SWC Walk 193 – Haddenham to Aylesbury via Gibraltar and Ford
Marylebone to Bicester Village via Haddenham seems to be the only railway line running today (but serving only selected stops), so it’s either Book 1 Walk 10 - Beaconsfield Circular (but posted on Boxing Day 2013) or one of the Haddenham walks. This one has the advantages of passing four (!) pubs (plus a 5th just a little bit off-route in Stone), while offering flexible lengths, as the route crosses the A418 several times, where the 200/280 Oxford to Aylesbury Bus runs frequently to get us back to Haddenham station.
Length: from 10.3 km (6.4 mi) to 23.3 km (14.5 mi)
Ascent/Descent: up to 180 m; Net Walking Time: from ca. 2 hours to 5 hours
Toughness: from 1/10 to 4/10
Take the 09.45 Oxford Parkway train from Marylebone, arrives Haddenham & Thame Parkway at 10.28;
Return trains from Haddenham: xx.17 and xx.47 hours (47 minutes journey time).
Buy a Haddenham & Thame Parkway return.
To quote the write-up:
“This pleasant walk through the scenic heart of Aylesbury Vale passes through the tranquil Thame Valley in the morning, linking up many unspoilt and picturesque hamlets with gentle views to the surrounding hills, while passing four good village pubs en route. After lunch several grassy fields and a substantial newly planted community woodland are passed through. Later the stately mansion of Hartwell House is rounded, before the route heads in to Aylesbury for tea.
The regular Oxford to Aylesbury bus service is never far away from the route, making it easy to choose a shorter option.“
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