If you go at the right time of year then Aston Rowant is famed for its carpets of Bluebells. The best place to see these is from Cowleaze woods. 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. The first path we took (the Sunken Way walk) had a lot of steps both down and then up again. I believe that the paths are more pushchair friendly from the Cowleaze Woods side.
The views from the 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 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.
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.
3 / 5. Increases to 4 / 5 during Bluebell season.