Ding Dong Bell, there's an Elephant on the Well! (1402)

Friday 23 Oct ~ 10:00 AM

In days gone by the rural communities in the Chilterns often suffered from severe water shortages.  The dry valleys of the Chilterns (known as bottoms) did not provide water and piped water did not reach many communities until the mid-1900s.  So how did these communities survive?  
This 12 mile circular walk explores the historical importance of water to the hill communities and villages of the Chilterns.  Our walk takes us on a well safari over the Chilterns plateau through the villages and hamlets of Peppard, Gallowstree Common, Kidmore End and Highmoor Cross, each with their covered wells, and Stoke Row with the magnificent Maharajah's Well, complete with golden elephant!

Route Details

12 miles
6 hours
Strenuous (long / challenging walk for fit / experienced walkers


£8 (14+)
£10 for adults, £8 for children over 14.

Meeting arrangements

Car park opposite Peppard Stores, Stoke Row Rd, Peppard Common, RG9 5EJ OS Grid Ref: SU 7042 8129

Walk Leader

Philippa Sanders, Pipsticks Walks. Philippa shares her passion for the Chilterns to give you a unique and rewarding walk experience. Pipsticks Walks offers inspiring special interest guided walks, Nordic walks, team walks and navigation training. Programmed activities and bespoke services available. Find us at www.pipstickswalks.co.uk

Public Transport Links

Bus 25 (pink) from Reading

Family Friendly

Children 14 + welcome but must be capable of walking the distance.


Paths and track variable and can be muddy in places at times, particularly after rain. Some short sections on quiet lanes. Undulating route (total ascent/descent 715 ft).

Further Information

Please bring food and drink for personal consumption during the walk.
We will take a break for refreshment in Stoke Row (pub/cafe available).
Post walk refreshment option at The Unicorn PH.

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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. 


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.





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