Cuddington | Buckinghamshire

Footpaths and Bridleways

Cuddington is surrounded by open countryside and is well known for its excellent footpaths and bridleways.  Many of these have been planted with trees and bulbs planted by the community.

The footpaths are the responsibility of Cuddington Parish Council, working in close association with Buckinghamshire County Council.

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The Bluebells are Here!!!!

On our walks over the past week in the Chilterns, we have seen:

  • carpets of bluebells
  • fields covered with dandelions and daisies in full flower
  • wood anemones, herb robert, stitchwort, celandines, campion,
  • lots of birds (seen and heard)
  • deer
  • spring lambs
  • beech trees coming onto leaf

Around the village, on the banks you can see primroses, cowslips, dandelions and many other flowers and spring lambs and we saw an egret down by the Thame!

So please do walk around the village or in the Chilterns and enjoy!

Alan and Stella

Walk from Cuddington – Thursday 16th March

Hi all walkers!

We are sure that you will have been inspired by Angela’s wonderful article on the glory of our footpaths and countryside.  We are leading a circular walk using these paths at 9.45am for a 10am start on Thursday 16th March for Aylesbury Ramblers from the Cuddington Playing Fields Clubhouse towards Waddeson Manor with good views and some ascents.  The walk will be about 7 miles and 3 hours or so.  You need to be reasonably fit and able to walk at a reasonable pace and climb hills.  Those who want to can eat with some of this very friendly group at about 1.15/1.30pm.  You can come as a guest for up to three times before joining Ramblers – not expensive and a worthy cause.  Hope to see you there.  Please ask us any questions.

Alan and Stella  01844 292466

Alert for Walkers

At this damp time of year there are a lot of mushrooms and fungi around, some of which could be a concern for dog walkers.

At the end of Tibbys Lane before you reach the bridge and the duck pond there are a number of trees on the bank.  Growing at the foot of one of these was a white fungus resembling cottage cheese.  Our puppy Dizzy took an instant liking to this, resulting in an emergency visit to the vet hospital last Sunday.  Stomach pumps, valium (for the dog and not the owners!), an overnight stay at the hospital, and a large vet’s bill followed.  Fortunately, Dizzy has now fully recovered.

A second patch of this fungus was also found if you cross the bridge and turn right and follow the footpath along the edge of the field.  Unfortunately I have been unable to identify the type of fungus; however I have removed both patches.

So if your dog shows sign of distress, uncontrollable shivering and a foaming at the mouth, please ring your vet immediately.

Fingers crossed spring is on the way, and the warmer, drier days will dissipate the danger.  Meanwhile, please would all walkers (not just dog owners) keep an eye open for this poisonous fungus.

Steve Wright

Extract from Footpaths Map 

Footpaths Map

Download a detailed map showing all the local footpaths and bridleways.  The map covers the villages of Cuddington, Nether Winchendon, Chearsley and Dinton and is available in two formats.

Two A4 pages

Single A3 page

 

Autumn Colour in the Chilterns

There are lovely views and colours in the Chilterns at the moment as the leaves on the beech trees turn gold - especially in the setting sunlight.

Do go and enjoy.

Alan and Stella

Ridgebarn Bridlepath – Diseased Ash Tree

Very sadly, the ash tree that stands on the main Aylesbury to Cuddington main road and the bridlepath is riddled with ash dieback.  For safety reasons, the tree will be taken down and access to the bridlepath will be through the adjoining field – riders and walkers should take every care when riding/walking the field margin.

Please call 07768 104237 if you have any concerns.

Millie Soames

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  • Photo 3
  • Photo 4

Public Footpath Route to Donkey Meadow

The path alongside the hedge in Donkey Meadow has now become a Public Footpath, but to access it from Cuddington, walkers should not use the open gateway just this side of Nether Winchendon Mill (Photo 1).  The correct route is to use the stile in Photo 2, walk past the Mill, follow the path through the farm buildings to the rear of the house (Photo 3) and then turn right.  There is a stile by the gate into Donkey Meadow (Photo 4).

Nether Winchendon Parish Meeting/Bucks County Council will be putting up signs to this effect in the near future.

Angela Sanderson

Bluebells 

Spring Delights

On our walks over the past week in the Chilterns, we have seen:

  • carpets of bluebells
  • wood anemones
  • celandines
  • lots of birds (seen and heard)
  • deer
  • beech trees coming onto leaf

Around the village, on the banks you can see primroses, cowslips, dandelions and many other flowers.

So please do walk around the village or in the Chilterns and enjoy!

Alan and Stella

Donkey Meadow – Final Update

No more has been heard either by Nether Winchendon Parish Meeting or by those involved in Cuddington in this matter, and therefore it seems that Mr Spencer Bernard has not submitted a challenge to the ruling by the Inspector at the Public Inquiry.

The Claimed Route, which runs along the northern side of Donkey Meadow, close to the hedge, has now become a Public Footpath.  This will be shown as such on a revised edition of a map of the footpaths and bridleways in our parish: this will be produced within the next few months, and will be posted on the Village Website and on the notice boards; copies will also be available in the Village Shop.

Angela Sanderson

 

Walks in or near Cuddington

For some ideas for walks nearby, visit the Walk 4 Life “Search for a walk” page.

Also, please don’t forget to let us know of any footpath problems!

Happy walking

Alan and Stella Marsh

 

Footpaths and Wildlife Strips: an important request for action by walkers and riders

Cuddington is blessed with many footpaths that enable us to access the beautiful countryside which surrounds the village, almost all of which is privately-owned. I say 'blessed', because having the right in law to use routes that penetrate every corner of England and Wales is unique in the World and a very great privilege. Many, but not all, land owners would prefer it if these rights of way did not exist as:

  • They have a duty to keep them open and to mark the routes across cultivated land.
  • Footpaths are perceived as invading their domains (occasionally quite dramatically, as in the case of Cuddington Mill).
  • People using the footpaths do not always act considerately or responsibly.

My experience locally is that people are pretty well-behaved in not dropping litter or leaving gates open. We do, however, feel that we are at liberty to wander off the legitimate rights-of-way at will, and this has become a problem.

We are very fortunate that the arable fields to the north of Cuddington are managed by Waddesdon Estates as they are sympathetic to walkers and have Level 1 Environmental Stewardship status, which means that they encourage wildlife. They are also a very responsible land owner and manager and do try to do things properly, engaging with local communities where issues arise. The Waddesdon Farms Manager contacted your Parish Council saying that a problem was developing with people walking and riding on the wildlife strips that surround some of their fields, rather than using footpaths. We have now discussed this with him and agree that something needs to be done on both sides.

Wildlife, or conservation strips are developed around the edges of arable fields as reservoirs for wild flowers, insects and other wildlife. They are a major component of Environmental Stewardship that is intended to provide space for non-agricultural plants and animals to prosper, supporting biodiversity in the area. We have seen the benefit of this in the bee orchids that have started appearing on the footpath down to Winchendon Mill and in increased numbers and species of butterflies. If people regularly access these areas on foot, horse, cycle or vehicle, the soil becomes compacted, plants are crushed and wildlife is disturbed and it is damaging!

The strips around two fields in the Cuddington vicinity are being used so that compaction is becoming a problem:

  • The field to the north of the 'muddy track' from Frog Lane to Ridgebarn Farm. There is a footpath that runs west-east through the middle of the field, but the wildlife strip around the top of the field is being accessed regularly instead.
  • The field to the east of the sealed track from the Upper Green down to Nether Winchendon where people are cutting across the bottom of it to join the footpath that goes up to the little duck pond.

Waddesdon have asked that this stops, and that people try to stick to the footpaths. We pointed out that the footpath route across the first of these fields is not always marked well, and that it can be very muddy in wet weather. The Farms Manager has undertaken to make sure the footpaths across arable fields are clearly marked and will also install signs alerting people to the importance of not trespassing on the wildlife strips. The Estate will run a vehicle over the routes but are not prepared to undertake further compaction of the soil, but it should be pointed out that, if the footpath is used by everyone instead of the strips, it will become compacted by the many feet, as is happening to the strips.

Your cooperation and adherence to this request will be much appreciated, and will contribute to a richer countryside around our village.

Doug Kennedy
Cuddington Footpaths Working Group

Footpath through Donkey Meadow – Revised Update

It would appear that some confusion has arisen as to whether this footpath can now be walked or not.  We have had two very different opinions from the Rights of Way Department at BCC: those of us in Cuddington were told one thing, and those in Nether Winchendon another.

It seems now that as the Order has now been confirmed the path CAN be legally walked, but we have been asked to make sure that everyone is aware that there is the possibility of further legal proceedings until the six-week period, which began last week, is up.

Angela Sanderson

Footpath through Donkey Meadow – Result of Public Inquiry

As many Cuddington residents will know, the second session of the Public Inquiry concerning Donkey Meadow was held on 1st February, when the Inspector heard the final submissions from the barristers from both sides.  The Inspector said at the end of the afternoon that it had been both an interesting and a difficult case on which to rule, and that it would take him a little time to reach a decision.

That decision has now been made, and the Inspector has confirmed the Order, which means that the Claimed Route will now become a Public Footpath provided no challenge is lodged by the landowner.  Notices will be put up at either end of the path to announce the Inspector’s decision, and the landowner then has a six-week period during which time he can challenge the decision, but only as regards a point of law.

The advice from Bucks County Council is to refrain from walking the route until that six-week period is up, even though the Order has been confirmed, and then only if the landowner has not lodged a challenge.  Once the notices are removed, and if there is no challenge, we are then free to walk the path quite legitimately.

If anyone has any questions or queries on the above, or would like to read the full report from the Inspector, please contact me (291626).

Angela Sanderson

 

Spring Is Here – Go And See It Please!

On our walks over the past few days in the Chilterns, we have seen:

  • bluebells
  • wood anemones
  • celandines
  • wild garlic
  • lots of birds
  • deer
  • beech trees coming onto leaf

Around the village, on the banks you can see primroses, cowslips, dandelions and many other flowers.

So please do walk around the village or in the Chilterns and enjoy!

Alan and Stella 

 

Know Your Landscape – Cuddington

Inspired by a recent Radio 4 Start the Week podcast, I have decided to start to get to know my landscape at Cuddington better by looking on my walks at:

  • how it folds and undulates
  • what is growing or not
  • what is in the sky
  • the buildings that punctuate the landscape
  • how it feels to be out in it at different points and times of day and seasons and weather

Knowing your landscape will give you a deeper appreciation of your surroundings and therefore a deeper pleasure in them.

You can walk across the hills, along your street, or onto the concrete path going down to Nether Winchendon. 

Enjoy your walking and knowing your landscape.

Alan Marsh

alan@rosetree40.plus.com

 

Sunrise at the Solstice!

Never been on the traditional Cuddington Sunrise Walk?  For over 40 years, villagers have celebrated Midsummer by walking up through the dawn fields to the observatory at Upper Winchendon to see the sun rise over the Vale.  This year it’s on Saturday 21 June, starting at 4am from the Lower Green.

Refreshments await you as you stand at the top of the world and enjoy the view.  We can offer lifts either up or down if you don’t fancy the whole circuit – and you can be back home in bed by 6.30!  Why not make this the year you join in this healthful village tradition?!  Any queries to Angela Wenham on 291932.

 

Spring Walking (continued)

Over the past few days, we have seen/heard amidst lots of other things:

  • skylarks – what a joy!
  • birds in medley of song
  • carpets of bluebells
  • blackthorn blossom
  • lots of wild flowers
  • fallen blossom confettiing (sic) the fields/paths

Do go out for a Spring Walk so much to see and enjoy – any questions please ask us.

Happy Walking

Alan and Stella
292466

 

Walk with (a) Spring in your step (and re-grow your brain)

We hope you are enjoying this recent glorious weather and walking around the village or the countryside to see the spring flowers (primrose comes from the Latin for “first rose”) and newly born lambs (visible in some fields and from the A418 coming back from Thame).

Please let us know – marsh@rosetree40.plus.com or 292466 – if there any footpath problems and the parish council footpaths group will try and sort them.  If you can help on this please let us know – we will be delighted to welcome you. 

Also recent studies on men and women aged 60 to 80 found that taking a short walk three times a week increased the size of brain regions linked to planning and memory over the course of a year.

So enjoy walking!

Alan and Stella

 

Outer Aylesbury Ring

The Outer Aylesbury Ring (OAR) is a new Long Distance Footpath of 53 miles (85 km) centred on Aylesbury that has been devised by Aylesbury and District Ramblers to show local people and visitors the beauty of the countryside that we know and love.  This attractive route showcases the countryside and villages of the Vale of Aylesbury and the edge of the Chiltern Hills escarpment with many high points featuring panoramic views.   Walking provides fresh air, exercise, relaxation and a break from the pressures of modern life that we all need.  We believe that protection of the countryside is enhanced if people experience, enjoy and value it.

Details are attached as follows:

- Introduction

- Full details

- Ashendon to Chearsley (4.2km 2.6miles)

- Chearsley to Aston Sandford(7km 4.4miles)

Happy rambling

Alan and Stella

 

Village Voice footpaths article

The footpaths of Cuddington – its glory!

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”  ~ Thoreau

We are very blessed in Cuddington with a variety of footpaths and bridleways.  We are sure that many of you enjoy them.  There are short and long walks for all ages which can continue into Chearsley, the Winchendons, Haddenham etc. Please contact us if you want any ideas for walks or look at the new Village website where there is a map and where we will post some ideas for walks and ask for yours. The footpaths and bridleways need to be regularly maintained – this is the responsibility of Bucks County Council and the landowners. As footpath checkers for the Ramblers’ Association, we have recently walked all the footpaths in Cuddington and Nether Winchendon and reported the problems to Bucks CC. They should be listed with the impending actions on the relevant website by the time you read this – we hope! - see article below for details and links. The Parish Council have been very helpful over the years and have also recently addressed some footpath issues – see their minutes. Please let us know of any problems you encounter and we can ensure they are reported to Bucks CC for action and co-ordinated on village basis.  As some of you do already, it is quite handy to carry a pair of secateurs to cut any minor growth or stamp it down as appropriate.    

Walking:  the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.  ~Carrie Latet

Happy walking

Alan and Stella Marsh  292466