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), of which 7.5 km (4.7 mi) on tarmac or concrete . Cumulative ascent/descent: 367/370m.
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.
6 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 Wichenden and the Rothschild’s Waddesdon estate, finally along a long tree-lined avenue up to Waddesdon Manor, situated on a prominent hill. After lunch at the Manor or in Waddesdon village, Eythrope Park (another Rothschild estate) is passed and the route follows the Thame River and Bear Brook into Aylesbury.
The Marsh Gibbon/Bicester to Aylesbury Bus routes 16/17 pass through Waddesdon and offer an option for a shorter walk, especially useful if planning an extended visit of Waddesdon Manor’s Gardens and Manor House. They take 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), but is also served via a loop branching off from the Bicester line at Princes Risborough. Buy an ‘Aylesbury Return (any route permitted)’-ticket [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 Princes Risborough to HTP extension (there are no barriers at HTP).
Waddesdon Manor offers several options for lunch and/or tea, from formal service to food-to-go: the Manor Restaurant, Stables Café, the Summer House and the Coffee Bar.
The Rose & Crown 2 Oxford Road, Stone, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8PB (01296 747 790). The Rose & Crown is located at the end of the Stone Alternative Ending.
A plethora of options in Aylesbury City Centre (see Walk Directions pdf).
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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