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
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
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
, then 19.50, 20.50
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
past the hour until 18.43
, then 18.27
. 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.
from Aylesbury are at 05
, then 19.05