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|Cuddington and the Thame Valley|
|Author: NickC, Published: 25 Apr 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury, Thame|
|Two glorious villages stand out on this walk: Cuddington at the start point, with its various characterful thatched cottages and elegant pub in the centre (and start point to this walk, should you feel tempted), and Nether, or Lower Winchendon, which is similarly picturesque and boasts a Victorian circular stone postbox, perfectly positioned outside the church. |
In between, there are opportunities to sample and cross the small but peaceful River Thame on this circular four and a bit mile walk, for which you should allow around 90 minutes, excluding stops. As well as the river there are various brooks and springs, making for wet ground at times, so walking boots are a must at all times of the year. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates and stiles along the way. Whilst most of the stiles have gaps or dog gates alongside, at least one has neither, so dogs may need a lift over. You will be sharing many of the pastures with cattle and sheep.
There's a village store in Cuddington to stock up on snacks, but no other re-provisioning point on the walk itself.
Cuddington is half a mile north of the A418 Aylesbury to Thame road, three miles south west of Aylesbury. Both these towns have stations on the Chiltern Line, although they are on different branches so a change would be necessary. Park on the road in the village. The walk starts at The Crown pub in the centre (HP18 0BB).
|Start to Footbridge|
Start point: 51.7937 lat, -0.931 long
From the pub head into the heart of the village down Upper Church Street, passing between a school and a churchyard on the way. As the road bends to the right, take the footpath on the left (Tibby's Lane) down the side of Tyringham Hall. This leads you to a pond and small waterfall and the first of many small brooks on this walk. Also look out for the old well with a grille over its top and old stone seating.
|Footbridge to Postbox|
Start point: 51.8015 lat, -0.9319 long
Cross over the footbridge, enjoying views of the river as you pass, and keep to the edge of the field towards a stile in the bottom corner, taking advantage of the raised wooden walkway if it is muddy. This leads you to the Old Mill, with the proliferation of reeds on the left indicating the site of the old mill pond.
|Postbox to Cuddington Bridges|
Start point: 51.8038 lat, -0.9382 long
Follow the road round to the left, towards and then past the old phone box. Continue to a point where the road bears to the right, and pick up the footpath on the left into a field. Follow the left hand edge of this field as it bends to the right and just before it bends again to the left strike out across the field, aiming for a stile on the far edge.
|Cuddington Bridges to River View Cottage|
Start point: 51.7958 lat, -0.9446 long
Re-trace your steps and pick up the sign for the Thame Valley Walk at the T-junction, now on your left. Head out across the field in front of you half right, taking care here as it can be very soggy, aiming for the right hand edge of the field. In the top right corner cross over a stile, go through a gate (to the right) and bear left along the field edge, keeping a small brook below a hedge to your left. In the corner of the field bear right and look for another stile on the left after around 200 yards, but don't go too near the edge as this can get extremely damp!
|River View Cottage to End|
Start point: 51.7867 lat, -0.9551 long
Pass through the wooden kissing gate and head for the bridge over the river about 100 yards diagonally to your left. Cross over the river and keep ahead to follow its course (over to the left) across a large open pasture, passing a cattle drinking point along the way.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author NickC and may not be reproduced without permission.
Unfortunately, the walk instructions are, at best, misleading and at worst, wrong. Please review and rewrite. We managed to create our own walk with a map, but no thanks to the directions given. It all started to go wrong in the 2nd paragraph where we were told to "take the bridge". There are other errors too. It's a wonderful part of the world and the walk should do it justice, but doesn't. Come on Nick, sort it!
|By eaw on 09 Aug 2014|
Very enjoyable walk. We had no problem following the directions especially in conjunction with the map. Took about 2hrs aprox, but plenty of places to stop and admire the numerous views. Easy walking and the ground was quite dry and firm. Finished with a sunday lunch at the crown in cuddington which was very good, no hesitation in recommending either the walk or the pub!
|By inkles on 22 Mar 2015|
Lovely walk. Easy to follow instructions
|By markdavid78 on 28 Feb 2016|
bell pub in Chearsley is worth a ten minute detour and nicely breaks up the walk. lovely beer garden and suitable for children
|By sarahlouiseh on 04 Sep 2016|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 16 Aug 2014
We took this image on our walk yesterday (August 2014) The walled garden was lovely.
|Image by: markdavid78 |
Uploaded: 28 Feb 2016
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