Walking in the Chilterns

35 walks in the Chiltern hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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A guidebook to 35 walks in the Chiltern Hills of southern England. These chalk hills and ancient woodlands stretch from Reading and the Thames valley through Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire to Luton. Walking in the Chilterns - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - for walkers of all abilities, with walks from 4 to 12 miles long.

Seasons Seasons
spring and early summer are best for wild flowers; in autumn the beech woods are clothed in golden-brown autumnal colours; a frosty winter's day gives impressive views
Centres Centres
Aldbury, Amersham, Chesham, Dunstable, Goring, Great Hampden, Henley-on-Thames, High Wycombe, Ivinghoe, Nettlebed, Princes Risborough, Tring, Wallingford, Wendover, Whipsnade
Difficulty Difficulty
walks to suit most ages and abilities; no difficulties apart from some short steep uphill and downhill sections; can be muddy in winter
Must See Must See
panoramic views from the crest of the Chilterns including Ivinghoe Beacon, Coombe Hill, Whiteleaf Hill and Watlington Hill; peaceful beech woods; riverside scenes along the River Thames, Chess, Gade and Misbourne; picturesque villages with thatched cottages, historic churches and cosy pubs
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  • Overview

    The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty heads north-east from the River Thames at Goring through Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Combining great views, rolling hills, beechwoods, riverside walks and pretty villages with easy access from London, it’s a popular destination for walkers.

    This 833-square kilometre area of southern England is criss-crossed by 2000 kilometres of straightforward, well-defined footpaths and bridleways, and the walks in this guide use many of them to offer excellent walking for most ages and abilities.

    The walks take in many points of interest including Iron Age forts, picturesque villages of thatched-roof cottages and cosy pubs, stately homes, colourful gardens, medieval churches and market towns. The walks wander on dappled forest tracks, over high escarpments, through valleys and along tranquil rivers with no significant difficulties for walkers of all abilities.

    This guide describes a varied collection of day walks, from 4 to 12 miles long, right across this much-loved area.

    • 35 contrasting walks throughout the AONB
    • lots of detours to local pubs and historic churches included
    • geology, history and famous local Chilterns characters brought to life throughout the route descriptions
  • Contents

    Plants and wildlife
    Brief history
    Where to stay
    Getting to and around the Chilterns
    Food and drink
    Walking in the Chilterns
    Waymarking, access and rights of way
    Using this guide
    1 North of Luton
    Walk 1 Harlington and Sharpenhoe Clappers
    Walk 2 Barton-le-Clay, Hexton and Barton Hills
    Walk 3 Pirton and Pegsdon Hills
    2 Dunstable to Berkhamsted
    Walk 4 Whipsnade, Studham and the Dunstable Downs
    Walk 5 Ivinghoe Beacon, Ivinghoe and Pitstone
    Walk 6 Grand Union Canal, Pitstone Hill and Aldbury
    Walk 7 Grand Union Canal and Tring Park
    Walk 8 Great Gaddesden
    Walk 9 Berkhamsted, Nettleden and Little Gaddesden
    3 Wendover to Stokenchurch
    Walk 10 Cholesbury and Hawridge
    Walk 11 Wendover and The Lee
    Walk 12 Wendover, Ellesborough, Chequers and Coombe Hill
    Walk 13 Whiteleaf Hill and Great Kimble
    Walk 14 Bledlow and Radnage
    Walk 15 Lacey Green, Speen and Bryant’s Bottom
    Walk 16 Great Hampden
    Walk 17 Great Missenden and Chartridge
    4 Amersham to High Wycombe
    Walk 18 Chenies, Latimer and the River Chess
    Walk 19 Little Missenden, Penn Wood and Penn Street
    Walk 20 Hughenden, Bradenham and West Wycombe
    Walk 21 Penn and Coleshill
    5 Watlington and Nettlebed
    Walk 22 Christmas Common and Watlington Hill
    Walk 23 Turville, Skirmett and Fingest
    Walk 24 Pishill and Stonor
    Walk 25 Pishill, Cookley Green and Russell’s Water
    Walk 26 Ewelme and Swyncombe
    Walk 27 Checkendon and Stoke Row
    Walk 28 Hailey and Grim’s Ditch
    Walk 29 Nettlebed and Nuffield
    Walk 30 Greys Green, Rotherfield Greys and Greys Court
    6 Along the Thames
    Walk 31 Hambleden, Medmenham and the River Thames
    Walk 32 Henley-on-Thames and Middle Assendon
    Walk 33 South and North Stoke and Grim’s Ditch
    Walk 34 Goring-on-Thames and Cray’s Pond
    Walk 35 Whitchurch Hill and Mapledurham

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful contacts

  • Maps

    The Ordnance Survey (OS) offer two series of maps: the 1:50,000 (2cm to 1km) Landranger series and the more detailed 1:25,000 (4cm to 1km) Explorer series. The OS maps covering the Chilterns AONB are:

    • Landranger: 165, 166, 174 (for very small parts of walks 27 and 34) and 175
    • Explorer: 171, 172, 181, 182, and 193

    This guide features extracts of the OS 1:50,000 Landranger series, with overlays showing the route and any detours or shortcuts, but it is advisable to always carry the relevant Explorer map with you when walking.

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  • Reviews
    "A selection of 35 routes spread across the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ranging from 4-12 miles each and including easy ambles to more stretching outings.... There's the usual mix of OS map extracts and colour photos, plus plenty of boxes of interesting local information."

    Ramblers, August 2014

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Steve Davison

Steve Davison is a writer and photographer who has lived in Berkshire for over 25 years. He has written a number of books as well as articles for magazines and national and local newspapers, specialising in hill-walking and UK and European travel, and counts nature, geology and the countryside among his particular interests. A keen hill-walker for many years, and a Mountain Leader, Steve has also worked as a part-time outdoor education instructor. He is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.

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