Haddenham to Aylesbury via Waddesdon walk
Tranquil stretches of the Thame Valley, combined with a few energetic climbs and long passages through two magnificent Rothschild estates.
25.3 km (15.8 mi). Cumulative ascent/descent: 329/332m.
OS Landranger Map: 165 (Aylesbury & Leighton Buzzard) OS Explorer Map: 181 (Chiltern Hills North). HTP station, map reference SP 731 085, is 10 km south west of Aylesbury, 22 km east of Oxford, and 81m above sea level. Aylesbury Station, map reference SP 817 134, is 78m above sea level. Both are in Buckinghamshire.
5 out of 10
This walk through some scenic northerly parts of Aylesbury Vale combines tranquil stretches of the Thame Valley Walk with more energetic climbs and nice vistas in between, heading north through Upper Winchenden and the Rothschild’s Waddesdon estate, finally along a long tree-lined avenue up to Waddesdon Manor, situated on the prominent Lodge Hill.
Shorter Alternative Endings at Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station or in Stone are described. They enable a visit of Waddesdon Manor House and Gardens (tickets need to be bought or scanned at the Welcome Pavilion in the Main Car Park).
The Marsh Gibbon to Aylesbury Bus Line 16 passes through Waddesdon and offers an option for a shorter walk, especially useful if planning an extended visit of Waddesdon Manor’s Gardens and Manor House. It takes you to or from Aylesbury station (roughly hourly Mon-Sat). The nearest stop is at The Lion pub mentioned in the walk notes.
The walk also offers one Shortcut and two Alternative Endings:
Haddenham & Thame Parkway (HTP) station is on the London Marylebone to Bicester main line. Aylesbury is on the Marylebone to Aylesbury line (also operated by Chiltern Railways). It is also served by a loop branching off from the Bicester line at Princes Risborough. Buy a ‘Haddenham Return’-ticket, this is usually accepted at Aylesbury on the return, as it’s more expensive than an Aylesbury return. You may have to pay a single Aylesbury to Princes Risborough ticket, where the lines meet. Journey times are from 34 mins to HTP and from 60 mins from Aylesbury, with up to three trains per hour Mondays to Saturdays, and up to two trains per hour Sundays.
Waddesdon Manor offers several options for lunch and/or tea, from formal service to food-to-go: for details check here: https://waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/shop-eat-stay/.
The Honey Bee Fairford Leys, Trenchard Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 7AA (01296 708 363) The Honey Bee is located 2.1 km from the end of the walk, and a Marston’s pub. Open all day every day. Food served all day every day.
A plethora of options in Aylesbury City Centre (see Walk Directions pdf), recommended is: The King’s Head King’s Head Passage, Market Square, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 2RW (01296 718 812). Open all day Thu-Sat and 12.00-20.00 Sun. Food served 12.00-14.00 and 17.00-20.00 Thu, 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-20.00 Fri-Sat and 12.00-14.00 Sun.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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