We have gathered together some of the best family walks in Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns. The beautiful views, interactive family quizzes and foodie stops along the way make a fun day out for the whole family! Click on the links to download the guides and quizzes to use while you walk.
The National Trust estate of Hughenden Manor, near high Wycombe has beautiful gardens and woodlands to walk through. Families can follow the woodland play trail where there are always a range of activities from dressing up, hunting bugs and tree climbing days. Choose from the Stableyard Café or Dizzy’s tearoom to enjoy homemade sandwiches, cakes, hot lunches and drinks! You can even bring your own picnic on one of the benches in Hugheden’s large picnic orchard.
West Wycombe and Bradenham Walks
Enjoy walking through the countryside of West Wycombe, Hughenden and Bradenham which have fantastic views, carpets of bluebells and magnificent beech woods. During this beautiful walk you are able to explore 3 of the 200 commons in the Chilterns, West Wycombe Hill, Naphill Common and Downley common which contain fascinating centuries of local history. To make this walk exciting for the little ones there is a fun children’s quiz to complete along the way.
Chinnor Circular Walk (Chiltern Country Series)
The Chinnor Circular Walk has a variety of different routes both long and short that take you out of the centre of Chinnor into the beautiful beech woodland. Walk along Chinnor hill and see the outstanding views of the Vale of Aylesbury. If you want to take a break from walking head to Henton to their local pub, The Peacock Country Inn. There is also a chance to get a view of the disused chalk quarries next to the Ridgeway if you take a short detour. Take part in the family quiz while exploring the Chinnor walk and download the answers to check if you are right!
Brush Hill Wildlife Walks
The Brush Hill Walk is perfect for the whole family as it is filled with wildlife. Try and spot the array of different butterflies, glow worms, birds. The Brush Hill Local Natural reserve is managed by the Chiltern Society which is just next to Whitleaf Hill. The walk is a glorious mixture of woodland with wonderful autumn colour, hedgerows and grassland abounding in wild flowers such as bluebells, wood anemone, cowslips, orchids. as well as walk through to spot butterflies, glow worms and birds. There are two short circular walks that you can choose from, to see fantastic views of the Berkshire Downs.
Little Marlow Walk
A beautiful walk in the Chilterns where you will enjoy the River Thames and views of the rolling countryside. The Little Marlow walk starts at the train station in Bourne End which you can reach from both Maidenhead and Paddington. There are two options, a shorter walk at 3 miles or the longer one at 6 miles. The shorter of the two is a circular route which takes you along the Thames where you see a vast amount of birdlife. The longer circular route continues on from the Lake through Little Marlow and up to Bloom Wood. Although a little longer this walk is definitely worth it for the beautiful views over the Thames Valleys.
You will pass the River Thames Spade Oak Lake which is a flooded gravel pit, home to a variety of wildlife and birds. Here you can take part in the family fun quiz for children to answer as they walk round the route, answering questions about what they see and discover. Download the PDF to see if you got the answers correct.
Ivinghoe Beacon Walk
The Ivinghoe Beacon is a prominent landmark and hill in The Chilterns. This circular 3 mile walk takes you through the scenic nature reserve which has a mix of open grassland, scrub and woodland where you can find many plants, butterflies and birds.