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The Great Train Robbery II - The Hideout

  • Nov 30, 2013 · 10:15 AM
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In conjunction with London Explorers.

Walk length 10.5 miles/16km approx. Circular.

This is the second part of the Chilterns Explorers Great Train Robbery Saga; 'The Hideout.' You've done the robbery now its time to lay low!

Walk Description

The Great Train Robbery happened on Thursday 8 August 1963 close to the village of Cheddington. After taking their loot from the train at Bridego Bridge now named 'Train Robbers Bridge' the train robbery gang then went off to lay low at a small isolated farmhouse 'Leatherslade Farm' that they had bought specially for the operation. The hideout was discovered by a farm labourer on the Monday after the robbery, by which time the gang had fled.

The walk passes through the historic village of Boarstall before exploring Bernwood Forest a remnant of an ancient Royal hunting ground which was thought to have been set aside for the Anglo-Saxon Kings who had a palace at Brill and a church at Oakley during the 10th Century, and was particularly favoured by Edward the Confessor. Bernwood Forest was designated a Forest nature Reserve in 1981 and is famous for its butterflies.

This walk also follows the Bernwood Jubilee Way a modern 61mile trail across the Aylesbury Vale to Bernwood Forest.

The return leg comes back through the village of Oakley before passing Leatherslade Farm on the way back to Brill. The original Leatherslade Farm has been demolished, but the walk will pass the new farm and the site of the hideout.

Another important highlight of this walk is the Brill Windmill which is particularly spectacular with far reaching views. It was built around the 1680s and is one of the best preserved of only a dozen 17th Century 'post-mills' still standing; it stopped as a working mill around 1923. Unfortunately the Windmill is not open over the winter months, but easy to view from the outside.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. Our walks usually finish at about 5.00pm and include a 30 min lunch stop, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography). We will have a pub stop at the end which will probably be the Pheasant at Brill, very close to the windmill. The village does have another pub in case the Pheasant gets suddenly converted into a restaurant before the walk happens!


Meet from 10.15am outside Brill Windmill for the walk to start at 10.30am.


A small free public car park lies directly opposite the windmill, if this gets full there are numerous road parking spaces close by; please leave enough time to park and check for any parking restrictions. (see photo below).

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] and Colin 07709305681.

RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; we will ban anyone who 'no shows' twice for our events. You are also asked to please update your RSVP at least 24 hours beforehand. Please see our RSVP policy

Weather: Updates will be posted; see also BBC WeatherPlease see our weather policy

Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks, however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy

Walking Safety

Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water and with winter light a small torch is also useful. Please see our Terms and Conditions

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  • Colin

    Is a new series on the Train Robbery coming up, I think the 18th Dec on BBC 1.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Prema Claire P.

    Beautiful sunny walk, lovely scenery and as usual friendly people!

    December 2, 2013

  • Isabelle

    Lovely walk and great weather, thanks for your company everyone :)

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Ali P

    Jess and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk, plenty of variety and lovely views. Finished off with drink in the pub, perfect! Friendly group of walkers, thanks Colin for making us welcome

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Diana

    Another super day's walk in the sun! It was simply... Brill!!

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Donna

    See u at the next one.

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Martin

    Excellent walk, well organized

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Prema Claire P.

    Anyone else stuck in traffic on the M40?

    November 30, 2013

  • Varun

    Was planning to come by bus, but just checked that there is no bus for me to come back after 02:00 pm, so have to cancel..

    November 29, 2013

  • Chris

    Hi guys
    Seem to have come down with a bit of a bug, so unfortunately wont be walking tomorrow, have fun!

    November 29, 2013

  • David Garfield H.

    Sorry not going to be able to make it as car not working and need to sort out :(

    November 29, 2013

  • Colin

    Weather for Saturday is good for the walk. It will be bright or sunny through the day with variable cloud amounts.

    November 29, 2013

  • Rod G.

    Sorry not going to be able to join you this weekend, catch you all hopefully next weekend.

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry see you on another walk

    November 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    no longer able to make it, sorry guys, next time xx

    November 22, 2013

  • Alan T

    For anyone who want to do this walk and is coming by train I can offer lifts from Bicester Town Station or Bicester North Station

    November 16, 2013

  • Varun

    Hi. I would like to join on this one. As I will be coming by bus from Aylesbury, the earliest I can reach is by 10:20 am. I hope this will be fine with you.

    If there is anyone who can give a lift anywhere between Aylesbury and Headington, please let me know. Thanks.

    October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh sorry realise a friend's having a leaving do on 30 Nov, and I honestly don't have the energy to do both walk and leaving do!!!! So I will have to cancel :-( Pity as loved the idea of this walk, I must be a criminal at heart...?

      1 · October 23, 2013

    • Varun

      No problem.. Thanks..

      October 24, 2013

  • Steen

    English spelling is too difficult!! So wish it were not so.

    October 22, 2013

  • Steen

    It's Boarstall, Colin.

    October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mind you, Borstall sounds appropriate, under the circumstances.

      October 22, 2013

    • Colin

      You spotted my deliberate mistake!

      October 22, 2013

  • Gary Scott W.

    trust me i would love to go on this PT2 walk..but i have an aviation core module course that is required as part of my changing over from artillery to army air corps.. ill look forward to the pics though :)

    October 22, 2013

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