Walking Festival

Chilterns Walking Festival

The spring Chilterns Walking Festival will take place 21 May to 6 June 2021! The programme includes over 70 guided countryside walks, activities and events including routes centred around nature reserves, iron age hillforts, farms, churches and filming locations. Bookings are now live.

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COVID-19: Guided walks are exempt from the Government's current ruling which limits social gatherings to 6 people or two households, provided we have taken the necessary safety measures. All walks have been risk assessed and Covid-19 safety precautions adhered to, including maintaining a 2m social distance and limiting numbers.  Booking is essential for all events and participants will be asked to provide telephone and email details for contact tracing. For further information on the measures we are taking to make the Chilterns Walking Festival as safe as possible SEE HERE

QUESTIONS? If you have any queries about any of the events please email us and we will get back to you walkingfestival@chilternsaonb.org 

Festival Events

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Keep the Aspidistra Flying! (In the footsteps of George Orwell) (0701)

Join us ‘Coming Up For Air’ in the Chilterns to discover George Orwell’s ‘golden country’. His childhood here in the Oxfordshire countryside can be seen to have influenced passages in some of his writing, as we will discover on our walk.  We start out from Shiplake station along the Thames where Orwell loved to fish, then head up the hill to Binfield Heath and Crowsley Park to discover a ‘listening station’ with echoes of Big Brother. After a break at the Bottle & Glass Inn (with Orwell’s approval!) we continue through bluebell woods where 1984 hero Winston would go to escape the Thought Police. Finally returning to Shiplake we pass the house where Orwell once lived.

Shiplake
Friday, May 21, 2021
9:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

25-mile St Mary's Church Chesham Beat the Bounds Walk - long route (0015)

Please come and join us on this challenging walk around the ancient parish of Chesham which celebrates the old custom of Beating the Bounds

Chesham
Saturday, May 22, 2021
8:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Walk the 9 miles of the River Wye from the Bourne End to West Wycombe Park (0101)

A 5 to 5.5 hour walk along the 9 mile length of the River Wye from its mouth at Bourne End all the way to West Wycombe Park. View some of the old mills along the way, walk part of the Old Oxford Road, hear about the Machine Breakers Riots of 1830 and discover where the Mitford Sisters spent the summers in Wycombe before and after World War II. Bring your own coffee and lunch.

Bourne End
Saturday, May 22, 2021
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Archaeology without digging (0301)

Starting and finishing in Woodcote, we take an archaeological tour of the woods and fields of Goring Heath. Rather than sauntering past lumps, bumps, and clumps in the landscape, we discover a Romano British enclosure, medieval boundaries, lynchets and a holloway. There are also plentiful traces of a more recent past--when the woods were busy with brick and pottery works, and timber was sawn into planks to begin its journey from tree trunk to furniture. And it's a lovely woodland walk

Lois Rock is a member of the local archaeology group and has been working with them on the Chilterns Conservation Board's Beacons of the Past LiDAR project

Woodcote, Oxfordshire
Saturday, May 22, 2021
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Bledlow Ridge - Up with the Larks! (2101)

The "Bledlow Ridge - Up the the Larks!" route is a very scenic circular walk led by expert wildlife guide Steven of GG Wildlife Walks (also known as the 'Bird Whisperer'!). It starts/finishes at Dean Farm Meadow home of Big Top Events. There are hill climbs which lead to beautiful views across the countryside where we see Red Kites and Buzzards soar, to long straights which allow us to really see and hear the Skylarks, Yellowhammers and Corn Bunting serenading us, this really is a great start to your day! Return to Dean Farm Meadow where Big Top Events will have pop-up street food available to purchase. A beautiful setting to stay on for lunch. There will be five different street food vendors, bars and coffee available with exclusive access from 1pm for Festival walkers. From 2pm the food market will be open to more people as part of a Big Top Open Day, with a giant tipi and live music. You are welcome to stay on for this too, further details here

Bledlow Ridge
Saturday, May 22, 2021
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Walk to the Trenches (0003)

Join us for a bacon butty & cuppa (on the house) in the Teepee at The Royal Oak before venturing out onto the lovely Marlow Common.This is a guided and illustrated walk, exploring the wonderfully preserved WW1 practice trenches and soaking up the magic of these beautiful beech woods, then back to the pub for a beer or lunch if you fancy.

Bovingdon Green near Marlow
Saturday, May 22, 2021
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Introducing Midsomer on the Misbourne 1: Great Missenden to Amersham (0024)

Launching the new Midsomer Murder locations trail, this walk visits the locations for three episodes of Midsomer Murders in Great Missenden and five episodes in Little Missenden. A walk along the river Misbourne and past Shardeloes Lake takes us into Old Amersham used for locations in the very first episode, ‘The Killings at Badgers Drift’ and the 100th episode, The Killings of Copenhagen’ . (A further 20 minute walk or frequent bus will take you to Amersham station for swift return to Great Missenden).

Great Missenden
Saturday, May 22, 2021
10:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Pack and Prime from Henley (2401)

Join the Ramblers group for a scenic walk from Henley. From the centre of Henley we take the historic Pack and Prime Lane to reach the neighbouring village of Rotherfield Greys. Via a discreet path between the church and the pub we access the Chiltern Way and Dog Lane to return to Henley across open country and woodland.  You can enjoy exploring the town and riverside of Henley either before or after the walk.

Henley on Thames
Saturday, May 22, 2021
2:00 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

5-mile St Mary's Church Chesham Beat the Bounds Walk - short route (0016)

Please come and join us on this walk around part of the ancient Parish of Chesham as we celebrate the old custom of Beating the Bounds. The first section of the walk will make its way to Tylers Hill and then follow the old parish boundary as it winds its way back to Chesham. The route will take us through some beautiful Chiltern scenery and alongside the lovely River Chess.

Chesham
Saturday, May 22, 2021
2:00 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

To pole or not to pole? Introduction to Nordic walking (0026)

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, help with weight management 
These are sessions that focus on technique in a relatively small area. How to use the poles to propel you forward on the flat, help you uphill, & support you on the downhills. Poles will be provided by the walk leader (these will have been sanitised before the walk).


easy/fairly easy - the level will be geared to the ability of the participants

Aldbury, Herts
Saturday, May 22, 2021
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

From Kingfishers to Raptors - The Goring Scenic Circuit (0201)

This circa 4 / 4.5 hour circular walk takes in all the best that Goring & Streatley, two beautiful chiltern villages will rolling hillsides and a river stretch, have to offer.
Guests will first have a Kingfisher spotting experience for circa 30 minutes, as this is a known area where they are resident and seen frequently. The route then carries over into Goring and up into Hartslock Nature Reserve, famed for it's flora and fauna as well as scenic views of Red Kites, Buzzards, Kestrels... culminating in a stretch along "yellowhammer corridor" and a river walk return. 
This is an earlier start than some walks, but generally earlier is better for seeing an array of birdlife and wildlife.

Streatley on Thames
Sunday, May 23, 2021
9:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Panoramic views & Prime Ministers' Haunts (0029)

A steady climb up Coombe Hill to panoramic views over the Aylesbury Vale, drop down to the 12th century church of Ellesborough, through ancient box woodlands & around the edge of Chequers, the 16th centruy manor, home to prime ministers since 1921.

Led by Hilary Warrell, A Breath of Fresh Air

Wendover, Buckinghamshire
Sunday, May 23, 2021
9:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Cowcroft Wood and Green Lane, near Chesham (0012)

An easy 5 mile walk heading towards Cowcroft Wood and Green Lane.

Further information about this walk and how to book can be found on the Chiltern Society website, bookings open at 3pm on the Friday of the week prior to the walk and will close on the Friday before the walk at midday.

Ley Hill, Chesham
Sunday, May 23, 2021
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Family Bushcraft at the Watlington Chalk Pits (2801))

Join Alex DeWitt at the Watlington Chalk Pits for a half day of fun filled nature-based activities including making decorative leaf prints, bracelets with elder beads, and lighting cotton wool with fire steels. There will be a number of different activity stations then we all meet back for marshmallows over the fire. Ideal for age 7+.

Alex DeWitt of Alex Bushcraft runs high quality bushcraft courses in the Chilterns, including skill building, nature activities, primitive and modern fire lighting, foraging, wild camping.

This event is organised in partnership with the Watlington Climate Action Group.

Watlington, Oxfordshire
Sunday, May 23, 2021
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Power of Poles (1801)

This is a 'Fast Track' Power of Poles course over 90 mins  - intended for those who are able and eager to learn how Pole  Walking technique can both support the joints and give the body a more comprensiver workout  . Pole hire included. Walxridgeway Freedom Passport issued on completion.

Aldbury, Herts
Sunday, May 23, 2021
12:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Family Bushcraft at the Watlington Chalk Pits (2802)

Join Alex DeWitt at the Watlington Chalk Pits for a half day of fun filled nature-based activities including making decorative leaf prints, bracelets with elder beads, and lighting cotton wool with fire steels. There will be a number of different activity stations then we all meet back for marshmallows over the fire. Ideal for age 7+.

Alex DeWitt of Alex Bushcraft runs high quality bushcraft courses in the Chilterns, including skill building, nature activities, primitive and modern fire lighting, foraging, wild camping.

This events is organised in partnership with the Watlington Climate Action Group

Watlington, Oxfordshire
Sunday, May 23, 2021
1:30 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Arts & Crafts Architecture walk, Amersham on the Hill (0021)

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. The walk starts outside Amersham station and lasts 1½ to 2 hours.

Amersham
Sunday, May 23, 2021
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Amersham Old Town Walk (0018)

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, May 23, 2021
2:30 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

SU 746 785 (Introduction to Navigation) (1601)

This one day course is ideal for those of you wanting to gain more confidence to explore the great outdoors, whether on foot or two wheels. You might be looking at getting started in the outdoors, or just wanting to refresh and improve on some rusty skills you learnt a while ago. We start the day getting to know our map and compass, then set off on a walk to develop your knowledge and skills.  We will walk about 5 miles during the day with stops to discuss our navigation strategies and you will be given plenty of expert guidance and tips as we go.  We then return to sum up our learning for the day. A great introduction to the navigation skills you need to get out and about!

Binfield Heath
Monday, May 24, 2021
9:45 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Kew Little Pig walk (0010)

Spend some time ambling around our Miniature Pig farm in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Our piggies love a cuddle, and love people! Please Note: this is ideal for families with young children, you will be walking around the farm and enjoying the pigs, the site is compact so there is no big walk involved. 

Meet in the KLP check-in at Kew little pigs farm, you'll then have a safety talk and will be walked around the farm meeting our pigs and learning all about them

Amersham
Monday, May 24, 2021
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Capability Brown's Ashridge (0027)

Explore the natural beauty of Ashridge and see the impact Capability Brown's extraordinary 18th century landscaping had on this Estate. Sweeping vistas, 300 year old sweet chestnut trees,  and an original icehouse

Little Gaddesden
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
9:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Hedgerley Wood Deep Time Walk (1201)

We will climb from the Ridgeway to the top of Chinnor Hill and join the Deep Time Walk created by the Hedgerley Wood Trust (https://hedgerleywood.org/deep-time-walk/) to learn about the unhurried evolution of life on Earth throughout its 4.6 billion years. Each step on this section of a bridle path corresponds to 10 million years so we need to take this bit slowly! Joining the the Bledlow Circular Path to Radnage we complete the clockwise circuit skirting Crowell Wood (the bluebells may still be in bloom) and descend Crowell Hill to reach the Chinnor chalk pit lakes in the hope of spotting some orchids and an optional visit to the historic lime kiln.

Chinnor
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Henley Town Wellness Walk (0901)

This is a short gentle circular walk starting in the Square outside the Town Hall. The route travels down through the town  centre towards the river and along the river path back up towards the square.

Henley-on-Thames
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
12:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)