The Waddesdon Greeway is a 4km linear path between Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire (both the Manor and the village itself) and Aylesbury Vale Parkway train station. Other than one road, which is near the Waddesdon end, you’re away from all traffic. There are a couple of little farm roads and driveways, but these are only in use occasionally. Here’s our review of Waddesdon Greenway;
The Greenway is such a lovely idea – it’s a shared use pathway that is safe for everyone. Large sections are tarmac and the rest is small gravel. Whilst the gravel is fine for bikes and pushchairs etc, it wasn’t great for the scooters that we had taken with us that day. It wasn’t a big deal though because by the time we’d got that far we were happy to just turn around again.
We decided to park at the Waddesdon end rather than the Aylesbury end. This starts either in the village or at Waddesdon Manor’s car park. If you’re thinking of combining your visit with Waddesdon Manor then check out my review here. You can also access the path from Aylesbury Vale Parkway train station. The path goes under the bridge to the right of the station and is easy to follow.
The path itself is easy-going, flat and has lovely views across Aylesbury, Waddesdon, Quainton and beyond. It largely follows the path of the Roman Akeman Street. There are large stones dotted along the route that mark where the path incorporates the old road. I didn’t realise this at the time, I just thought they were big stones! There is a nice big sign that tells you all about it, but I didn’t read it until I looked at the photo at home. Since our first visit to review Waddesdon Greenway the wildflowers and weeds have really shot up so it was quite hard to spot these stones on our second visit.
It’s a great place for children who are less confident on their bikes to get some experience – the path is so flat and smooth, fairly wide and nice & quiet.
Benches are dotted along the path if you need a rest or to have a picnic. There is quite a deep ditch to one side of the path though so it might be worth keeping the smallest people away from that. Over the summer this has become quite hidden by plants growing at the edges so you wouldn’t necessarily know it’s there before losing a child into the ditch!
The route goes through what used to be farmer’s fields and there are sheep right next to the footpath sometimes. There’s lots of wildlife to spot, particularly for younger children. On our second visit we found loads of bees, grasshoppers, butterflies, ladybirds and more. The Waddesdon Greenway have now created their own spotter sheet that you can download for free by clicking this link.
How to get there / Parking
Parking – Aylesbury Vale Parkway – HP18 0PE – £3 all day, FREE on Sundays.
Waddesdon – HP18 0JH – You should use Waddesdon Manor’s FREE Car Park rather than parking in the village. I usually park right down the bottom so we don’t have to walk far before getting onto the Greenway.
None on-site but if you’re visiting the train station or Waddesdon Manor then they both have toilets
None but there are benches for picnics and, if you’re visiting Waddesdon Manor, they have a cafe and restaurant.
Our Waddesdon Greenway REview
Rating – 4 / 5.
I’m Vicky and I am a mum of three living in Aylesbury. I set up Free Time with the Kids to review free and cheap family days out in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, mainly because I kept forgetting all the fabulous places that were recommended to me!! I love getting out and about with the kids (and hubby of course) and we have adventures all over the place. My reviews tell you all the things you need to know about the family days out and activites we’ve done such as how much it costs, if there’s parking, toilets and if there’s a cafe or if picnics are allowed. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook