The Buckinghamshire Way has been a long time in contemplation, but I will finally be starting it on Saturday, 13 July 2019. The starting point will by Buckinghamshire’s south-easternmost point, in Hythe End west of Staines, at the county border on the Colne Brook close to the M25 viaduct. I will then walk down to the Thames and the National Trust’s Ankerwycke meadows, and follow upstream to Eton and to Clivedon before turning due north for Beacconsfield, where the Chilterns begin, and beyond.
The next day should see me through the Chilterns and on to Aylesbury.
Some of the route is on paths I know, while most is completely new and it must be walked just to see that it can be walked, or if the route needs diversion. In any case, the “Buckinghamshire Way” is no more than a line on a map until it is actually walked.
I only have weekends, so it will have to be finished off after a fortnight’s gap, but the final aim is to touch Buckinghamshire’s northernmost point at Northey Farm, north of Olney. Then I get to go home.
However, rather than set the whole route out here, I will blog as I go.
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Maps and books
Ordnance Survey Explorer range (1:25 000):
- Explorer 160 (Windsor, Weybridge & Bracknell)
- Explorer 172 (Chiltern Hills East)
- Explorer 181 (Chiltern Hills North)
- Explorer 192 (Buckingham and Milton Keynes)
- Explorer 207 (Newport Pagnell & Northampton South)
- Pathfinder Guide: Thames Valley and Chilterns
- Buckinghamshire: A Dog Walker’s Guide
- Walking in the Chilterns: 35 walks in the Chiltern Hills
- Pub Walks in the Chilterns