Book 2, Walk 3, Saunderton Circular via West Wycombe

Book 2, Walk 3, Saunderton Circular via West Wycombe

Dashwood Mausoleum, Church of St Lawrence, 28 Oct 2005

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Book 2, Walk 3, Saunderton Circular via West Wycombe

Book 2, Walk 3, Saunderton Circular via West Wycombe

Ghoul, hanging out laundry, 28 Oct 2005

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Book 2, Walk 3, Saunderton Circular via West Wycombe

Book 2, Walk 3, Saunderton Circular via West Wycombe

Ghoul, West Wycombe Caves, 28 Oct 2005

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Book 2, Walk 3b, Saunderton Round via Wheeler End

Book 2, Walk 3b, Saunderton Round via Wheeler End

Midweek Day Walk, 20 December 2006

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Book 2, Walk 3b, Saunderton Round via Wheeler End

Book 2, Walk 3b, Saunderton Round via Wheeler End

Midweek Day Walk, 20 December 2006

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Book 2, Walk 3b, Saunderton Round via Wheeler End

Book 2, Walk 3b, Saunderton Round via Wheeler End

Midweek Day Walk, 20 December 2006

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Book 2, Walk 3b, Saunderton Round via Wheeler End

Book 2, Walk 3b, Saunderton Round via Wheeler End

Midweek Day Walk, 20 December 2006

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Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular walk

The Chilterns: wooded forests (very muddy in winter), Hughenden Manor (NT), West Wycombe Caves (of Hellfire club fame), finishing with a short ridge walk

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
Tue, 09-Jan-18 4

Evening walk - Saunderton via West Wycombe

CW2 3a - Saunderton via West Wycombe

Length: 9.6km (6 miles)

Catch the 18:24 train from London Marylebone, arrives Saunderton 19:08.

Return trains: 21:53, 22:54

Will stop for a drink / meal half way into the walk at West Wycombe.

T=2.3.a
Intend going.
4 in fog turning to spray. Atmospheric woods, a well lit mausoleum on the hill, splendid dinner in between at The George in West Wycombe, then a relative dash to definitely not miss the last train back.
Tue, 01-Aug-17 4

Benjamin Disraeli's Hughenden Manor, and West Wycombe Caves

Book 2, Walk 3 - Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular

Length: 16 km (9.9 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10

London Marylebone: 10-13 hrs (Aylesbury service)
Arrive Saunderton: 10-53 hrs

Return: 15-53, 16-51, 17-25, 18-26 and 19-27 hrs

This makes for a very pleasant summer walk (sections can be muddy in winter) with plenty of variety (although lacking water features). Lots of woods in the morning as you make your way to Hughenden Manor, the former country home of Benjamin Disraeli, now a National Trust property, and well worth a visit. Although there is a perfectly acceptable NT cafeteria on the premises, it is not usually open on Tuesdays, so your suggested lunch stop today is the pretentiously named Le De Spencer's Arms, which serves good pub grub, and has a nice garden for outdoor dining. Onwards after lunch to the West Wycombe Caves, then up a steep slope to the Dashwood Mausoleum. Then it's a pleasant two mile stroll along a track through a farm and back to Saunderton, for tea at the Golden Cross pub, a favourite stop for SWC walkers, and a short distance from the railway station.
Enjoy !
T=2.3
Walk directions here: L=2.3
4 of us on this outing in the Chilterns. overcast in the morning nice sunny and warm after lunch. The forecasted shower(s) arrived during our lunch stop, spent under cover in the pub's garden. Otherwise, we were spared rain and thunderstorms.
We happened upon a young couple, with Book 2 in hand. Hence they became lost more than once but made it to the pub where we were briefly re united. Route finding on this varied and lovely walk, mostly through woodland, can be tricky and even the latest version of the directions needs sharpening up: quality well short of my Book 1 updates !!
Hughenden Manor was very busy, as expected during the school holidays, and well done to the National Trust for putting on a "Mad Hatters" Alice themed event for the little ones: we wanted to join in.
One in our party went direct to High Wycombe after lunch, leaving three of us to ascend the cliff to the Dashwood Mausoleum (it seems like a cliff to an oldie), then the relaxed walk along the track back to Saunderton. One on the 16 51, two of us on the 17 25, allowing time for refreshments at the walker friendly Golden Cross pub.
A nice day out, and once again, we were very lucky with the weather.

The extra one went back to Hughenden Manor to look at the house and partake of tea.Lovely day.
jfk


Sat, 01-Apr-17 4

Saturday Walk Saunderton Circular via Wheelers End

Saunderton Circular via Wheelers End

Length: 10.1 miles (16.3km) 4 out of 10

Trains: 1013 Aylesbury train from London Marylebone arrives 1055. Direct return trains are xx50. There is also an xx55 via Princess Risborough.

This is quite a big variation on the Saunderton via West Wycombe walk and doesn't seem to have been posted for some time.

You will need to download two sets of instructions for this walk. Start with the Saunderton via West Wycombe short walk to point 8, then switch to the Wheelers End variation. There is a warning about noise from the M40 on the approach to Wheelers End

Lunch is at The Chequers, Wheelers End, which welcomes walkers. Food 12.00-1500. 5.4 miles (8.7km) a bit over 2 hours from the start

Tea At the end of the walk, you have the Golden Cross pub, close to the station. From memory, it does have some cake or at least desserts. It certainly has good beer and does tea.
T=2.3


Just 8 of us got off the train, but one was off to Hughenden and three were wanting a shorter walk, so 4 did the actual walk. Lovely weather sunny, and an enjoyable walk and I didn't think the traffic noise on the approach to Wheelers End was much of a problem.
Sat, 17-Sep-16 9

Second Walk - A Chilterns Variation - Book 2 Walk 3c: Saunderton Circular (via West Wycombe & Wheeler End)

Length: 24.1 km (15.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 692m; Net Walking Time: 6 hours
Toughness: 9/10
[to shorten: walk the ‘normal’ version (5/10) or even the ‘short’ version of this walk;
to lengthen: add the short version of Book 2 Walk 2 to this at the end; for details see the webpage(s)]
Take the 09.13 Aylesbury train from Marylebone (09.22 Wembley Stadium, 09.32 Denham etc.), arrives Saunderton 09.55.
For the shorter walks the 10.13 is sufficient. Return trains are on xx.50 (46 mins journey time).
The standard version of this walk combines a fairly easy stroll in The Chilterns through a mixture of woodland and sloping meadows, with an optional visit to Hughenden Manor and Hell-Fire (West Wycombe) Caves. The route heads south east over the Chiltern Hills to Bradenham, and continues through Naphill Common, and Flagmore Wood to Hughenden Manor. The route from Hughenden heads west across Downley Common to West Wycombe for lunch/early tea. Today’s walk will then extend this by a westerly loop to Wheeler End (possible late lunch), adding a fair bit more undulation to it, before picking up the standard walk again in Hearnton Wood.

Lunch or tea:
Hughenden Manor Tea Room (8.0 km/5.0 mi, hot food to 14.30, 01494-755 576);
Le De Spencer’s Arms in Downley Common (9.8 km/6.1 mi, food to 15.00, 01494-535 317);
Hell-Fire Caves in West Wycombe (12.6 km/7.9 mi, 01494-533 739);
The George and Dragon Hotel in West Wycombe (12.9 km/8.0 mi, food to 14.30, 01494-535 340);
The Chequers in Wheeler End (16.3 km/10.1 mi, food to 15.00, 01494 883 070).
Golden Cross in Saunderton (at the end of the walk, 01494-565 974).

For summary, map, height profile, photos, walk directions/options and gpx/kml files click here.
(for the posted extended walk you'll need both the normal pdf and the Wheeler End pdf!)
T=2.3.c
15 minutes of rain upon arrival, then later 15 minutes of driving drizzle, else overcast but dry with some piercing wind. new walk to me personally. very nice walk with a mixture of grassy slopes and ridges, plenty of woods and fine views (considering the low clouds), enjoyed by 9 walkers, who occasionally lost the route due to the old enemy of staying on course: too much chat.
But with several 'leaders' and 1 follower of a line on a screen, we always got back on route quickly. Major changes at the NT property Hugenden Manor, else the directions stood up well.
A vote was taken at West Wycombe and we decided to push on to Wheeler End for late lunch at The Chequers. After some delay due to a First Aid necessity (painful looking damage to a wrist, with the patient later off for an X ray to the nearest A&E from Marylebone station), we had a great lunch: tasty food, attentive staff, a very pleasant place.
The 16.50 was narrowly missed, so it was off to the Golden Cross with its grand selection of cakes.
En route we had overtaken a group of 10 Young Uns, whom we met back at the pub. Turned out they were work colleagues who had done the 'normal walk' off the 10.13 train. They had enjoyed themselves and asked to pass on many thanks to the walk author (David, are you reading this?). I tried to encourage them to leave a comment on the website, we shall see...

Thanks to everyone on the walk (after a ridiculous fall on and into a mudbath) for helping with the process of cleaning me up which everyone helped with including pain killers and backpack sorting out! Thank you Thomas for taking me to A&E which it turned out was the right thing as 3 XR's later (and about 3 hours later!)diagnosed fractured wrist and obligatory POP for 4 6 weeks. Despite all great walk, great team effort. Heidi
Heidi sorry to hear your wrist is actually broken. I hope you're fully recovered and fighting fit again soon!
Wed, 03-Aug-16 6

Midweek Day Walk - Saunderton Circular via West Wycombe

Saunderton Circular via West Wycombe

The Chilterns with wooded forests, Hughenden Manor (NT), West Wycombe Caves (of Hellfire club fame) then finishing with a short ridge walk

Book 2 Walk 3

Length : 16 km or 10 miles

Toughness : 4 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 9:43 am Bicester North train from London Marylebone to Saunderton

Meeting point : Saunderton Station at 10:24

Tickets : Buy a cheap day return to Saunderton

Brief Description

Trains to Saunderton are hourly and with over two hours to the Le De Spencer Arms (where some may wish to lunch at) I've gone for an earlier train on this occasion.
NT members may like to bring their membership cards if planning to visit the Manor.
If it's awfully hot, walkers may like to make a mid afternoon stop at the Hellfire Caves for an ice cream or even a visit to the caves themselves.
As ever, you may find full details of this walk here and a the latest pdf here.

Suggested Lunch stops

Hughenden Manor Stableyard Café
Le De Spencer Arms The Common, Downley, High Wycombe HP13 5YQ t: 01494 535317 (do phone first!)

Suggested Tea stops

Hellfire Caves t: 01494 533739 (mid -afternoon)
The Golden Cross ( about 200 metres from the Station) Wycombe Road,, Saunderton, HP14 4HU, t: 01494 565974

Map

OS Explorer : 172

Return train times

Trains return from Saunderton at the following times 16:26 | 16:50 | 17:26 | 18:26 journey time is about 45 minutes. (If you have a long wait, the Golden Cross provides beverages and has a small garden at the rear)
Hi, Are Network cards valid on the 9.43? Thanks.

Anonymous, if you have a Network Rail Card, then that doesn't work so well during weekdays. To summarise, the fare for this train is £14.40 and a train one hour later is £13.00.
The same tickets for both times at the weekend is £9.50.

Thank you,Arthur.
Please be more mindful of those who do not have the luxury of free or near free travel, if you want to be fair, keep your walk numbers up and attract new blood. The difference in the Cheap Day RETURN tickets comparing the 9.43 and 10.43 trains is £7, £20.10 compared to £13.25. For Network Carders £7 is not a tiny amount. The pub serves lunch until 3pm so the later train would have been more sensible. It is also a relatively short walk. I appreciate that posting is not an easy job, but the point about Network cards has been made by others in the past. Thanks.
I totally agree with the last comment. Can't come because it is pre 10 o'clock and the price.

Really appreciate all your time and effort Arthur but mid week walks have traditionally always started post 10 o'clock
Expensive walks also encourage 'unoficial', unposted mid week walks, leading to cliques and reducing the often modest 'official' walk numbers further, and who wants that? Second that comment about time and effort, and realise the antics of Southern hampers you, Arthur.
I'd like to apologise for misquoting the fares to Saunderton.
I had wrongly assumed that the cost of a return fare was just slightly above that of a single.

As you know, I try to post a varied range of walks on Wednesdays and quite a few have started before 10:00 am e.g. when there is a promo offer like SWT's current offer, or the return fare is not excessively above £10 (where a Network Card attracts little discount) and I will continue to do so when I feel it's appropriate.

This weeks walk is to, what I believe is, a particularly nice section of the Chilterns and involves a round trip railway journey of 80+ miles.

I know that some walkers will always be discouraged by some walks. The walks will be too long, too short, too hilly, too flat, too near London, too far from London, too late starting, too early starting, too expensive to get to and so forth.

So here's a challenge to the anonymous folk who've talked the talk, why not post the walk?
Get in touch with me (arthur at quitenear.me ) with a mid week date or dates you'd like to post on and we'll make sure you're set up on blogger and the date or dates you wish to post on are kept free for you to indulge us with your offerings.

Train Fares
We tend to loose track (if you pardon the pun) on offers that the various train companies offer.
However I've just taken a peek at Chiltern Railways site and there are offers to be had where groups of three get a good discount (railcards make no difference)
I know this is a little late for tomorrow, but three could have travelled to Saunderton for £39 75 (details Here )
I've just re read the walks notes re the lunchtime Pub and this is what they say ...
"The recommended pub lunchtime stop is Le De Spencer's Arms (tel 01494 535317), Downley Common 9km from the start of the walk, which serves food from 12 to 2pm daily. However you are strongly advised to phone through beforehand, on occasions they stop serving lunch much earlier."
Hence my note about calling them at the start of the walk

Just 6 chaps on today's walk, no ladies. Weather overcast in the morning sunny and warm in the afternoon with cooling breeze
In other words, near perfect summer walking weather. Without some ladies to keep us in check, the six of us managed to become separated and semi lost in Bradenham Woods, leaving 3 of us to take the long route to Hughenden Manor, where one of us stopped to do some sightseeing. That left two to head for the pub, where me met one who had taken the direct route to the pub to quench his thirst. A good pub lunch was enjoyed by the three of us, before we were collected by our sightseeing colleague from Hughenden (keep up at the back) for our afternoon leg. Now in a group of four, we set out in warm sunshine, tempered by a cooling breeze. The climb up to the Dashwood Mausoleum was challenging for us oldies, but the young swain in our company (who's rail tickets cost £ 12 more than their older colleagues) sportingly resuscitated the senior railcard holders who, now turbo charged, sped off on the long downhill track back to Saunderton. Train times left us plenty of time to enjoy a cuppa or pint in the garden of the Golden Cross, before the four of us caught the 4 26 pm train back to London.
After some texting we located walker No 5 who was enjoying a visit to an exhibition at Hughenden Manor, but no one knows what happened to No 6 please come in, your time is up.
An enjoyable day for those who made it safely back to Saunderton.

On a footnote to Marcos's report, we found ourselves sat near to some Southbank Walkers on the outbound train. They were doing a Princess Ris to Great Miss walk and did try to encourage us to join them. Had we succumbed, we would have been able to say 0 took part in this SWC midweeker!
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Sat, 04-Jul-15 9

Saturday First Walk Saunderton via West Wycombe circular

Book 2 Walk 3 Saunderton via West Wycombe circular
Length is 16km (9.9miles)
Toughness is 4 out of 10
OS LandRanger Map No. 165. OS Explorer Map No. 172

Take the 10.09am train from Marylebone station to Saunderton arriving at 10.48.
Trains back from Saunderton run once an hour at XX.59

This walk combines a fairly easy stroll in the Chilterns through a mixture of woodland and sloping meadows, with an optional visit to Hughenden Manor and West Wycombe Caves. The route heads south east over the Chiltern Hills to Bradenham, and continues through Naphill Common, and Flagmore Wood to Hughenden Manor. The route from Hughenden heads west across Downley Common to West Wycombe Caves for the recommended tea stop. After a brisk climb from the Caves up to Dashwood Mausoleum, it is then an easy level stroll back into Saunderton.
If wishing to visit Hughenden Manor or West Wycombe Caves, please check their opening times
Hughendon Manor (tel 01494 755573, http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden-manor/ )
West Wycombe Caves (tel 01494 533739, www.hellfirecaves.co.uk)

The suggested lunchtime stop is the tea room at Hughenden Manor (tel 01494 755576) 7.5km from the start of the walk, which serves lunch from 12 - 2pm (snacks until 4pm).
Otherwise there is Le De Spencer's Arms (tel 01494 535317), Downley Common 9km from the start of the walk thus just over half way through the walk, which serves food from 12.30 to 3pm daily.
Picnic Virtually anywhere along the route would be a good picnic spot.

If more than six of you wish to lunch at the same place please phone them as a matter of courtesy and to check that they will be serving food.

The suggested tea stop is at West Wycombe Caves (tel 01494 533739) or a late alternate tea stop is at the Golden Cross pub, (tel 01494 562293) Saunderton, which serves tea and coffee.

May do this (again) as a bit of chilling out in the caves appeals on what could be another hot day.
And I have to say I enjoyed walking in the Chilterns last Saturday.
9 cloudy first then sunny and hot Most people seemed to get lost in one or another of the woods. Lunch for most was at the Le De Spencer. They were having a beer festival. Plenty of orchids centaury and marbled whites. Field bindweed at start was pretty. Made it back to Saunderton for 4:30. Visit to Golden Cross ensued.
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Sat, 06-Oct-12 Saunderton via West Wycombe (short) & Wheeler End
Sun, 16-Sep-12 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular
Sat, 03-Mar-12 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular
Sun, 07-Aug-11 Saunderton via West Wycombe (short) & Bledlow (short)
Sun, 24-Oct-10 Saunderton via West Wycombe (short) & Wheeler End
Sun, 19-Sep-10 Saunderton via West Wycombe (short) & Bledlow (short)
Mon, 31-May-10 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular
Sat, 27-Feb-10 Saunderton via West Wycombe (short) & Wheeler End
Sun, 17-Jan-10 Saunderton via West Wycombe, omitting Hughenden Manor
Sat, 11-Jul-09 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular
Sun, 21-Jun-09 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular
Sun, 15-Mar-09 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular
Sat, 07-Feb-09 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular (short walk)
Sat, 22-Nov-08 Saunderton via West Wycombe (short) & Wheeler End
Sat, 18-Oct-08 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular
Mon, 05-May-08 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular (short walk)
Sat, 05-Apr-08 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular
Wed, 06-Feb-08 Saunderton via West Wycombe (short) & Wheeler End
Sat, 28-Jul-07 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular
Sat, 24-Feb-07 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular
Sun, 21-Jan-07 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular
Sat, 30-Dec-06 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular (short walk)
Wed, 20-Dec-06 Saunderton via West Wycombe (short) & Wheeler End