Murder on the Ridgeway (0901)

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    Start dateMay 19 2024
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    Time10:00 am
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    LocationChinnor, Oxfordshire
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    PriceAdults/Seniors/Children over 7 - Free

We meet at 1000 for a short introduction to the history of the Old Kiln Lakes area and its link to the Chinnor heritage railway. We then board the1045 steam train for an hour’s return journey to Princes Risborough, where Nigel will guide you as we see lovely views towards the Ridgeway and the Chiltern escarpment.

Arriving back at Chinnor, we then walk a scenic part of the Ridgeway between Chinnor and Bledlow, an area well known to ‘Midsomer Murders’ fans. We explore the lovely village of Bledlow, a regular venue in Midsomer Murders, with the “Lions of Bledlow” pub and church appearing frequently. The Spielberg/Hanks TV series “Masters of the Air” was also filmed here. We then visit, courtesy of the Carington Estate, the Lyde Garden, a secluded glade planted with bamboos and ferns where the River Lyde romantically rises. There will be time for a stop at the pub for light refreshments, or a picnic can be eaten on the village green. We return via a footpath running parallel to the railway

Additional information

The walk is free, but you must book a ride on the steam train (you cannot do the walk without first riding on the train). Train tickets cost £10-16 adults, £1 children (age 7-15) for a one hour return journey to Princes Risborough, passing through Bledlow. A day rover ticket should be booked via the railway website as soon as you book the walk: or from the station ticket office on the day (extra £1 charge). This will also allow travel on the 1445 vintage diesel and 1600 steam train for those who want another ride. A picnic lunch can be eaten at Bledlow or food and drink can be bought from the pub. Refreshments can also be bought on the train, or at Chinnor station (including hot bacon/sausage rolls) where there are also toilets. Dogs on leads are welcome, but are not allowed in the Lyde Garden (a bench by the entrance can be used to wait for the rest of the party to return).

Accessibility info: The route is fairly flat, but on the return journey there are six stiles to climb over, so this walk is not suitable for those with limited mobility, and no wheelchairs or buggies are allowed on the walk. The path can be muddy in places.

Nigel Peters. Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. Nigel has lived in Chinnor for 35 years and knows the surrounding countryside well. He is secretary of the South Oxfordshire Archaeology Group and a volunteer with the Chinnor heritage railway
Chinnor Railway Station, Kiln Avenue, Chinnor. Free parking. Meet by the bus stop shelter.
5 miles
Medium walks (4-6 miles)
2 hours 30 minutes
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)
Yes (Children over 7 will find the mix of nature and heritage fascinating. )
Yes (Bus route Link 40 between High Wycombe and Thame.)