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

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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
Sun, 16-Sep-18 5

Sunday Walk - Rolling Bucks Landscape with three very good pubs: Haddenham Circular (via Brill)

Length: 27.6 km (17.2 mi) [shorter version possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 458 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 6 ¼ hours
Toughness: 8 out of 10
Take the 10.06 Oxford train from Marylebone, arriving Haddenham & Thame Parkway at 10.39
Return trains: xx.13 and xx.38 (from 39 mins)
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, which should be fine this time of year.
A shortcut reducing the effort to 5 out of 10 is described. Lunch would be in Ashendon.
Lunch: The Pointer (12.1 km/7.5 mi, food all day) or The Pheasant (12.9 km/8.0 mi, food all day) in Brill.
The Hundred of Ashendon (on the short walk: 11.5 km/7.2 mi, food to 14.00) in Ashendon, 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: The Rising Sun, en-route to the station.
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5 dry pleasantly warm and sunny

5 familiar faces off the packed posted train, but two of those were equipped with contraptions they called 'bicycles'. Upon these metal chariots they intended to travel the lanes of Buckinghamshire and meet us at Brill for lunch. The 3 of us who were happy for the legs we were born with to convey us to the lunchtime stop, bid them farewell and good luck and set off from the station. Slowly but surely, but without any great effort, we ascended through the countryside, through grassy and ploughed fields and some fields of corn. Paths through the arable fields were usually clear. As we ascended, the views got better and better and we took a few moments to enjoy them from a bench at Chilton House, where one peeled off to do the shorter version of the walk. The remaining 2 soon caught up with 2 more who had taken an earlier train, so 5 walkers in total. More ascent to the village of Brill where the Pointer couldn't accomodate the 2 of us who wanted a pub lunch, so we moved on to The Pheasant and sat outside with views of the Brill Windmill. We were soon joined by the cyclists who had thoroughly enjoyed the first part of their day. The Pheasant was friendly and efficient, and though the choice was limited to Sunday roasts for walk ins, they were very good. The 2 picnickers joined us for a drink, making for a very pleasant lunch in good company. The windmill was open to visitors, so some took the opportunity to explore it.

After lunch, the cyclists took off, but our paths didn't cross again for the rest of the day. Us walkers enjoyed the descent through fields from Brill, with the views laid out before us. Both in the morning and afternoon we spotted red kites hovering above the fields. And another feature of the whole day was the great abundance of ripe blackberries. Some of us ate as many as we could while still keping up with the walk, but there was much bemoaning of the fact that nobody had throught to pack a little box to bring some home in. We took a refreshment break at The Hundred in Ashendon, another friendly pub. We were even invited to help ourselves to the pile of left over roast potatoes and 'trenchers' on the bar. The 'trenchers' were slices of bread that the lunch roasts had rested on lovely crisp bits of bread soaked in pork and beef fat. Absolutely delicious. Fortified, we set off for the final leg to Haddenham (with a diversion into pretty Cuddington, just for a look) where we had a quick drink at The Rising Sun (again, friendly), recommended by a local as the best pub in town (and happily, the closest to the station). We made the slightly delayed, packed to the rafters 19:38. And to round the day off, the 4 of us had a bite to eat and a drink at the sports bar in Marylebone Station. A great day out in a beautiful part of the English countryside, followed by chili dogs, burgers and mac 'n cheese and the Kansas City Chiefs vs the Pittsburg Steelers (go Chiefs!).

I very much enjoyed this walk, not least because I wasn't expecting such far views and such pretty villages. A bonus being the friendly pubs. And all just 33 minutes from Marylebone.
Also, I'll leave it to the number crunchers and statisticians to rule on whether two regular walkers doing a posted walk by bicycle count towards the attendance... I haven't included them in the numbers. Would be interested to hear how the rest of their day fared.
The cyclists had a very enjoyable afternoon, especially the high speed descent from Brill....a real highlight with great views all around...our route wandered into the Thame Circular walk which looks to include some nice villages and pretty countryside...tempted to give it a go on Sunday....After exploring an off road option, we stopped in the Rising Sun in Haddenham for a gin & tonic before catching the delayed 18:13 (had been aiming for the 18:39 but practically cycled right onto the delayed earlier train as it pulled in)….Great territory for walking and cycling people should definitely not be put off by the mileage....well worth the effort with plenty of rest stops...I too will leave it to the official bean counters as to whether crossing the start line, finish line and spending 1.5 hours at the designated lunch check point count......
Count only people that walk a substantial part of the walk, in my view of the world. But not 'lunchies', however they got there...
Sorry, but to be counted as one of the persons who has done the walk, you have to actually WALK some of it. Turning up on a bicycle, car, horse or moped does not count. Nor does joining the group for lunch.
Wed, 06-Jun-18 6

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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6 got off the busy shopping train bound for Bicester into the bright warm sunshine at Haddenham warm and sunny.Within a few minutes we were ploughing through fields full of knee high grass, nettles, poppies and various crops. Few had well defined paths so the going was slow but pleasant, apart from the nettle stings.

At Chilton the group split with the three foodies, including the lunch monitor, taking the short route to Ashendon and the other three climbing to the lovely hilltop village of Brill for a picnic.

The three foodies didn't arrive at the pub until 13.55 having been given an extra 10 minutes to deal with the overgrown conditions. The Hundred of Ashendon Inn did not disappoint and they enjoyed a leisurely lunch sitting outside in the sunshine.
The three long routers did a couple of tours of Brill before choosing to picnic beside the windmill and enjoy fine panoramic views of four counties not quite as spectacular as the Highlands on a sunny day but where is!

After Brill it was downhill all the way with plenty of stiles, bridges, nettles and pretty villages. At some point the long routers caught up with the foodies and all but one headed for The Rising Sun in Haddenham, tired and parched but satisfied.
Sorry for forgetting to mention the good company. It always is on a Wednesday.
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