A Turnpike down a Holloway (1602)

Friday 16 Oct ~ 1:30 PM

The Lambert Arms, an old coaching inn situated at the crossroads of millennia, is the perfect place from which to explore the highways and byways of the Chilterns escarpment.  Our journey on foot starts out along the ancient Icknield Way (Ridgeway National Trail) and, after discovering a vanished railway, we climb the hill on the medieval ‘London Weye’ and the old London to Oxford turnpike.  Continuing through the famous Chilterns beechwoods and out onto Beacon Hill we have time to marvel at the panoramic views, including the impressive M40 Stokenchurch cutting.  An old ‘hollowway’ then leads us back down to the Icknield way and from here it is a short walk back to the Lambert Arms.

Route Details

6 miles
3.5 hours
Fairly strenuous (challenging - steep gradients, rough terrain)


£7 for over 12's
£8 for adults, £7 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


Mostly good paths and tracks but may be narrow, rutted or muddy in places. On significant ascent/descent (total ascent 620ft), steep in part.

Further Information

Please bring drink and snacks for personal consumption during the walk. We will take a short break on Beacon Hill.
No facilities on route.  
Refreshments available at the Lambert Arms (pay locally).

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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!