There are several long-distance walks too including the historic Ridgeway National Trail which are ideal for weekend breaks. The most popular are:
The Chiltern Way is a circular walking route of 134 miles, with two optional extras loops taking the total route to some 220 miles. Wandering, varied and mostly rural, it explores some of the loveliest landscapes in all four counties of the Chilterns AONB.
The Ridgeway National Trail follows a route used by travellers for over 5,000 years. Starting at the World Heritage Site of Avebury, it crosses the chalk ridges of the North Wessex Downs and Chilterns AONBs, passing Iron Age hillforts, chalk figures and ancient burial mounds to finish with a flourish at panoramic Ivinghoe Beacon. The Chilterns section travels through woodlands, nature reserves and quiet valleys, climbing to some magnificent viewpoints along the Chilterns ridge. To step back in time, use our interactive map to select a Chilterns Ridgeway walk or stride out further with plenty of places to stay en route.
Accessible from Tring station (from London Euston, Milton Keynes or Birmingham), this walk makes a lovely day out.
The Thames Path National Trail follows the greatest river in England for 184 miles from its source in the Cotswolds almost to the sea. Waymarked throughout, the path passes along the edge of the Chiltern Hills from Wallingford to Marlow, via Goring, Pangbourne and Henley-on-Thames. It combines these desirable riverside towns with wonderfully scenic stretches in a choice of largely gentle walks that everyone can enjoy.
A story of battles fought and lost in a far-off land and a horse’s heart buried in Latimer: the historic Chess Valley
has been impacted by human settlement for thousands of years; from the Iron Age, to the first century AD when the Romans began farming arable crops in the valley, to medieval settlements and abandoned churches, to the more obvious manor houses, miscellaneous ruined structures, monuments, tombs and the historic (altered) landscape are evidence of the many human endeavours. Read more
and download a copy of the walk leaflet
It’s not just about bagging bucket-list miles, or even bragging about bagging holiday sights, it’s about stopping and looking for the clues that point to natural and man-made structures - or subtle signs of earlier lives that are integral to a locations ‘sense-of-place’ so often missed in the quest to capture that grand vista, or complete that big trek.
The Chilterns are well endowed with remnants of Iron Age lives including barrows and over 20 hill forts; Ivinghoe Beacon, Boddington Camp at Wendover Woods and Pulpit Hill Fort...read more here
Walking with ‘A Foot in the Chilterns’
A Foot in the Chilterns offers varied walks, Nordic walking courses and accommodation in the Henley area. You can choose a walk that matches your interest and mobility, from challenging hilly terrain to gentle paths along the River Thames. An occupational therapist by training, Anthea is experienced in planning and leading walks for those with limited mobility.
If you haven't visited the Chilterns before, this locals' favourite walk from Aldbury to Ivinghoe Beacon, through the Ashridge Forest is worth a peek.
Let us know if you have used the iFootpath online walking guides and directions for the UK. They have a good range of Chilterns walks to try.