Midsomer Staycation (The Disappearance of the Drum and Plough) (1601)

Sunday 18 Oct ~ 10:30 AM

The towns, villages and countryside of the Chilterns and surrounding area are at the very heart of Midsomer County so why not treat yourself to a Misomer Staycation at the Lambert Arms!  Grab your boots and join us as we step out in the footsteps of DCI Tom Barnaby.  Our route through pretty villages and up the Chilterns escarpment passes several locations featured in this popular long running TV series.  We will also get to survey much of Midsomer County from the vantage point of ‘Moonstone Ridge’.  This is an enjoyable 7 mile walk for everyone, not just Midsomer Murders fans!

Route Details

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


£8 for over 12's
£10 for adults, £8 for children over 12

Meeting arrangements

Meet at the Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel, Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire, OX49 5SQ On site parking available. OS GR: SU: 723 981

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

Oxford Tube - Oxford/London express bus stops at Lewknor. https://www.oxfordtube.com/ Carousel Link40 - Thame/High Wycombe https://www.carouselbuses.co.uk/routes/link40

Family Friendly

Children minumum age 12 welcome - must be capable of walking the distance.

Dogs Welcome

Dogs on leads welcome


Some walking on minor rural roads through villages. Mostly good paths and tracks but may be rutted and muddy in places. On significant ascent/descent (total ascent 560ft), steep in part.

Further Information

Please bring drink and food for personal consumption during the walk. We will take a mid-walk break on Bald Hill (Moonstone Ridge).
No facilities on route.
Refreshments available at the Lambert Arms (pay locally).

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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. 


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!