OAR Updates, News and Issues

OAR Walk Guide 1 - Amendment

posted 6 Dec 2018, 09:27 by webmaster aylesburyramblers   [ updated 6 Dec 2018, 09:32 ]

Walk Guide 1 - Wendover to Buckland – 

The Forestry Commission are in the process of adding a large car park, a new visitor Centre and realigning or changing the use of the roads & tracks shortly before you reach Point C on the Guide. This has involved the removal of footpath markers, including those for the OAR.

The revised route more or less follows the existing route but now all the path furniture carrying OAR way markers have been removed on the track around the barbecue area and the car park.


The route still goes to the Café and the portable WCs, but the old WC block has been converted to a Pay Station for the car parking. so when you get to that point turn left and wind your way on one of the paths to the entry road and continue along on the marked route as usual. The route to the highest point to the Chilterns which is East of that point has been fenced off so to get there involves a slightly more circuitous route.


The route will be re-way-marked when the Forestry Commission have finished their work and our walk guide will also be updated then.

Updated Dec 2018

East-West Rail - path closures and diversions

posted 16 Sep 2018, 02:43 by webmaster aylesburyramblers

East-West Rail are currently seeking orders for closures, diversions and stopping up orders of affected paths. Details of all temporary traffic regulation orders in Bucks, including this project, may be found using the following link so please check before walking any of the affected route.




NB – these closures only apply when “Footpath Closed” signs are displayed - the posting of the order alone does not mean the path is currently closed only that closure is authorised - however please exercise caution as signs may not always be displayed or removed in a timely manner.

Posted September 2018

High Speed Rail (HS2) - Update

posted 16 Sep 2018, 02:29 by webmaster aylesburyramblers   [ updated 16 Sep 2018, 02:41 ]

HS2 are currently seeking orders for closures, diversions and stopping up orders for affected paths. Details of all traffic regulation orders related to HS2 in Bucks may be found using the following link, so please check before walking any of the affected route. https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/environment/public-rights-of-way/changes-to-public-rights-of-way/hs2-construction-closures-and-diversions/


NB – these closures only apply when “Footpath Closed” signs are displayed - the posting of the order alone does not mean the path is currently closed only that closure is authorised - however please exercise caution as signs may not always be displayed or removed in a timely manner. Having said that any closures are likely to be very long term given the scale of the project.

Posted September 2018

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.

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