Sunday, 29 July 2007

East Claydon and Claydon House

Claydon House

We were on our way back from a party (well, the morning after) and keen to find a walk in the locality. The walk begins by the church in the pleasant village of East Claydon and goes across fields to its near neighbour Middle Claydon. From there you soon find the long driveway up to Claydon House, and walk through a classic country house park. The path skirts the house and exits the park by another drive, now the entrance for deliveries. A triangular route over fields takes you to the third of the Claydons, Botolph Claydon and you return, mainly along the road, to East Claydon. 5.5 miles in all.

The park is splendid and the views across the fields in the early part of the walk are very pleasant, but the route back is, as so often, a bit dull and the detour over the fields adds little but length to the walk.

Rating: three stars.

From: 50 walks in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire (AA).

Map: Explorer 192 (Buckingham and Milton Keynes).


We were very struck by this vast field of dead rape as we made our way through it. It felt somewhat like walking over a deserted battlefield. What had happened?

We were also amused by this elaborate bus shelter on the outskirts of East Claydon.

Claydon House

Claydon House (National Trust) is an 18th century mansion replacing an earlier Tudor house, although only a third now remains. It belonged to the Verney family until 1956. The interior is famous for a series of state rooms featuring rococo carving by one Luke Lightfoot. Florence Nightingale was a frequent visitor to her sister who was married to Sir Harry Verney.

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