The Aylesbury Ring
The Aylesbury Ring
The Aylesbury Ring is a 32 mile long distance path which, as its description suggests, is a circular route around the county town of Aylesbury. Never very far from the town but mostly in quiet and peaceful rural countryside, it wends its way through very varied and attractive countryside taking in rivers, canals, woods, pastures and arable fields. It also takes in many Buckinghamshire towns and villages; always with views of either the Chilterns or the rolling hills of the Vale of Aylesbury, and sometimes both. There are a lot of good pubs and refreshment stops along the route.
The route is clearly marked on OS Explorer Map 181.
A walk leaflet is available courtesy of Buckinghamshire County Council as a PDF download by clicking here .
A GPX file for use on GPS units and mapping software can be downloaded here. NB: you may need GPX software which you can download via an Internet search.
If you are planning to walk the Aylesbury Ring, see our News and Issues page for the latest information.
Also, our Gallery contains “Landmark Views from the Ring”.
A Short History of the Ring
Early 1980s - Idea conceived and a route identified by two Aylesbury & District ramblers.
1989 - Route included in “The Vale of Aylesbury Walker” a Ramblers publication produced by two more Aylesbury & District ramblers.
1989 - 1993 - Buckinghamshire County Council adopted and waymarked the Ring. In the process they moved it at Great Kimble from the North Bucks Way, stated in the above guide, to the current route between the Church and Kimblewick Road.
1993 - The Official launch of the Ring in Market Square.
2005 - The BCC walk leaflet was updated to include the effects of the A41 Aston Clinton bypass.
2011 – An Aylesbury & District rambler surveys the Ring, improving waymarking and reporting all findings to BCC.
2016 - Aylesbury & District Ramblers start to survey and report/repair signs and waymarks. The first stage, Wendover to Smokey Row (near Little Kimble) was completed on 27 September 2016. Smokey Row to Dinton followed on 1 November 2016. Dinton to Waddesdon was re-surveyed on 29 November. Waddesdon to Hardwick was surveyed on 31 January. On 28th February the team made it round to Hulcott and then on 28 March the refurbishment was completed. The 6 month project is illustrated here.