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

Saturday 16 May ~ 10:00 AM

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!). 


Route Details

4.5 miles
3 hours


Free of charge but pre-booking required - bookings go live mid-March

Meeting arrangements

Meet at 1015 for a 1030 start The Swan, HP5 1UT

Walk Leader

Wendy Morrison
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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. 


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