Waddesdon / Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Waddesdon Greeway is a 4km linear path between Waddesdon (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.
The Greenway is such a lovely idea – it’s a shared use pathway that it safe for everyone to use. Large sections of it 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, which 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), but 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 actually 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, 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.
It actually seems to be a great place to teach your kids to ride a bike – the path is so flat and smooth, fairly wide and nice & quiet. I’ll have to remember that when smallest child is starting to learn.
As you walk along the route you’re walking through what used to be farmer’s fields and so there are sheep right next to the footpath. We were also overtaken by a horse. I know that bikes, walkers and dog on leads are all welcome but I’m not sure if it’s officially a bridleway or if the person just lived on the farm and was taking their horse for a walk.
There are a few benches dotted along the path if you need a rest or wanted to stop and 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.
Entry – FREE
Parking – Aylesbury Vale Parkway – £3 all day, FREE on Sundays.
Waddesdon – There is on-street parking in the village but we parked at Waddesdon Manor’s Car Park. I’m not entirely sure if you’re supposed to do this so shhhhhh
Toilets – None on-site but if you’re visiting the train station or Waddesdon Manor then they both have toilets
Food – None but there are benches for picnics and, if you’re visiting Waddesdon Manor, they have a cafe and restaurant
Rating – 4 / 5.