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!
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 Weather. Please 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 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