Waddesdon Manor Walks
Explore the beautiful grounds surrounding this exquisite French Renaissance-style chateau near Aylesbury. Walking trails take you through woodland, Victorian style gardens, a parterre with ornate fountains and a working aviary with adjacent rose garden. There are also splendid views of the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside, the Chilterns Hills and the Vale of Aylesbury.
Built in the style of a French chateau between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild the house is also well worth a visit. In the tour you will see grand rooms and over 15,000 works of art, including 18th-century portraits by British artists Reynolds, Gainsborough and Romney.
A number of walking trails run past the house including the Bernwood Jubilee Way, Aylesbury Ring, Midshires Way, and the Tramway Trail. These all offer great opportunities for exploring the Buckinghamshire countryside surrounding the park.
In September 2018 a new shared cycling and walking trail opened which links Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station to the site. The Waddesdon Greenway runs for about 4km on a nice surfaced path and is a great way to visit the manor if you're coming by public transport.
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Waddesdon Manor Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Waddesdon Manor Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Waddesdon Manor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Waddesdon Manor Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles west of the manor you can visit an interesting local historical site on the Brill Windmill Walk. The 17th century mill is one of the earliest and best preserved examples of a post mill in the whole of the UK.
Another nice idea is to follow the Bernwood Jubilee Way south to link up with the Thame Valley Walk at Eythrope Park. There's lovely trails to be found here along the scenic River Thame. In this area you can also 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.
Head north from the manor and you will soon come to the pretty village of Quainton. The settlement is well worth a visit with an old windmill, a picturesque village green, a 14th century church, a row of 17th century almshouses and a rather fine 1700s pub to visit. To the north of the village there's also an excellent viewpoint at Quainton Hill.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Buckinghamshire Walks page.