Walking Festival

Chilterns Walking Festival

Sadly we are cancelling the May Chilterns Walking Festival due to the Coronavirus. However we will soon be planning the autumn Chilterns Walking Festival 17th October to 1st November 2020, follow us on Facebook for updates.

Festival Events

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Thames and Chilterns walks (with childrens quiz)

Walks from Henley-on-Thames along the Thames Path National Trail with options to visit Hambleden village and then return to Henley via Aston, see here. There are Great views of the Chiltern Hills and Thames Valley. Look out for wildlife such as red kites, buzzards and deer. Historic features abound along the walk routes including Fawley Court, Hambleden Mill and Lock, Temple Island in the Thames and the picturesque village of Hambleden which has featured in many TV programmes and films. There’s also a children's quiz for the Hambleden part of this walk too!

Henley-on-Thames
every day
12:00 AM

West Wycombe & Bradenham walks (with childrens quiz)

These walks around West Wycombe take you through the National Trust countryside estates of West Wycombe, Bradenham and Hughenden where there are fantastic views, magnificent beech woods and carpets of bluebells and wild flowers. There is lots of historic interest and wildlife such as red kites and muntjac deer. You can explore West Wycombe Hill, Naphill Common and Downley Common. And if you’ve got little ones, why not download the Children’s quiz to complete as you go! There is a large free car park at West Wycombe (at the old garden centre).

West Wycombe
every day
12:00 AM

Find a common near you!

Commons have been at the heart of our communities since Medieval times and these days they're great places to explore and enjoy.There are 170 commons in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ranging from strips of grass verge to rolling hectares of wildflower-rich grassland and woodland.  To find your nearest common, see our interactive map.

Commons have been at the heart of our communities since Medieval times and these days they're great places to explore and enjoy. There are 170 commons in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ranging from strips of grass verge to rolling hectares of wildflower-rich grassland and woodland.  To find your nearest common, see our interactive map.

every day
12:00 AM

Walks along the Ridgeway National Trail

The Ridgeway National Trail runs for 87 miles between Overton Hill in the Avebury World Heritage Site in Wiltshire and Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire, passing through ancient landscapes, including open downland, secluded valleys, woodland and a stretch by The Thames. For half its length it runs along the spine of the Chiltern Hills, from Goring-on-Thames to Ivinghoe Beacon.The route is well signposted and there are lots of walks you can follow, see here.

every day
12:00 AM

Record sounds of the Chilterns (ideal childrens activity)

Record sounds of the Chilterns – the Chilterns Conservation Boards project Echoed Locations is creating the first ever sonic map of the Chilterns and it is looking for people to record the natural sounds around them…it could be urban sounds, general hubbub, water trickling, a train pulling into a station, any sounds that make the Chilterns a special place to you. All you need to do is record the sounds on your smartphone and send them in on the online form.

every day
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. 

 

Accommodation

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 October 2019 festival Listings Leaflet for an alternative way of seeing the programme. You can also pick these up from various locations across the Chilterns - libraries, coffee shops, etc!

 

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The Chilterns Walking Festival is an initiative of the Chilterns Conservation Board. For any queries, feedback, sponsorship / press enquiries or suggestions for the programme please contact the festival Project Manager on walkingfestival@chilternsaonb.org


Our Sponsors

GRANT FUNDER

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. 

PRIMARY SPONSOR

Complete Outdoors are our primary sponsors for 2018 & 2019. 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.

SECONDARY SPONSOR

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.

SECONDARY SPONSOR

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

SECONDARY SPONSOR

 

 

 

Could this be you? We are seeking additional sponsors to enable the festival to continue going from strength to strength - get in touch with AWeiss@chilternsaonb.org if you'd like to know more!

Interactive Map of the Chilterns

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

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