Chilterns Walking Festival
Grab some comfy walking shoes and get ready to explore a host of locations, landscapes and lifestyles during the Chilterns Walking Festival! The Spring festival is now over - thank you so much to everyone who supported the first ever Chilterns Walking Festival. The Chilterns Conservation Board was delighted to offer a fantastic programme of hikes, guided tours and special events across The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Coming up! The autumn festival takes place Saturday 16th September to Sunday 1st October 2017 - watch out for the programme appearing here in July, and also check back for local events between now and then. If you would like to get involved in the next festival, please contact email@example.com
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 offers a wide range of accommodation and unique places to stay. Why not make a short break out of it, and stay in the area? Find out about places to stay in our Market Towns section.
Walk with the Chiltern Society!
The Chiltern Society organises a popular programme of walks throughout the year, designed to improve both physical and mental health. Anyone is welcome to join in their half-day walks, longer walks or occasional special interest walks. Most walks are around 5 miles long and there are 2 or 3 walks on offer every week.
The Hambleden Walk on 26th July is a 6 mile walk through meadows and fields with fine views of the Thames and taking in Aston and Remenham See here for more details.
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.
Walk with Bucks Simply Walk
Walking is a fantastic way to get out and about and meet new people while improving your health and wellbeing. Simply Walkers are out in all weathers, smiling and chattering and enjoying the camaraderie. Our volunteer leaders are there to help you walk at your own pace – so don’t worry about being left behind, lost or feeling left out. There are walks throughout Buckinghshire, every weeka and for a range of abilities. Check here for details.
Hertfordshire Health Walks
Hertfordshire Health Walks are free, led, local, health-focused walks happening across the county helping everyone get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits. There are approximately 55 Hertfordshire Health Walks each week, with many in the Chilterns. Join your local walk scheme and you'll have great company, trained walk leaders and safe walking routes to get you on your way. See here for details.
Roald Dahl Gloriumptious Guided Trails
Get lolloping outdoors. Join our guided walks around the village that Roald Dahl lived and wrote his stories in. On our Village Trail you’ll see some of the local sights along the High Street that inspired Roald Dahl, and visit the author’s grave at the Church. On the Countryside Trail you’ll explore slightly further afield and see some of the local Chilterns countryside and woods that Roald Dahl walked in and used for inspiration. See here for further details.These walks will be repeated on 15th, 22nd and 29th August.
Watlington Town Walk
Enjoy a leisurely 2 hour walk around the historic market town of Watlington. Learn about Watlington as a centre for joinery - chairs, tables and billiard tables - and lace making. Find out about the many characters famous and infamous, who helped shaped this town.
Wondercrump Draw 'n' Walk from Roald Dahl Museum
Join artist Sue Pownall for a sketch walk as you explore the beautiful countryside around the Museum, stopping to draw along the route. Sue will help you draw in pencil and colour your own versions of Fantastic Mr Fox’s wood and other spots that inspired Roald Dahl’s stories. You’ll end up with a sketch-story of your walk. See here for details.
Watlington Hill History Walk
A two hour gentle walk led by Tim Horton, looking at the rich history of Watlington and the surrounding area. From the top of Watlington Hill we see how William the Conqueror circled his enemies; the Observer Corps kept watch and Watlington was prepared for nuclear attack. Emerging from the pine wood with the Red Kites soaring we hear their stories and also take in the history of the yew forest and the chalk White Mark cut into the hillside. From poets to aristocrats to Civil War battles, the fascinating history of this area will be revealed.
Interactive Map of the Chilterns
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