Walking Festival

Chilterns Walking Festival

Saturday 19 May - Sunday 03 June 2018

Our Spring festival programme is now live - join us for the exciting 16 day Spring celebration of walking! Accompanied by expert guides we invite you to enjoy spectacular views, local stories and fun activities - Chilterns style. Below are the details and descriptions for over 80 walks and activities taking place across The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Browse the walks, select your favourites then book and reserve your place.  

Why not encourage friends and family, or select several walks and make a short break of it? There's a handy booking guide full of useful information, and a programme listings leaflet you can download. May is National Walking Month - so grab your comfy shoes and let's go walking. 

Festival Events

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St Mary's Church Chesham Beat the Bounds Walk - long (walk ref 68)

This challenging all day walk around the ancient parish of Chesham celebrates the old custom of Beating the Bounds. Discover the wonderful Chilterns countryside around Chesham and beyond before rounding off an enjoyable and rewarding day with a BBQ in the church grounds.

Chesham
Saturday, May 12, 2018
8:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Pedal of Honour (walk ref 37)

Join this friendly charity bike ride beginning with tea, coffee and bacon butties at the Alford Arms near Berkhamsted, before heading off over Ivinghoe Beacon towards our first stop at the Russell Arms, Butlers Cross. From there we tackle the infamous Whiteleaf Hill on our way to the the Old Queens Head, Penn before dropping down to the Thames at Cookham before a triumphant finish at the Royal Oak, Marlow, for a well deserved BBQ.

Berkhamsted
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

DENS Sponsored Walk

From Berkhamsted School it will be an easy stroll along the Grand Union Canal to Cow Roast before cutting across country to Aldbury. After that the walk crosses the Ashridge Estate before returning to Berkhamsted, passing the Castle. There are several places to stop to grab a bite to eat along the way including pubs in Aldbury and a cafe on the Ashridge estate. If you'd prefer it, you can even bring your picnic lunch enjoy en route.

As well as the 15km walk can choose a 7.5km option picking up the mini bus in Aldbury. Whatever you decide on, it will be a great way to get some exercise, catch up with friends and family and enjoy the spring scenery.

Berkhamsted School
Saturday, May 12, 2018
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

St Mary's Church Chesham Beat the Bounds Walk - short (walk ref 69)

Join us on this walk around part of the ancient Parish of Chesham which celebrates the old custom of Beating the Bounds. The walk starts at Ley Hill and winds its way back to Chesham via some beautiful Chiltern scenery and the lovely River Chess. Round off an enjoyable and rewarding afternoon with a BBQ in the church grounds.

Chesham
Saturday, May 12, 2018
3:30 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

The Berkhamsted Challenge Walk

On Sunday 13th May we celebrate 50 years of Berkhamsted Walk. Since the walk started in 1968 the we have raised over £300,000 for The Children’s Society. Thank you to our walkers last year who raised over £7,900. This year we hope to match our 40th anniversary celebrations and raise £10,000 to help disadvantaged children, runaways and those in trouble.

See the Berkhamsted Walk page for sponsorship forms and how to take part in the walk.

Berkhamsted Court House
Sunday, May 13, 2018
10:00 AM

The Berkhamsted Bluebell Walk

On Sunday 13th May we celebrate 50 years of Berkhamsted Walk. Since the walk started in 1968 the we have raised over £300,000 for The Children’s Society. Thank you to our walkers last year who raised over £7,900. This year we hope to match our 40th anniversary celebrations and raise £10,000 to help disadvantaged children, runaways and those in trouble.

See the Berkhamsted Walk page for sponsorship forms and how to take part in the walk.

Berkhamsted Court House
Sunday, May 13, 2018
10:00 AM

The Berkhamsted Fun Walk

On Sunday 13th May we celebrate 50 years of Berkhamsted Walk. Since the walk started in 1968 the we have raised over £300,000 for The Children’s Society. Thank you to our walkers last year who raised over £7,900. This year we hope to match our 40th anniversary celebrations and raise £10,000 to help disadvantaged children, runaways and those in trouble.

See the Berkhamsted Walk page for sponsorship forms and how to take part in the walk.

Ashridge College
Sunday, May 13, 2018
11:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Ashridge Monument, Golden Valley & wild garlic (walk ref 23)

Explore beautiful 'Golden Valley', landscaping created by Capability Brown in the 17th Century, discover a woodland of wild garlic & the old icehouse of Ashridge House, near Berkhamsted.

Ashridge near Berkhamsted
Saturday, May 19, 2018
9:15 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Walk the Chalk: World Nordic Walking Day! (walk ref 51)

Grab your Nordic walking poles and step out from historic Watlington along the Icknield Way (Ridgeway National Trail) in the footsteps of ancient travellers. Use your poles to climb effortlessly up the Chilterns escarpment to Bald Hill, Shirburn Hill and Watlington Hill and be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views. This is the perfect walk to explore the flowers and other delights of late spring in the chalk hills of Oxfordshire.

Watlington
Saturday, May 19, 2018
9:45 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Sheepridge, Little Marlow, Fern and a cottage (walk ref 50)

Rolling woodland, a peaceful stretch of the River Thames and Enid Blyton’s old cottage are just some of the attractions of this satisfying circuit, which begins and ends in the Buckinghamshire village of Sheepridge.

Near Marlow
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Yarrow+Yoga (walk ref 58)

Join Kat and Lucy on a health tour of East & West. Introducing wild medicines from our fields, hedgerows & gardens combined with yoga, easy qi gong & meditation. All brought together in collaboration to support your health and wellbeing. Sessions are seasonal and topical and bring you take home tips to use in your daily day to day. Forage, move, drink tea & learn about you, all within natures finest surroundings.

Hemel Hempstead
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Cemetery Circular: Stepping Stones (walk ref 61)

Step into this almost secret, peaceful green haven, tucked away behind the bustling High Street of the thriving and historical market town of Berkhamsted. With over 1,000 gravestones to past town inhabitants it is rich in social history and we will be bringing some of these personalities to life for you - (not literally but with dramatic storytelling and interpretation!). From the topmost wildlife area there are splendid views across the beautiful Bulbourne valley.

Berkhamsted
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

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)

Walking Wycombe with Willie (walk ref 40)

Circular historical walk round the centre of High Wycombe, recalling 2,000 years of history from coins found from the time of Jesus through to the history of chair making, as well as Wycombe's claim to European fame. A fascinating tour highlighting Wycombe's hidden histories!

High Wycombe
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:15 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Chalfont Park: celebrating the work of Repton Brown & Lutyens (walk ref 33)

Chalfont Park is a little known gem near Gerrards Cross - despite being an important landscape in recent years it has suffered from neglect. Over a period of 150 years the gardens were created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, Humphry Repton and Edwin Lutyens. As 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Repton’s death the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust has been researching his work at sites across the county. The walk leader, who herself has researched Chalfont Park will explain with the use of maps, plans and old photographs how the gardens have developed with particular reference to the work of Repton.

Chalfont Park
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Rickmansworth Festival (walk ref 38)

The Rickmansworth Festival celebrates canals, the community and the environment. You’ll find a range of music and performing arts, displays and presentations, children's activities and attractions, traders, boats and catering around the Aquadrome, the towpath between Stockers Lock and Batchworth, and the area round Batchworth Lock.

Rickmansworth
19 - 20th May
Various times
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

An accessible ramble around Ashridge (walk ref ref 3)

Starting from Ashridge visitor centre near Berkhamsted, we travel through lovely woodlands to reach the wonderful village of Aldbury. We might stop for a drink at the Greyhound pub in the picturesque village green.

Ashridge National Trust near Berkhamsted
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Wild Bee Walk (walk ref 11)

Join bee enthusiasts Joshua Wells and Stephen Howard, for a walk in search of bees and other pollinators at Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve near Tring. Situated on the Chiltern escarpment, Aldbury Nowers' warm south-facing slopes host the small but beautiful flowers of chalk grassland which support a wide variety of invertebrates. We will take a walk to our chalk scrapes to spot beautiful solitary bees and bumblebees and find out about their fascinating life cycles.

Tring, Hertfordshire
Saturday, May 19, 2018
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Henley's History and its Midsomer Murders Filming Locations (walk ref 42)

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, May 19, 2018
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Beginners Nordic walking technique course over 2 sessions (walk ref 22)

Why go Nordic walking? Learn for yourself the fantastic benefits of pole walking. A fun & enjoyable way to improve your fitness in the beautiful outdoors. Improve cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, better posture, and help with weight management.

Near Berkhamsted
Sat 19th & Sun 20th May
Both at 11:30am
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Food, farming and the future (walk ref 4)

Enjoy a walk around a family farm, high up in the Chiltern Hills near Prestwood. See how the animals live on the organic land and the variety of foods produced. The route takes in the heritage orchard, hay meadows, and parkland with outstanding views. Further on experience the tranquil woodland and arable land where ancient varieties of cereals are grown. Return to the farmyard for tea and cake. - PLEASE NOTE this is the correct date, not the 26th, and the walk is not accessible, nor suitable for dogs as advertised in the listings leaflet PDF. Apologies for any inconvenience caused - 

Prestwood
Saturday, May 19, 2018
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Hills and Views around Chinnor Hill (walk ref 15)

A hilly scenic walk from Chinnor Hill via The Ridgeway, Crowell Hill, The Chiltern Way, all with spectacular views. We'll have lunch at The Boot, Bledlow Ridge then back via Lodge Hill and Wain Hill.

Chinnor
Sunday, May 20, 2018
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Chess Valley Photography Walk with Mark King (walk ref 78)

This is a wonderful opportunity to have a day out with Mark King, a local awarding-winning landscape photographer. Starting At Chenies Manor, Mark will lead you on a beautiful circular walk through the Chess Valley. Mark will set up photo opportunities at various locations including the last remaining Watercress Farm in The Chilterns, the River Chess and the picturesque Latimer Village, House and church, and ancient woodland. Bring your camera for a spectacular walk accompanied by expert advice and guidance from two fantastic photographers.

Near Chesham
Sunday, May 20, 2018
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Bourne End, Boats and Birds (walk ref 74)

A 4-5 mile ramble from Bourne End (Bucks) along the Thames Path through the Upper Thames Sailing Club where hopefully we will see Sailing racing taking place. Continuing up stream to visit the Nature Reserve at Marlow Lake where cormorants and herons nest among many other birds.   We will return along the Thames to Bourne End in the afternoon. 

Bourne End (Bucks)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Hills, hidden villages and kites galore (walk ref 41)

Beautiful hilly walk with great views. Walking via Coats Lane, Watlington Park, Pishill and Russell’s Water exploring hidden villages, lively green beech, open common land, and kites galore.

Cookley Green
Sunday, May 20, 2018
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Explore Dancersend - the creation of the Rothschilds (walk ref 35)

Join Mick, Volunteer Warden, for an inspirational walk around the stunning Dancersend nature reserve. Uncover the links between the site and the Rothschild family. Spot beautiful UK wildlife including stunning butterflies and flowers.

Dancersend, Buckinghamshire
Sunday, May 20, 2018
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

J H Kennard and Amersham-on-the-Hill Walk (walk ref 56)

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

Amersham
Sunday, May 20, 2018
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Tring Heritage Trail (walk ref 7)

Hear about the heritage and history of the many interesting places to visit in Tring from your expert guide. In particular, you will learn about the town's fascinating connection with the Rothschild family spanning from the mid-19th century.

Tring
Sunday, May 20, 2018
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

'Windswept' guided watercolour workshop to follow a Dunstable Downs circular walk (walk ref 83)

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
Monday, May 21, 2018
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Lardon Chase, the Holies and back (walk ref 45)

This walk exploring Lardon Chase and the Holies nature reserves near Goring and Streatley explores some of the best chalk grassland in the Chilterns. Discover wild flowers and butterflies and take in stunning views over the Goring Gap and the river Thames.

Near Goring
Monday, May 21, 2018
11:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Wendover Weekly Walks: woods and bridleways or village canal and railways! (walk ref 49)

Two health walks starting from the market town of Wendover: the long option will walk through woods and on bridleways, exploring the countryside around Wendover and Halton. The short walk goes across meadows and alongside an old railway line, and the canal. Whichever you choose, join us afterwards for refreshments to reward yourself!

Wendover
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Boxmoor to Berkhamsted Canal Accessible Ramble (walk ref 72)

Starting at Heath Lane between Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead, we will go a short distance along the pavement to join the Grand Union Canal tow path towards Berkhamsted along a picturesque route passing Robert Snook's Grave on the Moor. On our return the same way, we will stop for lunch at the Three Horseshoes Pub.

Boxmoor
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
10:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Henley, the Happy Valley and Greys Court (walk ref 47)

From Henley town centre across the Happy Valley, we will stop at Greys Court National Trust for a picnic lunch. Then we will walk through beech, oak, ash and wych elm trees in the beautiful Lambridge Woods and back across Badgemore Golf Course.

Henley
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
11:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Take the Bus for a walk: Marlow - Henley (walk ref 26)

On this is day-long linear walk, we start at Marlow, catching 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.

Marlow
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
9:45 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Spectacular views from Fawley (walk ref 16)

A fairly hilly walk from Middle Assenden near Henley on Thames, climbing to Fawley for spectacular views over the Stonor valley.

Middle Assendon
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Pulpit Wood and Hill  - an Iron Age hillfort archaeology woodland management and natural history (walk ref 64)

This NT ranger led circular walk near Princes Risborough gives the opportunity to learn about and explore a well preserved hidden Iron Age hillfort, as well as the Grangelands and Rifle Range SSSI grassland sites. Admire views of the Chequers Estate and Kimble Warren, as well as the panorama across the Chiltern Escarpment and the Aylesbury Vale whilst hearing about local history, archaeology, and nature from your knowledgeable guides.

Near Princes Risborough
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Butterflies at Lardon Chase (walk ref 46)

Starting at Lardon Chase car park, a family friendly circular 3 mile route with a picnic stop half-way. Look out for beautiful butterflies and your experienced guide will help children (and adults!) identify them. Walk leaders will be taking butterfly nets along.

Near Goring
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

J H Kennard and Amersham-on-the-Hill Walk (walk ref 57)

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

Amersham
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)