Chilterns Walking Festival
Get ready to explore a host of locations, landscapes and lifestyles during the second Chilterns Walking Festival! We have over 70 events on offer, a mixture of hikes, guided tours and special events right across The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Chilterns has excellent rail, road and bus links, served by four main rail lines, the River Thames and the London Underground, with a journey time of less than an hour from London. Visit our Market Towns section for directions to each location.
The Chilterns has lots of special places to stay, find out more about our Market Towns and rural surrounds. Why not make a short break out of it, and stay in the area?
Walk the MS Mile (ref 31)
Last year 300 people walked, wheeled or pushed their way round the five mile routes. This year there are 5 walks on offer at five different locations. Walk the MS Mile helps to raise awareness of MS and the support available at the Chilterns MS Centre in Wendover.
Gentle Stroll in Golden Valley
Join our knowledgeable volunteers for a gentle stroll through 'Capability' Brown's Golden Valley. Ashridge's Golden Valley is among 'Capability' Brown's greatest landscapes. It sweeps alongside Ashridge House in a graceful curve.
Lunchtime walk with National Trust ranger (ref 29)
Neil Harris, Head ranger for Hughenden and Countryside Manager, will lead local walks to explore the beautiful surroundings around the Clare Charity Foundation in Saunderton.
Bat Walk at Highfield Park (ref 67)
A local bat expert will give an introductory talk followed by a search for bats in the park using bat detectors.
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Ivinghoe Beacon loop (ref 59)
Come & enjoy some spectacular views across the Herts, Beds & Bucks countryside on this circular walk up to one of the highest points in the Chilterns.
Bus one way walk back: Marlow - Henley (ref 7)
- Cancelled, please see note under 'booking details' - This is a day-long linear walk of 11 miles. Starting at Marlow, we catch the bus along the picturesque Thames Valley to the charming market town of Henley. Spurred on with that tingling of excitement as the bus leaves us to walk back, we’ll gradually make the high ground of Fawley before descending into the beautiful Hambleden valley. Then it’s onwards across classic Chiltern farmland and beech woods before we finally descend into Marlow, as popular now as a riverside resort as it was in the 18th Century.
Health Walks - walk your way to health!
A plethora of free health walks take place across the Chilterns each week. The often short, easy walks are run by trained volunteers who are on hand to provide encouragement and help people improve their health through walking. Find details of all walks and how to take part.
Chiltern Open Air Museum Orienteering Opening Event (ref 32)
Introducing the brand new orienteering course at COAM! Discover the basics of orienteering and challenge yourself to find the control markers, choose from three routes of varying difficulty. All markers are within the Museum's grounds so you can spend the rest of the day enjoying the Museum.
Chiltern Open Air Museum Sensory Trail (ref 34)
Follow this new self-led trail, activate all your senses and take the opportunity to touch, hear, feel, smell and see the past. Take your time and explore the sights, sounds, smells and sensations around you as you discover the Museum, its rescued historic buildings and the beautiful Chilterns landscape and woodland.
Coombe Hill Ramble Wendover (ref 52)
An exciting climb that would be most enjoyed on a mobility scooter from Wendover railway station to the monument at Coombe Hill and return. Enjoy the wildlife on the way and the spectacular views of the Vale of Aylesbury from the Ridgeway National Trail.
A country residence fantastic farm land and the Ridgeway (ref 62)
Discover highlights of the Chilterns countryside on a 2.5 mile walk combined with meeting the local farmer, refreshments and a visit to Buckmoorend Farm Shop. The walk will pass Chequers, open downland, The Ridgeway National Trail, box woodland and farmland. A choice of hot or cold drink and cakes will be available.
Walking Wycombe With Willie (ref 30)
Join Walking Willie for a walking history tour around Wycombe, departing from and returning to Wycombe Museum. Come along for a 2.5hr walk around sites on the Rye, Temple End, and All Saints Church.
Nettlebed Forget-Me-Not Woodland Walk (ref 4)
Join Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice for a 5km or 10km Forget-Me-Not-Walk through the beautiful Chilterns woodlands - an opportunity for you to gather with friends, family and Nettlebed staff to celebrate the life of those who are gone but not forgotten.
Circular walk from Hambleden village (ref 43)
Setting off from the very picturesque village of Hambleden, the walk takes in the nearby hamlets of Pheasant's Hill, Rockwell End and Rotten Row.
Magical Minpins Roald Dahl Day Celebrations (ref 48)
A weekend jam-packed with activities to celebrate Roald Dahl's birthday and the launch of the new edition of Billy and the Minpins. Join one of our guided Village Trails, pointing out the places that feature in the stories, or a tour of Roald Dahl’s archive. Other activities include decorate a Minpin home, help our roving noise-napper capture some swashboggling sounds to build a Minpin forest soundscape, Minpin storytelling sessions, magical Minpin crafts, balloon modelling and a roving magician.
Image: Crown House which we pass on the Village Trail - the inspiration for Sophie's Orphange in the BFG
Henley and its Midsomer Murders Locations (ref 55)
A leisurely walk around Henley town centre, discovering Midsomer Murders filming locations & Henley history. This very popular walking tour visits many murderous filming locations in one of Oxfordshire’s prettiest towns.
Wallingford Town History Walk
These are general walks covering the rich history of our town, but also touching on the links with Agatha Christie and 'Midsomer Murders'. They will appeal to residents and visitors alike.
There’s no need to book, just turn up at the Town Hall at 11.00am on any Saturday until end-Sept.
Visit Wallingford Museum for more information
Guided tour of Hemel Food Garden (ref 49)
Sunnyside Rural Trust provides adults with learning disabilities with work experience in horticulture. Come and tour Hemel Food Garden, our main site, to discover what we do, meet the hens, learn about our bees and stroll around the orchards and allotments.There is also lots to do, see and eat at the family fun day taking place from 11am - 3pm at the same place!
A Gap in the Landscape (ref 37)
This circular walk starts/finishes at Goring railway station. Out route initially follows the Chiltern Way taking us up through Great Chalk Wood onto the Chilterns plataux. Here there are some fine views across Goring Gap. We descend through Hartslock Nature Reserve to the river and follow the Thames Path to Goring Lock. A short walk takes us through the village back to the railway station. On this walk we will have the opportunity to take in the special landscape of Goring Gap, where the Chilterns AONB meets the North Wessex Downs AONB - a landscape which has been forged by nature and adapted by man over thousands of years.
Wendover and the HS2 Viaduct (ref 22)
This circular walk is the first of three that will offer the walker the opportunity to view this part of the beautiful Central Chilterns landscape before it changes forever. The route will climb out of the Misbourne valley to take in views of where the proposed High Speed Two Railway viaduct will be built before returning to Wendover via the Chiltern Link.
Circular walk from Nuffield Church (ref 46)
A 12 mile circular walk starting from Nuffield church, South Oxfordshire. This is a beautiful part of the southern Chilterns, a very wooded area interspersed with commons and rural hamlets. This is a more challenging walk.
Transport systems from a bygone age (ref 63)
This 6 mile linear walk first boards the 10:30 am narrow gauge train for travel to Stonehenge Station. Then follows an interesting undulating walk across through woods and across farmland before reaching the Grand Union Canal and later the cycleway on the trackbed of the former Dunstable branch line. Arriving back at Pages Park station at around 1:30pm. -- Part of Beds Walk Fest --
Chiltern Open Air Museum Meander (ref 33)
Enjoy a gentle guided walk through the Chiltern Open Air Museum near Chalfont St Giles, with its surrounding woodland landscape and many interesting sights, including the hidden meadow (a designated County Wildlife Site). Spend the rest of your day exploring the rest of the Museum and its rescued historic buildings. Walks at 11am, 12noon, 2pm, and 3pm.
Historic Church Walk and Cream Tea (ref 8)
St Nicholas has been Hedsor’s church since the c13. It lies in the private estate of Hedsor Priory and, perched on the shoulder of a deep Chiltern dene, it commands sweeping views along the River Thames towards Winter Hill. Join us for a 2 mile walk to this beautiful church, through the rural parish of Hedsor, for a homemade clotted cream tea and a tour around its fascinating interior. A shorter, 1.25 mile, return walk will help work off some of the sumptuous food that you’ve just enjoyed.
Amersham Town Walk (ref 14)
This circular walk of Amersham old town will give you a fascinating insight into the lives of people in the past and the places where they lived and worked. The walk will leave from outside the entrance to the museum and it covers Amersham High Street, the Memorial Gardens, Church Street, School Lane and the Meadow and then back up the High Street, the Platt and Whielden Street. There are over 80 listed buildings on the High Street alone, including the Market Hall.
Beginners Nordic walking technique course over 3 sessions (ref 58)
A 3 part course which explores Nordic walking. Each session is progressive, & you will gain a good understanding of how to use the poles most effectively - propelling you along, making light work of the uphills, & taking the load off the knees/hips on the downs. Suitable for all fitness levels.
Blows Downs Sketching Walk (ref 35)
If you think you can't draw, think again! This sketching walk led by wildlife artist and Countryside Officer Steve Halton will teach you some simple techniques to observe and sketch some of the plants, trees and natural objects in the Chilterns countryside on your doorstep. Steve will lead you up to the beautiful chalk hills of Blow's Downs for some sketching outdoors and to take in the views. We will return to the Community Centre for refreshments.
Guided horse ride (hacking) - bring your own horse! (ref 5)
A guided ride on your own horse (we do not supply horses) with a maximum of 5 others (plus guide) for 2 hours around the beautiful Chilterns on bridleways and quiet lanes, before ending with coffee and cake.
Circular walk from Cookley Green (ref 44)
An undulating walk from the village of Coookley Green taking in the ancient parish church of Swyncombe.
Swyncombe Wildlife Walk (ref 50)
Look for flowers, butterflies and birds on a 4.5 mile circular walk through arable farmland, beech woodland and fine chalk grassland.
Colonisation of the Chilterns (ref 9)
- Cancelled, please see note under 'booking details' - A circular walk of 6 miles, starting at Princes Risborough and walking through some classically beautiful Chiltern landscapes. We will be looking at some of the various Chiltern settlers, from Stone Age to more recent times, and the marks they have left on the landscape.
The History of The Box Moor Trust (ref 41)
A fascinating walk starting at The Box Moor Trust centre, walking along the moors to the cressbeds. Then continuing along the moors of the Box Moor Trust in a circular route back to the start with an oral history of the local area.
Chess valley walk - with optional visit to Chenies Manor (ref 60)
A circular walk starting at Chenies Manor, exploring the beautiful Chess valley, with the opportunity to buy fresh watercress on the way, & brush up on your Tudor history afterwards.
Map reading and walk planning workshop (ref 10)
- Cancelled, please see note under 'booking details' - This day long practical workshop aims to put the two together, giving participants the confidence to plan their own walks and to go on them, without fear of getting lost. In the morning we will learn how to get the most out of our maps and after lunch we will go on a short walk, using these newly acquired skills.
Brakspear beer beechwoods and brewing walk (ref 26)
A 6.5 mile walk starting and finishing at the Bull in Henley-on-Thames, home of the Bell Street Brewery. This scenic walk will take you through the historic backstreets of Henley-on-Thames before climbing up into the Chiltern Hills, through classic beech woodlands and along ancient drovers routes. There will be a chance to have a free tour of the micro-brewery at the end of the walk and a special 'home-cooked pie and trimmings' lunch can be pre-booked.
Cadmore End Circle (ref 42)
A lovely relaxed, circular walk starting from Cadmore End Church, walking to Turville, which is known as Dibley in TV Terms, and return via Fingest Norman church.
Aston Rowant Discovery Trail with optional lunch (ref 20)
Starting at the Leathern Bottle, Lewknor, the route follows ancient pathways to National Trust Juniper Bank and Aston Wood, leading to Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve and the talking sculpture trail. It returns to the pub along the Ridgeway and Hill Road.
Barton Hills Family Sketching Walk (ref 36)
If you think you can't draw, think again! This sketching walk led by wildlife artist and Countryside Officer Steve Halton will teach you some simple techniques to observe and sketch some of the plants, trees and natural objects in the Chilterns countryside on your doorstep. Steve will lead you up to the beautiful chalk hills of the Barton Hills Nature Reserve for some sketching outdoors and to take in the views. This is a family-friendly event.
West Wycombe to Bradenham (ref 1)
Starting at the location of the UK's oldest garden centre we will pass the notorious Hellfire Caves before climbing up to Sir Francis Dashwoods' mausoleum and the Golden Ball, with striking views towards High Wycombe and the Dashwoods historic home of West Wycombe Park. We will then walk through beech woods before descending to Bradenham Manor and returning through Downley Common and finally West Wycombe village.
Misbourne Valley and the HS2 North Portal (ref 23)
This circular walk is the second of three that will offer the walker the opportunity to view this part of the beautiful Central Chilterns landscape before it changes forever. It will be taking the views across the Misbourne valley and exploring the proposed site of the North Portal where the High Speed Two Railway trains will leave the tunnel.
My Wild Chilterns at College Lake near Tring (ref 28)
Join BBOWT at College Lake near Tring on this special day, and celebrate our local Chilterns landscape and all the fantastic wildlife it has to offer. Enjoy a variety of walks, talks, demonstrations, workshops and activities for the whole family.
Learn how to use a magnetic compass and a pub lunch! (ref 11)
- Cancelled, please see note under 'booking details' - The magnetic compass is a useful tool, in addition to map reading, that can make navigation simpler, while in more challenging environments such as featureless moorland and mountains it can be essential. Join Stuart Fletcher on this short circular walk where we will use a magnetic compass in conjunction with the OS map to help us find which way to go, and to help us locate where we are.