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Haddenham to Aylesbury via Waddesdon walk

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Upper Winchendon

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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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Chiltern Views from near North Lodge

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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.

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
Wed, 29-Aug-18

Wednesday Walk - Haddenham to Aylesbury via Waddesdon

Length: 25.2 km (15.7 mi) [shorter versions possible, see pdf for details]
Ascent/Descent: 300m; Net Walking Time: 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 6/10
Take the 10.06 Oxford train from Marylebone, arrives Haddenham & Thame Parkway 10.40.
Return trains are on 16.18/16.48/17.15/17.50/18.20/18.47 etc. via Amersham (your ticket is not technically valid on these services) and 16.29/17.29/18.22 etc. via Princes Risborough.
Buy a Haddenham & Thame return, this covers the return journey to London from Princes Risborough. You then need to buy an Aylesbury to Risborough single at Aylesbury and travel via Princes R’boro!, or argue with the ticket inspector.
This walk through some scenic northerly parts of Aylesbury Vale combines tranquil stretches of the Thame Valley Walk with more energetic climbs in between, heading north through Upper Wichenden and the Rothschild’s Waddesdon estate, finally along a long tree-lined avenue up towards Waddesdon Manor, situated on a prominent hill. After lunch in Waddesdon village, Eythrope Park (another Rothschild estate) is passed through and the route follows the Thame River and Bear Brook into Aylesbury.
Alternative (shorter) Finishes in Stone (frequent buses to Aylesbury) or at Aylesbury Vale Parkway station are described. There is also a shortcut just before lunch.
Lunch: The Long Dog (13.7 km/8.5 mi, food all day). Nearby there are also The Lion (food to 14.30) and the 94 Coffee Shop.
Tea: lots of choice in Aylesbury, see the pdf for details.
For summary, map, height profile, some photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here.
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Sat, 12-May-18 3

Saturday walk - Haddenham to Aylesbury - buttercup meadows and a grand stately home

Length: 17.4km (10.8 miles) to 25.3km (15.8 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10

10.06 train from Marylebone to Haddenham and Thame Parkway, arriving 10.40

The above train stops (after Haddenham) at the Bicester Village shopping outlet, so you will be sharing it with numerous would-be shoppers. A quieter alternative might be the 9.43 stopping service which gets to Haddenham & Thame Parkway at 10.34: if you get this, please wait for the later train so everyone can start the walk together...

Best ticket: the walk author advises an Aylesbury "any permitted" return: this only covers you as far as Princes Risborough on the outward journey, so you may have to pay a single on board from there to Haddenham. (This advice is, as the lawyers say, "without prejudice"... See also ** below if planning to finish in Stone.)

For walk directions click here. For GPX click here.

I have a happy memory of doing this walk at this time of year two or three years back, when the meadows in its early stages were awash with buttercups and the paths all lined with white drifts of cow parsley.

Otherwise its star attraction is the very grand Waddesdon Manor, built by the Rothschilds to show off their wealth. All routes get a grand distant view of the house. To see it close-up you have to do the main 8.4 mile morning route: otherwise a shortcut reduces the morning to 6.9 miles. There are various lunch options in the village of Waddesdon.

If you want to make a proper visit to the house (free to National Trust members), there are buses (route number 16) from Waddesdon village to Aylesbury at 15.25, 17.25 and 19.20.

Otherwise after lunch you have a choice of:

- the main walk route into Aylesbury (15.8 miles from Haddenham or 14.1 miles if you did the morning short cut)

- a shortcut to Aylesbury Vale Parkway station (12.4 miles from Haddenham or 10.8 miles if you did the morning short cut): but note that there is no tea option on this ending and trains are only hourly at 13 past the hour.

- or an ending at the village of Stone (14.2 miles from Haddenham or 12.6 miles if you did the morning short cut), which has a pub, and buses (number 280) at 28, 39 and 59 past until 19.28 and then roughly half hourly into the evening. ** Incidentally the buses go in the other (Oxford-bound) direction at 10 and 35 past (at least until 18.35: after this, check) to Haddenham and Thame Parkway station, the 10 past connecting to the fast (Bicester Village) train at 38 past with a 15 minute wait, the 35 past having a 30 minute wait for the slower stopping train at 13 past. If you do this, it resolves all train ticket ambiguity as you could simply get a day return to Haddenham and Thame Parkway.

Trains back from Aylesbury's main station go at 18, 29 and 48 past the hour and take about an hour. T=3.192


3 emerged from the 10:06 from Marylebone, the 09:43 more leisurely train having been cancelled. Morning, bright, afternoon, steady rain from 3pm. We took the morning shortcut to compensate for an earlier navigational error so had only distant views of the impressive Waddesdon Manor. Lunch in the Long Dog was good but maybe a little pricy. After lunch we took the main route option to Aylesbury and encountered several navigational problems, we suspect largely due to changes on the ground since the last review of the walk directions. In one place the supposed gate had been replaced by fence, a problem we overcame with a bit of climbing. Arriving in Aylesbury soon after 5pm, we went straight for the train. Overall, morning very good, afternoon, less so.
Sun, 26-Nov-17

Sunday walk: Haddenham to Aylesbury Vale

Haddenham to Aylesbury Vale
Length: 17.4km (10.8 miles) Toughness: 4/10

10:05 Oxford train from Marylebone arriving at Haddenham and Thame Parkway at 10:39.

Return trains from Aylesbury Vale Parkway to Marylebone are at xx:10 (journey time 70 minutes).

The main walk from Haddenham to Aylesbury is 15.7 miles, but a morning short cut plus a shorter ending in Aylesbury Vale reduce this to a more comfortable 10.8 miles which, with a fairly early start, should be accomplished before dusk without difficulty. This walk combines tranquil stretches of the Thame valley with a few energetic climbs and passages through two Rothschild estates.

The recommended lunch stop is the The Long Dog (01296 651 320) in Waddesdon High Street. The Lion (01296 651 227), further along the High Street, is another alternative.

You will need to download the walk directions.
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Wed, 12-Apr-17 11

Wednesday Walk - Haddenham to Stone (or to Aylesbury) via Waddesdon Manor (NT Top 10 attraction)

New, Alternative Ending to this walk! This shorter version of the walk enables an exploration of the grounds of Waddesdon Manor, one of the National Trust's Top 10 most visited properties with over 360,000 visitors annually, its gardens and aviary, while still getting home early.
Length: 22.9 km (14.2 mi) [full walk: 25.2 km, see pdf for details]
Ascent/Descent: 300m; Net Walking Time: 5 hours
Toughness: 6/10
Take the 10.06 Oxford train from Marylebone, arrives Haddenham & Thame Parkway 10.39.
Return trains are 16.13 and .38, 17.14 and .50, 18.14, .25 and .50, journey time 43-56 mins.
Buy a Haddenham return. If you finish at Aylesbury, you may then have to pay for a single Aylesbury to Princes Risborough ticket (and take a train via Princes Risborough, not via Amersham).

The route through some scenic northerly parts of Aylesbury Vale combines tranquil stretches of the Thame Valley Walk with more energetic climbs 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 a prominent hill. After lunch either at the Manor or in Waddesdon village, Eythrope Park (another Rothschild estate) is passed through and the route follows the Thame River and then field boundaries and farm tracks to Stone, to a pub by a bus stop for services back to Haddenham station (every 20 mins on xx.00 until 18.40, then half-hourly, with 13 mins journey time).
The full walk continues along the Thame and then Bear Brook into the centre of Aylesbury.
Lunch: at Waddesdon Manor either at their Manor Restaurant (food to 15.00, tea thereafter) or at the Stables Café, else the recommended of the two pubs in Waddesdon village is The Long Dog (13.7 km/8.5 mi, food to 15.30). There are also The Lion (food to 14.00) and the 94 Coffee Shop.
Tea: The Rose & Crown in Stone, or lots of choice in Aylesbury, see the pdf for details.
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Next Week: SWC 10 Little Kimble to Saunderton
is anyone doing any of the shortcuts please? 14m bit too much for canine.
11 emerged from a rather crowded train at Haddenham in muted sunshine which quickly brighten to full sunshine for a delightful stroll through pleasantly rolling countryside with some dramatic views of the chilterns. Spring was definitely springing in particular, we were treated to a carpet of dandelions on the approach to Waddesdon Manor which painted almost an entire small field yellow. Also, while the daffodils of "daffodil valley" had passed their prime we were surprised to find a good number of snakehead frittilleries and the tulips on the grounds of the manor were stunning. Waddesdon Manor itself impressively lived up to its billing very much a French chateaux. We lost 2 of our group to visit the house with the remaining 9 heading to the pub (4 stopping in the churchyard for sandwiches) for a late lunch/drink. The Long Dog served interesting and tasty food very efficiently. The route after lunch passed by several more modest dwellings and descended through a gentle valley with open views treating the group to 50 shades of green on display in the trees bursting with spring enthusiasm. Upon arrival in Stone, 7 had a quick drink at the pub before making a dash for the bus with 3 topping the day off with a final drink at the station pub back in London.
Sat, 20-Aug-16 13

Saturday 2nd Walk - Aylesbury Vale & 2 Rothschild Estates: Waddesdon Manor (NT Top 10) & Eythrope


SWC Walk 192 Haddenham to Aylesbury via Waddesdon (Manor)
Length: 25.2 km (15.7 mi) [shorter version possible, see pdf for details]
Ascent/Descent: 300m; Net Walking Time: 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 6/10
Take the 09.05 Oxford Parkway train from Marylebone, arrives Haddenham & Thame Parkway 09.40 (or the 10.05, arrives 10.40). The early-ish train is chosen for those wishing to explore the grounds of Waddesdon Manor, one of the National Trust's Top 10 most visited properties with over 360,000 visitors p.a., while still lunching at a reasonable time. Else the later train is fully sufficient to get to Waddesdon village in time for lunch.
Return trains are on xx.18, xx.29 and xx.48, journey time 62 or 67 mins.
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 one stop Princes Risborough to Haddenham extension.
This walk through some scenic northerly parts of Aylesbury Vale combines tranquil stretches of the Thame Valley Walk with more energetic climbs 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 either at the Manor or in Waddesdon village, Eythrope Park (another Rothschild estate) is passed through and the route follows the Thame River and Bear Brook into Aylesbury.

Lunch is possible at Waddesdon Manor either at their Manor Restaurant (food to 15.00 [booking recommended], tea thereafter) or at the Stables Café, else the recommended of the two pubs in Waddesdon village is The Long Dog (13.7 km/8.5 mi, food all day). There is also The Lion (food to 14.00). For tea there is lots of choice in Aylesbury, see the pdf for details.
For summary, map, height profile, some photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here.
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I'm bringing Mum!
I'm planning to catch the 0905hr train. Anyone else doing the same?
sure
8 walkers off the early train. Rolling wheat fields and fine vistas to lunch, the weather being windy but dry with sunny breaks (with the wind from the back), 1 dropped off, the other 7 had a long look at Waddesdon Manor's Grounds, Aviary and House, before decamping to The Long Dog for a lovely lunch, where they were belatedly joined by the 8th walker and 5 others, off the later train. Most of the 13 walkers then waited for the one serious shower of the day to pass before setting off again, and had only a couple of short showers to contend with in the p.m.
A couple of convivial drinks in the medieval courtyard of the King's Head rounded off a fine day out. 18.18 train for 10 of us.
Sat, 30-May-15 12

Rolling Buckinghamshire Hills and a National Trust mansion

SWC Walk 192 - Haddenham to Aylesbury via Waddesdon
Length: 25.2km (15.6 miles) but shorter options from 11.2km (7 miles): see below
Toughness: 6 out of 10

9.36 train from Marylebone to Haddenham and Thame Parkway, arriving 10.14.

Buy a day return to Aylesbury, making sure it is "any route permitted" and not "via Chalfont and Latimer". Only the former is valid via Princes Risborough, which is the stop before Haddenham. You might have to pay on the train for a single extension from Princes Risborough to Haddenham.

For walk directions click here.

This is a long walk in the Buckinghamshire hills if you do the whole thing, and there are some who will relish that prospect. Lesser mortals might like to consider the shorter options outlined below.

Lunch for all options is in the pretty village of Waddesdon, which has several pubs as outlined in the walk document.

Options:

1) It is 13.7km (8.7 miles) to Waddesdon by the standard walk route, but a short cut in the walk directions reduces that to 11.2km (7 miles). Once there you might like to spend the afternoon visiting Waddesdon Manor (National Trust), a show mansion built on the summit of a ridge at vast expense by the Rothschilds in the late 19th century to impress their society friends. Like all NT places it has a tea room.

You can then get buses back to Aylesbury - either number 16 or 17 - from outside The Lion pub in the village - at 15.24, 16.01, 17.24, 17.31, 19.01 19.19. Note the hour and a half gap between 17.31 and 19.01 (though no doubt one of the village pubs will entertain you).

2) The walk document has a shorter ending to Aylesbury Vale Parkway station reducing the walk to 19.8km (12.3 miles) - or 17.3km (10.8 miles) if you also did the short cut before lunch. The station is a strange place, surrounded by a new half-built suburb of Aylesbury: there are no refreshment options and only a bare platform to wait on, so you might want to time your arrival there carefully. Trains are at 30 past the hour till 18.30, then 19.50, 20.50.

3) This is an option of my own devising, not in the walk document, but if you continue south on the bridleway (track?) after leaving Eythrope Park in the afternoon (see map) you come in a couple of kilometres to the village of Stone, which is served by Oxford to Aylesbury buses (route 280) at 13 and 43 past the hour until 18.43, then 18.27, 19.11, 20.06, 21.05, 22.05. Turning left along the main road that the bus runs along for 3-400 metres brings you to the Rose and Crown, which looks from the web to be a very pleasant pub, open all afternoon (if it is not, stay on the road a similar distance to the Bugle Horn, also on the bus route). Minus the walks to the pub, I calculate this reduces the walk to 21.3km (13.2 miles) - or 18.8 km (11.6 miles) if you did the short cut before lunch.

If completing the full walk, tea options in Aylesbury are outlined in the walk document.

Trains back from Aylesbury are at 05 and 35 until 18.35, then 19.05, 19.27, 20.05, 21.05, 21.27, 22.05


Art Fund Member can get into Waddesdon Manor for free.
download a 2 for 1 voucher for Waddesdon Manor. http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/waddesdon manor
Saturday 30 May: 12 on this walk, mainly sunny with just a bit of cloud to add interest. For the first few miles the route was across flat fields which I imagine would be muddy in winter, but which at this time of year are awash with buttercups and cow parsley. Then just when one though the route was developing a positive aversion to hills, it turned north for a beautiful ascent up to Upper Winchenden the top of this climb in lush green grass dotted with flowers, with a fine view back to the Chilterns.

There is then a fine approach across a valley and up a formal avenue to Waddesdon Manor. Here two opted for the full morning route and said the Rothschild Foundation Library building was worth seeing. The rest of us took the short cut. observing as we walked that it would be easy to veer off the path and up across the grounds to the manor house without paying the entry fee (something we did not do, of course, because we are all law abiding).

We lunched in The Lion (the recommended pub, the Long Dog, only being recommended in the walk directions, not in the list of pubs, so we did not notice it) . The Lion was smart, friendly, but had a rather unimaginative menu. What they did do, they did well, however, and portions were good. Their patio could do with some pot plants or other greenery, but it was nice sitting in the sun.

After lunch four went to visit Waddesdon Manor but could not gain access to the house, and so after exploring the grounds got a bus to Aylesbury and the 16.35 home.

The rest of us carried on with the walk route. One fast walker soon moved ahead of us and may well have walked all the way to Aylesbury. Two peeled off to get the 16.30 train from Aylesbury Vale Parkway. The five of us who were left had a very nice snooze in the corner of a field while a chaffinch chortled away nearby, and then walked south through Eythrope Park, a pleasant estate.

Just beyond it, as one crosses the bridge over the river, we left the route and carried on down a tarmac drive which becomes a lane and leads in two miles to the village of Stone. Here there are three buses an hour on the Oxford to Aylesbury bus route. Our search for tea options was a bit less satisfactory, however. 500 metres along the road the Rose and Crown was friendly and did mugs of tea, but was clearly a "locals" kind of pub. The Bugle Horn, with its lovely garden, would alas have been another 500 metres along the road.

We got the bus to Aylesbury, the 18.35 train and arrived at Marylebone in time to see surprisingly cheerful Aston Villa fans streaming off the trains from the Cup Final at Wembley. Then three of us had a nice Turkish meal, but that is another story...
Enjoyed Walker's very fair description of the walk. I’d like to add: ‘Near the start, passed several pretty thatched houses’.
I managed to get into Waddesdon Manor on the last timed entry at 2.30pm (note, you have to go to car park to get ticket). I suggest foregoing the pub lunch, have a picnic in the grounds or NT café then at 2pm watch the film on the Rothschilds in the ‘power house’ before visiting the manor, which is stuffed with riches, ie Gainsboroughs, Joshua Reynolds, Sevres porcelain, etc. Then explore the fabulous grounds and aviary at your leisure.
NB: the 5.31pm bus to Aylesbury arrived five minutes early! Comfortably caught the 6.05 train.
Sally
Sun, 07-Sep-14 4 Haddenham to Aylesbury Vale
Sat, 31-Aug-13 4 Haddenham to Aylesbury, via Waddesdon