Walking Festival

Chilterns Walking Festival

The spring Chilterns Walking Festival takes place 21 May to 5 June. The programme includes over 75 guided countryside walks, activities and events including routes centred around nature reserves, iron age hillforts, farms, churches and filming locations. All led by knowledgeable guides and taking in the beautiful Chilterns landscape. Bookings are now live.

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Festival Events

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Family toddle with Anna (2701)

Join me and my little one for a simple, family friendly walk around the Meadow path at Ashridge - very relaxed and informal, we will go at little legs' pace! A chance to chat to other parents and let the children play and run free. There are so many wonderful trees and dens to explore along the way, and if we're lucky, some muddy puddles! Suitable for families with any age children - please note you need to be responsible for them at all times :)

Ashridge Estate
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

The Danesfield House Gardens and Hillfort Tour (0301)

With our glorious 65 acres of manicured gardens, we are delighted to once again open our grounds this year with an informative 1.5 hour tour given by Head Gardener, Dan Lawrence and his team. You will discover the numerous unique plantings, the Italian garden, rare c1900 Pulham Stone monuments and the remains of an Iron Age Hillfort know as Danesfield Camp. This will be followed by a brief talk about the house as RAF Medmenham from 1941-1946, by resident historian, Peter Faarup.

Medmenham, near Marlow
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Ivinghoe Beacon views, Orchids, & guided watercolour paint workshop (3202)

3-4 mile walk from the pretty little village of Ivinghoe, passing Pitstone windmill. Beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, & time to admire the early summer flowers (maybe some wild orchids) in all their glorious detail. Return to the Old School Community hub for your packed lunch & a cuppa. Jay will then guide us through a 2.5 hour watercolour workshop. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never painted. Jay is a very patient & encouraging teacher. She will bring out the creativity in everyone! Come for a wonderfully therapeutic day.

Ivinghoe
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
11:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Power of Poles (2803)

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 comprehensive workout  . Pole hire included. Walxridgeway Freedom Passport issued on completion.

Wigginton, near Tring, Hertfordshire
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

The Danesfield House Gardens and Hillfort Tour (0302)

With our glorious 65 acres of manicured gardens, we are delighted to once again open our grounds this year with an informative 1.5 hour tour given by Head Gardener, Dan Lawrence and his team. You will discover the numerous unique plantings, the Italian garden, rare c1900 Pulham Stone monuments and the remains of an Iron Age Hillfort know as Danesfield Camp. This will be followed by a brief talk about the house as RAF Medmenham from 1941-1946, by resident historian, Peter Faarup.

Medmenham, near Marlow
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Nettlebed Walk - Walk Works (0003)

Join us for 3.5 miles of scenic and walking perfection around Nettlebed! The walk is led by Liz and Caroline of Walk Works, a fun, friendly and inclusive group of walkers. There are 3 hills, mud, woodlands, horses, hiding sheep, a historic kiln, puddle stones, lots of brick and flint houses to marvel at, a gorgeous pond and stunning views. 

Nettlebed
Thursday, May 26, 2022
9:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Cheese Shed Walks - Merrimoles & Tartary (2903)

This walk takes us through parts of the Nettlebed Estate, home of the prize-winning Nettlebed Cheese, and along the we pause at the Creamery to enjoy a scrumptious cheese toasty!  We start our 8 mile circular walk from the village of Bix, the name given to Creamery's prize-winning soft triple-cream cheese. As we journey towards Nettlebed, we keep a look out for the cows which produce the creamy milk for the cheese. There are plenty of other discoveries along the way, including a 'James Bond' connection and a miniature castle. Our return route takes us past the old brick works and down into Bix Bottom to discover the little ruined Church of St James before climbing back up to Bix village.

Bix, near Henley on Thames
Thursday, May 26, 2022
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Practical Map Reading (around Buckmoor) (3802)

It's not widely appreciated that in Great Britain we have the best maps, suitable for navigation, of most countries in the world. In the Chilterns we also enjoy the most extensive network of footpaths found anywhere in England. All that is needed is to put the two together and you've got a walk.
We will navigate ourselves around a scenic 3.5 mile walk, through the typical Chiltern terrain of fields and woodland, using common navigation techniques. We will also familiarise ourselves with the useful bits of information a map can give, not only useful for knowing your 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.

Near Wendover
Thursday, May 26, 2022
1:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Dipping into the Wells (2904)

This 11 mile circular walks takes us on a journey to discover evidence, old and new, of man’s quest for water, the essence of life. Piped water did not reach many communities here until the mid-1900s - people relied on local ponds, wells and the river for their water. Yet today, this area has the ‘largest water abstraction project in Europe’ and is the source of water for thousands of homes from Oxford to Swindon. We start our walk from Goring Station and climb up to dipping ponds on Greenmoor Common, one of the highest points in the Chilterns.  We then explore the pond and well at Whitchurch Hill before descending to Gatehampton to return along the Thames to Goring.

Goring on Thames
Friday, May 27, 2022
9:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Barton Hills, flora and fauna guided walk (1801)

A walk around Barton Hills National Nature Reserve, taking in the spectacular views while learning about what makes the site special. We will be looking at the rare and nationally important flowers, plants and butterflies, talking about what gave the site it's designation of national nature reserve and also about how we manage the reserve to protect this incredible habitat. The walk will be a circular route approximately 2 miles long encompassing the hills, grassland and chalk springs.

Barton-le-clay, Bedfordshire
Friday, May 27, 2022
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Exploring the Gaddesden Estate, & ponder on the origins of the 'Roman' road (3204)

We will be exploring the Gaddesden Estate - home to the Halsey family for over 5 centuries. The Estate has been used by the film industry since the 1960's. See the huge 400yr old sweet chestnut tree,  dip your toes in the clear waters of the Gade chalk stream over a picnic lunch. Ponder the origins of the so called 'Roman' road as you walk through this unusual sunken route.

Great Gaddesden
Friday, May 27, 2022
10:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Panoramic views & Prime Ministers' Haunts (3203)

Panoramic views from Coombe Hill over the Aylesbury Vale, past the 12th century church of Ellesborough, through ancient Box woodlands & around the edge of Chequers, the 16th century manor, home to prime ministers since 1921. Bring your pocket money for refreshments at mile 4 at the lovely Buckmoorend Farm shop

Near Wendover
Saturday, May 28, 2022
9:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Butties, Birds and Beautiful Views - A walk from The Alford Arms (2601)

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, Nr. Hemel Hempstead
Saturday, May 28, 2022
9:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Climate Action Walk and Talk (2101)

Join us for our regular Climate Action Walk and Talk.
An opportunity to discuss personal climate action and concerns with a supportive group of walkers on a circular walk taking in some of the finest local countryside.  We'll walk up to the village of Whiteleaf before climbing into the hills, where we'll visit a couple of great view points before looping back down into the little town of Princes Risborough.

Princes Risborough
Saturday, May 28, 2022
9:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Take the Train for a walk in The Chiltern Hills; Princes Risborough to High Wycombe (3803)

This is a day long, linear walk of 13 miles. We start by taking the Chiltern Line train from the bustling High Wycombe station to Princes Risborough. We will head, firstly southwest, to Bledlow before changing to a southeasterly tack through Bradenham, Cookshall and Downley, alphabetically speaking.  After Hughenden we commence our descent back into High Wycombe.  Besides some lovely Chiltern scenery there will be lots of interesting points to see on the way, such as Hughenden, the country estate of Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria's favourite Prime Minister.

High Wycombe
Saturday, May 28, 2022
9:45 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Barton Hills Kids Nature Adventure (1802)

Join us for a morning of exploring the natural world at Barton Hills. We will be doing a number of activities including leaf rubbings to identify trees, looking for creepy crawlies, finding and identifying wildflowers and spotting butterflies, bees and birds along the way. We will be doing a route approximately 2 miles long stopping for a picnic at the springs so don't forget a packed lunch!

Barton-le-clay, Bedfordshire
Saturday, May 28, 2022
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Western Turville Reservoir - 1 hr Easy walk with or without poles (2805)

A flat canal and field side walk around the beautiful Wildlife Trust Reservoir and Wendover Arm of the Grand Union. Lots of birdlife and countryside to enjoy

Western Turville, Bucks
Saturday, May 28, 2022
10:15 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Arts & Crafts Architecture Chesham Bois (2002)

Discover one of the most important architects in Amersham’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. The walks starts outside the Parish Centre, Glebe Way, Chesham Bois and lasts 2 hours.

Chesham Bois
Saturday, May 28, 2022
1:30 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Woodland Song Walk (1001)

NEW for this Festival! Come and sing in King’s Wood. This ancient beech woodland has an abundance of wild songs for us. We will share simple walking chants and songs of the woods and of the beings that live there. We will also be guided through the process of finding our own wild song to take home with us.

Our circular route is short and we will take it slowly and attentively, stopping regularly to listen and explore what we hear along our way. For singers of all abilities.

Paula Tait is a professional singer and harpist by background. Now a certified nature connection guide, Paula leads Wildsong Walks combining music and nature as a powerful way to connect, relax and enjoy!

 

High Wycombe
Saturday, May 28, 2022
2:30 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Tudor Walk (0904)

The walk tells of life in early 16th century Amersham - food, drink, housing, work, markets, fairs, beliefs, health and cures and about the 6 men and 1 woman burnt as Lollards.

Amersham
Saturday, May 28, 2022
2:30 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Bix Walk - Walk Works (0004)

Stunning 4 mile walk in the rolling Chiltern Hills around Bix. There are pine trees, farmland, hills, trails, views, the Warburg Nature Reserve, this is a walk that keeps on giving. The walk is led by Liz and Caroline of Walk Works, a fun, friendly and inclusive group of walkers. 

Bix
Sunday, May 29, 2022
9:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Berkhamsted woods and commons loop (0602)

Join the Chiltern Society for a 5.15 mile walk going through Alpine Meadow Nature Reserve and then over Berkhamsted Common and returning through Frithsden Beeches. Great views over Berkhamsted at the end of the walk. No stiles and three hills with a total ascent of 420ft.

Berkhamsted
Sunday, May 29, 2022
10:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Murder on the Ridgeway (0501)

Discover a scenic part of the Ridgeway between Chinnor and Bledlow, an area well known to 'Midsomer Murders' fans. Leaving Chinnor station we join the Ridgeway, enjoying views of the Vale of Aylesbury as we walk to the historic village of Bledlow. We explore this lovely village, a regular venue in Midsomer Murders, with the village pub and church appearing frequently. We then visit, courtesy of the Carington Estate, the Lyde Garden, a secluded glade planted with bamboos and ferns where the River Lyde romantically rises. Returning via a footpath parallel to the Chinnor heritage railway, we arrive back at Chinnor station where you will  have the chance to relax with a ride on the steam train.

Chinnor
Sunday, May 29, 2022
11:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Practical Map Reading (around Chenies) (3804)

It's not widely appreciated that in Great Britain we have the best maps, suitable for navigation, of most countries in the world. In the Chilterns we also enjoy the most extensive network of footpaths found anywhere in England. All that is needed is to put the two together and you've got a walk.
We will navigate ourselves around a scenic 4 mile walk, through the typical Chiltern terrain of fields and woodland, using common navigation techniques. We will also familiarise ourselves with the useful bits of information a map can give, not only useful for knowing your 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.

Chenies
Sunday, May 29, 2022
1:00 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Arts & Crafts Architecture, Amersham-on-the-Hill (2001)

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 29, 2022
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Early Development of Amersham Old Town (0905)

A fascinating walk, led by a guide, around old Amersham. Discover the historic buildings and the interesting stories of the people who lived in and shaped the town in the past.
• Early history of Amersham
• Local patronage and its influence
• Parish church and its rectors
• Brewery and the maltings
• Town Mill and the Charter Fair
• 17th century & Victorian almshouses

Amersham
Sunday, May 29, 2022
2:30 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Make a Dreamcatcher from Nature (3602)

PLEASE NOTE: This walk was originally scheduled to take place 31st May, but has been changed to Monday 30th May as the cafe was closed on 31st.

Bring a little rucksack, & an adult, & join me on a Nature ramble, during which we will collect all the natural 'ingredients' to make a dreamcatcher. We'll be looking for feathers, colourful leaves, twigs & twine to combine with beads, string & anything else you may bring from home to personalize your creation. We will be out wandering in Nature for 1 hour depending on the weather/energy levels, & then back in the garden at Home Farm creating for another hour plus. Plenty of delicious refreshments available to buy from the cafe.

Northchurch Common
Monday, May 30, 2022
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Chalk stream discovery walk – Under 5’s River Chess discovery walk (1201)

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED

Join us over half term on this chalk stream discovery walk.

After a short introduction we will have a walk along the river suitable for families with young children.

We will spot wildlife and look at the features of the river as we walk. We will use all of ours senses – please make sure you bring your wellies as we will walk through the water! We will arrive back at our meeting place for some hands on activities – looking at some river creatures, read a story and sing some songs.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for entering the water! Walk is best suited without pushchairs. 

All places must be pre-booked via the Chiltern Society website!!

Chesham
Monday, May 30, 2022
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Chalk stream discovery walk – Family River Chess Discovery walk (1202)

Join us over half term on this chalk stream discovery walk.

After a short introduction we will have a short walk along the river suitable for families with children.

We will spot wildlife and look at the features of the river as we walk. Bring your wellies as we will walk through the water! We will arrive back at our meeting place for some hands on activities- river dipping and looking at some river creatures.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for entering the water!

Meet at Chesham Moor by the willow tree

All places must be booked via the Chiltern Society website, see booking link below!!

Chesham
Monday, May 30, 2022
1:30 PM