Walk to the Trenches (0005)

Saturday 17 Oct ~ 10:00 AM

Join us for a bacon butty & cuppa (on the house) in the Teepee at The Royal Oak before venturing out onto the lovely Marlow Common. Explore the wonderfully preserved WW1 practice trenches and soak up the magic of these beautiful beech woods, then back to the pub for a beer or lunch if you fancy.

Route Details

2 miles
2.5 hours
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)



Meeting arrangements

The Royal Oak pub, Bovingdon Green. We have a small car park, so please share cars if possible. If coming by train we are 1.6 miles from Marlow station, so a half hour walk or 5 minute taxi ride to SL7 2JF.

Walk Leader

Becky Salisbury, Salisbury Inns & Mike Hyde of Marlow Museum. The Royal Oak is a lovely little white-washed cottage serving great local beer and food. Mike, your walk leader heads up Marlow Museum and has a deep understanding about the troops stationed in Marlow during the Great War.

Family Friendly

An easy walk in the woods with lots of local history to learn about. Starts and finishes at the fab Teepee, the kids would love it!

Dogs Welcome

Dogs on leads welcome


A gentle stroll with some uneven woodland to negotiate, watch out for tree roots and undergrowth. There are a couple of roads to cross. Robust buggies will be fine, but unfortunately not wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Further Information

Refreshments are available before the walk.  Water bottle filling station.  Walk returns to the Royal Oak in time to enjoy a lunch or drink. Dogs very welcome on the walk and in the pub.

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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


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. 


Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel is our prime sponsor for the Chilterns Walking Festival. The hotel is ideally located with lots of walks and rides from the doorstep, including the Ridgeway National Trail, the Icknield Way and the Chilterns Cycleway close by. There are circular walks too taking you up into the beechwoods and the nearby Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve. The Lambert Hotel welcomes walkers and cyclists, it is an ideal stop-off for lunch or tea and is a great touring based for those staying over. The hotel is located near J6 of the M40 and there is a 24 hour bus service (the Oxford Tube)between London and Oxford which stops just a few minutes walk from the hotel. 


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.





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!