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OAR - Another satisfied customer

posted 30 Nov 2017, 07:58 by webmaster aylesburyramblers   [ updated 1 Dec 2017, 06:54 ]

On Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 6:26, Jonathan Lewin wrote: 

Hello Aylesbury Ramblers 

I had to make contact to thank you for the Outer Aylesbury Ring footpath. It’s a splendid route which takes in so many local landscapes and environments that I might not otherwise have visited. Formerly from South Bucks and High Wycombe, we moved to the Aylesbury Vale – near Waddesdon - about two years ago. When exploring nearby footpaths, I noticed the OAR logo on some of the signs, which led me to investigate further. This summer, I’ve completed the whole route, taking on chunks of between 5 and 14 miles, depending on the time and transport available. A bit perversely, I’ve done most of it clockwise, rather than the anticlockwise directions described in your leaflets. I just worked out that way, given the most convenient way to get lifts back to my various starting points. This has led to a few minor detours, but no major problems, thanks to some helpful way-marking and of course OS maps. Some challenges for me were in places where there are no trodden paths and few posts to waymark, for example descending Conduit Hill towards Hogshaw Hill Farm, then sweeping around to the East somehow. The opposite happened atop Wendover woods, blessed with many pathways, some alluringly pristine and wellmarked and heading in about the right direction. In many cases, new signposts waymarks didn’t have the reassuring OAR labels. But these little challenges were part of the adventure of it. I very much enjoyed the variety encompassed by the walk – from flat canal sides to precipitous hillsides, open country and dense woodland, a busy high street and some very secluded tracks. It was great to have these all linked by the common circular theme, and by some familiar landmarks that reappeared from time to time. I even got to like the elegant wind turbine north of Berryfields and the solemn grey BCC “gravestone” at the heart of Aylesbury I plan to revisit the route again over the coming winter season, to experience it afresh. Maybe even going the “right” way round this time! Thanks again. 

Jonathan Lewin

High Speed Rail (HS2)

posted 10 Apr 2017, 07:16 by webmaster aylesburyramblers   [ updated 30 Nov 2017, 08:19 ]

Now that this project has been approved by Parliament final surveys and enabling work such as access roads, etc. will start immediately so there will be at least some disruption to footpaths and roads. This could occur anywhere that an access road or preparation for one cuts the ring and could result in short or long term diversions.

There are two definite points where HS2 will cross the OAR and these are set out below:


1.        At Wendover the route goes up Bacombe Lane which is being re-routed over HS2 however as access to the houses will need to be maintained and should mean that access is maintained with the possible exception of very short term closures.


2.       At Waddesdon on Footpath WAD/3 north of the village – This will be diverted to an underbridge shared with WAD/4A and thence turn south west just north of Glebe Farm back to the Quainton Road where is re-joins the current route.


We will keep this information updated as more details become available.

April 2017

East - West Rail - Waddesdon

posted 10 Apr 2017, 07:13 by webmaster aylesburyramblers   [ updated 11 Apr 2017, 08:29 by Stephen Putman ]

 The project to reopen the line from Aylesbury to Steeple Claydon will result in the closure of the current at grade crossing on WAD/3 and a minor diversion to a new underbridge which may result in short term closures and or diversions.

Walk Guides - Circular Walk 5

posted 10 Apr 2017, 07:11 by webmaster aylesburyramblers   [ updated 29 May 2018, 08:15 ]

The section of Footpath Pitstone 2 which runs the first field from the border with Ivinghoe is currently closed and fenced off due to construction of housing.
As the development nears completion the diversion is now clockwise through the new development rather than as previously anticlockwise around its edge.

May 2018

OAR now on OS Explorer Maps

posted 18 Sep 2016, 13:39 by webmaster aylesburyramblers   [ updated 18 Sep 2016, 13:39 ]

From 2016, the OAR is officially marked on all the relevant Ordnance Survey Explorer series (1:25,000) maps. 

Ringing Endorsement for OAR

posted 14 Mar 2016, 07:13 by Stephen Putman   [ updated 14 Mar 2016, 08:48 ]

Members of the Chiltern Society have walked the OAR and gave it a ringing endorsement in the latest edition of their magazine. Here is a copy of the article, reproduced with the kind permission of the Chiltern Society.

Online versions of Section 5 Guide changed

posted 11 Dec 2015, 08:48 by webmaster aylesburyramblers   [ updated 11 Dec 2015, 08:48 ]

The online versions of the Section 5 Guide have been amended as a result of two unusual but awkward "saddle" stiles being replaced by gates. Thanks again to Bill Piers, his team, BCC and the landowner.

Chiltern Society walk the OAR

posted 31 Oct 2015, 11:58 by webmaster aylesburyramblers   [ updated 31 Oct 2015, 11:58 ]

Chiltern Society had a target to complete the Outer Aylesbury Ring this year without fail!! We organised six one directional Sunday walks and 5 of us completed whole ring on 2 August 15. The Chiltern Society gave us Certificates to mark the achievement!
We started the OAR walks in 2014. Circular walks were organised based on the main route. Whilst these were great walks, we soon realised that if we were going to complete the whole ring any time soon we had to do one direction walks and shuffle cars from start to finish and vice versa.
The purpose of the e-mail is to congratulate Aylesbury Ramblers on the route and the signing. I did check out all the walks beforehand and over the 54 miles I only missed one turn.
We think it is a superb route. Some of the western side would benefit from more gates. But we loved the varied landscape and some of the isolated spots.

A walks leader with and a member of the Chiltern Society.

New gate on OAR

posted 11 May 2015, 11:56 by webmaster aylesburyramblers   [ updated 11 May 2015, 12:02 ]

Bill Piers, long standing member of Aylesbury and District Ramblers, has installed a new gate provided by Bucks County Council.
Where the OAR crosses the Cublington Road from WIng this new gate replaces a very high step-less "stile" that has been reported previously on many occasions as difficult to get over for the shorter legged ramblers!

Well done and thanks, Bill and BCC

More Good Feedback

posted 20 Feb 2015, 07:51 by webmaster aylesburyramblers   [ updated 20 Feb 2015, 07:51 ]


I thought I'd e-mail to say that I've just had two wonderful days walking the Outer Aylesbury Ring.  

Apart from getting a bit lost just outside Ashendon and having to divert around a few flooded fields outside Chearsley, the two days went without a hitch thanks to a very well signposted route and some beautiful February sunshine.  

The views over the vale from Quainton Hill at the end of my first day were a particular highlight.  I live in Wendover and regularly enjoy the views from Coombe Hill, so it was great to get this same view from the opposite side!

Many thanks to all those who have made OAR possible.

Kind regards,

Robin Barrett

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