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Cuddington and the Thame Valley

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Cuddington and the Thame Valley
Author: NickC, Published: 25 Apr 2013 Walk Rating:star1 Cuddington and the Thame Valley Walking Guide star1 Cuddington and the Thame Valley Walking Guide star1 Cuddington and the Thame Valley Walking Guide star1 Cuddington and the Thame Valley Walking Guide star0 Cuddington and the Thame Valley Walking Guide
Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury, Thame
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Cuddington and the Thame Valley
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Cuddington and the Thame Valley Walking Guide boot Cuddington and the Thame Valley Walking Guide
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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).

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Walk Sections

Start to Footbridge
Start to Footbridge

Start point: 51.7937 lat, -0.931 long
End point: 51.8015 lat, -0.9319 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.

Do NOT take the bridge left over the waterfall, instead go ahead to cross a stile. On reaching the field head half right over some grass to a stile half way along the far side, adjacent to a house. Cross this and pass across the top of a drive and on reaching a pole barn, take the footpath on the left shortly after.

Follow the path downhill and then leave the most obvious path to stay close to the left-hand edge of the open land to reach a stile about two thirds the way down the left hand fence. Cross this and pick up the footpath on the other side of the concrete road, through a metal kissing gate. Head half right, aiming for a metal five barred gate in the corner of the field. Pick up the field on the other side, keeping the hedge to your right, and follow this down to the River Thame and a footbridge.

Footbridge to Postbox
Footbridge to Postbox

Start point: 51.8015 lat, -0.9319 long
End point: 51.8038 lat, -0.9382 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.

Follow the driveway round to the left and pick up the metalled road. The route is marked as the Bernwood Jubilee Way, which is in fact a 61 mile trail around an ancient hunting forest. It is also part of the Thame Valley Walk. Woods on the left give way to the impressive walled garden of Nether Winchenden House - look out for the house's impressive brick chimneys.

You will soon enter the delightful centre of the village of Nether (or Lower) Winchenden, with its many coloured cottages presided over by the church of St. Nicholas with a Victorian circular postbox out front. if you have time, the church is worth a visit for its beamed ceiling and ground floor belfry.

Postbox to Cuddington Bridges
Postbox to Cuddington Bridges

Start point: 51.8038 lat, -0.9382 long
End point: 51.7958 lat, -0.9446 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.

A stile brings you out onto a road. Head left along the road (taking care of traffic) to a T-junction. The route continues straight ahead, but first you need to follow the road to the left for a 150 yard detour to see the Cuddington Bridges and some good views of the river.

Cuddington Bridges to River View Cottage
Cuddington Bridges to River View Cottage

Start point: 51.7958 lat, -0.9446 long
End point: 51.7867 lat, -0.9551 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!

Cross over the stile. Cross over a stream and follow the left hand edge of some cultivated fields, heading for Lowergreen Farm. Stay in the same direction over another stile and then a gate to reach a kissing gate. Go through this kissing gate and along a narrow enclosed stretch with a wall on one side and apple trees on the other. Emerge into a road and follow this to a T-junction, where you head left, past River View Cottage (although you will have to wait for your view of the river!). Continue along the grass track to reach a kissing gate in the right hand corner.

River View Cottage to End
River View Cottage to End

Start point: 51.7867 lat, -0.9551 long
End point: 51.7934 lat, -0.9318 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.

Enjoy it while you can however, as on entering the next field the path heads half right. Amongst many other names, the path is now also part of the Outer Aylesbury Ring. Continue in the same direction in the next field, heading for the top right hand corner, ignoring the path in the top left hand corner.

Cross over a stile and out onto a track. Follow this, past some agricultural buildings, heading uphill. Pass some allotments to the right and the track flattens out about 150 yards before reaching a road. Turn right here and over the road, picking up the pavement that will carry you back to your starting point through the upper part of Cuddington.

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5 comments for "Cuddington and the Thame Valley"

Lovely walk. We found the instructions clear and informative, especially with the map. Looking forward to doing others .

By chochichek on 06 Aug 2017

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

Lovely walk. Easy to follow instructions

By markdavid78 on 28 Feb 2016

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

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

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Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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