Walking Festival

Chilterns Walking Festival

The next Walking Festival takes place 16 - 31 May 2020 and the programme is looking fabulous! We are listing the walks as they come in to whet your appetite, but the bookings won’t go live until mid-March. If you would like us to keep you updated (and be the first to know when the new programme is released) please sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page. Or follow us  on Facebook.

 

Festival Events

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The Berkhamsted Walk (in aid of Children's Society)

The Berkhamsted Walk is a sponsored walk providing you with three options - the Fun Walk (6 miles), the Bluebell Walk (12 miles) and the Challenge Walk (18 miles) - so you can make your own choice. Its aim is to give you a wonderful day out in some of the most beautiful countryside close to London and raise money for The Children's Society.

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Anytime between 11am-3pm
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

St Mary's Church Chesham Beating the Bounds Walk (3401)

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 16, 2020
8:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Bull’s Bags and Butterflies Nordic Walk (2401)

Grab your Nordic walking poles and explore the Ridgeway National Trail and the Chilterns escarpment in Oxfordshire. Our 8 mile Nordic walk walk starts in the historic village of Lewknor and takes us in the footsteps of ancient wayfarers along the Icknield Way/Ridgeway. We then climb Shirburn Hill to Cowleaze Wood and the Aston Rowant NNR (total ascent 800ft/245m). Finally, we then descend Bald Hill and return to Lewknor. This is a fantastic walk for panoramic views, wild flowers (orchids!) and butterflies!

Lewknor
Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Prestwood and John Hampden Country (2301)

A circular walk through woodland and fields from Prestwood to Great Hampden. The route will include Kiln Common Orchard and Sheepwash Pond, sites maintained by Prestwood Nature, as well as places associated with the Parliamentarian John Hampden.

Prestwood
Saturday, May 16, 2020
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Sites of innovation and power: Whelpley Hill and Bovingdon Airfield (3201)

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 (and end!) 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!). 

 

near Chesham
Saturday, May 16, 2020
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Practical Map Reading. The art of not getting lost (most of the time) (0401)

We will navigate ourselves around a 4.5 mile walk, through the 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, May 16, 2020
1:00 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

The butterflies of Dunstable Downs (3101)

A two hour walk around the downs discovering some of the butterflies that make the Downs their home. Hopefully we will see the rare Duke of Burgundy, one of our really special butterflies

Whipsnade
Saturday, May 16, 2020
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

St Mary's Church Chesham Beating the Bounds Walk (3501)

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 16, 2020
2:30 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Trees and plants - a guided tour of the Risborough hills (0501)

If you don't know your beech from your birch or your cow's parsley from your sweet woodruff this is the walk for you! No previous knowledge required but plenty will be dished out!

We'll walk up The Ridgeway towards the Whiteleaf Cross and back down on a circular route, stopping frequently to look at and discuss some local trees and plants, how to identify them, their history and uses.

This event is led by Bushcraft instructor Alex DeWitt.

 

Princes Risborough
Sunday, May 17, 2020
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Undulating walk from Highlands Lane, Henley (1201)

A scenic and undulating walk led by the Henley & Goring Ramblers, from Henley across the fields to Rotherfield Greys Church, down to Happy Valley, and back up to Cowfields Farm. A hilly walk in places with some lovely sweeping views.

Henley on Thames
Sunday, May 17, 2020
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Dunstable Downs boundary walk (3102)

A walk right around the boundary of the Downs. Walking boundaries is a centuries old tradition to remind everyone of the boundaries in their lives. Join one of the Ranger team and follow the boundary of the Downs on this mindful walk.

Whipsnade
Sunday, May 17, 2020
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Panoramic views & Prime Ministers' Haunts (3901)

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 manaor, home to prime ministers since 1921.

Wendover
Sunday, May 17, 2020
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Stokenchurch and Crowell (0601)

A 8.5 mile route from Stokenchurch up Kingston Wood before heading down on the Oxfordshire side and back up in a circuit.

We will stop at the Crown for a drink during the walk presuming the weather is decent.

Please bring packed lunch.

Stokenchurch
Sunday, May 17, 2020
10:30 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Wendover guided trail run (10 miles)

A 10 mile group run exploring Combe Hill and the surrounding woodlands.

Starting from Wendover station we will be completing a 10 mile circular route that is entirely on the local trails.

This run will be led by Runaway’s trail guides at a social pace, with everyone running together in a group. For more information on route and pacing visit our website

Wendover
Sunday, May 17, 2020
10:45 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

J H Kennard and Amersham-on-the-Hill Walk (2901)

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 17, 2020
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Traced Paths: a linocut workshop inspired by a walk in the Beacon Hill landscape (4001)

Our walk takes us through an area steeped in history and natural beauty guaranteed to inspire you! During our 2 hour walk we will be observing the landscape and collecting inspiration for the afternoon workshop with the guidance of local artist Jane.
There will be an option for those who'd like to climb a steeper section to a higher vantage point, but this is not a compulsory part of the walk and the views are stunning from every level!
We will return to the hall, where you can have a short lunch break. After which Jane will show you all you need to know to create your own one colour lino print. We expect to be finished by 3pm.

Butler's Cross
Monday, May 18, 2020
10:45 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Walter's world - explore Tring Park & its history (3903)

Discover Tring Park (in Victorian times home to wallabies, giant tortoises & zebras!), its natural beauty & some of its quirky history.

Wigginton
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Unlocking the archaeological secrets of Chilterns woods in South Oxfordshire (3601)

Starting from Gallowstree Common, we will head off on a c. 10 km loop, using the recently flown archaeological LiDAR survey to find the traces of the past hidden in the Chiltern woods and commons. We will see archaeology dating from prehistory through to World War II lurking beneath our feet. As we walk Dr Ed Peveler will explain how LiDAR survey helps us discover forgotten archaeological remains, writing the story of centuries of humans living and working in this landscape.

Gallowstree Common
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
2:00 PM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Ancient woodland flowers (1801)

Join Chilterns woodland specialist John Morris for a walk to look at and identify some of the late spring flowers and other plants found in ancient woods in the Chilterns. We will be visiting the Chiltern Society's Bottom Wood which John has helped look after since 1983 and knows very well. The site also includes a chalk grassland glade that has been created from a former conifer plantation. The focus of this walk will be on plants but we may well see other wildlife too.

Studley Green
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
10:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

TASTER - Come and TRY Nordic Walking in Wigginton (4101)

This Introductory Nordic Walking session will give you an insight into how the poles can propel you along and work the whole body. You will also understand why it is important to learn the technique properly in order to get maximum benefit.
We will also tell you all about the activities we offer at WALX Ridgeway Nordic Walking.
Pole hire included.
BOOK ONLINE via our website/link, numbers limited per session.

Wigginton
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Outdoor Nature Sound Spa (1901)

Explore the small woodland and grounds of Where Inspiration Blooms and Chartridge Lodge, followed by laying back for an outdoor nature sound spa.

Chartridge Lodge
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
7:45 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Introduction to Navigation - find your way in the Great Outdoors! (2402)

Open your eyes to a whole new world! This inspiring one day course is a great introduction to map reading and the navigation skills you need to enjoy a great walk in the countryside without reliance on a phone app. We help you to make sense of the map and gain the confidence to plan and follow an interesting route along recognised paths and tracks. Our day starts with tea/coffee in the Village Cafe, Goring, learning how to get the most out of our maps and to introduce the compass. Mid morning we set off to navigate a walk and develop your knowledge and skills - map & compass provided and you will receive plenty of expert guidance and tips as we go. We return to the cafe to sum up the day.

Goring
Thursday, May 21, 2020
10:00 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

A poor king and rich commoners made Amersham (2701)

No other medium sized town has a medieval street plan untouched by post 1800 development. A short woodland walk starting at Amersham station through the beech woods down to Amersham Old Town will explain how this came about: including a charter of King John and evidence of domination in the 18th century by the Drake family. There will be a rare opportunity to see impressive memorials to this family in the Drake Chapel. The walk around the medieval street plan will finish outside Amersham Museum.

Amersham
Thursday, May 21, 2020
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Discover Barton Hills! Nature, farming and Local Produce tasting (0001)

We will start with a ranger-led walk around the beautiful Barton Hills National Nature Reserve, a landscape of rolling chalk hills and woods with spectacular views. Find out how Barton Hills came to look as it does, as we take a step back to the Cretaceous period when it was under the sea. We will then ‘Meet the Farmer’ for a behind the scenes look at the adjoining Barton Hills Farm and its environmentally friendly farming methods which contribute to the richness of wildlife here. The walk will finish with refreshments and local produce tasting, including Bedfordshire Clangers and the fabulous range of Mrs Middleton's award-winning cold pressed rape seed oils and dressings made at Barton Hill Farm.

Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire
Thursday 21 May
12:30 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Wigginton EXPLORER WALX, 1hr Walk (with or without Nordic Walking Poles) (4102)

Join us for a 1hr EXPLORER WALX from Wigginton Community Shop.
Pole hire included
From one hour WALX in your local country park to a half day in the hills, our Explorer WALX capture the variety of scenery, themes and types of WALX that suit your lifestyle. If you love WALX to the pub or WALX with the dog or simply WALX in wild locations we have them all! Whether long, short, tough or gentle Walkers, we welcome all ages and all levels.

Wigginton
Thursday, May 21, 2020
2:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Evening Bird Walk (0101)

Explore Wilstone Reservoir, the largest of the Tring Reservoirs, with our expert staff and spot and identify the summer migrant birds that can often be found here. We’ll be hoping to catch a glimpse of a hobby out hunting!

Tring Reservoirs
Thursday, May 21, 2020
7:00 PM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

Brakspear Paths, Pies and Ale (1701)

We will start from the 'Bull on Bell Street' in Henley-on-Thames, home of Brakspear's micro-brewery. Henley was once a thriving inland port. We will follow the historic back streets of Henley down to the River and walk along a beautiful stretch of the Thames Path National Trail towards Hambleden lock. From there we will meander along quiet lanes back to the 'Bull on Bell Street'. On our return we will have the chance to taste one of the craft beers made on site and hear about the on-site brewing. You can enjoy an optional home-baked pie lunch and afterwards a 15 minute tour of the tiny microbrewery. The walk will be led by Richard Mayon-White, author of 'Exploring the Thames Wilderness'.

Henley-on-Thames
Friday, May 22, 2020
9:45 AM
Medium walk (4-6 miles)

Keep the Aspidistra Flying! (In the Footsteps of George Orwell) (2202)

Join us ‘Coming Up For Air’ in the Chilterns to discover George Orwell’s ‘golden country’. His childhood here in the Oxfordshire countryside influences passages in some of his writing. We start out from Shiplake station along the Thames before heading up 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. Heeding advice in 1984 not to return from the same station, we head to Harpsden and along the Thames to Henley, Orwell’s ‘Lower Binfield’ and one stop on the train from Shiplake.

Shiplake
Friday, May 22, 2020
9:45 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Nordic Walk with John Piper the artist (0803)

This walk will take in some of the church stained glass windows created by John Piper, the artist who lived in the Fawley area for some of his life. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire were his inspiration for some of his paintings and windows. Starting from Nettlebed we will first visit the church to view the windows before setting off through woodland and open country towards another church. En route we will pass the restored chapel at Bix Bottom rising up to Maisdensgrove Common and returning via the Warburg Nature reserve to Nettlebed. Some steep hills and wonderful views typical of this AONB

Nettlebed
Friday, May 22, 2020
10:00 AM
Long walk (7 or more miles)

Wild Bee Walk (0102)

Join bee enthusiasts Joshua Wells and Stephen Howard, for a walk in search of bees and other pollinators at Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve.

Aldbury Nowers
Friday, May 22, 2020
11:00 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)

FAST TRACK - 2hr Learn To Nordic Walk at Ashridge (4103)

This is a 'Fast Track' Learn To Nordic Walk course over 2 hours - intended for those who are fit, able and eager to intensively learn the Nordic Walking technique.
Covering all 4 'Gears' of Nordic Walking technique, you will graduate with your very own Nordic Walking UK 'Freedom Passport' so you can join any of our timetabled walks, available 7 days a week.
Pole hire included.
Special Offer - Chilterns Walking Festival £22.50 p/person

Ashridge
Friday, May 22, 2020
11:30 AM
Short walk (up to 3 miles)