The Wychert Way

Buckinghamshire has plenty to offer those who want to enjoy the delights of the British countryside. For serious walkers, there is a wide selection of routes that can take you across the Chiltern Hills, through beech woodland, along canal paths and across the patchwork of fields. Well known for its thriving population of Red Kites, rural Buckinghamshire offers natural wonders and stunning views.

The Icknield Way Trail, Ridgeway National Trail and Thames Path National Trail all pass through the county. There are also a wide variety of circular walks within Buckinghamshire, from all ability paths in Wendover Woods, to red kite routes through The Chilterns and the 32 mile Aylesbury Ring.

The latest addition is the Wychert Way, a 12 mile walking route in the countryside between Thame and Aylesbury. This walk is ideal for walkers who are looking for a lengthy, but not too challenging walk. It avoids the Chiltern Hills, so is on flat terrain and the people involved in establishing the route have worked in conjunction with local land owners to minimise the number of styles that need to be crossed, replacing them with gates.

The Wychert Way got its name from a traditional building material, Wychert, which was used in the construction of houses in Haddenham and the surrounding villages of Buckinghamshire. Wychert is a mixture of straw and white clay that was used to construct the walls of a building, which was typically covered with a thatched or red tile roof. Examples of Wychert buildings can still be seen, including Haddenham Methodist Church, which is a short detour from the walk. There is also an example of a Wychert house at the Chiltern Open Air Museum.

Passing through traditional Buckinghamshire villages including; Cuddington, Chersley, Dinton and Kingsey, the walk can transport you back in time, to an era when the pace of life was slower. Along the way you can see other historic buildings of Buckinghamshire including Notley Abbey, an ancient monastery and Dinton Church which dates back to the 13th Century.

There are five pubs on route, proving you with a choice of places for refreshments or a meal. In passing through a number of villages, there are also plenty of convenient places to park the car and join the walk.

If you are looking to increase the distance the Wychert Way joins sections of the Aylesbury Ring and can easily be combined with a stretch of The Phoenix Trail, a 7.5 mile walking and cycle route between Thame and Princes Risborough. Why not combine a day of walking, with a day of exploring the shops and places of interest in one of these two towns.

If you are looking for accommodation in the area, there are a number of hotels in Thame and Aylesbury. If you would prefer to continue to enjoy the local countryside, opting for a comfortable room in a country inn may prove preferable to a hotel. Thame and the surrounding area includes many local inns were walkers are welcomed (if muddy boots are left at the door).

These country inns can provide you with a well-earned, hearty evening meal, as well as a freshly cooked breakfast. You may even get the chance to wash it down with a bottle of locally brewed Wychert Ale!