Chinnor Hill, Old Kiln Lakes and Steam on the Ridgeway (0401)

Sunday 18 Oct ~ 10:30 AM

Discover Chinnor Hill nature reserve with a short, but steep, ascent of the Chiltern escarpment, for wide ranging views across the Vale of Aylesbury and towards Otmoor. Red Kites can often be seen as they hover using the hill's thermal currents. Return via the Ridgeway national trail and the historic Donkey Lane to explore Old Kiln Lakes. Here we see former chalk quarries which are now managed as wildlife lakes, and also a rare example of an early 20th century beehive kiln. There will then be a steam train return journey of about an hour’s length to Princes Risborough. There are glorious views of the Chilterns from the train, an ideal way to relax after your walk. The railway are fully COVID-19 compliant and have been authorised to operate by the ‘Visit England’ tourist board.

Route Details

4 miles
3 hours
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)



Meeting arrangements

Chinnor Railway Station, Kiln Avenue, Chinnor, OX39 4BZ. Free parking. Meet by the bus stop shelter.

Walk Leader

Nigel Peters. Nigel has lived in Chinnor for 35 years, and knows the surrounding countryside well. He is secretary of the South Oxfordshire Archaeology Group and a volunteer with the Chinnor heritage railway.

Family Friendly

Children over 10 will find the mix of nature and heritage fascinating, but younger children will not cope with the steep ascent.

Dogs Welcome

Dogs on leads welcome


No stiles. There is a short, but steep, ascent of the Chiltern escarpment for which walking boots and a pole are recommended.

Further Information

The walk is free. For the train ride, you will need to book a ticket for the 1230 departure. Please do this as soon as you book a place on the walk, by going to: . Face coverings will need to be worn on the train unless you are in an exempt category. A picnic lunch can be eaten at Old Kiln Lakes after you return from the train ride at about 1330, or you can buy food at the kiosk in the railway carpark. Food cannot be taken on the train, unless you book a compartment, where you can either eat your own food or pre-order a snack box. Train tickets for adults cost £6-12 and children £3, and compartments for groups of up to 6 cost £35-45 (see the railway website for further details). Toilets at both Chinnor and Princes Risborough stations.

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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. 


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.


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