Last Sunday I wasn’t feeling 100% but we all needed a little bit of fresh air, so we’d decided to head over to Stowe for an hour. As we were driving along my OH mentioned he’d heard about a disused railway line walk close by. That grabbed my son’s attention straight away, so we changed our plans and decided to spend some time exploring the Buckingham Railway walk and beyond instead.
Considering how close we live to Buckingham, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only ever been into the town once when my son was a toddler. It’s somewhere we clearly need to spend some time getting to know better so the idea of exploring the Buckingham Railway walk and beyond appealed to all of us.
I’d quickly googled for some information and my OH knew the area well enough to find somewhere to park on the road on Station Road. The online map wasn’t particularly mobile friendly, but we could see a large railway bridge above us, found a way up and we were off on a new adventure.
My son was so excited. We often walk along a disused railway line in Derbyshire with my best friend. But in that instance we always walk under bridges, he was thrilled to be walking along a railway bridge and looking down at the area around us.
The station is long gone sadly, but we imagined what it would be like to be on a steam train riding along the train line.
There was snow about still in places and lots of birds, all of who were a tad camera shy, but it was lovely to walk along listening to their songs.
I stood back and listened to my son talking about his beloved steam trains, where the line would once have been. Mummy I’m just like Rob Bell on his Railway Walks. Yes you are I replied.
If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, Rob Bell presented a series of TV programmes walking the lines of lost railways. It was a really interesting series and one that fuelled my son’s imagination.
There came a point where we reached a road but we could see a footpath on the other side, so we decided to see where it led. Having now printed off the railway walk map at home, I can see that this part of our adventure went beyond the railway walk itself.
We headed along the pathway with some industrial units on one side and what looked like a derelict house on the other.
Then we found ourselves looking out across open fields and it felt a little bit like walking into a winter wonderland.
The fields were in such contrast to the pathway at that point which was totally devoid on snow and ice.
We could see a footpath running along the edge of one of the fields so decided we’d continue exploring the Buckingham Railway walk and beyond and see what was over the next field.
With a bit of mole hill spotting along the way.
As per normal, my son was soon rushing on ahead, leading the way. I wish I had his energy.
He also learned a valuable lesson, as if his first coming together with barbed wire at Coombe Mill hadn’t taught him a good enough one. Then, he’d decided to scrap his hand along the barbed wire on the morning feed run, the wire won that battle. This time around he decided to brush his coat against it. The coat didn’t fair much better than his hand had all those years ago. A sewing job for me when we go home!
At this point in our walk we couldn’t work out where the footpath was meant to be, and so I decided that the best course of action was to retrace our steps. We did admire the sheep from afar.
As well as the views looking into the sun.
There was a railway bridge that was just too tempting for my son, so he quickly ran down to take a look underneath.
Before heading back to the path we could see.
We’d spotted a walkway along the river Great Ouse on our walk out, so we decided to see what that had to offer and headed down from one of the railway bridges to explore some more.
We saw a goose and some ducks along the water’s edge.
As well as some beautiful reflections in the late afternoon sun.
As we spent time exploring the Buckingham Railway walk and beyond we all agreed that this is somewhere we can see ourselves revisiting time and again as the seasons change. It’s close to home and has a lot to offer.
We crossed over the road close to where our car was parked and headed into a park area by the University of Buckingham. The weir was rather beautiful.
It came as quite a shock to find some of the water was frozen over, much to my son’s delight.
But the water was soon back to normal, but we were all in need of defrosting a little.
So we decided to follow the path into town and warm up over a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Well all apart from my son, who decided an ice cream would do just as well.
We’d had a lovely time exploring the Buckingham Railway walk and beyond and having since looked at the map, we’ve only actually walked half the length of the railway walk which heads off in the opposite direction, and there’s a pond. We will be back soon!
Have you got any hidden gems on your doorstep you didn’t know existed?