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|Stone and the River Thame|
|Author: NickC, Published: 25 Apr 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This circular walk falls into three parts, all roughly the same length. The first part is characterised by fieldside footpath walking and includes a moment passing through a farmyard, whilst the third part involves a climb uphill along made up driveway, but still through countryside. It is the middle part that is the star of the show though, as you walk alongside different branches of the sleepy River Thame, ending up at the entrance to Eythorpe Park. This section positively cries out for a rug and a picnic, or maybe a book, to while away a sunny afternoon doing nothing in particular. |
The walk covers around four miles and takes about eighty minutes of walking. Unless it has been exceptionally dry, walking boots are recommended.
Stone sits on the A418 between Aylesbury and Thame, both of which are served by the Chiltern Line. Park either in the layby on the A418 outside Stone Village Hall (HP17 8PB) or in Eythorpe Road opposite the starting point.
|Start to Waddon Hill Farm|
Start point: 51.8042 lat, -0.8648 long
Start at the park bench by the village pond where the A418 meets the main road into Stone. Cross the road as soon as is practicable, head right, past the layby, and on reaching a footpath to the left after the village hall, pass through a metal kissing gate into a field. Aim for another metal kissing gate to the left of some farm buildings ahead of you.
|Waddon Hill Farm to River Thame|
Start point: 51.8131 lat, -0.8571 long
On entering the farmyard bear left by the cattle sheds. Stay with the track as it bends slightly to the right and then downhill, at the bottom of which a line of willows marks the course of the River Thame. Keep going straight ahead, over a small brook, after which the path cuts the corner of the subsequent field before going along its top left hand edge.
|River Thame to Weir Lodge|
Start point: 51.8172 lat, -0.8669 long
On reaching the river, bear left and follow the bank as the river meanders along. Although it looks significant, this is in fact only part of the river, which is split at this point. This is a placid and tranquil spot, perhaps calling out for a break, and thankfully a fallen tree provides a convenient seat.
|Weir Lodge to Humped Bridge|
Start point: 51.8147 lat, -0.8759 long
On crossing a small bridge and emerging from the trees the path comes out onto a concrete road, diverging from the river for a while, or this arm of it anyway, slightly to the left. Stay with the long, straight, concrete road and look out to your right where, through gaps in the willows on the far right, you can catch a glimpse of Eythorpe Hall, the last of many homes in the area once owned by the Rothschilds to remain in that famiiy's hands.
|Humped Bridge to End|
Start point: 51.8148 lat, -0.8878 long
After taking your fill of the views, retrace your steps and pass through the gate to the right of the rather imposing electronic gates and follow the drive. Pass over another bridge over the branch of the river that was so recently your companion and stay with the path ignoring options to your right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author NickC and may not be reproduced without permission.
Superb walk - stunning views, the most beautiful hidden sculpture too. Highly recommended.
|By Fairylightli on 12 Jun 2014|
Lovely walk! Nice views! Highly recommended
|By jrosier on 12 Apr 2015|
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