A Walk Out to Waddesdon

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Apr 20
2019

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£10.00
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22.7 km (14 miles) / Total Ascent 322 metres / Walking for at least 5 hours

This linear route starts out in the Vale of Aylesbury and briefly follows the old Roman road of Akeman Street towards Waddesdon Hill, one of many gentle hills we will climb throughout the day. Following Millennium Avenue, a footpath bordered by 2000 trees that approaches Waddesdon Manor, we take a detour towards the Windmill Hill Archive. This strikingly modern building houses the Waddesdon Manor Archive, and also displays some contemporary art set in the landscape with far reaching views. 

Soon after this we will pass through the grounds of the Manor. The house was formerly the home of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and dates from the late 19th Century. The exquisitely designed building was confected to resemble a French château, and has been used a television and filming location including the French themed 'Carry-On Don’t Lose Your Head’. Please note that we will not be entering the formal gardens or the house itself on this route. 

After lunch our we will head south through Eythrope Park and past the estate’s ornamental lodges situated on the banks of the River Thame. Eythrope was once the site of a medieval village, of which only some earthworks remain. We will pass Hartwell House, another country estate en route to Aylesbury town centre and the end of the walk.

On arrival in Aylesbury you have a choice of making your way to the train station or, time permitting, an optional extension to The King’s Head – a historic coaching inn that is now a pub owned by the National Trust. 

Image credits: Gate into Eythrope ParkDownhill Path at Upper Winchendon, and North Bucks Way at Lower Hartwell by Des BlenkinsoppEythrope Park by David HawgoodUpper Winchendon from the South West by David HillasBridge Lodge at Eythrope, from the Midshires Way (cropped) by Gerald Massey licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0Perceval From The Archive, and Bridge over the river Thame by R~P~MWaddesdon Manor by Amateur with a Camera licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Eythrope Estate and Waddesdon by Xenboy licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Other images by event leader. 

Waddesdon Manor viewed from the south
View from Waddesdon Archive
Sarah Lucas' sculpture 'Perceval' viewed from the Waddesdon Archive
Bridge Over the River Thame
View of Eythrope Park
View of Bridge Lodge, Eythrope Park
Gates leading to Eythrope Park
North Bucks Way Signpost
View of Upper Winchendon
View northwards from Waddesdon Hill
Downhill Path at Upper Winchendon
Weir Lodge beside the River Thame, Eythrope Estate
Distant view of Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor viewed from the south
View from Waddesdon Archive
Sarah Lucas' sculpture 'Perceval' viewed from the Waddesdon Archive
Bridge Over the River Thame
View of Eythrope Park
View of Bridge Lodge, Eythrope Park
Gates leading to Eythrope Park
North Bucks Way Signpost
View of Upper Winchendon
View northwards from Waddesdon Hill
Downhill Path at Upper Winchendon
Weir Lodge beside the River Thame, Eythrope Estate
Distant view of Waddesdon Manor

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