North Bucks Way
This long distance walk through Buckinghamshire visits a number of pretty villages and takes you though the beautiful countryside of the Vale of Aylesbury. The walk is well signed and waymarked with a Bucks swan logo.
The walk starts near Princes Risborough at the pretty Pulpit Hill Nature Reserve in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walk then heads to Great Kimble and Upper Hartwell where you will find the National Trust owned Hartwell House. There are 90 acres of landscaped parkland to enjoy and a Grade I listed house where Louis XVIII, exiled King of France, lived for five years. Shortly after passing Hartwell you will come to Eythrope Park where you will cross a bridge and weir. The park was created for Alice de Rothschild as the grounds for her 19th century house, the Pavilion.
After crossing the River Thame at Eythrope you continue to Waddesdon where you will find Waddesdon Manor. This exquisite French Renaissance-style chateau is surrounded by beautiful parkland and gardens.
After passing through Waddesdon village you continue north to Quainton. Here there is an impressive windmill built in 1830 and a climb to Quainton Hill where there are splendid views of the surrounding countryside. The route then descends to East Claydon where you will find the 18th century Claydon House. Run by the National Trust the fine house has lavish interiors and an estate with delightful parkland and lakes.
You continue north to Addington and then on to Great Horwood, where there is a nice mixture of heath common and woodland.
The final section takes you through the countryside to the west of Milton Keynes, passing Whaddon and Oakhill Wood before finishing in Wolverton by the Grand Union Canal.
North Bucks Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
North Bucks Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
North Bucks Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
North Bucks Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Quainton you could stop off at the The George and Dragon. The 18th century pub has a charming interior with a quarry tiled floor, inglenook fireplaces and beams. Outside there's a nice garden area overlooking the village green and windmill. You can find them next to the green at postcode HP22 4AR for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Around Eythrope you can pick up the circular Haddenham Walk which uses part of the Aylesbury Ring and the Thame Valley Walk to visit Dinton, Nether Winchendon and Cuddington. The route starts from Haddenham where there's a pretty duck pond, a fine old church and quaint thatched cottages to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Buckinghamshire Walks page.