Walking Festival

Chilterns Walking Festival

Book your walks now for the next Chilterns Walking Festival which takes place from 6th - 21st October. Accompanied by expert guides we invite you to enjoy spectacular views, local stories and fun activities with over 50 walks and activities taking place across The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Browse and book below or download our Listings Leaflet. For any queries during the festival, please see our info page and Duty Rota for someone to contact. 

Festival Events

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Let's go batty! (walk ref 54)

Come and learn all about bats on the wonderful Box Moor Trust land - there will be a short information session, followed by a walk with bat detectors provided!  (Previously fully booked - more spaces have been added!)

Hemel Hempstead
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

'Windswept' guided watercolour workshop to follow a Dunstable Downs circular walk (walk ref 20)

Enjoy fabulous views from the top of Dunstable Downs on this circular walk, before reawakening your creative side in a guided 2.5 hour watercolour workshop run by a professional artist and award winning tutor. Suitable all levels of artistic ability!

Dunstable / Leighton Buzzard
Thursday, October 18, 2018
10:30am (not 10am as previously advertised)
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

A fungi walk in the woods (walk ref 48)

TWO SPACES HAVE BECOME AVAILABLE Wander through Bradenham Woods NT with expert guides from the Bucks Fungus Group, collecting fungi and coming together to identify them and learn about the species around us.

Bradenham
Thursday, October 18, 2018
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Brakspear Paths, Pies and Pints (walk ref 49)

We will start from the 'Bull on Bell Street' in Henley-on-Thames, home of Brakspear's micro-brewery. Henley was once a thriving inland port. We will follow the historic back streets of Henley down to the River and walk along a beautiful stretch of the Thames Path National Trail towards Hambleden lock. From there we will meander along quiet lanes back to the 'Bull on Bell Street' for a tour of Brakspear’s microbrewery (not normally open to the public!) and a chance to taste their craft beers. Optional home-baked pie lunch and a chance to taste the craft beers made on the premises. The walk will be led by Richard Mayon-White, author of 'Exploring the Thames Wilderness'.

Henley-on-Thames
Friday, October 19, 2018
9:45 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Books in the Woods (walk ref 16)

Calling all babies, toddlers and children! Bring your grown ups for a morning of exploring, puddle stomping and free play in the woods at Ashridge Estate, near Berkhamsted. Meet for a story and hot drinks before breaking off to do outdoor activities and minibeast hunting related to our story, in our fabulous natural playground.

Ashridge Estate
Friday, October 19, 2018
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Autumn Migration at Tring Reservoirs (walk ref 4)

Explore Tring Reservoirs with our volunteer warden on this gentle circular stroll.  Walk past all four reservoirs and along the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union canal, to see signs of the autumn migration.

Wilstone
Friday, October 19, 2018
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

A Walk to Marlow’s Trenches – Digging for Victory in The Great War (walk ref 28)

Cast your mind back over 100 years to discover where soldiers trained for World War 1 in Pullingshill Wood, near Marlow. Meet for complimentary bacon butties & tea and coffee in the Royal Oak’s fabulous tepee before departing across Bovingdon Green. Hear about the former soldiers camp, their lifestyle and activities before entering Davenport Wood on the way to Pullingshill Wood. There you will see and walk where the troops undertook trench digging in preparation for service at the Western Front. You will be accompanied from the start by a local ‘Great War’ guide.

Marlow
Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:30 meet for refreshments, 10am walk
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

GO Active Gold Nordic Walk from Stonor to Turville Heath (walk ref 52)

We will pick up the Chiltern Way trail past Stonor House, where we cross over from South Oxfordshire into Buckinghamshire, past Southend, a hamlet at an elevation of 188 m.  We will pass through Summer Heath a tranquil open common, which was ploughed during the Second World War as part of the Dig for Victory campaign.  The Land Army girls grew potatoes there! We take a break at a the no car cafe in the heart of the Chilterns, The Barn before we start our journey back to Stonor valley.

Stonor near Henley
Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Hambleden Hilly Nordic Walk (walk ref 39)

Grab your Nordic walking poles and step out to explore the Hambleden Valley and surrounding hills.  This is England at its best; typical Chilterns countryside, rolling hills, golden beech woods, a sparkling chalk stream and the idyllic picturesque villages of Hambleden, Fingest, Skirmett and Turville with their attractive brick and flint cottages, medieval churches and thriving pubs.  All this just a few miles from Henley and Marlow.  Join us and experience why this is such a favoured spot for TV and movie makers - numerous big hit film and TV productions, including The Vicar of Dibley, Midsomer Murders, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 101 Dalmatians and The Avengers, have been filmed here. We will pause for refreshment at one of the thriving village pubs or The Barn cafe, a little gem hidden away in the hills at Turville Heath.

Hambleden
Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:45 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Walking Wycombe with Willie (walk ref 7)

Walk back though Wycombe's history - hear about the industry that made Wycombe famous throughout the world. Learn about Wycombe's serial criminal and about the two prime ministers who had their home here. And although Britain voted for Brexit, gaze upon what will still be Wycombe's claim to European fame even after we leave the EU...

Wycombe
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Henley's History and its Midsomer Murders Filming Locations (walk ref 14)

Follow in the footsteps of DCI Barnaby during a one hour personalised guided walking tour around places in Henley-on-Thames where "Midsomer Murders" was filmed.  Discover the real-life locations of Causton Auction Rooms,  Anton Thorneycroft’s butchers shop, and more. Plus, hear more of the history of the town from one of our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides - do you know about the Battle of Duck Street, or the sad story of Mary Blandy?

Henley
Saturday, October 20, 2018
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Sizzling Saturday (walk ref 51)

Learn to light a fire and cook your own made bread with tasty local sausage in a fantastic Chiltern woodland setting. The Path Hill Outdoors team will provide all your equipment and expert guidance to ensure a fun-filled feast in the woods. Ideal for families.

Goring Heath near Reading
Saturday, October 20, 2018
11am or 2:30pm
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Roald Dahl Countryside Trail (walk ref 15)

Join the Museum's gentle guided walks around the woods and fields of Roald Dahl's home village of Great Missenden and discover the places which inspired many of his characters and stories.  See where Fantastic Mr Fox lives and look out for Minpins in the trees!

Great Missenden
Saturday, October 20, 2018
11.30am or 2pm
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Stonor Spooktacular Halloween Trail (walk ref 56)

Bring your family to search the garden for riddles and secret messages, pumpkin carving, and explore The Wonder Woods, where children can climb, swing, and run around for hours. 

Stonor near Henley
20th - 31st October
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Brakspear country pub trails

A range of circular walks taking in the beautiful rolling Chilterns countryside around Henley-on-Thames, with Brakspear pub stops along the way. See here for further information.

Various locations in South Oxfordshire
Various dates
Various times

Getting Here

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. 

 

Accommodation

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? 


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The Chilterns Walking Festival is an initiative of the Chilterns Conservation Board. For any queries, feedback, sponsorship enquiries or suggestions for the programme please contact the festival Project Manager, Anna Foster on walkingfestival@chilternsaonb.org. For press queries or photo requests, please contact jackie@tourism-angles.co.uk 


Our Sponsors

GRANT FUNDER

This project has been part funded by the The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Chilterns LEADER programme. The grant received through this programme has helped make these festivals happen. 

PRIMARY SPONSOR

Complete Outdoors are our primary sponsors for 2018. At their Bourne End (Herts) shop, you will discover all of the equipment, clothing and accessories you need to launch your next expedition into the great outdoors - whether a day's hike close to home, or an assault on the Matterhorn.

SECONDARY SPONSOR

A family owned and run Henley brewer and award-winning pub company which has been at the heart of British life for over 200 years. Many of the company's 132 pubs are located in picturesque rural and town centre settings across The Chilterns.

SECONDARY SPONSOR

A membership organisation dedicated to conserving, celebrating and caring for all of the Chilterns’ unique landscape.

SECONDARY SPONSOR

Inghams is one of the UK's leading specialist tour operators, which has been delivering award winning holidays in the Lakes & Mountains of Europe to its loyal guests for over 80 years.

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