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.
Participants will need to bring the OS Explorer Map (1/25000) 181, Chiltern Hills North, available from W H Smiths and other high street stores. Those who want to embrace compass skills will also need a compass. The Silva range of compasses is recommended.
Participants should be properly dressed for a country walk in our unpredictable weather and need to bring enough fluids for the afternoon.
There are public toilets at the start and finish, but only opportunities offered by secluded bushes thereafter.
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.
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!