Book 2, Walk 2 - Saunderton via Bledlow Circular
Length: 17.3 km (10.7 miles ) (but with the afternoon hills, often seems longer) Short walk to Princes Risborough: 6.5 miles
Toughness: 6 out of 10. Some good inclines after lunch - the morning 3 out of 10. Short walk 3 out of 10
This is a good walk for car drivers. Parking is available close to the railway station. For those comfortable using public transport, with its Covid rules, your recommended train is:
10-13 hrs. Chiltern Railway's service to Aylesbury
10-53 hrs Return
: Saunderton to Marylebone: 16-28, 17-25, 18-26 and 19-38 hrs
Princes Risborough to Marylebone: 15-19, 15-25, 15-48, 16-23, 16-46, 17-20 and 17-57 hrs
Rail ticket: I suggest a day return to Princes Risborough - one stop up the line from Saunderton - in case the weather is inclement and it makes sense to avoid the hills in the afternoon and instead head for Princes Risborough on the level.
Since the resumption of our Wednesday walks all have been relatively flat, with only modest inclines. So today's walk will come as a bit of a shock, as the post lunch hills are humdingers - and will test the old quads !
But today's walk starts gently along a valley bottom We then walk along a section of the Ridgeway, before continuing over fields and along field edges until we reach the village of Bledlow
, for our lunch stop at the Lions pub
, usually good and accommodating to walkers.
After lunch we encounter the first of the inclines as we head for the village of Radnag
e, with its interesting church: then it's a steep but short climb up onto Bledlow Ridge
for a ridge walk before we drop down on clear paths over some vast agricultural fields, offering fine views, before we commence our homeward leg along field edges and over fields before returning to the starting point of today's walk. If you have time before your drive home or train home, I do recommend the Golden Cross pub
just down from the station, for a post walk drink. The pub also serves nice puddings and good pub grub in generous sized portions for anyone peckish after today's exertions: you get a very enjoyable workout today.
Walk Directions are here: L=2.2
Princes Risborough ending here