Walking Festival

Chilterns Walking Festival

The festival takes place 5 - 20 October 2019 and there's something to whet all appetites - some of the walks give you the chance to get behind the scenes at gardens, art studios or farms not normally open to the public. You get to meet artists, craftspeople, farmers, archaeologists, historians, countryside rangers, food producers and storytellers of the Chilterns. Each walk is guided by an experienced walk leader who will bring it to life for you! See below for ideas and inspiration or see the full festival listing here! You can book online or by phone Monday - Friday tel 01844 355500.

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Festival Events

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Walk Grim's Ditch (walk ref 59)

To mark the start of a new community research project into the mysterious Grim's Ditch, join the Chilterns Conservation Board's Community Heritage Officer on a walk along a section of this ancient monument and learn about some of its history.

Great Hampden
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
9:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Aston Rowant, a hilly scenic walk (ref 49)

Walk starts at Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve. Great views and hilly walk from Beacon Hill via Cowleaze Wood, Bald Hill, village of Lewknor and back to Beacon Hill. It is a hilly walk with some wonderful far-reaching views over the Oxfordshire Vale, passing through chalk downland and beech woodland landscape.

Near Stokenchurch
Wednesday 16 October
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Take the Bus for a Walk (walk ref 33)

Take the Bus for a Walk; Marlow-Henley-Marlow but not along the Thames Path! This is a day-long linear walk of 9 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 cross the river to the Berkshire side, to walk along the edge of the Thames floodplain before crossing into Buckinghamshire and the beautiful Hambleden Valley. Then it’s onwards across classic Chiltern farmland and beech woods before finally descending into Marlow, as popular now as a riverside resort as it was in the 18th century.

Marlow
Wed 16 October
In time to catch 10:20 bus
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Try Nordic Walking for FREE at Hastoe Village Hall (walk ref 75)

A 45 minute introductory session that will help you understand just how beneficial Nordic Walking can be and how it is far more than just walking with poles! You will light on your feet, your whole body is mobilised and we will explain why it is so important to learn technique correctly. Pole hire included.

Hastoe
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
10:45 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Mindfulness and a Monastery (walk ref 25)

UPDATE: as parking is difficult at Frithsden, the start point of this walk has been changed to Great Gaddesden.

A circular walk, introducing some mindful techniques, with a visit to the Amaravati Buddhist monastery & refreshments at the garden centre afterwards

Great Gaddesden near Hemel Hempstead
Wednesday 16 October
1:15 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Waterside walk & Puddingstone Distillery Gin tasting tour (walk ref 54)

Enjoy a gentle 2.5 mile guided walk around Wilstone Reservoir Nature Reserve which is rich in bird life and offers wonderful views of the Chiltern Hills. Puddingstone Distillery is situated on the same site as P E Mead Farm Shop. The walk will start and end at the distillery. We have arranged a special 1 hour distillery tour/talk which includes one full drink and four gin samples. Learn about the distillation process, botanicals and different heritage styles of Campfire Gin.

Wilstone Green near Tring
Wednesday 16 October
1:30 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

J H Kennard and Chesham Bois Walk (walk ref 63)

Discover one of the most important architects in Chesham’s 20th century development, J H Kennard. Join this walk around Chesham Bois and find out about the many projects undertaken by this arts & crafts architect. 

Chesham Bois
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Introduction to Navigation - Find Your Way in the Great Outdoors! (Walk ref 19)

This fun practical one day workshop is a great introduction to map reading and the navigation skills you need to enjoy a great walk in the countryside without reliance on a phone app.  You will be amazed how much detail there is on an Ordnance Survey map!  On this course you will learn how to make sense of it all and gain confidence to plan and follow an interesting route along paths and tracks.
We start the day with tea/coffee in the Village Cafe, Goring and learn how to get the most out of our maps and introduce basic compass use.  Mid morning we set off on a walk to develop your newly acquired knowledge and skills - you will be given plenty of guidance and tips as we go.  We then return to the cafe to sum up the day.
Map and compass is provided for your use during the day.

Goring
Thursday, October 17, 2019
9:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Immerse yourself in nature and awaken your creativity! (walk ref 26)

Immerse yourself in nature and awaken your creativity with this 5 mile Chess valley walk & watercolour workshop. This is a circular walk from Chenies village followed by a 2.5 hour guided painting session at Bojangles, 132 White Lion Rd, Little Chalfont, HP7 9NQ.

Chenies Village, Herts
Friday 18 October
10.30am
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Discover Barton Hills! Nature, farming and Local Produce tasting (walk ref 57)

We will start with a ranger-led walk around the beautiful Barton Hills National Nature Reserve, a landscape of rolling chalk hills and woods with spectacular views. Find out how Barton Hills came to look as it does, as we take a step back to the Cretaceous period when it was under the sea. We will then ‘Meet the Farmer’ for a behind the scenes look at the adjoining Barton Hills Farm and its environmentally friendly farming methods which contribute to the richness of wildlife here. The walk will finish with refreshments and local produce tasting, including Bedfordshire Clangers and the fabulous range of Mrs Middleton's award-winning cold pressed rape seed oils and dressings made at Barton Hill Farm.

Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire
Friday 18 October
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Books in the Woods (walk ref 78)

Calling all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers! Bring your grown ups for an afternoon of exploring, 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 related to the book, in our fabulous natural playground.

Ashridge
Friday, October 18, 2019
1:45 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Remarkable Women not to be forgotten (walk ref 73)

Learn about an Innkeeper, a ground-breaking editor, an innovative dairy farmer, a philanthropist, a benefactress, a telephonist, a WW1 nursing Matron and an actress who became a well-known soap favourite. Hear also about a woman who was destined to play a part on the international stage who used this Cemetery to aid her education. 

Berkhamsted
Friday, October 18, 2019
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Butties, Birds and Beautiful Views - A walk from The Alford Arms (ref 35)

Join us for a bacon butty & cuppa (on the house) at The Alford Arms before venturing out into the lovely Gade Valley. The walk starts out along a Roman Road, passes a buddhist monastery and through the water meadows beside the River Gade. Along the way there are outstanding views over the valley and the opportunity to spot the local wildlife.

Frithsden near Berkhamsted
Saturday 19th October
9.30am
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Prestwood and John Hampden Country (walk ref 53)

Join local authors Helen and Neil Matthews for a circular walk through woodland and fields from Prestwood to Great Hampden, passing the Hampden Monument, Hampden House and Church, associated with the Parliamentarian John Hampden.

Prestwood, Bucks
Saturday 19 October
10.30am
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Road, rail, river and riots (walk ref 5)

Find out who was the first English king to 'tweet', view the best preserved mill wheel on the Wye, walk part of the Brunel engineered railway line to Wycombe, discover the milestone which indicates the halfway point between London and Oxford and hear the story of the 1830 machine breakers' riots.

Wycombe
Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Mindful & Wellbeing Nordic Walking (walk ref 85)

In partnership with Active Bucks and Ridgeway Nordic Walking, Forestry England  are offering a gentle and safe way to walk yourself fitter. Enjoy the stunning surroundings of Wendover Woods and discover a sense of mindfulness. Feel relaxed in a natural environment whilst improving flexibility, balance and strength.

This activity is aimed at inspiring you to get fitter and is specifically for older adults and/if you are currently inactive. These walks include exercises that help with flexibility, balance and strength whilst using poles to improve general fitness and increase joint mobility.

Wendover Woods
Saturday 19th October
11:15 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

2hr FAST TRACK, Learn To Nordic Walk course at Wendover Woods (walk ref 76)

A 2hr Fast Track, Learn To Nordic Walk session. Intended for those who are fit, able and eager to intensively learn correct technique. You will graduate with your own 'Freedom Passport' allowing you to walk with Ridgeway Nordic Walking 7 days a week. Use MORE muscles, burn MORE calories! We LOVE Nordic Walking! Pole hire included.

Wendover Woods
Saturday 19 October
1:00pm
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Water and Wildlife of Tring Reservoirs (walk ref 34)

A beautiful walk alongside the Grand Union Canal, 2 of its arms and past the lakes built specially to supply them with water. There should be lots of wildlife along the way. Optional refreshments afterwards at the Bluebells Tearooms. Walk leader Andrew Clark. 

Marsworth near Tring
Sunday 20 October
10am
Medium walk (4-6 miles)