Book 1, Walk 52 - Princes Risborough to Wendover
Length: 16.9 km (10.5 miles) Options to reduce length to 9 miles and 8 miles
Toughness: 6 out of 10
: 10-05 hrs Chiltern Railway's stopping service to Aylesbury
Arrive Princes Risborough
: 11-01 hrs Return Wendover
: 26 and 56 mins past the hour Rail ticket
As Princes Ris and Wendover are on different branches of the Chiltern Railways network, you should buy a return to where the lines converge : that is Aylesbury. The correct ticket, technically, is a "Day Return to Aylesbury Any Route Permitted ".
This costs a fiver more than a plain "Day Return to Aylesbury" if using a travelcard from the edge of Zone 6. The best value ticket available today for all is probably a "Super Off-Peak Day Return to Aylesbury" from Marylebone.
This is a late posting and an antidote to two long walks posted in Sussex today. The Chilterns are much nicer !
You get a decent workout today - not too strenuous but some good ups and downs to keep you honest. And the walk length is manageable for most SWC walkers, particularly us "seniors" - and younger walkers alike.
Leaving Princes Ris. station you soon have a long stretch along the Upper Icknield Way before you climb up into the woods on the Ridgeway path
, to enjoy fine views from Whiteleaf Cross. Downhill then to Lower Cadsden, where you have the option of an early lunch at the Plough pub
- the one where former PM Mr Cameron forget he had his older daughter with him and left her behind. He just
survived the wrath of Mrs C because a few months later he returned - sans daughter - in the company of China's PM, who must have liked the beer as subsequently the pub was purchased by a Chinese company. But the suggested lunch stop - requiring a pleasant detour to the hamlet of Smokey Row - is the Swan pub.
They have a barbecue plus pizzas on a Saturday. I have made a provisional booking for us, to be tweaked with numbers from Princes Ris on the day.
After lunch we return to the main route through Great Kimble for another stretch along the Ridgeway path across open countryside, passing along the way Chequers, the PM's country retreat. Onwards then uphill into more woods before we walk through the quaint village of Dunsmore. Paths through the woods which follow are usually muddy, even in summer, but after a while we will find ourselves on top of Coombe Hill
, beside the Boer War Monument
, to enjoy some fine views from this vantage point. Then it's downhill all the way on grassy paths to the town of Wendover
. Handily placed, close to the railway station, is the Shoulder of Mutton pub
, but chocaholics prefer to head down the High Street to Rumsey's Chocolaterie
for a chocolate fix.
Walk Directions are here: L=1.52