Walking Festival

Chilterns Walking Festival

Booking for the Autumn 2019 Walking Festival is now open! 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.

 

 

Festival Events

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Practical Map Reading The art of not getting lost (Walk ref 31)

We will navigate ourselves around a 4.5 mile walk, through typical Chiltern terrain of fields and woodland paths, using common navigation techniques. We will also familiarise ourselves with the useful bits of information a map can give, not only useful for achieving that comfy feeling that you get when you know your exact position on the map, but also useful for helping you to plan walks. During the walk we will also introduce some compass techniques, which, while not usually necessary for Chiltern walks, will definitely be worth becoming familiar with, for walking in more remote areas.

Princes Risborough
Saturday 5 October
1.15pm
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

A scenic walk in the Oxfordshire Chilterns (walk ref 40)

A circular walk starting in Nettlebed taking in a varied landscape. Quite a bit of up and down. Via Pishill, Watlington Park, Cookley Green. Bring picnic lunch.

Nettlebed, Oxfordshire
Saturday 5 October
10am
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Walk with a Stone Age Woman (walk ref 56)

Join archaeologist and prehistoric interpreter Kim Biddulph, dressed as a Stone Age woman, on a leisurely 1 mile walk around the Marsh Farm area, taking in ‘Wauluds Bank’ the site of a prehistoric camp that dates back as far as 3000BC. We will follow a wooded stretch of the River Lea with its clear chalk waters. Discover what the landscape was like when Stone Age people roamed this area, and how local people have lived and travelled since the last Ice Age. Try out some replica Stone Age tools and snacks that our ancestors might have eaten.

Leagrave near Luton
Saturday 5 October
2pm
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Kids native traveller experience (Walk ref 6)

A native tribe passed through the woods and stashed corn for us to eat. Follow the story they left behind to navigate along their trail and find the corn.  Examine the woods closely to find objects to add to your 'journey stick' which will tell the tale of your travels. We'll travel to our base camp and pop our corn over the campfire.

Great Missenden
Saturday, October 5, 2019
10am
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Wendover & Surrounding Area Trail Run (Walk Ref 79)

Take in the famous historical sites of the Chilterns at pace! A stunning 10-11 mile social run across some varied terrain, including forest, chalk paths and rolling grassy hills. You will explore some of the Chiltern Society's famous heritage sites, including Whiteleaf Cross & Brush Hill Nature Reserve.

Wendover
Saturday, October 5, 2019
10:45 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

To pole or not to pole? (walk ref 27)

Free Nordic walking taster. A short 40min session to help you decide if you want to do the technique course to help you 'harness' the power of the poles & start really benefitting. Come and find out all the fantastic benefits of Nordic Walking for your wellbeing. Poles provided.

Near Aldbury village,Hertfordshire
Sunday 6 October
3pm
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Community Litter Picking Walk - join our Wombles! (walk ref 51)

Do your bit for the beautiful Chilterns landscape whilst enjoying fresh air and excercise with a friendly bunch of Wombles! A variety of circular walking routes will be tackled in the Chilterns and Foothills close to Risborough. Small teams will be provided with Litter picking tools & bin bags & team leaders will provide instructions & support. Please wear your own gloves and hi viz vests

Princes Risborough
Sunday 6 October
10am
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Ewelme Watercress Beds Local nature Reserve - Guided Walk (Walk Ref 80)

See an old film of the watercress industry in the 1950s and learn about the history of the industry. Our guides will then take you on a tour of the Upper and Lower sites, with a chance you may spot some of the wildlife to be found on the reserve.

The Watercress centre, High Street, Ewelme, OX10 6HJ
Sunday, October 6, 2019
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Steam, Kilns and Kites on the Ridgeway (Walk ref 2)

Ride a heritage steam railway from Princes Risborough to Chinnor, enjoy a 2 hour circular walk, exploring Chinnor's industrial and natural heritage via the Ridgeway national trail. Return on the railway to Princes Risborough (connections available to Chiltern Line stations (e.g. London Marylebone, High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Aylesbury). Please note that engineering works are planned on 6th October which means that until 1025 trains will depart from West Ruislip (on the Central Line) instead of London Marylebone, for anyone who wants to travel from London to join the walk.

Princes Risborough
Sunday, October 6, 2019
11:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Little Chalfont Simply Walk North (walk ref 21)

Join the friendly Simply Walk group for a scenic circular walk and plenty of chat! We will set off from Little Chalfont library, passing through woodland and gently undulating farmland, returning to Little Chalfont Village centre.This walk is part of a regular Bucks Simply Walk, a programme of free, volunteer-led walks which aims to help people get outdoors and be more active. Less confident walkers rest assured, no one gets left behind and there is the option to shorten the walk and loop back early. 

Little Chalfont
Monday 7th October
10.15am
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Nordic Walking - 3 session technique course (walk ref 28)

A Nordic Walking course with Hilary Warrell, spread over three sessions - Tuesday 8th, Thursday 10th & Tuesday 15th October. Open to all. Each session will be 1.5hrs, max 1-2 miles, focusing on Nordic walking technique.

Near Aldbury village,Hertfordshire
Tuesday 8 October
9.30am
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Looking at LiDAR on the ground: Greenfield Copse (Walk ref 12)

Beacons of the Past has produced the largest high-res LiDAR survey in the UK. This walk will highlight what that survey data looks like on the ground and how we can begin to 'ground-truth' what we see on our screens by looking at features in woodland

Greenfield
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
10:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

A loop around Checkendon (walk ref 41)

A pretty rural walk in the southern Chilterns with gentle undulations and attractive woodlands. We pass through Well Place, English Farm, Highmoor and Wyfold Court. Please bring a picnic lunch.

Please note that this walk is 12 miles, not 2-3 miles as stated in the printed walking festival leaflet.

Checkendon, Oxfordshire
Wednesday 9 October
10am
Long walk (7 or more miles)

A short walk on Naphill Common (Walk ref 1)

A circular walk of 2-3 miles around one of the largest wooded commons in the Chilterns

Naphill
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

J H Kennard and Amersham-on-the-Hill Walk (walk ref 62)

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. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Chill out in the Chilterns (walk ref 16)

We know that a good walk in the glorious Chilterns countryside is wonderful for our physical health but it has a powerful positive impact on our mental health, too. So, on this World Mental Health Day, ditch the suits, grab some boots and give yourself a boost! You can also help to raise funds for the Bluebells Day Centre, a Henley based charity dedicated to supporting Dementia patients and their families.
Starting in Nettlebed, our 6 mile circular route takes us deep into the hills and includes two steady climbs (680 ft total ascent). Along the way we are greeted by the vibrant autumn colours of the beech woods and take time to explore evidence of brick and pottery making, the romantic church ruins in Bix Bottom and discover beautiful stained glass windows by John Piper.

Nettlebed, Oxfordshire
10th October
10.15am
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Walk with mobility scooters from Swyncombe (walk ref 42)

A circular ramble around Swyncombe Downs in the Chilterns, Oxfordshire in conjunction with our friends from the Disabled Ramblers. The route is on chalk downs passing through woodlands and open fields with red kites wheeling overhead. Bring a picnic lunch.

Swyncombe near Ewelme, Oxfordshire
Thursday 10 October
10.30am
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

'Meet the Maker' craft walk from Pirton (walk ref 55)

A 3.5 mile circular walk starting at Pirton, once a thriving area for straw plaiting. The walk takes in beautiful scenery, including a section of the Icknield Way Path, and ends with a visit to craftsman Nate Wilshere's workshop. Nate is best known for his exquisite knives and will give us a unique insight into his craft whilst we enjoy some refreshments.

Pirton, Hertfordshire
Thursday 10th Oct
10am
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Historic Amersham top to bottom (walk ref 60)

Join Martin Pounce, a long time resident of Amersham, in a short woodland walk from the station. Emerging from the beech wood, you will see Old Amersham spread out beneath you, with its medieval street plan surrounded by fields. Martin Pounce will point out and explain the unique features of the town. 

Amersham
Thursday, October 10, 2019
11:15 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Ivinghoe Beacon Walk (walk ref 23)

The Ivinghoe Beacon walk will be followed by homemade soup, cake & coffee in a 16th century home.

Ivinghoe Village, Bucks
Friday 11 October
10.30am
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Bradenham Estate Walk and Visit 'Hearing Dogs for Deaf People' (walk ref 30)

A lovely walk through the fields of the Saunderton valley before rising up into the beech woods of the National Trust's Bradenham Estate. Returning to The Grange - home for the charity 'Hearing Dogs for Deaf People'- for 12 noon for lunch/refreshments in their delightful, new restaurant. After lunch there will be a one hour private tour of The Grange.

Friday 11 October
10am
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Henley Walking Festival opening walk (Walk ref 37)

One of the favourite walks around Henley: walk to Greys Court, and back via Lambridge Wood, through the golf course. 

Henley-on-Thames
Friday 11 October
2pm
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Henley Riverside by Moonlight (Walk ref 43)

We take a high level route to Aston with distant views over the river then return along the Thames Path for an optional pub meal in Henley. On our way home we will enjoy walking towards the lights of Henley under a full moon if clear skies. Bring a torch and arrive early to pre-order if eating at the pub.

Henley-on-Thames
11 October 2019
6pm
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Prestwood Circular Walk (walk ref 24)

Circular 4/5 mile walk followed by breakfast/brunch in a fabulous yurt café!

Prestwood, Bucks
Saturday 12 October
9.30am
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Take the Train for a Walk! (walk ref 32)

This is a day-long linear walk of 12 miles. Starting at Princes Risborough Station, we catch the Chiltern Line train, running below the Chalk Escarpment which rises to our left, to the market town of High Wycombe.  As the train departs, we'll head northwards towards Four Ashes before entering the Hughenden Valley and meandering through the dip-slope Chiltern farming and woodland countryside, finally returning to Princes Risborough.
Those intrepid walkers who've joined previous High Wycombe - Princes Risborough walks should note we'll be taking a significantly different route from any used previously. 

Princes Risborough
Saturday 12th October
In time to park, buy ticket and catch 10:20 train
Long walk (7 or more miles)

A walk of two halves (walk ref 38)

On the first half we cross the Thames at Hambleden Lock and follow the Thames Path east past the "African Head", Culham Court and Deer Park, Hurley Lock to Temple Lock, after which we head west through the Harleyford estate. On the second half we encounter a few Chiltern Hill beech woods and contours up through Rassler Wood and Pullinghills Wood (where there are the First World War Training Trenches) continuing through Homefield and Heath Woods before encountering the steepest hill of the day DOWN to Hambleden. About 2 or 3 hills. Brisk pace (about 3 mph). Please bring a packed lunch. Refreshments afterwards at the Stag and Huntsman.

Hambleden Village, Bucks
Saturday 12th October
10am
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Henley to Remenham church, back alongside the river Thames (walk ref 44)

Take a close look at Henley's most famous landmarks. Over Henley Bridge, up Remenham Hill, down the lane to Remenham Church and back along the Regatta course to Henley. You could take a lunch break in Henley then continue the afternoon's walk to Toad Hall.

Henley on Thames
Saturday 12 October
10am
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Henley to Toad Hall, a historical view (walk ref 45)

From Henley to Toad Hall Garden Centre via Fawley Hill. The leader will give some history of the Fawley Court Estate as we walk through its former parkland. Cafe stop and optional return by bus. Please allow at least 15 minutes for parking in town car parks, or use free on street parking at Deanfield Road, RG9 1UG, 5 minutes walk from Town Hall.

Henley on Thames
Saturday 12 October
2pm
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

A Tale of Three Commons (Nordic Walk) (Walk ref 17)

It’s a hilly one!  Put your Nordic walking poles to the test on this roller coaster walk exploring the Commons heritage of the Chilterns.  We step out from Maidensgrove and Russell’s Water Common along the Oxfordshire Way towards Northend common.  An historic hollow way then takes us down towards Turville Wood before we climb up again to the commons of Turville Heath and Summer Heath.  Here we find The Barn cafe, a little gem hidden away in the hills and a great place to refuel.  A few more ‘ups and downs’ that take us back to Maidensgrove with the option of some well earned refreshment at the Five Horseshoes pub.  A glorious autumn walk with plenty of interest along the way!  Total ascent 1250ft (380m).

Maidensgrove
Saturday, October 12, 2019
9:31 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Walking Wycombe with Willie (Walk ref 3)

Come and hear about the industry that made Wycombe famous throughout the world and learn about Wycombe's serial criminal. Discover the world renowned institution that started life in the town and why Wycombe Wanderers score in the Guinness Book of Records. And although Britain voted for Brexit, gaze upon what will still be Wycombe's claim to European fame even if we leave the EU. A figure of 8 walk around High Wycombe with one short steep climb.

Wycombe
Saturday 12 October
10am
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Autumn tree identification tour (Walk ref 7)

If you don't know your beech from your birch or your elder from your alder this is the walk for you! No prevous knowledge required but plenty will be dished out! We'll see the last of the autumn leaves and look at other ID points like buds and bark, as well as talking about the historical and modern uses for trees in the local area.

Princes Risborough
Saturday 12 October
10am
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Warden Hill and Surrounding Area Litter Picking Walk (Walk ref 10)

Join us for a circular walk north east of Luton to Warden Hill and the surrounding Chilterns countryside. In support of the BMC's campaign Hills 2 Oceans, along the way we will be clearing the footpaths of litter and waste to prevent it from entering our water ways. The walk will start by following the banks of the River Lea before joining with the Chiltern Way to the village of Lilley and the half way point. On the return, the route leads over Galley and Warden Hills, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the location of two Bronze Age barrows. Leaving the summit the route will return to the start point via Marsh Farm Outreach and Wauluds Bank, the site of a Mesolithic camp that dates back as far as 3000BC for some refreshments and maybe even a Bedfordshire Clanger to celebrate all the litter removed!

Leagrave, Luton
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10am
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Ancient and modern sites of innovation and power: Whelpley Hill and Bovingdon Airfield (Walk ref 11)

A fascinating walk through the scenic rolling countryside around Chesham, led by the Chilterns Conservation Board Iron Age Hillforts expert, Dr Wendy Morrison. We start at a 16th century Pub where Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart quaffed during WWII. We will walk to Bovingdon airfield and take in the scope and scale of the impact of aviation on the landscape before approaching Whelpley Hill Camp, a probable Iron Age hillfort (possibly a Late Bronze Age ringfort!). 

Ley Hill, Chesham
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Stoke Row Dog walk (walk ref 64)

Meet at Stoke Row Stores for a dog friendly 1 hour walk. Meet at Stoke Row Stores to walk at 10.30 - refreshments available from Stoke Row Stores if arriving earlier. Walk ends at the Cherry Tree pub which will be open for lunch 

Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

One Walk, Two Breweries (walk ref 67)

From Henley Town Hall we walk West out of Henley, through Highlands Farm and up into the wide open spaces of Crowsley. We then turn South towards Dunsden Green and Loddon Brewery where refreshments and homemade Sausage or Cheese & Onion rolls are available. We leave Loddon Brewery heading North East towards Binfield Heath & Shiplake Row then back through Harpsden Wood towards Henley, finishing at Lovibonds Brewery.

Henley on Thames
Saturday 12th October
11am
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Historic Amersham top to bottom (walk ref 61)

Join Martin Pounce, a long time resident of Amersham, in a short woodland walk from the station. Emerging from the beech wood, you will see Old Amersham spread out beneath you, with its medieval street plan surrounded by fields. Martin Pounce will point out and explain the unique features of the town. 

Amersham
Saturday, October 12, 2019
11:15 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Cemetery Circular with the Countess of Bridgewater (walk ref 70)

Wealthy benefactor and chatelaine of Ashridge House, Charlotte Catherine Countess of Bridgewater donated the land for the Rectory Lane Cemetery to the town in 1842. The Countess invites you to discover more about the establishment of the Cemetery and some of her contemporaries buried there.

Berkhamsted
Saturday, October 12, 2019
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)