Along the Grand Union

Tring to Wendover

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Lock and cottage

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A reservoir

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Grebes, at it

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Along a reservoir

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Big trees, Wilstone Reservoir

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Open country

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Tring to Wendover walk

A Grand Union Canal walk in the morning, fields in the middle, and finally the wooded hills of the Chilterns

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.

Updated: Sat, 08-Jun-19

Date # Post
Wed, 27-Feb-19 16

Wednesday walk Tring to Wendover - A Chilterns adventure with canals and reservoirs and Wendover Woods

Book 1, Walk 11 - Tring to Wendover

Length: 21 km (13 miles) Option to shorten by 3 miles
Toughness: 6 out of 10 Terrain flat in morning, hilly in afternoon (hills can be avoided if canal route taken)


London Euston: 10-24 hrs Milton Keynes service
Arrive Tring: 10-59 hrs

Return
Wendover to London Marylebone: 15-56, 16-26, 16-39, 16-56, 17-23, 17-58 and 18-29 hrs

Rail ticket; buy an all zones travel card then a separate single to Tring, and for your return journey, a single from Wendover to your travel zone boundary (Amersham).

This is a wonderful walk with lots of variety - and scoring highly for its water features. The morning leg is flat, and starts along the Grand Union Canal before you walk around three large reservoirs. Onwards then across country to the village of Aston Clinton (unfortunately split in two by the A41 bypass) for lunch at the Oak pub - with its generously sized food portions.
After lunch you walk along the edge of an airfield, used by the MOD for glider flying, and then you join the Wendover Canal. Decision time now - to avoid the hills and woods you can enjoy a leisurely walk beside the canal all the way to Wendover. Otherwise, you soon take to the hills as you ascend Wendover Woods. At the top there is a cafe, then the Go Ape Centre, where younger walkers can take to the high wires. Then it's along the ridge of the woods and a steep descent to Wendover. Tea can be take at a number of places. Chocaholics make for the Rumsey's Chocolaterie. The pub next to station road and a few minutes from the railway station- the Shoulder of Mutton - always wins my vote for the best tea stop.
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It is 7.4 miles to lunch. Those of a mathematical bent might notice that this means we won’t get to lunch till 2pm. But I just checked and The Oak does do food all afternoon.
Freedom Pass people should get a single from Harrow & Wealdstone. You can also get the overground to Watford Junction for a slightly cheaper fare if you have time to spare.

This route is a fares black hole. As far as I can make out. A Zone 9 day travelcard (for Amersham) does not include Watford Junction as far as mainline trains are concerned, so you would need a single from Harrow & Wealdstone.

Watford Junction is now a tourist destination (for Harry Potter theme park) so having the most complicated fare choices in London makes perfect sense!

Disclaimer: I accept no responsibility for you getting the wrong ticket & have no special skills in this area!
Day it was, oh what a. 16 on this walk on the loveliest February day in the world ever. Sunny and summer hot, with just a delicious hint of cold as we started out. To steal a line from Lake District author AJ Wainwright: “Heaven must be a bit like this.”

There were actually 14 of us on the train up: two (involuntary) late starters joined us later. The early canal section proved as interesting as ever and there were grebes, cherry plum blossom and butterflies to cheer us on our way.

Getting left behind due to contemplation of these natural wonders I decided to skip the second reservoir and do a short cut with one of the late starters along a disused section of the Wendover Canal. This was fascinating. First it was a track in a trench, then we came to sections which were being rebuilt, then it had water. Its banks were lined with coltsfoot not a flower I see often.

After two beautiful churches (at the second of which the many sandwich eaters ate, I later discovered) we two got to the Oak at about 1.30, ahead of the main group. We were allowed to drink in the garden and to wait in the garden for our food to come and the staff came out into the garden to tell us it was ready, but we had to eat the food inside for reasons obscure to me. Portions were vast. The “light lunches” were big: full sized meals immense. Five of the main group arrived just as our food arrived and we all ate together.

After lunch at least one caught a bus and three opted for the shorter canal route into Wendover. Eight of us headed up into the hills but four of us unwisely trusted the GPS not the walk directions and ended up on a road (the GPX will be amended). We met up with the others at the Cafe in the Woods but only two of us had tea there, the rest standing around and watching. Down in Wendover two went to Rumseys and six to the Shoulder of Mutton. We got the train home from Wendover station, where the deafening roar of the adjacent main road is soon to be “ruined” by the addition of a high speed train line.
Sorry Walker , given the current configuration of oceans and land masses I don't think 20c UK temperatures in February are to be celebrated. Deeply worrying in my view.
I don’t entirely disagree, but some perspective is useful here. The excessive heat was caused by the position of high pressure, which brought air up from Africa. Last year at this time we had a high further north which brought air from Siberia. So in a way this year’s heat and last year’s cold came from the same type of weather. Both were probably due to a weakened jet stream due to Arctic warming, and that is worrying, yes. But interestingly there is evidence from the past that unusually hot and cold Marches (it is almost March) go in pairs: this was true of 2012 and 2013, 1962 and 1963, and 1947 and 1948 apparently. Also the record that was broken was set 100 years ago, so there was a hot February then too.

But yes, I do not want a weirdly early spring and am glad the weather has now turned more typical. Long may it remain so. Still, Wednesday was a lovely day to be out walking.
Wed, 30-May-18 7

Wednesday walk Tring to Wendover - Grand Union and Wendover Canals, Tring Reservoirs - and Wendover Woods

Book 1, Walk 11 - Tring to Wendover

Length: 21 km (13 miles) Short-cut available, reducing length to circa 10 miles.
Toughness: 6 out of 10 (one climb up into Wendover Woods, remainder of walk 3 out of 10)

London Euston: 10-24 hrs Milton Keynes service
Arrive Tring: 10-59 hrs

Return: Wendover to London Marylebone: 15-56, 16-26, 16-56, 17-23, 17-58, 18-29 and 18-55 hrs

Rail ticket: a bit tricky as the two railways stations are on different lines. Either buy separate singles or an all zone travelcard plus singles at either end (from boundary of travelcard). Senior railcard holders - singles either side of your travelcard boundary


This walk had a recent weekend outing, but as I always enjoy this walk, here it is (again) as your Wednesday walk !
This is a walk in two halves; in the morning you walk beside a canal, then around large reservoirs before heading across (flat) country and a vast field to your lunchtime stop in Aston Clinton, the usually very good The Oak pub (newly refurbished and extended). If there are four or more of you planning to have lunch, best 'phone ahead from Tring station: 01296-630466. Your e.t.a is 13-40 hrs.
After lunch, and the second half of the walk, your terrain is totally different: having walked around the edge of a M.O.D airfield, then along a canal towpath, you head up into the hills But note: you can avoid the hills by taking a direct route along the canal to Wendover, giving you a flat 10 mile walk outing. Otherwise, having climbed up into Wendover Woods you walk through them, resisting any temptation to release your inner chimp in the Go Ape centre. You then have a steep(ish) descent down to the outskirts of Wendover, to walk up through the town. Chocaholics stop at Rumsey's Chocolaterie: I stop at the Shoulder of Mutton pub, close to the railway station.
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Going, whatever the weather.
Five on the posted train, one on an earlier train, and one on a later train, so that is 7 on an overcast and humid day, with the sun staying indoors all day, but no rain.
The woodland and meadow flowers were lovely and plentiful along our way, and the morning legs beside water were relaxing, even though we maintained a good walking pace. Young goslings, all bundles of fluff, said hello to us as we went around the reservoirs.
The caretaker of the Wilstone Cemetery kindly gave us a potted history of the resting place on our calling in to view the war graves, with their beautifully maintained Portland stone headstones. Onwards afterwards beside another reservoir, then over a vast field, then All Saints Church Buckland, for a quick peep at their famous tapestry. We reached The Oak in Aston Clinton at 13 45 hrs, for a frosty reception. However, the staff soon warmed to us as we started to spend lots of money, and some of the meals when they arrived were of more than generous size, and very tasty. The pub has just re opened after an extension and an internal refurbishment, and it is now better than ever. Recommended, if you can get a smile out of the bar staff.
Two in our band opted for the Wendover Canal route to Wendover, with five heading uphill into the Woods, tough going for the oldies (me) in the humid air. A brief stop on top for an ice cream or ice lolly at the Wood's Visitor Centre (soon to be rebuilt there is lots of building work on going at present, making route following a bit tricky). A slippery descent to the outskirts of Wendover, and most of us were soon re united (including the Canal walkers ) at the Shoulder of Mutton. Two on the 17 58 hrs, and five on the 18 29 hrs train, for a swift journey back to Marylebone.
A long(ish) walk and a long day, but an most enjoyable one.
Sun, 15-Apr-18 12

Chiltern hills and canals

Tring to Wendover
Length: 21km (13 miles) Toughness: 6/10

10:01Northampton train from Euston arriving Tring at 10:36.

Return trains from Wendover to Marylebone are at xx:26 and xx:56 (journey time 54 mins).

Tring and Wendover are on different lines operated by different train operators, so the best ticket option is an All Zones Travelcard plus a single from Boundary Zone 6 to Tring and another single from Wendover to Boundary Zone 6.

After a flat start along the Grand Union Canal and through nature reserves, the route goes through fields and finally climbs high into the wooded hills of the Chilterns. The hills can be avoided by following a canal into Wendover.

The recommended lunch pub is The Oak in Aston Clinton (01296 630466), which is usually fully booked on a Sunday. A table for 6 has been reserved for 1:15pm in the name of the SWC. IMPORTANT - Please phone the pub as you leave Tring to let them know the exact number who want to eat there.

You will need to download the walk directions.

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Now I might do the Walk on Sunday. But I can't Guarantee I will. Another thing I am just wondering. Although the Train Departs from London Euston. it says Return Trains to London Marylebone. Can you go from London Marylebone as well?
No, Mark, unfortunately not. They are completely different lines, so you have to go out from Euston.
I guess it's from London Euston to Tring. And from Wendover to London Marylebone on the way back.
About 12 on this walk, with one taxiing from Tring to lunch pub. Some drizzle in the afternoon.

As has already been recorded in the comments section of this walk, paragraphs 26 27 can't be completed as written because a housing estate is under construction right across the path. Finding a variety of ways round this obstacle took time, leading to late arrival at The Oak in Aston Clinton which not unreasonably had given away the reserved table, but still fed us with efficiency in the bar. Portion sizes were beyond generous, in some cases straying into the vulgar.

Four of us took the canal route into Wendover and spent some time observing a small duck like creature that could scoot under the water for tens of metres at high speed. One of the signs included a picture of it but frustratingly didn't label it. Others went over the hill.

Tea for some at the Shoulder of Mutton and others at Rumsey's Chocolaterie. Most back on the 1726 train.
On closer inspection, the written instructions do specify the diversion around the housing estate construction. The GPX leads you nose first into the barricades around it.
Thu, 30-Mar-17 5

Thursday Walk: A canal tow path, reservoirs and "Going Ape" in Wendover Woods

Book 1, Walk 11 - Tring to Wendover

Length: 21 km (13 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10 (one steady ascent - otherwise 3 out of 10). Morning flat.

London Euston: 10-24 hrs Milton Keynes train
Arrive Tring: 10-59 hrs

Return: Wendover to London Marylebone: 16-26, 16-56, 17-23, 17-58 and 18-29 hrs

Rail ticket: as the railway stations and rail termini are on different lines buy separate singles from the edge of your travel card zones.

Only four of us ventured forth when I posted this walk last September, so let's hope a few more of us show up today on what is a cracking good, long(ish) walk with lots of variety.
The morning leg is totally flat and starts with a stroll along the Grand Union Canal before we walk beside three large reservoirs. Then its across country and over a vast field to the village of Aston Clinton, a village split in half by a road by-pass, On the western side of the village we come to the Oak pub, our lunch stop. Please 'phone ahead with numbers e.t.a 1-30 pm 01296-630466
The afternoon leg of the walk starts by a walk along the edge of an airfield used for glider flying and MOD activities. On the far side of the airfield you have a choice of taking a short-cut to Wendover via the Wendover Canal, shortening the walk by about 3 miles. Otherwise, the hard work begins as you climb up into Wendover Woods. Once at the top you can take a breather before our younger, more adventurous walkers have a go on the zip wires in the Go Ape Centre. The more sober amongst us leave the kids to it and instead enjoy a ridge walk through the woods before we take a steep descent down into the town of Wendover. Chocaholics make for Rumsey's Chocalaterie for tea whilst those with less sweet tastes prefer the Shoulder of Mutton pub, just up the road from the railway station.
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Next week, Tuesday 04 April: Book 1, Walk 19 - Hever to Leigh





5 on today's walk on a lovely Spring day, sunny and warm with a pleasant breeze, once again near perfect walking conditions.
We made good progress on the morning leg, with lots of daffodils and primroses to keep us cheerful. We just made the Oak in Aston Clinton in time for last luncheon orders, due to the new Bellway housing development in the village's outskirts blocking the route and requiring some head scratching as we sought an alternative route onwards now written up. The lunches served were excellent value and tasty main courses from £ 7.
Suitably refreshed and well satisfied, we started out on the afternoon leg, with three in our group heading for the woods, one took the shortcut along the canal into Wendover, and I lagged behind updating the walk directions. By chance and good fortune all five of us met up on the platform of Wendover railway station, to catch the 17 58 hrs train back to Marylebone.
A thoroughly enjoyable day out in excellent company.

Wed, 07-Sep-16 4

Wednesday Walk: Book 1, Walk 11 - Tring to Wendover

Reservoir nature reserves and Wendover Woods

Length: 21 km (13 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10

London Euston: 10-24 (Milton Keynes train)
Arrive Tring: 10-59

Wendover to London Marylebone (journey time 50 mins)
16-26, 16-56,17-23, 17-58, 18-29

With the two stations on different lines, ticketing is a bit tricky - but worth the minor hassle for this lovely walk, with plenty of variety - and lots of water features! Either buy separate singles from the edge of your travel card or if you do not own one, buy an all zone travel card plus a single from the boundary of the zone to Tring, and for the return journey, buy a single from Wendover to the edge of the travel zone. You can usually buy all the tickets you need today from the Euston ticket office.

Leaving Tring station you are soon walking beside the Grand Union Canal before you walk around several large reservoirs. The morning leg continues mostly level as you walk across a vast field to enter the village of Aston Clinton, where you stop for lunch at the Oak pub (serving food until 2-30 pm). If you maintain a steady pace, your e.t.a for the lunch pub is 1-45 pm.. Your afternoon leg is a contrast to the morning once you have walked along the side of an airfield and walked beside the canal again. Then its uphill into Wendover Woods - where you have the chance to "Go Ape" and act the big kid on the zip wires. Us oldies having watched you youngsters exert such energy, we join you on the walk through woods down into the town of Wendover, where you have several choices for tea. My preference is the Shoulder of Mutton pub, a few minutes from the railway station.

Next Week: Wednesday 14 September: Book 1, Walk 3 - Netley to Botley - in reverse viz Botley to Netley

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Thank you Marcus for taking on the walk posting for this sub group at such short notice after the problems we've had in not getting posts in good time to make arrangements and book tickets. Whilst the special deal fares are still available please consider the more adventurous walks especially on the coast as there's quite a few of us who like a swim and an early evening supper with wine on the train home! I for one have not been able to do Tisbury for example as its only been posted on Saturday.

Thanks Marion, and I'm looking forward to walking with Wednesday walkers on a more regular basis (hopefully) this autumn.

Unfortunately, South West Trains' summer deal of £ 16 to most places expires on Friday 09 September which means rail fares for my planned Botley Netley posting for September 14th will now cost a bit more. Ditto any posting of the Tisbury walks. As for late summer swim options, I will see what I can find, although the continued shambles that is Southern Rail limits the options available.
Thank you Marcus for volunteering to post on Wednesdays and also thank you to Arthur Dent for all your work walk posting. I know it can be time consuming and your effort is appreciated.
Good luck Marcus don't let the anonymous posters grind you down
...on that note: Marcus in on record for saying that he won't ever reply to anonymous comments...we shall see, he might establish a new trend

An addendum to my response below to Marion: as the weather forecast for this coming Wednesday is very good viz predicted sunshine and 25 degrees C temperatures, my partner in crime for future Wednesday postings, Thomas, will post a "Wednesday Swimmer's Walk" for the swimming contingent amongst mid week walkers, taking advantage of the SWT rail fare offer for the last time this year. Non swimmers are welcomed on this coastal walk or the inland Tring to Wendover walk, and I will not be the slightest bit offended if I am the only one on the Tring walk as I will be updating the directions as part of on going Book 1 walk checking project.

Dear Walkers ,

I would like to thank Mike for his gallant efforts to act as walk poster.
Certainly the task has been a somewhat poisoned chalice. I am grateful to him.


I also welcome Marcus into his new role.

jfk



Also grateful to Mike, knowledgable, charming and a great person to walk with,
as is Marcus.


Just 4 of us (a fifth, seen buying her ticket at Euston, was never seen again). An overcast warm and humid day but this did not spoil our walk, although the conditions made it harder work than usual and quite enervating. We arrived at the Oak pub in Aston Clinton in time for an excellent, inexpensive lunch, promptly served by very friendly staff. What a difference it makes when a pub actually welcomes ones custom !
After lunch we watched the tugs and gliders perform in the airfield nearby before three in a our group opted to follow the Wendover Arms Canal back into Wendover, and home for an early bath, leaving yours truly to ascend Aston Hill up into Wendover Woods. Resisting the temptation to have a go on the zip wire in the Go Ape Centre, I started my descent into Wendover just as the sun broke through at 4 45 pm. A lovely, sunny evening was to follow just a shame the sun didn't bless us with an earlier appearance.
A nice day spent in excellent company.

Sat, 04-Jun-16

Saturday Book 1 Walk - Tring to Wendover

13 miles/21 km

Canals, reservoirs and Wendover Woods.

Trains: 9:24 Milton Keynes train from London Euston, arriving at Tring at 9:59. Return trains at xx26/56 to London Marylebone.

The outward and return journeys are on different lines - a single to Tring is £9.90 with a Network Card, Wendover to London is £7.25. An all zones travelcard plus single tickets to cover the rest of the journey may work out cheaper if you also need to pay to get to/from Euston and Marylebone.

Lunch: The Oak, Aston Clinton (tel 01296 630 466).

Tea: Le Petit Café five minutes from Wendover station, Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, the 17th century Red Lion Hotel, the Shoulder of Mutton pub close to the station.

Click here for full walk details and instructions
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