Walks by Station

Wendover

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Pros


  • Walks with some of the best views in the Chilterns (or anywhere), including views over the Aylesbury Vale from Coombe Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon.

  • Attractive market town with good choice of pubs and coffee shops.



Cons

  • Relatively low train frequency of two trains per hour, falling to one train an hour at times.

  • Relatively expensive fares from London.

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TOP WALK

#5: Wendover to Tring 


A beautiful 16km walk, mainly along the Wendover branch of the Grand Union Canal. Generally flat, and easy to follow, this walk passes through beautiful countryside - and as a bonus you can watch the restoration of the canal by the wonderful Wendover Arm Trust being carried out before your eyes.

The Wendover Canal
 

Tips for walking from Wendover station


Sitting at the edge of the line of hills overlooking Aylesbury Vale, Wendover has some of the most attractive walking in the Chilterns. And you can get there in just 48 minutes from London (Marylebone).


If you are interested in great views with only a little walking, the National Trust’s Coombe Hill is just 2km (twenty five minutes) walk west of Wendover station. At 260 metres (852 feet) above sea level, it is the highest viewpoint in the Chilterns. Sitting on the northern edge of the Chilterns, it provides great views. You can also get great views from Wendover Woods, owned by Forestry England, which lie to the east of the town.


The town itself has a lot going for it, including pubs, cafes and restaurants. There is a local produce market on the third Saturday of every month and a Budgens supermarket on the High Street (turn left out of the station access road for all the facilities).


The station has toilets.

Walks from Wendover station


There are many great walks that you can do from Wendover station - either circular walks or on to nearby stations such as Princess Risborough, Tring, Great Missenden or Chesham:


  • Coombe Hill - if your priority is the views from Coombe Hill, this 5.6km circular walk, mainly through National Trust land, is perfect if you only have a couple of hours spare.

  • Wendover Woods - you can also get great views from this 11km walk into Wendover Woods (if you are feeling energetic, you could combine the two walks, of course).

  • Circular walk via The Lee - for a more ambitions, but massively rewarding walk, try this 20km route from the Saturday Walkers Club. NB - Unfortunately the High Speed 2 rail line emerges from it’s tunnel into the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty right between Wendover and The Lee, so it is worth checking for path closures before starting the walk.

  • Circular walk via Princes Risborough - another option from the Saturday Walkers Club is this 18.5km walk to Princes Risbourgh and Monks Risborough. The walk instructions include several alternative choices for lengthening or shortening the walk.

  • Princes Risborough - you can use the circular walk instructions to make a couple of different linear walks (10km or 11km) to Princes Risborough or Monks Risborough stations (Monks Risborough is nearer Wendover, but Princes Risborough has a better train service - the stations are only 3km apart along the back streets of the town).

  • Tring - a great walk along the Wendover branch canal. Details here.

  • Great Missenden - the two stations are about 8km apart, with great countryside betweem them with views of the  beautiful valley that is followed by the rail line an A413. This leaflet provides walking routes between Wendover and Great Missenden (despite describing itself as “Walks near Great Missenden”).

  • Chesham - the well-signposted ‘Chiltern Link’ runs between Wendover and Chesham, a distance of about 13km. You can read a detailed description of the walk by Pete Collins, here.