2 courses for £14) and one walker couldn't resist the quince trifle for closure. The SWC lunch monitor even suggested posting this walk again in the week b4 Xmas, as the Xmas set menu looks very appealing...
Only one of the sandwichers had moved on, so 9 of us trundled on together, with some more fine views towards the Chilterns.
Our long stay at the pub unfortunately meant that we got back to Haddenham in the middle of the 'dead' half hour between the cafe shutting and the pub re opening for the evening, so we went straight to the platform, where a delayed, then cancelled train (signalling problems at Bicester apparently) meant a 1 hour wait (in the comfy, draught free waiting room though).
The train was then quite full, mainly because 'Spurs were going to Wembley', but we survived in good enough spirits to have a farewell drink at the Marylebone station pub. A very fine day out.
Sat, 30-Jan-16 18

Saturday Third Walk - Aylesbury Vale Hills: Haddenham Circular (w/o Brill)


SWC Walk 191a – Haddenham Circular (omitting Brill)
Length: 20.1 km (12.5 mi) [longer walk possible, see comments below]
Ascent/Descent: 300 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 09.05 Oxford Parkway train from Marylebone, arriving Haddenham & Thame Parkway at 09.40
Return trains: XX.13 and XX.38 hours (53 and 40 minutes journey time respectively)
This is a walk through the pleasant rolling countryside of the north westerly parts of Aylesbury Vale, between the Chilterns and the Cotswolds, with some fine views. 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 circular route to return south on a different route through the Thame Valley back to Haddenham. There are a few minor ascents throughout the walk at regular intervals, as the walk links some hilltop villages and crosses one other hill chain.
The lunch pub is the The Hundred of Ashendon (11.5 km/7.2 mi), which has just been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016 for its cuisine. They also serve sandwiches and more traditional dishes from a Bar Snack Menu though. A table has been booked. For tea, the Little Italy Espresso Bar in Haddenham village is the café option (open until 16.30), while The Rising Sun en-route to the station is the pub option.
For walk directions, map, height profile, and gpx/kml files click here.
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addendum: with this early train, fast walkers can of course tackle the full walk (27.6 km/17.2 mi, 8/10 rating, 6 1/4 hours of walking assuming 5 km/h on the flat) and still finish in daylight. pub lunch would be in one of the two splendid pubs in Brill...
Looking forward to doing this walk. Anyone else?
sure
I will come along :)
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Perfect sunny winters day!

16 off the train at Haddenham & Thame Parkway. 2 (including the walk poster!) were fractionally late for the suggested train but managed to catch up with the group up by lunch.

The morning was a lovely wander across fields and valleys. Despite recent heavy rain the potentially dubious river crossing was perfectly navigable and the ground was generally firm enough under foot to be able to look UP and enjoy the stunning views.

6 scampered off on the extension to Brill (where lunch at the The Pointer was apparently very good). The remaining group headed to Ashendon, where 2 had a picnic at the church, and the rest devoured a delicious lunch at The Hundred of Ashendon Inn. The food was so good most of us opted for dessert before our afternoon of admiring even more beautiful views.

The Rising Sun (en route ro the station) was the pub of choice for post walk drinks. The majority reached it well before sunset, then we all had a bit of a mad dash for the 17:38 train back to London.

Thanks for a fab day everyone!
Sun, 19-Apr-15 5 Haddenham Circular, via Brill
Sun, 23-Mar-14 4 Haddenham Circular, omitting Brill
Sat, 28-Sep-13 11 Haddenham Circular, via Brill