Winter walks in Buckinghamshire
PUBLISHED: 10:28 04 January 2017
There’s not much more invigorating than a Sunday stroll across the countryside on a crisp winter afternoon. Here we round up some of our favourite Buckinghamshire walks to enjoy this winter
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The walk heads north along the valley to visit the picturesque village of Hambleden where 400-year old cottages cluster round St Mary’s Church. Inside the church, which dates back 800 years, there is a 16th century oak altar, known as the Wolsey Altar; the wood panelling bears Cardinal Wolsey’s coat of arms.
We head to the south-west of Aylesbury, close to the border with neighbouring Oxfordshire, for a meander through two historic villages. From the village hall in Ickford the route heads south, soon following a section of the Bernwood Jubilee Walk, a 61-mile trail that meanders through the countryside that once formed the Royal hunting forest of Bernwood, passing through 27 parishes.
Great Missenden, tucked in the Misbourne Valley – which provided a relatively easy route through the Chilterns between London and the Midlands via Wendover – once had a number of coaching inns along its High Street to cater for the high volume of travellers; it wasn’t until 1892 that the railway arrived with the opening of the Metropolitan Line from London Marylebone.
After leaving Taplow the walk heads downhill to follow the Jubilee River. This man-made river was constructed to help alleviate flooding caused by the River Thames around Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton, by taking some of the river’s flow from above Boulter’s Lock before rejoining the River Thames just upstream of Datchet.
From Startop’s End the walk follows a short section of the Grand Union Canal, or Grand Junction Canal as it was originally known, to arrive at Marsworth. Here we leave the canal and soon pass All Saints Church, which mostly dates from the 14th and 15th centuries; inside there are several interesting memorials.