Cuddington and the Thame Valley is a 4.1 mile loop trail located near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length4.1 miElevation gain679 ftRoute typeLoop
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Getting There

Two glorious villages stand out on this walk: Cuddington at the start point, with its various characterful thatched cottages and elegant pub in the centre (and start point to this walk, should you feel tempted), and Nether, or Lower Winchendon, which is similarly picturesque and boasts a Victorian circular stone postbox, perfectly positioned outside the church. In between, there are opportunities to sample and cross the small but peaceful River Thame on this circular four and a bit mile walk, for which you should allow around 90 minutes, excluding stops. As well as the river there are various brooks and springs, making for wet ground at times, so walking boots are a must at all times of the year. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates and stiles along the way. Whilst most of the stiles have gaps or dog gates alongside, at least one has neither, so dogs may need a lift over. You will be sharing many of the pastures with cattle and sheep. There's a village store in Cuddington to stock up on snacks, but no other re-provisioning point on the walk itself.

Cuddington is half a mile north of the A418 Aylesbury to Thame road, three miles south west of Aylesbury. Both these towns have stations on the Chiltern Line, although they are on different branches so a change would be necessary. Park on the road in the village. The walk starts at The Crown pub in the centre (HP18 0BB).

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Robin parker
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only needed wellies for a few spots.

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Arisha Khullar
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Very nice trail, muddy in some places but need walking boots. Enjoyed the views

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Robin parker
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Two footbridge flooded. Even with wellies would have struggled.

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s thelin
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Sarah Walker
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Kieran Hyland
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Very soggy fields

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Camilla Gaulter-Carter
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Great walk with some perfect spots for dogs to swim in the river! However I wouldn't do the whole route again with dogs as there is a style we had to lift them over and a section to walk along a busy road. Otherwise, lovely walk exploring the thames valley! We cut out the last section and went down the footpath back to Cuddington instead of along more road.

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Craig McClintock
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Lovely villages but I found the walk itself pretty boring, mostly through fields. Very muddy in places even when it last rained months ago. One footpath was completely overgrown and impassable too so I had to walk on a fast road with no pavement to bypass it.

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Freya Hill
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Beautiful, scenic walk with so many spots for admiring the river, streams and a little waterfall. Even had a chance to dip our toes in! Great directions. Well worth visiting for a lovely few hours out.

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Kate Randall
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Neil Morphew
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Rebecca S
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I thoroughly enjoyed this walk. Perfect for anyone interested in pottering around quaint villages linked by easy field walking. Agree with a previous review that a detour via Chearsley is well worth it. Would advise against turning left at the T junction just to see the bridges at point “3”. The road here is busy and with no footpath, felt quite unsafe.

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Karen Hall
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A lovely, varied walk as described. It took us 1 hr 20 mins. There are several very muddy places around gates and stiles and an occasional very uneven, tussocky field so proper footwear is required. I can't comment on the written instructions because I just used the blue dot on the map which worked a treat!

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Gerry Gerry
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Lovely walk and found instructions very easy to follow. However there was an issue on the part where you walk across the very soggy field go over a stile and turn right to a gate - it was padlocked so we had to climb over it.

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Chochichek Hamyachok
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Lovely walk. We found the instructions clear and informative, especially with the map. Looking forward to doing others .

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sarah harman
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bell pub in Chearsley is worth a ten minute detour and nicely breaks up the walk. lovely beer garden and suitable for children

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Liz Williams
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Unfortunately, the walk instructions are, at best, misleading and at worst, wrong. Please review and rewrite. We managed to create our own walk with a map, but no thanks to the directions given. It all started to go wrong in the 2nd paragraph where we were told to "take the bridge". There are other errors too. It's a wonderful part of the world and the walk should do it justice, but doesn't. Come on Nick, sort it!

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Giles Broom
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Jade King
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Carl Harris
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Megan Bennett
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Martin B
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Simon Alderton
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