Murder on the Ridgeway (2001)

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    Start dateMay 29 2023
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    Time10:00 am
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    LocationChinnor, Oxfordshire
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Discover a scenic part of the Ridgeway between Chinnor and Bledlow, an area well known to ‘Midsomer Murders’ fans.

Leaving Chinnor station we join the Ridgeway, enjoying views of the Vale of Aylesbury as we walk to the historic village of Bledlow. We explore this lovely village, a regular venue in Midsomer Murders, with the village pub and church appearing frequently. We then visit, courtesy of the Carington Estate, the Lyde Garden, a secluded glade planted with bamboos and ferns where the River Lyde romantically rises. Returning via a footpath parallel to the Chinnor heritage railway, we arrive back at Chinnor station where you will  have the chance to relax with a ride on the steam train.

Additional information

The walk is free. For the train ride at the end of the walk, you should book on the 1310 departure. Train tickets cost £10-14 adults, £1 children (age 7-15) for a one hour return journey to Princes Risborough, passing through Bledlow. Tickets can be booked directly on the railway website as soon as you book the walk: or from the station ticket office on the day (extra £1 charge). A picnic lunch can be eaten on the train. Refreshments can also be bought on the train, or at Chinnor station (including hot bacon/sausage rolls) where there are also toilets. Dogs on leads are welcome, but are not allowed in the Lyde Garden (a comfortable bench by the entrance can be used to wait for the rest of the party to return).

Nigel Peters
Chinnor Railway Station, Kiln Avenue, Chinnor. Free parking. Meet by the bus stop shelter.
5 miles
Medium walks (4-6 miles)
2 hours 30 minutes
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)
Yes (Children over 8 will find the mix of nature and heritage fascinating, but younger children may find the walk too long.)
Yes (Bus route Link 40 between High Wycombe and Thame.)