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You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Buckinghamshire Walk Map
|Ascott House||2 miles (2.5 km)||This National Trust owned estate is the countryside residence of the Rothschild family. The 16th century manor house is surrounded by over 200 acres of parkland and 30 acres of beautiful formal gardens. The house itself has a superb collection of paintings, furniture and oriental porcelain. |
Please note the House and Gardens are only open to members of the public between March and September.
Ascott House is located near Leighton Buzzard. It's not far from the Grand Union Canal - a good option if you'd like to continue your walk.
|Ashridge Boundary Trail||16 miles (26 km)||This walk takes you on a tour of the National Trust owned Ashridge Estate in the Chiltern Hills. The estate consists of 5,000 acres of woodlands, commons and chalk downland which supports a rich variety of wildlife. |
The walk starts at the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre next to the Bridgewater Monument, erected in 1832 to the Duke of Bridgewater. You can climb the monument for fabulous panoramic views of the estate before starting the circular tour of the beautiful grounds.
Highlights on the walk include the Golden Valley to the north-east of Ashridge house which was created by famous landscape gardener Capability Brown in the 18th century. You will also visit Ivinghoe Beacon, with its splendid views of the Vale of Aylesbury and Dunstable Downs.
|Aston Rowant Nature Reserve||5 miles (8.5 km)||Enjoy a circular walk around this wonderful nature reserve in the Chilterns and climb Beacon Hill on the way. The reserve is a splendid place for walking with miles of good paths taking you through woodland, chalk grassland and some lovely Chilterns countryside. It's a wonderful place for flora and fauna with flowers such as orchids, the Chiltern gentian and various wildflowers. The attractive mixed woodland includes beech, yew, and juniper. As for wildlife look out for Red Kites soaring above and butterflies such as the silver-spotted skipper and the Adonis blue. You may also see Dartmoor Ponies, Roe deer, feral goats and buzzards. |
This walk starts in the good sized Cowleaze Wood car park and takes you through pretty bluebell woods before reaching Beacon Hill where you can enjoy wonderful views of the reserve and Chiltern Hills. The route then descends on the Ridgeway, before passing Bald Hill and returning to the car park.
If you'd like to continue your walking in this lovely area then you could head to the nearby Christmas Common and Watlington Hill where there is more beautiful flora and fauna.
|Aylesbury Ring||31 miles (50 km)||This circular walk takes you on a tour of the Aylesbury Vale. The path starts and ends in Wendover first heading towards Great Kimble and then onto Dinton where you will find the impressive Dinton Hall. The route continues to Eythrope, crossing the River Thame and passing Eythrope Park and Eythrope Manor House. You continue through the countryside past Waddesdon, Hardwick and Long Marston before joining the Wendover Arm Canal near Aston Clinton for the final waterside stretch back to Wendover.|
|Beeches Way||16 miles (25 km)||Follow the Beeches Way through the Chilterns AONB from the River Thames at Cookham to the Grand Union Canal at West Drayton.|
You start off at Cookham and head east to the wooded Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve. The reserve covers over 500 acres with a network of great woodland trails. There's also ponds, grassland, heathland with wildlife which includes Exmoor Ponies. The walk then passes through Fulmer before a lovely stretch through Black Park Country Park and Langley Park Country Park. The final stretch takes you around the lakes in Colne Valley Regional Park before finishing on the Grand Union Canal at West Drayton.
|Bernwood Jubilee Way||61 miles (98 km)||Explore the Ancient Royal Forest of Bernwood on this circular walk devised to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Bernwood Forest includes a mixture of woodland, pasture, meadow, heathland and picturesque villages. The walk is often started at Brill and heads to Boarstall, Buckingham, Waddesdon, Nether Winchendon, Quainton and Thame.|
Highlights on the path include the National Trust owned Boarstall Tower. The attraction includes a 14th-century moated gatehouse and beautiful gardens.
Also of interest is Nether Winchendon House. This medieval Manor House is situated in a beautiful valley at the foot of the Chilterns and includes a 12th century Great Hall and a 16th century Dining Room.
The walk also passes the beautiful Waddesdon Manor (video below). Built in the style of a French chateau between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild the house is also surrounded by formal gardens and an English landscape park.
There are also waterside sections along the Rivers Thame and Great Ouse through Buckingham.
The walk is waymarked with a yellow arrow.
|Black Park Country Park||4 miles (7 km)||With over 10 miles of well signed cycling and walking tracks, Black Park is the ideal place for a great day out in the country. Set in 535 acres of woodland and heathland, you will find lakes, picnic areas, cafes and a Go Ape Tree top adventure course. The park is located in Wexham, just a few miles east of Slough.|
The route below begins at the car park next to the lake and takes you to the famous Pinewood studios where many blockbuster films have been produced. You continue through the park to Upton Wood where you will circle the lake before returning to the finish point back at the car park.
The route is suitable for both cyclists and walkers but for cyclists there is also the Beeches cycleway . This 12 mile, signposted route joins Black Park, Stoke Common, Burnham Beeches and Dorney Lake allowing you to extend your ride if you wish. For walkers you may also like to try the Beeches way walk which passes through Black Park. Also of interest is the nearby Langley Park Country Park which lies just to the south of Black Park.
|Bradenham Woods||2 miles (3.5 km)||This circular walk explores the woodland and countryside surrounding the pretty village of Bradenham in the Chilterns. The area is run by the National Trust so there are good, waymarked footpaths and facilties.|
The walk starts in the car park in Bradenham. It's a typically lovely English village with pretty cottages, a village green, village pond and a cricket pitch. You will pass Bradenham Manor House and the fascinating St Botolph church which has sections dating from the 14th century. The footpath then gently climbs away from the village with wonderful views over the Chilterns. You then pick up woodland trails through the deciduous woodland of Park Wood. The wood is in an elevated position above the village so there are nice views back towards Bradenham, including the Manor House and the Church. After leaving the wood you descend back towards the village and the finish point at the car park.
If you are coming by train then Saunderton train station is only about a mile from the village.
If you would like to extend your walking in the area then both Hughenden Park and West Wycombe Park are great options. You could also explore Naphill Common which has many woodland footpaths.
|Burnham Beeches||2 miles (2.5 km)||This National Nature Reserve and woodland has miles of good walking trails to try. The area consists mostly of beech woodland with lots of peaceful woodland footpaths to follow. There's also ponds, streams, grassland and heathland with over 500 acres to explore. The reserve is great for wildlife too. Look out for Exmoor Ponies, Berkshire Pigs, Jacob Sheep and grazing cattle. Facilities are very good with a car park off Lord Mayors Drive and a nice cafe.|
Burnham Beeches proximity to London and the beauty of the area attracts over half a million visitors per year. It has been used as a film location for Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1.
Please note this circular route is devised for walkers but cyclists can enjoy a network of tarmac surfaced roads, the majority of which are closed to cars. Click here for a map showing the the cycle trails. Please note off road cycling is not permitted in the reserve.
If you'd like to extend your outing then you can pick up the Beeches Way which runs through the reserve. If you head east you'll come to Farnham Common and Stoke Common where you'll find attractive Gorse and Heather heathland. If you follow the trail west it will take you to Cookham and the delightful Cliveden House. The Italianate mansion is surrounded by beautiful parkland and gardens with miles of walking trails and views of the River Thames.
|Caldecotte Lake||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy and easy cycle or walk around this pretty lake in Milton Keynes. A lovely waterside paths runs around the perimiter of the lake so it's perfect for families. There's a free trim trail with outdoor gym equipment and a table tennis table. There is also an excellent pub called the Caldecotte Arms where you can pick up a bite to eat. Walton Park and lake are right next to Caldecotte Lake so you can easily extend your outing there.|
The lake is located on the Grand Union Canal - you could pick this up and head a couple of miles north to the super Willen Lake where you will find more waterside walking and cycling.
|Chess Valley Walk||10 miles (16 km)||Follow the River Chess through the Chess Valley on this delightful trail through Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.|
You start at Chesham Station passing Latimer, Chenies and Loudwater before finishing at Rickmansworth Station. This is a nice easy waterside walk with plenty of attractive countryside and a series of quiet little villages to enjoy. It is also easily accessible with train stations at either end. Route highlights include the Grade I listed Chenie Manor House with its beautiful gardens and the splendid grounds of the Chorleywood House Estate near Loudwater.
Click here for more information on this walk.
|Chiltern Heritage Trail||51 miles (82 km)||Travel through the Chilterns Hills on this splendid circular walk and visit numerous delightful hamlets, villages and towns in Buckinghamshire. The walk begins at Chesham and passes Amersham, Chenies, Chorleywood, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles and Great Missenden.|
Highlights on the walk include the splendid Chenies Manor House and Gardens. Located in the village of Chenies the estate is highly recommended with its enchanting Tudor Manor House and award winning gardens.
Near Chalfont St Peter you will find the fascinating Chiltern Open Air Museum. The museum rescues and restores common English buildings from the Chilterns and relocates them to its 45-acre site, which includes woodland and parkland.
At Chalfont St Giles you will find John Milton's cottage where the famous poet completed Paradise Lost. Now a musuem it houses an extensive collection of his works and also includes a Grade II Registered Historic Garden.
Also of interest is the 13th century St Mary's Church and the award winning Amersham Musuem. As well as the sequence of interesting historical attractions there is some beautiful countryside and a long waterside stretch along the River Chess from Chesham to Chenies to enjoy.
|Chiltern Link||8 miles (13 km)||Travel through the beautiful Chiltern Hills on this path which links the Chess Valley Walk and the Ridgeway National Trail. The route runs for 8 miles between Wendover and Chesham passing through some really splendid countryside and the lovely Wendover Woods.|
|Chiltern Way||124 miles (200 km)||This is the original 125 mile circuit of the Chilterns AONB taking you through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, the edge of Marlow, Hambleden, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Harpenden. The main attractions on the route are the series of delightful villages with their ancient churches, pretty village greens and fascinating museums. The Chilterns countryside is also beautiful with rivers, canals and the rolling hills to enjoy.|
The walk is waymarked with yellow and white disc.
|Chiltern Way Berkshire Loop||28 miles (45 km)||This walk runs from the outskirts of High Wycombe to Crowsley Park, near Henley on Thames. The route includes several long sections along the River Thames where you will pass a series of delightful riverside towns and villages. These include Cookham and then Henley on Thames, home to the famous annual regatta. The path also includes a couple of lovely wooded sections through Mill Wood and Cayton Park with the Chitern Hills providing a beautiful backdrop for the duration of the walk.|
|Christmas Common and Watlington Hill||4 miles (6 km)||This circular walk takes you around the lovely area of Christmas Common in the Chilterns.|
The walk starts from the decent sized car park on Hill Road and takes you to Watlington Hill. Here you will find nice woodland paths and an abundance of wildlife. Red Kites are often seen gliding above while the hill is one of the last sanctuaries of the extremely rare silver spotted skipper butterfly. Also look out for rabbits on the attractive chalk grassland and redwings and fieldfares above. The hill commands great views of the Chilterns and the Oxfordshire Plain.
This walk makes use of the Swan's Way and the Oxfordshire Way to take you through some of the countryside and woodland surrounding Watlington Hill and the little village of Christmas Common. There is a nice pub in the village where you can enjoy refreshments at the end of the walk.
|Claude Duval Bridleroute||63 miles (102 km)||This shared walking and cycle path runs from Quainton, near Aylesbury in Oxfordshire to Great Barrington in the Cotswolds.|
This route is named after the well-known local highwayman, Claude Duval. It starts at Quainton and passes Stratton Audley, Bicester and Bucknell before crossing the Oxford Canal near Woodstock. The route then heads towards Chipping Norton and then Spelsbury where you join the River Evenlode for a short waterside stretch to Ascott d'Oyley. You then head onto Great Barrington via Fifield.
For cyclists a hybrid or mountain bike is required for this route. This is a fairly challenging route but with some fabulous Cotswolds scenery to enjoy.
|Claydon House||4 miles (6 km)||This circular walk takes you through the countryside surrounding Claydon House in Middle Claydon, near Buckingham. The magnificent 18th-century house is surrounded by a lovely estate with lakes, and wonderful views of the surrounding Buckinghamshire countryside.|
This walk starts at Claydon house and follows countryside footpaths to Steeple Claydon, returning through the farmland to the west of the house.
The North Bucks Way long distance walk passes Claydon House so you could pick this up to extend your walking in the area.
|Cliveden House||2 miles (3 km)||Explore the stunning gardens and woodlands surrounding this Italianate mansion near Maidenhead. The grounds include several beautifully laid out gardens. The Rose Garden with red, orange and yellow flowers, the oriental water garden with Chinese pagoda and the Long Garden with stunning floral displays and topiary. There are also miles of woodland paths with stunning views back to the gardens and over the surrounding Berkshire countryside. Look out for elephant, bear and tiger wood carvings as you go. The grounds also extend down to the River Thames so there is the opportunity for some waterside walking too.|
Other highlights include the recently restored maze, a number of exquisite temples, pavilions and follies, and the Fountain of Love located the end of the lime tree avenue which runs up to the house.
The house itself is now a luxury hotel but tours are available for the general public. The house has been home to an earl, three countesses, two dukes, a Prince of Wales and the Viscounts Astor. During the 1960s, it became the setting for key events of the notorious Profumo Affair.
The Thames Path and the Shakespeare's Way walking routes run past Cliveden. Both of these are good options if you would like to continue your walk.
You could also head west to Bisham Woods where there are miles of good walking trails and mountain bike tracks to try.
The Beeches Way runs past the northern edge of Cliveden. If you pick this up and head east you will soon come to the splendid Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve. The popular site covers over 500 acres with a network of woodland trails. There's also ponds, grassland, heathland with wildlife including Exmoor Ponies.
|Coombe Hill||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the 260 m (850 ft) summit of this lovely hill in the Chilterns. Coombe Hill is the highest viewpoint in the Chiltern Hills and commands wonderful views over Aylesbury Vale and the Cotswolds. |
This circular walk starts in Wendover, near the train station, and follows the Ridgeway long distance trail to the summit. It's a nice, grassy footpath taking you over the delightful Bacombe Hill. There's a series of nice woodland paths and the area is also a nature reserve so look out for pretty wildflowers and over 20 species of butterfly. The summit is a special place with the iconic Coombe Hill Monument. It was erected in 1904 in memory of 148 men from Buckinghamshire who died during the Second Boer War. As well as the great views over the Chilterns AONB you can also see Chequers, the country home of the Prime Minister from the summit.
From the summit you descend on more nice woodland paths to Dunsmore and then back into Wendover.
|Cross Bucks Way||24 miles (38 km)||Travel from Stratton Audley in Buckinghamshire to Linslade, near Leighton Buzzard along the Cross Bucks Way. The route meanders through the Buckinghamshire countryside passing Hillesden, Winslow and Hollingdon before a pleasant waterside stretch along the Grand Union Canal takes you to Linslade.|
|Denham Country Park||4 miles (7 km)||Enjoy waterside walking in this delightful park in Uxbridge. The rivers Colne and Misbourne and the Grand Union Canal pass through the park. There is a variety of wildlife, including herons, kingfishers and dragonflies. You will also find the useful Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre and cafe in the park.|
The route below starts and ends at the parking facility in the park but Denham rail station is less than a mile away so makes for a good access point.
|Emberton Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy waterside walking and cycling along the 5 lakes and the River Great Ouse in this 200 acre park in Milton Keynes.|
|Emberton Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||Enjoy 200 acres of parkland and lakes in Milton Keynes on this short circular walk. Emberton contains over 5km of paths and trails winding their way around 5 lakes, through
wooded glades and meadows. The route below begins at the village of Emberton and takes you around Grebe Lake and Heron Water in the park.|
The park contains a visitor information centre, picnic areas and a number of bird hides where you can spot the wide variety of water loving birdlife that vists the park.
|Furzton Lake||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a short cycle or walk around this pretty lake in Milton Keynes. The lake has a well surfaced path around it's perimieter making it ideal for families looking for a safe cycle path or walkers looking for an easy waterside stroll.|
|Grafton Way||13 miles (21 km)||Follow the Grafton Way from Wolverton , Milton Keynes to Greens Norton in Northamptonshire. The walk starts following the Grand Union Canal to Cosgrove before heading into the countryside and passing the villages of Yardley Gobion, Paulerspury and Towcester.|
|Grand Union Canal Walk||145 miles (234 km)||Follow the towpath of Britain's longest canal from London to Birmingham on this fabulous waterside walk. You start in West London in a lively and attractive area with canalside bars and restaurants, before heading towards the Chiltern Hills, on through rural Northamptonshire and Warwickshire and into the Birmingham suburbs. Highlights include
|Greensand Ridge Walk||40 miles (64 km)||A walk through Bedforshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay. The route follows a ridge of greensand which rises from the clay vales on either side.|
You will pass through Woburn, Millbrook, Maulden Woods, Ampthilll Park and Sandy with some delightful countrsyside, woodland trails and fabulous views to enjoy.
|Hanslope Circular Ride||20 miles (32 km)||A 20 mile circular cycle and walking route through open countryside in north Buckinghamshire It passes through a nature reserve and wildfowl centre on its way to a tour of the Saxon manors of Hanslope. The open countryside of the Ouse and Tove Valleys gives extensive views across North Buckinghamshire and into Northants, with the distinctive spire of Hanslope Church the central feature. The route is open to horseriders, pedal cyclists and walkers and uses a combination of metalled and unmetalled roads and tracks, and headland and crossfield bridleways. There are a number of gates to open and close and the bridleways can be muddy, particularly after wet weather. The route is waymarked at every gate or major change in direction with a waymark disc - Circular Ride.|
|Hughenden Park||2 miles (4 km)||The 1,500 acres of parkland surrounding the red brick Victorian mansion of Hughenden Manor is great for a short walk in lovely surroundings. There's woodland trails, pretty formal gardens and riverside paths to enjoy. The area is also surrounded by some beauitful Chilterns countryside. |
The house and parkland is run by the National Trust so there are four good waymarked paths to try. There also beautiful formal gardens with an Italian influence, a walled garden, a willow maze and orchards.
Hughenden Manor was home to Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli during the 19th century. You can explore the house with its wonderful collection of personal memorabilia and Victorian playroom.
If you enjoy this walk then you could head to the nearby West Wycombe Park to extend your exercise.
|Icknield Way Path||110 miles (177 km)||The Icknield Way Path starts at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and heads to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk along prehistoric pathways.|
|Ivinghoe Beacon||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the top of this iconic hill in the Chilterns on this walk in Buckinghamshire. Ivinghoe Beacon stands at 233 m (757 ft) and commands fine views over the Chiltern Hills and the Vale of Aylesbury.|
The walk starts from the car park next to Pitstone Windmill and makes use of the Icknield Way Path to take you to the summit. The Pitstone Windmill has been restored by the National trust and is well worth a visit before you begin your climb to Beacon Hill. On the way you'll pass through chalk grassland and woodland with a wide variety of wildlife to look out for.
If you'd like to continue your walk then you could enjoy waterside walking along the nearby Grand Union Canal or pick up the Icknield Way Path which runs past the hill.
|Langley Park Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Langley Park has a variety of beautiful trails suitable for cycling and walking. The park contains 154 acres of free access parkland, 360 acres of farmland, delightful Edwardian rhododendron gardens (with views to Windsor Castle) and an Arboretum with a fine collection of specimen trees and a beautiful ornamental pond. There are also excellent facilities with a tea room overlooking the Edwardian gardens and designated picnic areas. Cycling is permitted, except in the Temple Gardens and the Arboretum. Cycle racks are located next to the tea room. |
For cyclists there is also the Beeches cycleway . This 12 mile, signposted route joins Black Park, Stoke Common, Burnham Beeches and Dorney Lake allowing you to extend your ride if you wish. For walkers you may also like to try the Beeches way walk which passes through Black Park. Also of interest is the nearby Black Park Country Park which lies just to the north of Langley Park.
|Linford Lakes||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a waterside cycle or walk around the pretty Linford Lakes Nature Reserve in Milton Keynes. At the site you will find a large lake, woodland, small meadows and a series of ponds and smaller lakes. You can stop on the way and enter one of the bird hides where you can look out for Waterfowl, Waders, Heron and Egret. In the woodland section you make catch a glimpse of the Reeves Muntjac Deer. There's also sections along the Grand Union Canal and the River Great Ouse. To get full access to the reserve you need a permit from http://www.theparkstrust.com/parks/linford-lakes-permit.|
If you would like to continue your exercise you could enjoy more waterside walking along the Grand Union Canal or head to the nearby Willen Lake.
|London Loop||149 miles (240 km)||Also known as the London Outer Orbital Path, this walk takes you on a tour of the parks, woods and fields around the edge of Outer London. You start at Erith, on the River Thames and pass through Crayford, Orpington, Petts Wood, Coulsdon, Kingston upon Thames, Uxbridge, Elstree, Cockfosters, Chingford and Upminster Bridge before finishing back on the River Thames at Purfleet, opposite Erith.
The walk has been divided into 24 manageable sections as follows:
West Wickham Common Hamsey Green
The walk is waymarked with a disc featuring a kestrel
|Midshires Way||225 miles (362 km)||This route follows public bridleways and quiet country lanes through Middle England, from Bledlow, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, to Stockport in Greater Manchester. The path links the Ridgeway National Trail with the Trans Pennine Trail passing through the countryside of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicesteshire, Nottinghamshire and the Derbyshire Peak District National Park.|
Highlights include waterside sections along the Grand Union Canal, the Peak Forest Canal and the River Ouse. There is a splendid wooded section through Salcey Forest near Northampton where you could try the Tree Top Trail. There are also terrific views of the Derbyshire Dales, and a lovely section around Fernilee Reservoir and Errwood Reservoir in the Peak District.
The walk is waymarked with a white disc featuring two acorns.
|Milton Keynes Boundary Walk||63 miles (101 km)||Enjoy rivers, canals, woodland and beautiful countryside on this walk around the boundary of Milton Keynes. |
|North Bucks Way||33 miles (53 km)||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.
|Ouse Valley Way||142 miles (229 km)||Follow the River Great Ouse from the source at Brackley, Northamptonshire, to the mouth at The Wash at King's Lynn. You begin at Brackley and head to Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Olney, Bedford, St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Ely, Downham Market before finishing at King's Lynn. |
Highlights on the route include the magnificent Stowe Park with its 250 acres of stunning parks and gardens.
|Palladian Way||118 miles (190 km)||Walk from Buckingham to Bath through the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire on this trail named after Andre Palladio's Italian architecture. |
The walk runs from Buckingham to Brackley, Woodstock, Burford, Cirecncester, Malmesbury and then Bath.
You can enjoy waterside sections along the Oxford Canal near Kirtlington and along the River Windrush between Woodstock and Burford. There is also a section through the beautiful Cotswolds countryside around Burford.
Other route highlights include the National Trust Owned Stowe House and Gardens, and the magnificent Blenheim Palace - birthplace of Winston Churchill (video below)
|Ridgeway Link||7 miles (12 km)||This is a walking path which runs from the Chilterns Gateway Visitor Centre near Dunstable to the Ridgeway National Trail at Ivinghoe Beacon.|
There are splendid views of the surrounding area at the start before heading through Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade and Dagnall. You will also pass the excellent Whipsnade Zoo where you can view a number of wild animals from the trail. The path finishes on Ivinghoe Beacon with more splendid views to enjoy.
|Rushmere Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||Explore 400 acres of lakes, ancient woodland conifer plantations, meadows and heath in this country park in Leighton Buzzard. The park has numerous pleasant walking trails and a number of family cycle routes but a cycling permit is required for the trails in the park (see the link below for more information). |
The park also has an excellent new cafe and a visitor centre.
|Shakespeare's Way||146 miles (235 km)||This walk follows a route that Shakespeare may have taken when travelling between Stratford-upon-Avon and London. The path passes through the Chilterns, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds, the valley of the River Stour and the Thames Valley making for a beautiful and varied walk. There are lovely waterside stretches along the Oxford Canal and the River Thames into London.|
The walk is waymarked with a logo of Shakespeare's head.
|South Bucks Way||23 miles (37 km)||The South Bucks Way runs from Coombe Hill near Wendover to Denham near Uxbridge.|
You begin at the top of Coombe Hill with splendid views of the surrounding countryside and descend towards Great Missenden where you will pass the Abbey and join the River Misbourne. The route then follows the river through Amersham and Chalfont St Peter before joining the River Colne for the final stretch into Denham, where you finish by the Grand Union Canal.
|Stowe Park||3 miles (5 km)||Explore 250 acres of stunning parks and gardens at this major Buckingham attraction. The gardens include beautiful lakes, several historic temples and monuments and many resident deer. Highlights on the route include the Grecian Valley, the Gothic Temple, the Temple of Friendship and the Palladian bridge.|
The park is also open to cyclists though the route mapped out below is specifically for walkers. The cycle route is fairly flat and great for families - see more details here.
If you'd like to continue your walk you could pick up the Ouse Valley Way long distance walk which runs past the park.
|Sudeley Castle||3 miles (5 km)||Explore the award-winning gardens and beautiful 1,200 acre estate surrounding this 15th century castle in the Cotswolds. There are nine magnificent gardens including the Queens Garden with hundreds of varieties of roses and the Tithe Barn Garden with a tranquil carp pond surrounded by wisteria, primroses, hollyhocks and cardoons. St Mary’s Church is surrounded by the White Garden, with peonies, clematis, roses and tulips. It is also contains the grave of Katherine Parr.|
Several walking routes run past the castle so there is plenty of scope for continuing your walk. The castle is located in the village of Winchcombe, 8 miles from Broadway in the Cotswolds AONB.
|Thame Valley Walk||15 miles (24 km)||Follow the River Thame from Albury in Oxfordshire to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire on this pleasant waterside walk.|
The walk passes Shabbington, Long Crendon, Chearsley and Nether Winchendon.
The Thame Valley is home to an abundance of wildlife including reed warblers, cuckoos, damselflies and butterflies. Plant life and woodland also thrives making for a interesting walk for the naturalist.
Highlights on the path include the 15th century Nether Winchendon house and the 15th century church of St Mary at Long Crendon.
Click here for a route guide from Buckinghamshire cc.
|The Swan's Way||65 miles (105 km)||The Swan's Way long distance bridleroute runs from Salcey Forest in the north to Goring on Thames in the south, a distance of 65 miles (105km). From the Northants border, the route crosses the Vale of Aylesbury to meet the Ridgeway near Princes Risborough and then follows the chalk slopes of the Chilterns to the Thames at Goring. It passes through varied countryside from beech woods on chalk scarp to low vales and ancient woodlands.|
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|The Three Shires Way||37 miles (60 km)||The Three Shires Way is a long distance bridleway which runs between Tathall End in north-east Buckinghamshire and Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire. The route traces the outline of ancient trackways and passes through a beautiful rural landscape. Along the way it skirts several small, historic villages, meanders through remnants of ancient woodland, and has many spectacular views.|
The route is (sometimes) signposted with the Three Shires Way logo and officially runs for 37 miles, though it's nearer 39 miles long if starting/finishing at the Grafham Water Car Park. I'd recommend cycling north to south (unless faced by a strong south or south-west wind), hence : Start at Grafham Water Car Park, Cambs : TL166680 Finish at Tathall End, Milton Keynes : SP820468 A circular route around Grafham Water is also available, which extends the total distance to almost 47 miles. It passes through Easton, Spaldwick, Covington, Shelton, Yielden, Knotting, Lavendon and Emberton before arriving at Tathall End. It is generally a quiet rural route, much of it on clay and very muddy at certain times of the year. Some parts are classified as a 'Byway Open to All Traffic' or a 'Road Used as a Public Path' (generally open April to October), and are therefore legally accessible by motor vehicles. These tracks can be very rutted indeed; a notable example is Forty Foot Lane. Beware!
Note : Mapped on the 1:25,000 series Mark Worthington November 2008
|Tramway Trail||6 miles (10 km)||This short circular walk follows the bed of the Brill tramway, through Quainton, Westcott and Waddesdon. |
You start at Quainton and follow the path to the Buckingham Railway Centre where you will find a working steam museum set in a 25 acre site. The walk then continues through Westcott to the exquisite Waddesdon Manor. Built in the style of a French chateau between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild the house is also surrounded by formal gardens and an English landscape park.
The final stretch takes you through the pretty village of Waddesdon to the finish point at Quainton.
|Tring Reservoirs||5 miles (8.5 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk around these pretty reservoirs in Hertfordshire. The four reservoirs include Startops End, Marsworth, Tringford and Wilstone. They are fantastic for birdwatching with visitors including grebes, bitterns, peregrine falcon, pied flycatcher and ringed plovers. |
This circular walk starts at the village of Marsworth and takes you around the reservoirs on a series of footpaths before returning along the Grand Union Canal. It's a nice easy walk with many waterside sections.
The walk can be extended by picking up the Aylesbury Ring or Grand Union Canal Walk which run through the area.
|Two Ridges Link||8 miles (13 km)||This lovely, easy walk links The Ridgeway National Trail and the Greensand Ridge Walk.|
You start on Ivinghoe Beacon, with terrific views of the surrounding area, and head towards Slapton where you join the Grand Union Canal taking you to Leighton Buzzard.
|Waddesdon Manor||1 miles (2 km)||Explore the beautiful grounds surrounding this exquisite French Renaissance-style chateau near Aylesbury. Walking trails take you through woodland, Victorian style gardens, the parterre with ornate fountains and statues and the 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.
|Wendover Woods||4 miles (7 km)||Enjoy miles of great cycling and walking trails in this large forest in Buckinghamshire. The cycle trail is a moderate 5 mile route on waymarked surfaced tracks. It has some steep sections but is generally suitable for all abilities/families. |
For walkers there are several waymarked trails including a lovely easy access trail for all abilities. On the way you can see sculptures, deciduous trees, evergreen trees and many woodland flowers. There are also splendid views of the surrounding Chilterns countryside.
Other attractions in the woods include a splendid cafe and a Go Ape forest adventure with Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings. For children there is a fun Superworm trail from the creators of the Gruffalo.
If you'd like to continue your outing then several long distance trails run past the forest. You could pick up the Icknield Way Path, the Chiltern Link or The Ridgeway or head to the nearby Grand Union Canal.
The woods are located near Aylesbury and Tring.
|West Wycombe Park||5 miles (8 km)||Explore the beautiful estate surrounding West Wycombe House on this walk in the Chilterns AONB. The Palladian house has 45 acres of landscaped gardens with a lovely large lake, views of the River Wyre, woodland paths and sweeping lawns to enjoy. Look out for attractive temples and follies such as the Temple of the Four Winds. |
After strolling round the grounds you can climb to West Wycombe Hill for wonderful views over the Chilterns countryside. At the top of the hill you will find the 18th century Mausoleum. It is also a great spot to look out for the Red Kite.
After descending the hill you can then continue your walk through miles of surrounding woodland and head towards nearby Bradenham.
The village of West Wycombe also has many interesting features such as the Grade I listed church and the popular Hellfire Caves. This extraordinary network of man-made chalk and flint caverns is well worth a visit.
If you'd like to extend your walk then you can head to the nearby Hughenden Park with its gardens, parkland, woodland and and riverside paths.
|Westbury Circular Ride||12 miles (19 km)||This is a circular walk or cycle ride around Westbury in Buckinghamshire. Route highlights include Turweston Airfield and Biddlesden House and Park. The house occupies the site of a Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1147 and sits behind a small lake.
There's also some lovely countryside and views of the River Great Ouse to enjoy. The route mainly follows country lanes and bridleways so for cyclists a mountain bike or hybrid is required.
|Willen Lake||2 miles (4 km)||Willen Lake is Milton Keynes' most popular park with a super waterside cycling and walking path to enjoy. There's also pedalos, mini-golf and a cafe.|
If you would like to continue your outing you could pick up the nearby Grand Union Canal Walk or the Hanslope Circular Ride. Just to the north west you will find Linford Lakes-a lovely nature reserve in Milton Keynes with a number of pretty lakes and ponds.
If you head a couple of miles south along the Grand Union Canal you'll some come to Caldecotte Lake where you can enjoy more waterside walking and cycling.