Dinton Hall, from footpath to the SE

SWC Walk 193 Haddenham to Aylesbury (via Gibraltar and Ford)

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Dovecote, Notley Farm

SWC Walk 193 Haddenham to Aylesbury (via Gibraltar and Ford)

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Pollards along the Thame River, Chearsley

SWC Walk 193 Haddenham to Aylesbury (via Gibraltar and Ford)

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Garden Wall in Cuddington

SWC Walk 193 Haddenham to Aylesbury (via Gibraltar and Ford)

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Pulpit Hill, Chilterns, from field in Dinton

SWC Walk 193 Haddenham to Aylesbury (via Gibraltar and Ford)

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Willow plantation

Haddenham to Aylesbury

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Willow pollards

Haddenham to Aylesbury

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Haddenham to Aylesbury via Gibraltar and Ford walk

The scenic heart of Aylesbury Vale: picturesque hamlets in the Thame Valley, Notley Abbey, Dinton Hall and Hartwell House.

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
Mon, 26-Dec-16 10

Boxing Day Walk - The Thame Valley (Aylesbury Vale), Rolling Bucks Landscape, 4 Pubs, Variable Length

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.“
The recommended lunch stops are The Bottle and Glass in Gibraltar (10.3 km/6.4 mi) or the The Seven Stars in Dinton (10.9 km/6.8 mi). There’s also The Crown at Cuddington early in the walk (7.1 km/4.4 mi). For tea the choices are The Bugle Horn as well as Hartwell House Spa Cafe and Bar, both in Hartwell (ca. 3.5 km from the end) and numerous options in Aylesbury (check page 2 of the directions for details).
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
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The first day of the sales meant that the Bicester Village Express was full to the brim, with standing room only for late arrivals (I think the SWC all got seats though), so much so that Chiltern Rail were later apologising for the conditions due to "unforseen high demand". Maybe next year just put on 6 car trains?
Anyway, 10 walkers managed to disentangle themselves from the crowds to get off the train at Haddenham and embark on this gentle walk in very sunny weather. 3 arable field crossings early on (1 large, 2 small), else fine grassy fields or grassy field boundaries. The Thame River, Notley Abbey and several pretty villages with lots of thatched and Wychert walled houses provided some interest on top of the views of rolling hills left and right (did I mention the fine far views in the crisp, clear air?). The Chilterns never seemed so close...
Lunch at the Bottle & Glass in Gibraltar was just right, served at a table by the fireplace, after which two walkers had another short stop at the next pub in Dinton.
2 other walkers left us after Dinton church to take the bus back from the nearby A road, 1 sandwicher was long out of sight (and later met again on the bus, having finished the full walk to Aylesbury), the other 7 arrived at the Bugle Horn in Stone at 16.15, which left 20 minutes to the next bus for a swift one.
A great day for being out and about, spent in very good company.
Fri, 25-Mar-16 16

Good Friday Second Walk - Haddenham to Aylesbury via Gibraltar and Ford

'tis not easy to find a north-of-the-river walk for today, that isn't cursed by engineering works, pub refurbs, upcoming postings by other walk posters or relatively recent outings of the same walk...so here's one of mine
Length: 23.3 km (14.5 mi) [shorter walk possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 180 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Take the 10.05 train from Marylebone, arrives Haddenham & Thame Parkway at 10.40;
Return trains from Aylesbury: XX.29 hours (67 minutes journey time via Princes Risborough as the via Wendover route has engineering works).
Buy an Aylesbury (any route permitted) return, [i.e.: NOT an ‘Aylesbury (via Chalfont & Latimer) Return’], this covers the outward journey up to Princes Risborough. You might then have to pay on board for a single, one-stop Princes Risborough to Haddenham extension.
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 three 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.“ All the convenient bus stops are detailed in the write-up.
The recommended lunch stops are The Bottle and Glass in Gibraltar (10.3 km/6.4 mi) or The Seven Stars in Dinton (10.9 km/6.8 mi). There’s also The Crown at Cuddington early in the walk (7.1 km/4.4 mi). For tea the choices are The Bugle Horn as well as Hartwell House Spa Cafe and Bar, both in Hartwell (ca. 3.5 km from the end and close to a bus stop) and numerous options in Aylesbury (check page 2 of the directions for details).
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
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Intend going. Weather forecast looks great
16 sunny
1 walker chose an earlier train, whom we caught and lost at the lunch pub, then caught and lost again at Hartwell. 15 off the delayed 10.40 arrival.
A beautiful day for this walk through the lower parts of the Thame Valley, incl. several pretty villages. The overnight rain had cleared the air and the Chiltern views were as good as I've seen them on this route.
The group soon split up into faster and slower walkers, all briefly re uniting at the Bottle & Glass in Gibraltar, where food, drink, service and atmosphere were just right. 4 sandwichers then moved swiftly on, as the lunchers took a while (order taking the bottleneck, a regular problem these days), not to be seen again.
The other 12 stayed together to Hartwell and visited the not quite as posh as expected Hartwell House Spa Cafe. Then again: how many tea stops are there on the circuit where you can overlook the pool of a five star hotel from your table...?
There was some criticism of the quality of the cakes (not shared by me, I had an excellent toasted tea cake), but then apparently we should have phoned ahead, so that the cafe would have been better 'prepared'...(more cakes? a pre arranged large table? doors shut and locked?).
All in: excellent views, dry ground, good company, pretty villages, some impressive stately piles and a swift train journey.
18.29 train for the 12, a drink or two at the cosy pub in Marylebone station for the hardcore...
Onwards, another walk tomorrow...
Good Friday walk
The Hartwell Spa cafe is open until 7pm during weekdays and 9pm weekends as they serve dinner as well as afternoon yes fare and it opens at 9am even for non residents. The in mates can wander around in dressing gowns so no one needs to feel intimidated about the ambiance which is old fashioned country house. They had had a very busy day so only 6 cakes left and no scones so booking is definitely advised and the service slow and less than enthusiastic about 12 walkers rocking up at 5pm.

I for one was most grateful for the refreshment stop after 13 miles of relentlessly long vistas of flat fields and endless sunshine culminating in the expedition support vehicle whisking 2 of us off in luxury to Aylesbury station (local bus) without having to complete the full 15 miles. All in all a great day out and nice to meet some weekend walkers who endure the toil and strife of full time work.
Sat, 29-Mar-14 17 Haddenham to Aylesbury, via Gibraltar
Sat, 26-Oct-13 6 Haddenham to Aylesbury, via Gibraltar