Walking Festival

Chilterns Walking Festival

Saturday 16th September to Sunday 1st October 2017

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.

Festival Events

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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.

Dunstable
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
9:45 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

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.

Cholsey Grange Farm
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
10:00 AM

Circular walk from Cookley Green (ref 44)

An undulating walk from the village of Coookley Green taking in the ancient parish church of Swyncombe.

Cookley Green, Henley-on-Thames
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

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.

Swyncombe, South Oxfordshire
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
10:15 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

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.

Boxmoor
Thursday, September 21, 2017
10:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

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.

Henley-on-Thames
Friday, September 22, 2017
9:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

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.

Cadmore End, Land End
Friday, September 22, 2017
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

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.

Lewknor
Friday, September 22, 2017
10:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

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.

Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire
Saturday, September 23, 2017
9:45 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

West Wycombe to Bradenham passing Hellfire Caves! (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.

West Wycombe Garden Centre
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

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.

Great Missenden
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

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.

College Lake Nature Reserve, Tring
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Open 10am - 4pm

Henley and its Midsomer Murders Locations (ref 56)

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. 

Henley
Saturday, September 23, 2017
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

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

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Wallingford
Saturday, September 23, 2017
11:00 AM

Lacey Green Walk and Windmill Tour (ref 18)

Starting with an optional private tour of the Lacey Green windmill restored by the Chiltern Society at 10am, followed by a beautiful circular walk at 11am around the Lacey Green area with stunning views, passing through quiet valleys.

Lacey Green
Sunday, September 24, 2017
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Turville walk and lunch (ref 47)

FULLY BOOKED Start in the Hambleden valley for a walk through the Getty Estate - home of Garsington opera; we will then take in parts of the Chiltern Way long distance path, visit scenes from the Vicar of Dibley, Midsomer Murders and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and enjoy a unique experience of lunch at the Barn at Turville Heath.

Turville
Sunday, September 24, 2017
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Leighton Buzzard Grand Union canal ramble (ref 53)

A leisurley walk that can be most enjoyed on a mobility scooter from Linslade through the sleepy charming town of Leighton Buzzard to join the Grand Union Canal. We pass through several locks toward our mid point and lunch stop. Enjoy the wildlife on the way and The Globe canalside typical country pub will satisfy your every desire for a great lunch to the sound of canal narrowboats. We return by a parallel but different route.

Leighton Buzzard
Sunday, September 24, 2017
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Amersham Town Walk (ref 15)

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.

Amersham
Sunday, September 24, 2017
2:30 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Walking in Dizzy’s Footsteps (ref 19)

A circular walk round the environs of Hughenden Manor, home to the flamboyant and notorious Benjamin Disraeli, our only Jewish Prime Minister. We start in the churchyard where Disraeli is buried, progress to the house before walking along the Coffin Path. We then return via the German Forest to the Disraeli Monument (an obelisk celebrating his father’s literary achievements) before finishing at the Italianate formal garden and back to the start.

Hughenden
Monday, September 25, 2017
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

The Countryside Around St Paul's Walden (ref 38)

A circular walk around the village of St Paul’s Walden passing through some of the finest woodland in the North Chilterns and the picturesque parkland surrounding the grand houses of Stagenhoe and St Paul’s Walden Bury. Followed by an optional pub lunch at the Strathmore Arms.

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St Pauls Walden
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Fox-Trots around Amersham (ref 25)

Join the Simply Walk group for a choice of led walks starting in Amersham and taking in the lovely countryside around. There are two walk options, a gentle walk up to 60 mins or longer walk up to 90 mins. The walks will end at the Fox's of Amersham outdoor store where you will receive a free goodie bag and the opportunity for discounted shopping.

Amersham
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Chiltern Hills: The Fight for Beauty

Join us for an evening with guest speaker Fiona Reynolds, DBE, former Director-General of the National Trust and author of "The Fight for Beauty: a Path to a Better Future" as she explores an alternative vision for our environment and our society.

Dame Fiona will be joined by Howard Davies, Chief Executive of the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Sue Holden, Chief Officer of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Board, who will explore this theme in relation to the Chilterns AONB and the value of protected landscapes to society.

Chesham
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7:30 PM

Guided horse ride (hacking) - bring your own horse! (ref 6)

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.

Cholsey Grange Farm
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:00 AM

Friends of Naphill Common Short Walk (ref 2)

Start from Naphill Village Hall for a pleasant circular walk around the Common lasting about an hour.

Naphill Village Hall
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Enjoy the countryside with (or without!) a mobility scooter (ref 45)

This stunning walk in the Dorchester area is a circular walk through gentle countryside along the Thames, specially designed as an access for all ramblers and suitable for those using mobility scooters. An offroad mobility scooter is advised and you can hire one for the day if you would like to try it out. Walkers also most welcome!

Dorchester-on-Thames
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

John Piper Walk (ref 64)

Walk between 2 of the Chiltern churches with windows designed by John Piper, passing by the house where he lived. The walk starts at Nettlebed and passes Warburg Nature reserve, Pishill church, Stonor, and Bix, crossing 2 commons and with some steep up and downhill stretches. Some stretches involve tarmac roads and there may be muddy paths depending on the weather.

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Nettlebed
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
11:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

The Bourne End Bimble

Start at The Complete Outdoors for a circular walk through woods, fields and passing Bovingdon airfield, with a pub stop half way round at the White Hart Whelpley Hill for drinks.  There will be some freebies available for walkers too!

Bourne End & Whelpley Hill
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
11:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

A little bit of Mindfulness (ref 60)

Awaken the senses on this mindful walk which includes a short stop at a Buddhist monastery hidden in the Herts countryside, and finishes with refreshments at the picturesque Frithsden Vineyard.

Frithsden
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
1:30 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Out with the owls (ref 51)

Join the Herts Countryside Management Service and local Barn Owl experts on one of the Pirton Barn Owl Walks. Learn how local people have helped to reverse the decline in Barn Owl numbers in the area. We’ll be walking through owl hunting grounds and learning about their habitats and what they need to thrive. The walk is at dusk when owls are starting to go out and look for food, so we may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of these elusive birds.

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Pirton near Hitchen
Thursday, September 28, 2017
5:45 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Marlow Walk and a drink stop (ref 21)

A 5 mile walk in the beautiful rolling hills of the southern Chiltern hills, through beech woods and open countryside with stunning views. The walk is undulating with one stile and a couple of steep up & downs, plus some walking on quiet local roads. After 4 miles you will be rewarded with a stop at the Rebellion brewery shop where you will be able to sample the beers. On the way to the brewery the walk passes through a local vineyard, which makes the award-winning sparkling wine on sale at Rebellion.

Marlow
Friday, September 29, 2017
10:15 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Four Wells and a Red Lion (ref 39)

This 10 mile circular walk explores the importance of wells to the villages of the Chilterns. Our route takes us through the villages of Peppard, Gallowstree Common and Highmoor Cross with their covered wells and Stoke Row with the magnificent Maharajah's Well, complete with golden elephant!

Peppard
Friday, September 29, 2017
10:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

'Hidden Histories' - a talk by Mary-Ann Ochota (ref 27)

Broadcaster and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota will be giving a talk on her acclaimed book 'Hidden Histories - a Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape'. Join Mary-Ann on a journey through Britain’s historic landscape. What clues should you look for to puzzle out the origins of a village, or the age of a hedgerow? What are the secrets hidden in the lumps and bumps of the landscape? A must for all landscape detectives!

Watlington
Friday, September 29, 2017
8:00 PM

Nordic Walk - 16 miles and a Ghostly Tale! (ref 40)

Challenge yourself to Nordic Walk from Henley to Marlow and back! The Chiltern Hills form an impressive backdrop to our 16 mile route which takes us along both banks of the River Thames, part along the Thames Path National Trail and a short section on the Chiltern Way. We walk through three counties and there are plenty of ghost stories along the way! We will take a short break in Marlow (approx half way), where there is also the option to join/leave the walk if required.

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Henley
Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Denham and the HS2 Viaduct (ref 24)

This circular walk is the final of three that will offer the walker the opportunity to view this part of the beautiful Central Chilterns landscape before it changes forever. We will explore the waterways around the Colne Valley combining both an appreciation of the effect of the proposed High Speed Two Railway viaduct and a lovely walk along the Grand Union canal.

Denham
Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Henley and its Midsomer Murders Locations (ref 57)

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. 

Henley
Saturday, September 30, 2017
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

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 

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Wallingford
Saturday, September 30, 2017
11:00 AM

The Ancient Trees of Aldbury Common Guided Walk (ref 65)

Join our rangers to look back in time at the landscape of Aldbury Common and how it has changed over the last 400 years. Once a grazed 'wood pasture', there are signs of the past everywhere you look. The route will take you off the beaten track to see some of the oldest trees on the estate. Come along and hear about this special part of the estate, and how we work to protect it.

Ashridge Estate
Saturday, September 30, 2017
11:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Guided walk around College Lake Nature Reserve (ref 68)

Join us for a slow stroll around our wonderful reserve. We will introduce you to some of the wildlife using the site at this time of year, show you some of the work we are doing to maintain and improve the habitats and explain how we manage the site. 

Bulbourne
Saturday, September 30, 2017
1:30 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Amersham Tudor Walk (ref 17)

The walk tells of life in early 16th century Amersham - food, drink, housing, work, markets, fairs, beliefs, health and cures and about the 6 men and 1 woman burnt as Lollards.

Amersham
Saturday, September 30, 2017
2:30 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Tree-mendous Ashridge Weekend Drop in Walks (ref 66)

A fundraising weekend celebrating Ashridge's ancient and veteran trees with activities for the whole family. Explore our log play area, sit inside one of our tractors, and learn how to identify different trees. There will be drop-in guided walks at 3pm  on Saturday and at 12 noon and 3pm on Sunday.

Ashridge Estate
Saturday, September 30, 2017
3pm on Saturday, and 12 noon & 3pm on Sunday
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Cancellations and changes

Sadly in a vast programme like this there will be some cancellations and changes....as follows:

Various dates
Various times

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.

Chilterns wide
Various dates
Various times
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Ivinghoe Beacon Climb (ref 54)

Spectacular climb to the Ivinghoe Beacon, with fabulous views. Suitable for those using an appropriate mobility scooter. 

Ivinghoe
Sunday, October 1, 2017
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)