Field near Stewkley

Cross Bucks Way

24 miles Easy

Despite its name, this path actually begins in Linslade in Bedfordshire and finishes at Stratton Audley in Oxfordshire. That said, for most of its length it passes through the picturesque countryside of North Buckinghamshire. Highlights include the Grand Union Canal, the market town of Winslow and the church in Hillesden, where the door still has bullet holes from when it was attacked during the English Civil War.

Cross Bucks Way terrain is relatively easy, and for much of its length passes through mainly agricultural land. The path is easy to follow with Cross Bucks Way signposts at frequent intervals. There are a few ups and downs but for the most part the path is more-or-less flat.


  • Day 1   Leighton Buzzard to Winslow – 10 miles
  • Day 2   Winslow to Stratton Audley – 14 miles

The most popular direction to do this walk is from East to West , but if you would prefer to go from West to East then this can be easily arranged. Both ends of the walk are near mainline train stations in Leighton Buzzard and Bicester (10 minutes by cab from Stratton Audley).


The price for a holiday walking the Cross Bucks Way is from £295 per person (based upon 2 people sharing). This includes:

  • Personalised itinerary for walking the Cross Bucks Way on a self-guided basis over 2 days
  • 3 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation on a double or twin room basis (this includes B&B for the night before you start and the day you finish)
  • Taxis for drop-off/pick-up where the B&B is not within easy walking distance of the Path
  • Baggage transfer for one bag per person between each night’s B&B
  • Advice on travel arrangements to and from the start and finish points
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer maps which can be downloaded onto the OS App
  • Kit checklist – covering boots & socks, clothes & waterproofs, and other useful kit
  • Helpline – you can call us at any time

Solo traveller price is £390. This is because most B&Bs do not have single rooms and so will charge almost as much for one person as for two.

Key Information:

  • Time of Year: this walk can be done at any time of year, although if you choose to go between November and March then you will have to contend with winter weather conditions and shorter daylight hours. Therefore, we would suggest that the best time to go is between April and October.
  • Terrain: The terrain is easy. For much of its length, the path is relatively level with only a few ups and downs. The walking surfaces are generally good, but can be muddy in places depending upon the time of year.
  • Way marking: The route is well signposted.
  • Bed & Breakfast: We always aim to book good quality B&B accommodation as near as possible to the path.
  • Refreshments: This walk is actually quite good for places en route where you can get a cup of coffee (and maybe even a bacon butty or cake!) while not having to deviate from the path. Whether these will be open depends upon the time of year, day of week and time you happen to be passing.

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