If you go at the right time of year then Aston Rowant Nature Reserve is famed for its carpets of Bluebells. Another great place see these is Cowleaze Wood which is just down the road. Follow this link for a good route to take.
This time we parked at the Aston Rowant car park. Technically it’s free to park but donations via text are encouraged. There is a map of the different routes you can walk around, including some circular paths. Some of these paths are more accessible than others. Generally I would say that the routes from this part of the Nature Reserve are not pushchair friendly though. The first path we took (the Sunken Way walk) had a lot of steps both down and then up again.
There is also a talking trail that you can follow. There’s sculptures dotted along the route with wind-up talking posts that tell you a little bit about the area.
The views from Aston Rowant Nature Reserve are stunning (as long as you ignore the M40). Apparently it is one of the best places to see Red Kites, just in case you hadn’t seen any flying above Aylesbury recently. There is also lots of other wildlife to see as well.
Generally, Aston Rowant Nature Reserve is just a nice place to go for a family walk, although it’s not exactly quiet with all the traffic! You’re not going to be here all day but you will spend a lovely few hours here. If you take the Beacon Hill path then the footpaths are wider and easier to socially distance. Some of the other paths are narrower and so harder to keep your distance. If you go when it’s quiet (which you can judge by how busy the car park is) then you should still be fine though.
Parking / How to get there
Two car parks, Free but donations encouraged.
Nearest Postcode – HP14 3YL . If you use this then both the Aston Rowant and Cowleaze Wood car parks are just off this road. The Aston Rowant car park is near the TV mast and the Cowleaze Wood car park is further down the road on the other side of the M40.
There are a couple of decent picnic spots.