Walking Festival

Chilterns Walking Festival

Our Autumn festival has now finished, thank you to all those who took part, but save the date for our Spring festival - Saturday 18th May - Sunday 2nd June 2019!

Accompanied by expert guides we invite you to enjoy spectacular views, local stories and fun activities with over 50 walks and activities taking place across The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty during each two week festival. Here you will be able to browse and book your walks. Do register for our mailing list below to be the first to hear when bookings open!

There are plenty of opportunities to get out walking and exploring the Chilterns the rest of the year, see below for some suggestions...

Festival Events

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Walk with the Chiltern Society!

The Chiltern Society organises a popular programme of walks throughout the year, designed to improve both physical and mental health. Anyone is welcome to join in their half-day walks, longer walks or occasional special interest walks. Most walks are around 5 miles long and there are 2 or 3 walks on offer every week. See here for further information.

Various locations across the Chilterns
Various dates
Various times

Spring returns to College Lake

Spring is a fantastic time of year at College Lake. Birds are returning and starting to sing. Flowers are starting to bloom and the reserve feels like it is waking after a long sleep. Join in with a walk around the lake to look at the wildlife around the site and enjoy the beauty of spring.

College Lake, Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne , Tring, Buckinghamshire
Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:29 AM

Midsomer walk: Marlow and the Hambleden Valley

Self-guided Midsomer walk through Marlow and the Hambleden Valley. This walk is 17 miles long, but can be done in stages, with overnight stays in The Frog at Skirmett, at the Stag & Huntsman in Hambleden (a filming location for the series) and in Marlow. See here for full details of the trail  

Various dates
Various times

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)

Brakspear country pub trails

A range of circular walks taking in the beautiful rolling Chilterns countryside around Henley-on-Thames, with Brakspear pub stops along the way. See here for further information.

Various locations in South Oxfordshire
Various dates
Various times

Guided Woodland Walks (Hodgemoor Woods)

Join David for a guided woodland walk in the Chilterns and enjoy a special connection with nature. Yes, you will learn about the woods, the flora and fauna. But we, will also be natures detectives; exploring and using our senses to identify the trees and plants, looking at the shapes of leaves, feeling the bark (tree hugging optional) and smelling them too, and perhaps a little foraging too.

These walks are family friendly, following tracks and paths that are generally buggy friendly and fine for young children to explore. They are slow-paced walks of approximately 1½ hours.

Keep your eye on the website for walking dates throughout the year!

Hodgemoor Woods, neat Chalfont St Giles
Saturday, December 21, 2019
12:00 AM

Getting Here

The Chilterns has excellent rail, road and bus links, served by four main rail lines, the River Thames and the London Underground, with a journey time of less than an hour from London. Visit our Market Towns section for directions to each location. 



The Chilterns has lots of special places to stay, find out more about our Market Towns and rural surrounds. Why not make a short break out of it, and stay in the area? 

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Programme PDF

Download the Autumn 2018 festival Listings Leaflet for a flavour of previous festivals.


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The Chilterns Walking Festival is an initiative of the Chilterns Conservation Board. For any queries, feedback, sponsorship enquiries or suggestions for the programme please contact the festival Project Manager, Anna Foster on walkingfestival@chilternsaonb.org. For press queries or photo requests, please contact jackie@tourism-angles.co.uk 

Our Sponsors


This project has been part funded by the The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Chilterns LEADER programme. The grant received through this programme has helped make these festivals happen. 


Complete Outdoors are our primary sponsors for 2018. At their Bourne End (Herts) shop, you will discover all of the equipment, clothing and accessories you need to launch your next expedition into the great outdoors - whether a day's hike close to home, or an assault on the Matterhorn.


A family owned and run Henley brewer and award-winning pub company which has been at the heart of British life for over 200 years. Many of the company's 132 pubs are located in picturesque rural and town centre settings across The Chilterns.


A membership organisation dedicated to conserving, celebrating and caring for all of the Chilterns’ unique landscape.


Inghams is one of the UK's leading specialist tour operators, which has been delivering award winning holidays in the Lakes & Mountains of Europe to its loyal guests for over 80 years.

Interactive Map of the Chilterns

Interactive map featuring a host of things to do and places to visit