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Capital Walkers Group

Welcome to Capital Walkers, the friendly London Ramblers group for people aged 40+. We walk every weekend and usually at least once during the week.

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking

Overview

A walk of paths, woods, hellfire and the urban jungle…

A fast paced walk due to short daylight hours. This stage marks the start of the Chilterns taking us through the next 4 sections of the London Countryway. There are beechwoods, narrow valleys with some beautiful, hedged paths. The walk leaves the Thames Valley and on a clear day you can look behind and see the North Downs in the distance. The walk passes through Blounts and Shillingridge Woods. In West Wycombe we pass St Lawrence Church and Mausoleum arriving at the Hellfire Caves.

The aim is to arrive at the Hellfire Caves at 2pm. Here there are 2 options,

a) Buy a ticket to view the hellfire caves (advance booking is recommended to avoid disappointment).

b) Wait outside while the others visit the caves (there is cafe).

The walk will resume at approximately 2:45pm for the remaining 3 miles to High Wycombe station. The walk leader can not guarantee a ticket, these are administered by the Hellfire Caves company and subject to availability. Advance booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Ticket prices adult £8.50 per person, see website for various discounts.
     
No drop-out points.

The finishing time is an estimate only and will be dependent on a number of factors, such as the weather, the speed at which the group walks and the number of breaks taken.

Sunday, 10 December 2023
Start time:
10:30 am
Estimated finish time:
5:00 pm
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Distance:
20.9km / 13.0mi
Ascent:
541.6m / 1777ft
Type:
linear

Train/travel details

Depart London Paddington 8:48am to Maidenhead (Reading), arriving 9:26, change for the train to Marlow 10:03 (arriving Marlow 10:26)

Please note there is a later train from Paddington 9:18 (to Reading) arriving Maidenhead 9:56. This allows only 7 minutes to change for the Marlow train. When on the recce this train was late and missed the connection. Please be aware the walk will start at 10:30 and there will be no wait for delayed trains, so an apology in advance for this.

Return High Wycombe Station to London Marylbone Station trains every 30 minutes

 

Features

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Dog friendly

Starting point

Grid reference:
SU 85619 86513
Nearest postcode:
SL7 1AN
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Start time:
10:30 am

Marlow Railway Station

Finishing point

Grid reference:
SU 86969 93047
Nearest postcode:
HP13 6DW
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Estimated finish time:
5:00 pm

High Wycombe Railway Station

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking