Wildflower meadow

Wildflower meadow

Note the orchids. Saunderton Figure of 8. Bledlow loop

21-Jun-09 • moontiger on Flickr

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Trees

Trees

Saunderton Circular via Bledow

19-Sep-10 • moontiger on Flickr

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Branches, view

Branches, view

Saunderton to Bledlow

11-Feb-12 • moontiger on Flickr

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Path Through Plouged Field

Path Through Plouged Field

23-Aug-03 • Saturday Walkers Club (unknown) on Flickr

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afternoon view

afternoon view

12-Mar-05 • Peter Conway on Flickr

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Bledlow Ridge Wet Trouser Competition: finalists

Bledlow Ridge Wet Trouser Competition: finalists

The wet vegetation takes effect. Saunderton circular via Bledlow Ridge

31-May-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Blimey!

Blimey!

This takes me back....... Happy camera accident, Saunderton circular via Bledlow

31-May-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Saunderton via Bledlow Circular walk

The Chilterns: the Ridgeway Path over an open ridge, returning by peaceful and secluded valleys.

Group Walk Posts

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.

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Date # Post
Sun, 02-Jul-17 8

Saunderton Circular via Bledlow

Saunderton Circular via Bledlow Book 2 Walk 2
11.7 miles, 18.3 km.
Toughness: 6 /10
A favourite Chilterns walk, with a favourite pub thrown in. There are many fine views out over the valley and plain. Largely gentle with one or two steep bits.
Trains: Get the 10:13 Aylesbury train from Marylebone arriving Saunderton 10:53.
Trains back at xx:50 from platform 2 (If you just miss it, you could get the xx:54 from Platform 1 back up the line to Princes Risborough and change there for London).
Lunch: The Lions of Bledlow: 01844 343345 nice choice of beers, extensive menu.
Bledlow's Lyde Garden is worth a quick visit and is a possible picnic place. The entrance is near the church.
Tea:
The Golden Cross is handy for Saunderton station. A welcoming family pub. It’s on the main road, just past the station turn-in.
Or the earlier Boot 01494 481499 at Bledlow Ridge. Both have gardens.
Directions: available here or in Book 2.
T=2.2
There were 8, 6 had come for the group walk and a couple planning to do the walk independently, who joined us for the day. Everyone enjoyed the pub reasonable priced food, lovely garden, excellent beer. sunny. The gpx is different to the instructions and I'll do an update. This is a great walk with endless lovely views. The garden in Bledlow is worth a visit.
Sun, 19-Feb-17 10

Sunday Walk: Hills and valleys in the Chilterns

Book 2 Walk 2b or 2c, Saunderton via Lacey Green and Bledlow to Princes Risborough or back to Saunderton
Length: 20.3km (12.6 miles) or 13km (8.1miles) Toughness: 6/10 or 3/10

10:13 Aylesbury train from Marylebone arriving at Saunderton at 10:53.

Return trains from Saunderton to Marylebone are at xx:50 (journey time 46 minutes). If you just miss a train, take one four minutes later in the opposite direction to Princes Risborough and change there for a train to Marylebone. This will add 25 minutes to the journey time, but will be quicker than waiting an hour for the next direct train. Return trains from Princes Risborough are at xx:20 and xx:45 (journey time 46 or 51 mins).
Buy an off-peak day return to Princes Risborough if you intend returning from there.

This variation on a familiar Chilterns walk is not often done, but includes a morning extension for those who want to stretch their legs a bit, as well as a shorter finish for those not feeling up to a 20km walk.. It offers a nice mixture of woods, fields and hills, and takes in a 3.5km section of Saunderton via Bledlow Circular before lunch as well as intersecting at Lacey Green with the Princes Risborough to Great Missenden walk. The route starts by climbing eastwards up to Lacey Green before heading west to join the standard Saunderton via Bledlow walk. After lunch in Bledlow you have the choice of continuing on the circular route back to Saunderton, or taking the much shorter route eastwards to finish in Princes Risborough.

The recommended lunch stop is The Lions in Bledlow (01844 343345). An alternative is The Whip Inn in Lacey Green (01844 344060) but this comes rather too early in the walk.

You will need to download the ‘Finish in Princes Risborough’ Walk Directions, which cover the start of the morning route as well as the shorter afternoon finish. Unless you bring TOCW Book 2, you will also need to download the Book 2 Walk 2 directions
10 6 did the long walk, 4 the short. The Lions in Bledlow provided rapid service. The Princes Risborough ending is a bit of an anticlimax. (For a short walk, I still reckon you’re better off stopping at the Whip and taking the short circular back to Saunderton), Anyway, we made our way round to the Bird in Hand near the station. Good choice of beer but they don’t do tea. mild some sun dry
Sun, 05-Jun-16 13

Sunday walk 1 Chilterns views

Saunderton Circular via Bledlow Book 2 Walk 2
11.7 miles, 18.3 km.
Toughness: 6 /10
A favourite walk, with a favourite pub thrown in. There are many fine views out over the valley and plain. Largely gentle but there are one or two steep bits.
Trains: Get the 10:13 Aylesbury train from Marylebone arriving Saunderton 10:53.
Trains back at xx:50 from platform 2 (If you just miss it, the xx:54 (Platform 1) takes you to Princes Risborough where you can change for London).
Lunch: The Lions of Bledlow: 01844 343345 nice choice of beers, extensive menu.
Bledlow's Lyde Garden is worth a quick visit and is a possible picnic place. The entrance is near the church.
Tea: The Golden Cross is handy for Saunderton station. A welcoming family pub - they do cakes and puddings. It’s on the main road, just past the station turn-in.
Or possibly the earlier Boot 01494 481499
Directions: available here or in Book 2.
T=2.2
Is anyone planning on doing this particular walk tomorrow?
13 of us decided to explore the excellent Saunderton via Bledlow circular on this perfect summer’s day of buttercup and cow parsley mania. Three went off to do their own thing but were later spotted picnicking in the beautiful mini gorge of Lyde Garden, amongst the gunnera and dragon flies. Most others had a palatable lunch in the Lion pub garden, albeit with a less palatable service. The afternoon brought wildlife interest, with a young deer unfazed by our presence, though a hare huddled by the side of the path seemed less well. Most retired to the Golden Cross near the station for a late afternoon tea.
13 sunny
Sat, 12-Mar-16 9

Third Walk

CW2 Walk 2 - Saunderton Circular (via Bledlow)
Length: 17.3 km (10.7 miles). Toughness: 6/10

Take the 10:13 train from London Marylebone to Saunderton arriving 10:55.

Longer walk option: Walk 2 + 3a for a figure of 8 walk. Catch the earlier 9:13 train for lunch at The Boot, Bledlow (13km into the walk). Length: 26.6 km (16.5 miles).

Return trains from Saunderton: xx:50 until 21:50, 23:00. T=2.2
Intend going standard walk (10:13 train).
A good day out for 9 of us on this fine sunny day.
Sun, 17-Jan-16 4

Sunday walk 1: A chilterns variation

Saunderton Circular via Lacey Green
Book 2 walk 2a + download
13.25 km. 8.25 miles approx
4/10
This hybrid of the Saunderton /Bledlow and Saunderton /Princes Risborough walks doesn’t go to either Bledlow or Princes Risborough. You follow the alternative directions along the east side of the Saunderton valley to lunch in Lacey Green. Later, you join the shorter version of the main walk for the return to Saunderton. This untried combination is not exactly rocket science but please let ‘Houston’ know how it went.
Trains: Get the 10:15 Aylesbury train from Marylebone arriving Saunderton 10:55.
Return from Saunderton at xx:50.
If any of you do end up in Princes Risborough, trains return from there at xx:20 and xx:45.
Lunch: The Whip in Lacey Green 01844 344060. Phoning suggested.
The Boot 01494 481499 is a later alternative. (Another late option would be to stay on the Princes Risborough walk for the Lions of Bledlow 01844 343345).
Tea: The Golden Cross is handy for Saunderton station. It’s on the main road, just past the station turn-in. It's a pub but does tea, cakes, and stuff.
The Boot is an earlier possibility but perhaps you ought to make the most of the available light. The sun sets at 16:25 today.
Directions: available here.
You need two sets of directions: the main book 2 walk (the “download walk” button) and the alternative walk (the ”finish in Princes Risborough” button).
Start with the alternative directions (titled Saunderton to Princes Risborough). After lunch in Lacey Green, continue with these directions until they join the main walk. This is just before point [3] in the main text. At point [3] itself, (literally the next gate), switch to the short walk directions at the end of the main text (i.e. turn left along a bridleway instead of going straight on through the “kissing gate with a three-armed signpost”).
The walk went ok. 4 dry cloudy cold but not freezing Hints of sleet in the wind at times. There was a light dusting of snow on the ground, particularly in the morning. There were muddy patches too a short stretch in the morning and two stretches in the afternoon. One walker was disqualified for cheating (took a shorter way back to avoid the climb onto the ridge). One criticism was that the first pub (the Whip) comes up too soon (we arrived at 12 after a dawdly morning) and the second pub (the Boot) too late. That said, the Whip has a good choice of beer, some unusual ciders, and people seemed happy with their food.
Sun, 06-Sep-15 9

Sunday Second Walk - a Chilterns figure-of-eight

Book 2 Walks 2a and 3a, Saunderton figure-of-eight
Length: 18.3km (11.4 miles) Toughness: 4/10

10:28 Aylesbury train from Marylebone arriving at Saunderton at 11:19.

Return trains from Saunderton to Marylebone are at xx:16 (journey time 55 minutes). If you just miss this hourly service, catch a train a few minutes later in the opposite direction to Princes Risborough, for a connection to a fast train to Marylebone (journey time is about the same).

This walk combines the short versions of two Book 2 walks centred on Saunderton: Saunderton via Bledlow Circular and Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular. You can do them in either order, returning to Saunderton for lunch halfway through the day. A convenient lunch stop might be the Golden Cross (01494 562293) close to Saunderton station. An alternative early lunch pub would be either The Boot at Bledlow Ridge, or the George and Dragon Hotel at West Wycombe, depending on which of the short walks you do first.

Unless you’re carrying TOCW Book 2, you will need to download walk directions for both Walk 2 and Walk 3. Follow the directions for the short walks at the end of each document.
Sunday 6 Sept. Book 2 Walk 2 and 3. 9 w= sunny and warm Nine of us assembled outside the station and after a quick discussion it was clear no one really wanted to do a figure of eight so we all did the lovely main walk Saunderton via Bledlow circular. I have done this a few times before but never in warm sunny weather and what a super day out it was. Excellent lunch for 4 at the Lions in Bledlow whilst 5 of us ate sandwiches in the Lyde Water Garden. after lunch the walk got even better with some fine views of the hills and valleys and the trees and vegetation looking particularly splendid in the glowing September light. There was time for 5 of us to have tea and cakes in the Golden Cross pub before catching the 5.16 train back to London. A wonderful day out in great company.
Technical point: In the download instructions at page 3 2nd column, penultimate para the gpx route does not follow the written walk instructions. Instead of turning right along the Ridgeway the route file takes you up the path ahead of you which results in a longer but less steep climb. You reach the lane where you turn right to soon reach the horse blocking barrier where you pick up the main route. In the interests of research I took the gpx route through the wood and its fine but I would not recommend it in wet weather.
Sat, 07-Feb-15 4 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sun, 18-Jan-15 4 Saunderton via Lacey Green & Bledlow to Princes Risborough
Sat, 13-Sep-14 25 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sun, 11-May-14 9 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sat, 11-Jan-14 16 Saunderton via Lacey Green & Bledlow to Princes Risborough
Sun, 18-Aug-13 10 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sun, 27-Jan-13 10 Saunderton via Lacey Green & Bledlow to Princes Risborough
Sat, 12-Jan-13 12 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sun, 05-Aug-12 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sat, 11-Feb-12 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sun, 07-Aug-11 Saunderton via Bledlow (short) & West Wycombe (short)
Sat, 16-Apr-11 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sun, 19-Sep-10 Saunderton via Bledlow (short) & West Wycombe (short)
Sun, 07-Feb-10 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Wed, 20-Jan-10 Saunderton via Lacey Green & Bledlow to Princes Risborough
Wed, 24-Jun-09 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sun, 21-Jun-09 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sun, 30-Nov-08 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sat, 21-Jun-08 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sun, 01-Jun-08 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sat, 24-Nov-07 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sun, 05-Aug-07 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sat, 28-Jul-07 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Wed, 07-Mar-07 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sun, 10-Dec-06 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Sat, 02-Dec-06 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular