SWC walk 190 - Thame Circular
Length: 15.3km (9.5 miles) or 21km (13 miles)
Toughness: 1 out of 10 (3 out of 10 longer walk) 10.05
(Banbury) train from Marylebone
to Haddenham and Thame Parkway, arriving 10.40. Go very quickly to the adjacent bus stop
(on the same side of the station, just by the exit) for the 10.43 bus
to Thame (number 280, destination Oxford), arriving 10.55. This connection worked last year: if you miss the bus, the next one is in 20 minutes.
Buy a day return to Haddenham and Thame Parkway
, and a return on the bus if that is cheaper than two singles
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This very gentle (almost flat) walk made a glorious outing this time last year with great golden acres of buttercups (see photo) and cow parsley turning every verge white. I realise that travel north of London puts some off, so I have made the train as late as possible.
Since I suspect all the speedy walkers will be off in Scotland, I also propose that we do the very pleasant shorter version
of this walk (9.5 miles)
, which has a lovely pub
- the Old Fisherman
in Shabbington - as its lunch stop. This is 5.9 miles into the walk and is a popular place, but serves food all afternoon, so arriving towards the end of lunchtime, as we probably will do, might not be a bad idea.
Doing the shorter walk also gives you time to appreciate the pretty market town
of Thame, which is the start and finish of this walk. This has some nice tea rooms and is worth a wander. Buses back to Haddenham and Thame Parkway
go at 18, 38
past till 18.38,
then at 19.02
(etc: there are later buses). Note that the 38 past bus does not have a train connection, however:
the 18 past
connect to 38 past trains, while the 58 past
connects to 13 past trains. The 19.02 and 20.02 have a tight connection to a 13 past train, while the 19.32 and 20.32 have an even tighter one to the 41 past.