Walking Festival

Chilterns Walking Festival

Saturday 19 May - Sunday 03 June 2018

Welcome to our Spring festival programme - 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. 

--Please note that bookings close approx 24 hours before events takes place, unless otherwise stated--

Festival Events

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

-Please note change of date-  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
Thursday, May 24, 2018
9:45 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Hambleden Lock and Temple Island (walk ref 8)

After crossing Hambleden Lock we turn left along the Thames Path, then up to The Flowerpot, then turn right and follow a high track giving great views of the River and the Hambleden Valley. The walk then descends to Remenham Church and Village, with Temple Island on the opposite bank. We return along the River passing the Henley Management College and back to the Lock.

Mill End
Thursday, May 24, 2018
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

The tracks & trenches of the Great War soldiers at Marlow Common (walk ref 13)

Cast your mind back over 100 years to discover where soldiers trained for World War 1 in Pullingshill Wood, near Marlow. Meet for complimentary refreshments in the Royal Oak’s fabulous tepee before departing across Bovingdon Green. Hear about the former soldiers camp, their lifestyle and activities before entering Davenport Wood on the way to Pullingshill Wood. There you will see and walk where the troops undertook trench digging in preparation for service at the Western Front. You will be accompanied from the start by a local ‘Great War’ guide.

Royal Oak pub
Thursday, May 24, 2018
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Henley, the Happy Valley and Greys Court (walk ref 48)

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
Thursday, May 24, 2018
11:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

The stunning Chess Valley walk - with optional visit to Chenies Manor (walk ref 24)

Explore the beautiful Chess Valley near Chesham, a landscape rich in wildlife, with a long and fascinating history. Walk by the Chess, a rare 'chalk stream', buy some fresh watercress along the way, & visit Chenies Manor House at the end, should you wish. Suitable for Nordic walkers with poles, or for 'normal' walkers without poles! Poles can be borrowed on the day if needed.

Chess Valley
Thursday, May 24, 2018
12:00 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Go on Do it yourself: Map reading and walk planning (walk ref 27)

It is not a well-publicised fact that the UK has the best detailed maps, most readily available to the public, in the world. There is also poor awareness that we have access to our countryside through a web of public ways, some of which date back millennia. This day long practical workshop aims to put the two together, giving participants the confidence to plan their own walks and to go on them, without fear of getting lost. In the morning we will learn how to get the most out of our maps and after lunch we will go on a short walk, using these newly acquired skills. Participants may also be interested in the "Using a magnetic compass" event on Saturday 23rd September.

Chinnor
Friday, May 25, 2018
9:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Brakspear beer, beechwoods and brewing (ref 85)

A 6.5 mile walk starting and finishing at the Bull in Henley-on-Thames, home of Brakspear's Bell Street Brewery. This scenic walk will take you through the historic backstreets of Henley-on-Thames before climbing up into the Chiltern Hills, through classic beech woodlands and along ancient drovers routes. There will be a chance to have a free tour of the micro-brewery at the end of the walk and a special 'home-cooked pie and trimmings' lunch can be pre-booked.

Henley-on-Thames
Friday, May 25, 2018
9:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Ewelme Downs Church and Almshouses (walk ref 10)

A tour of the church, almshouses and downs of Ewelme, a historic village in the heart of the Oxfordshire Chilterns. We start by viewing the Gothic church, paying particular attention to the astonishing Chaucer tombs and then the medieval almshouses before embarking on a circular walk round Ewelme Downs.

Ewelme Recreation Ground Car Park, High Street
Friday, May 25, 2018
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Wildlife Walk to the chalk hills (walk ref 67)

Starting from the Inspire Luton Sports Village, Central Bedfordshire Council Countryside Officer Steve Halton will lead you on a leisurely 3.5 mile stile-free walk along quiet lanes and ancient tracks to Galley and Warden Hills, one of the most important areas of areas of chalk downland in Bedfordshire. Though on the edge of Luton, a hidden world will be revealed. The hills are home to a wide range of wild flowers and butterflies. There are also Bronze Age burial mounds and ancient tracks with a fascinating history. Return to the Sports Village for optional tea and cake in the café.

Luton
Friday, May 25, 2018
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

J H Kennard and Amersham-on-the-Hill Walk (walk ref 84)

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
Friday, May 25, 2018
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

An evening walk from Maidensgrove with optional pub supper (walk ref 17)

Evening pub walk, via beautiful Maidensgrove Common and Pishill, returning via Russells Water. One steep hill down and one up, with great views. We will pre-order our meal at the start of our walk (optional), and enjoy it when coming back.

Maidensgrove
Friday, May 25, 2018
6:00 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Teeny Trees Yoga (walk ref 60)

Pack your adventure and picnic blanket! We will we move, balance and create fun yoga games and stories together, all in the beautiful outdoors! Come along to this parent and child yoga exploration session for all the family, and wander and wonder at the world around us…. 

Hemel Hempstead
Saturday, May 26, 2018
9:45 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Cemetery Circular: Stepping Stones (walk ref 62)

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 26, 2018
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Coombe Hill and Chequers (walk ref 2)

--Unfortunately this walk has been cancelled due to part of the Ridgeway becoming impassable to scooters due to a fallen tree, which means the walk leader, who himself uses a scooter, can no longer lead the walk safely. Apologies for any inconvenience and disappointment.--  Starting from Coombe Hill Monument, we travel through ancient woodlands following the Ridgeway to enter the Chequers Estate, the country home of the British prime minister.

Coombe Hill Monument
Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:30 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Wild Yoga (walk ref 59)

Hold onto your unicorns, Wild Yoga is back with a bang! The experiential outdoor yoga experience from Yoga Atelier is celebrating its second birthday in collaboration with Chilterns Walking Festival, to get you unplugged and grounded. Join us on your adventure! Escape those familiar routines & get a change of scenery by combining Yoga & walking in nature.

Hemel Hempstead
Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:45 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Henley's History and its Midsomer Murders Filming Locations (walk ref 43)

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 26, 2018
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Magnetic Attraction (walk ref 28)

Being able to use a magnetic compass is not a replacement for map reading and navigational skills. If you are keen to use OS maps to help you plan walks and use them so you don’t get lost, then please look at the “Map reading and walk planning” event, Friday 25th May. However the magnetic compass is a useful additional tool that can make navigation simpler, while in more challenging environments such as featureless moorland and mountains it can be essential. Join Stuart Fletcher on this short circular walk where we will use a magnetic compass in conjunction with the OS map to help us find which way to go, and to help us locate where we are.

Frieth
Saturday, May 26, 2018
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Along the Thames from Henley (walk ref 18)

Starting from the centre of picturesque Henley on Thames, we walk along the river then strike inland to return to the town through woodland and along local paths. This walk offers an opportunity to explore the town of Henley on Thames as well as its surroundings.

Henley Town Hall
Saturday, May 26, 2018
2:00 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Chiltern Heritage Trail (Amersham to Hodgemoor Woods) (walk ref 76)

A walk from Amersham Old Town to Hodgemoor Woods and return along the river Missbourne following part of the Chiltern Heritage Trail. Bring your own lunch as there are no facilities on the walk.

Amersham
Sunday, May 27, 2018
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Birds at Wilstone Reservoir (walk ref 34)

Spot resident and possibly migrant birds on this walk starting from PE Mead farm shop near Tring, walking around Wilstone Reservoir to the Wendover arm of the grand union canal then back down the other side of the water. Look out for warblers, egrets, herons, swallows and other summer migrants as well as ducks and other water birds, guided by your walk leader.

Tring
Sunday, May 27, 2018
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Tring Park History Walk (walk ref 6)

Experience the history of Tring Park, one of the Woodland Trust's most exciting and diverse sites covering an area of 107 hectares. The knowledgeable guides on this walk will bring the history of the Park to life, from its earliest days to the present. Explore a mosaic of habitats such as chalk grassland, scrub, mixed woodland and parkland.

Natural History Museum, Akeman Street
Sunday, May 27, 2018
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Walk with a Stone Age Woman (walk ref 66)

Join archaeologist and prehistoric interpreter Kim Biddulph, dressed as a Stone Age woman, on a leisurely 2 mile walk in the beautiful beechwoods and rolling chalk hills of Aston Rowant Nature Reserve. Discover what the landscape was like when Stone Age people roamed these hills, and how people in the area have lived and travelled since the last Ice Age. Try out some replica Stone Age tools and snacks that our ancestors might have eaten.

Aston Rowant
Sunday, May 27, 2018
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Ants in Your Pants! An Alphabet Amble for little people (walk ref 54)

An alphabet amble for little people - but be sure to bring an adult with you! The Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve is the perfect place to be a nature detective hunting for treasures of every letter from A to Z. But beware, this walk it is not for the faint hearted – it is two miles long, has a big chalk hill to climb and there are hundreds of gigantic ant hills! ‘A’ is for Ant; ‘B’ is for Bug... what else will you discover?

Cowleaze Wood
Monday, May 28, 2018
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Family Bushcraft

This Bushcraft experience is aimed at families with young children (there is no minimum age). It is all about having fun in the woods; learning about campfires, and keeping safe, baking bread, foraging in the woods, crafts and games that will help connect your family more closely with nature. 

Private woodland near Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire
Monday, May 28, 2018
10:00 AM

Family Fun Nature Walk (walk ref 86)

A circular walk for big and little legs in Angling Spring Wood, where Roald Dahl used to walk. This will be a slow walk with interactive games along the route. Discover how to be a squirrel, how to identify trees with your eyes shut and learn lots of fascinating facts about trees. 

Great Missenden
Monday, May 28, 2018
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Roald Dahl Countryside Trail (walk ref 5)

Join the Museum's gentle guided walks for families around the woods and fields of Roald Dahl's home village of Great Missenden. Discover the places which inspired many of his characters and stories.

Roald Dahl Museum, 81 to 83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
11.30am or 2pm
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Scones and Stones (walk ref 29)

St Nicholas has been Hedsor’s church since the c13. It lies in the private estate of Hedsor Priory and, perched on the shoulder of a deep Chiltern dene, it commands sweeping views along the River Thames towards Winter Hill. Join us for a 2 mile walk to this beautiful church, through the rural parish of Hedsor, for a homemade clotted cream tea and a tour around its fascinating interior. A shorter, 1.25 mile, return walk will help work off some of the sumptuous food that you’ve just enjoyed.

Hedsor
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Stargazing over Coombe Hill (walk ref 36)

Explore the night sky around Coombe Hill near Wendover with an expert astronomer who will point out constellations and objects to be seen. Stop at the monument for a good look at Venus, Jupiter and the moon with the naked eye, before looking through a telescope to get some closer views. 

Coombe Hill
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
9:45 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

A hilly and scenic walk from Goring (walk ref 19)

Along the Thames, then up to Streatley Warren and a pub lunch at Aldworth. Beautiful views downhill towards Kiddington Cottages and then up onto Streatley Hill before descending to Streatley and Goring.

Goring Village
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
9:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Family Friendly Walk from a farm shop and cafe (walk ref 81)

We will start our walk at this unique farm shop and cafe near Ipsden - our short walk has wonderful views across the valley to the Lambourn Downs, and goes through woodland with plenty of trees to scramble on and crosses fields to pass through a farmyard. There are views of the house that Rowan Atkinson built - an impressive if somewhat out of keeping white building high on the hill. The walk loops round and finishes at the farm where all can enjoy refreshments, an opportunity to buy local produce and gifts, and get close to the animals that live there.

Ipsden
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Family History Walk and Talk (walk ref 9)

This family walk will take us through the rich history of The Box Moor Trust, near Hemel Hempstead, looking at how land was used and the changes that have occurred over time, with illustrated pictures. We will also learn about Boxmoor's famous criminal, James Snooks!

The Box Moor Trust Centre, London Road Hemel Hempstead
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Exploring Naphill Common (walk ref 1)

Explore this site of Special Scientific Interest and one of the largest and best commons in the Chilterns. Enjoy 155 acres of woodland, paths, bridleways and open glades which lead us to discover ancient trees, woodland birds, deer, ponds with rare plants, rare fungi, a Romano-British farmstead, ancient banks and ditches, a long history and much more.

Naphill
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Take the train for a walk: Princes Risborough - Aylesbury (walk ref 30)

This day-long, linear walk starts at Princes Risborough where we catch the Chiltern Line train which hugs the Chalk escarpment before heading off across the vale to the county town of Aylesbury. From here we leave the train and walk back through the pastoral vale scenery, only gradually ascending the foot slopes of the Chiltern Hills to arrive back at Princes Risborough.

Princes Risborough / Aylesbury
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
10:45 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Family friendly Cemetery Circular: Stepping Stones (walk ref 63)

Children will be delighted by this 'secret garden' of a cemetery, tucked away behind the bustling High Street in Berkhamsted. The 3-acre Victorian cemetery has over 1,000 gravestones and an historical figure will bring some of these personalities to life by telling their stories. Children can wander around the cemetery as they like or follow an education trail to help them understand this important place. In the wildlife area at the top they will be able to watch our birds as they feed and flit from tree to tree, and will be able to see far over to the other side of the valley.

Berkhamsted
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

An Evening Stroll with Poles (walk ref 53)

Enjoy an evening stroll with poles from the Maltsters Arms at Rotherfield Greys. Nordic walk to the rhythm of nature and soak up the sweet evening air of late spring in the Chiltern’s countryside near Henley-on-Thames. Then time to relax with some well earned refreshment in this lovely welcoming pub! A variation of this walk also takes place on Wednesday 23rd May.

Rotherfield Greys
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
6:30 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Woods and commons around Stokenchurch (walk ref 12)

Starting from the centre of Stokenchurch, we will enjoy an undulating walk through woods and over commons. Following the Chiltern way to Town End, then the Bledlow Circular ride to Sprig's alley, before moving on to Lott Wood & Mallard's Court.

Kings Head
Thursday, May 31, 2018
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Walk with the Devil's Own in WWI Berkhamsted (walk ref 70)

Travel back in time 100 years to visit Garrison town Berkhamsted of 1918, (with then/now photographs). By then the town has been home to the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps for four years. Find out why they are nicknamed The Devil's Own. The military take over of the town is long complete and the local residents bask in the reflected glory of being the Sandhurst of Kitchener's Army. The Corps has the freedom of the local countryside for training and there is an opportunity to visit an area of practice trenches on the Common cleared in 2013 by volunteers, and preserved as a memorial to the thousands of young officers who trained here before suffering death or injury on the Western front.

Berkhamsted
Thursday, May 31, 2018
10:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Canalside capering, puddles and ice cream (walk ref 75)

Bring the kids for a family friendly stroll along the Grand Union Canal from Complete Outdoors at Bourne End towards Hemel Hempstead, with refreshments half way at the canalside Fishery Wharf Café including a free ice cream for each walker! Keep your eyes out for herons (and muddy puddles to splash in!) along the way before heading back for a free goody bag and the opportunity of discounted shopping at the shop.

Bourne End / Hemel Hempstead
Thursday, May 31, 2018
11:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)