Stile on Bacombe Hill, overlooking HS2 route,
near Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Last Chance
(HS)To See

Paul Mobbs’ photographic record along the route of the proposed HS2 railway through North & Mid-Buckinghamshire, North Oxfordshire, South Northamptonshire and South Warwickshire.

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South Area Index

This map provides access to the images from the 'south' area, between South Heath and Godington. Click on the numbers on the map to jump to the page for that scene:

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The route of HS2 through the Chilterns has exercised many people's attention. Even so, beyond Wendover, the line still cuts through a unique flat clay landscape that, despite historic quarrying and landfilling, has remained relatively undeveloped – and remote enough from major transport routes to have remained relatively tranquil.

Emerging from the 'Chilterns Tunnel' at South Heath, HS2 moves along a cutting along the east side of the Misbourne valley – until it crosses over and falls to ground level south of Wendover. From there it crosses the flat Aylesbury vale, skirting just west of Aylesbury, before passing between the pinch point of the Quainton and Waddesdon hills.

Following the existing (freight only) railway line, it crosses the (disused) Oxford to Cambridge line near Calvert – where the depot for the line will be located (the blue star on the map).

Access to the route between South Heath and Waddesdon is very easy. The Chiltern Line to Great Missenden, Wendover, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale stations gives easy access via the numerous footpaths in the area.

To view a scene click on one of the numbered blue dots on the map. This will take you to the page for that scene. To return to this index just click 'back'.