Take the Train For A Walk: Haddenham to Princes Risborough (2501)

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    Start date21st October 2023
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    Time10:15 am
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    LocationHP27 9DD
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Meeting at Princes Risborough Station, we’ll catch the train to Haddenham and Thame Parkway, to start the walk back to Princes Risborough. The walk will take us through the important pastures, arable fields and flood meadows of the Vale of Aylesbury, not much changed since the Bronze Age, it has been suggested.

With the escarpment always before us, we’ll walk through the Gault vale, until finally rising onto the Upper Greensand of Horsenden and Lower Chalk of Princes Risborough. On the way we will pass through Aston Sandford, reputed to be one of the smallest villages in England, and Ilmer, whose one-time Lord of the Manor was Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, and brother of William the Conqueror.

Additional information

Participants need to bring a packed lunch and enough fluids for the day. Clothing and footware need to be suitable for a day’s walk in unpredictable English weather. This is a day’s walk through a working countryside. It involves some stiles and the possibility of muddy and wet tracks. Participants need to be fit enough and prepared for English weather variations.

There are public toilets at the start in the train station, and at the end.

Stuart Fletcher. Stuart lives on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. As a walk leader for over 30 years, he likes to dream up walks along the infinite possibilities of footpaths the area offers, through beautiful landscapes. Stuart also teaches map reading and navigational skills to teenagers and adults.
Meet at Princes Risborough Train Station, Station Road, Princes Risborough, in time to catch the 10:22 train to Haddenham and Thames Parkway. This train leaves London Marylebone at 09:38. Easy connections from Oxford, Marylebone and Aylesbury to this service are available. There is parking (charged) at the station as well as in and around Princes Risborough.
10 miles
Long walks (7 or more miles)
5 hours 30 minutes
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)
Yes (This is primarily a day's guided walk through picturesque countryside. Some explanations of the scenery and points of interest will be given. It could appeal to teenaged children and adults who can walk 10 miles and are interested in understanding the landscape they are walking through.)
Yes (Princes Risborough is well served by the London to Birmingham Chiltern Line railway and by the Arriva 300 and X30 bus services.)