Waddesdon Manor

Haddenham to Aylesbury via Waddesdon walk

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Upper Winchendon

Haddenham to Aylesbury via Waddesdon walk

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Crossing the field

Haddenham to Aylesbury via Waddesdon walk

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Avenue towards Waddesdon Manor

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View from Courtyard of Windmill Hill Archive, Waddesdon Estate

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Aviary, Waddesdon Manor Gardens

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Waddesdon Manor, from Gardens

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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.

Length

25.3 km (15.8 mi). Cumulative ascent/descent: 329/332m.
For a shorter walk, see below Walk options.
Time: 5 hours 45 minutes walking time. For the whole outing allow at least 8 hours 30 minutes.

Maps

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.

Toughness

5 out of 10

Walk Notes

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.
After lunch in Waddesdon village, Eythrope Park (another Rothschild estate) is passed and the route follows the Thame River and the Bear Brook into Aylesbury’s Centre.

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).

Walk options

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:
a Shortcut just before lunch (cuts 2.5 km and 58m descent/re-ascent);
an Alternative Ending at Aylesbury Vale Parkway station, one stop further up the line than Aylesbury and with less frequent service (cuts 5.4 km);
an Alternative Ending at a bus stop in Stone village for frequent services to Aylesbury or Haddenham (cuts 2.4 km).

Transport

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.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.30 hours.

Lunch

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 Five Arrows Hotel and Restaurant High Street, Waddesdon Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JE (01296 651 727). Open Wed-Sat all day and Sun 08.00-16.00. Food served Wed-Sat to 20.00. The Five Arrows is located 13.6 km (8.4 mi) into the walk. It is a Grade II listed building at the gates of Waddesdon Manor built on the site of an old coaching inn. Its name is derived from the Rothschild family emblem of a shield surmounted by five arrows, pointing upward and tied with a ribbon. Each of the arrows represents one of the five sons of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the Rothschild dynasty, who were sent by their father to establish banking houses in the five financial capitals of Europe - Frankfurt, Vienna, Paris, Naples and London.
Built in 1887 as part of Waddesdon Estate by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild it was originally used to accommodate the architects, craftsmen and artisans working on the Manor itself. It was designed by architect/builder, James Taylor, who lived locally in Bierton; in his own "authentic" English style of half timbering, elaborate Elizabethan chimney stacks, and wrought ironwork.
The Long Dog 116 High Street, Waddesdon Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JF ( 01296 651 320). Open all day every day. Food served 12.00-15.00 and 17.00-21.00 (-20.00 Sun), but all day Sat. The Long Dog is located 13.7 km (8.5 mi) into the walk and has small outside seating areas at the front by a busy road and at the quieter back.
94 Coffee Shop 94 High Street, Waddesdon, Bucks, HP18 0JD (01296 706 360). Open to 14.00 Wed-Sun. 94 Coffee Shop is located 13.7 km (8.6 mi) into the walk.
The Lion 70 High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0LB (01296 651 227). Open 12.00-15.00 and 17.00 to late Mon-Thu, all day Fri-Sun. Food served 12.00-14.30 (not Mon-Tue) and 17.30-21.00 Mon-Sat and 12.00-18.00 Sun. The Lion is located 13.8 km (8.6 mi) into the walk and also offers accommodation.

Tea

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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