Steam, Kites and a Kiln along the Ridgeway (1501)

Thursday 28 Oct ~ 10:30 AM

Explore Chinnor's Old Kiln Lakes, where historic quarries have been regenerated to attract a wide range of wildlife, including swans, geese and the iconic red kites. We then visit a beehive kiln, a rare survivor from the site's industrial past, before heading out onto the Ridgeway, where we visit Oakley Hill nature reserve, home to rare chalk grassland flora and fauna, with superb views over Oxfordshire from the edge of the Chiltern escarpment. We return to Chinnor via the historic sunken way of Donkey Lane, in time for the 13.30 steam train departure, an hour's return journey to Princes Risborough, giving lovely views of the Chilterns, through Bledlow towards Whiteleaf Cross.

Route Details

5 miles
4 hours
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)



Meeting arrangements

Chinnor Railway Station, Kiln Avenue, Chinnor. Free parking, meet by the bus stop shelter.

Walk Leader

Nigel Peters Nigel has lived in Chinnor for over 35 years and knows the surrounding countryside well. He is secretary of the South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group and a volunteer on the Chinnor Steam Railway.

Public Transport Links

Bus route Link 40 between High Wycombe and Thame.

Family Friendly

Ideal for half-term family adventures with children over 7, who will see plenty of wildlife and nature before enjoying the thrill of a steam train ride.

Dogs Welcome

Dogs on leads welcome


The walk is over undulating countryside which can become muddy in places

Further Information

The walk is free, but you must also book a ride on the steam train. 'As soon as you have booked your walk tickets, please book your train tickets for the 1330 departure by visiting: Please book a flexible ticket, as advance reserved seats for the 1330 departure are sold out. Over 50% of the train seats are available on the day, so a flexible ticket will guarantee you a seat

A picnic lunch can be eaten on the train, or refreshments can be bought on the train or at the railway's catering marquee at Chinnor station. Toilets at the station and on the train.

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