Explore landscapes, locations and larger-than-life personalities during the Chilterns Walking Festival spring event. For 16 days from Saturday 19 May – Sunday 03 June, an exciting programme of over 80 guided walks and special activities includes opportunities to discover new areas for walking, to learn new skills and to indulge in a home-made cream tea or locally brewed craft beer.
Buckinghamshire highlights include:
- Scones and Stones – walk to 13C St Nicholas church through rural Hedsor, for a homemade clotted cream tea and tour around the interior. A shorter, 1.25 mile, return walk will help work off some of the calories!
- Food, Farming and the Future – walk around the heritage orchard, hay meadows, woodland and parkland with outstanding views of a family farm near Prestwood. Return to the farmyard for tea and cake.
- Pulpit Wood and Hill – a National Trust ranger led circular walk near Princes Risborough which features an Iron Age hillfort, archaeology, woodland management and natural history.
- Coombe Hill and Chequers - from Coombe Hill Monument, follow the Ridgeway through ancient woodlands to enter the Chequers Estate, the country home of Britain’s prime minister.
- Roald Dahl Countryside Trail - gentle guided walks for families around the woods and fields of Roald Dahl's home village of Great Missenden which inspired many of his characters and stories.
- Take the Train for a Walk – linear trails covering Princes Risborough – Aylesbury or Amersham – Wendover.
- Families seeking easy to access, free and fun things to do over the school half-term have plenty of exciting options to choose from.
Details of all guided walks, events and activities can be found on the website www.visitchilterns.co.uk/walkingfest. Most are free of charge though some require a small fee which is clearly shown. To assist walk leaders with expected numbers, all must be pre-booked.