GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Chilterns Walks

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Amersham Circular Walk9 miles (14 km)This circular walk around the market town of Amersham visits the nearby village of Chalfont St Giles while exploring the attractive countryside of the Misbourne valley. There's riverside paths, woodland trails and a series of moderate hill climbs with splendid views of the Chilterns countryside. View Full Details>>
Ashridge Boundary Trail16 miles (26 km)This walk takes you on a tour of the National Trust owned Ashridge Estate in the Chiltern Hills. The estate consists of 5,000 acres of woodlands, commons and chalk downland which supports a rich variety of wildlife. View Full Details>>
Aston Rowant Nature Reserve5 miles (8.5 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this wonderful nature reserve in the Chilterns and climb Beacon Hill on the way. The reserve is a splendid place for walking with miles of good paths taking you through woodland, chalk grassland and some lovely Chilterns countryside. It's a wonderful place for flora and fauna with flowers such as orchids, theChiltern gentian and various wildflowers. The attractive mixed woodland includes beech,yew, andjuniper.As for wildlife look out for Red Kites soaring above and butterflies such as thesilver-spotted skipperand theAdonis blue. You may also see Dartmoor Ponies, Roe deer, feral goats and buzzards. View Full Details>>
Aylesbury Ring31 miles (50 km)This circular walk takes you on a tour of the Aylesbury Vale View Full Details>>
Barton Hills2 miles (3 km)Visit the Barton Hills National Nature Reserve and enjoy peaceful walking trails in the Chilterns. A series of footpaths take you to the attractive downland, chalk grassland and beechwoodland. It's delightful in the summer months with a variety of wildflowers attracting butterflies such as marbled white and dark green fritillary. Look out for vegetation including wild thyme, horseshoe vetch, marjoram and orchids as you make your way along the paths. It's a great area for wildlife too with lots of different birds and mammals such as stoats, weasels and hares. You can start your walk from the little town of Barton-le-Clay which lies just to the north of the reserve. Follow the John Bunyan Trail through the town and south to the reserve. View Full Details>>
Bradenham Woods2 miles (3.5 km)This circular walk explores the woodland and countryside surrounding the pretty village of Bradenham in the Chilterns. The area is run by the National Trust so there are good, waymarked footpaths and facilties. View Full Details>>
Charlbury Circular Walk4 miles (6.5 km)This circular walk uses part of the Oxfordshire Way long distance trail to explore the area around the Oxfordshire town of Charlbury. The walk is just over 4 miles long, using waymarked footpaths to take you through a lovely part of the Evenlode Valley area of the Cotswolds. There's some attractive countryside, pockets of woodland and good views of the River Evenlode to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Chesham5 miles (8 km)The town of Chesham is in a great location for exploring the Chiltern Hills AONB and the lovely Chess Valley. Two long distance trails run through the town including the Chess Valley Walk and the Chiltern Link. The latter provides a link to The Ridgeway National Trail where you can further explore the hills surrounding the town. View Full Details>>
Chiltern Link8 miles (13 km)Travel through the beautiful Chiltern Hills on this path which links the Chess Valley Walk and the Ridgeway National Trail. The route runs for 8 miles between Wendover and Chesham passing through some really splendid countryside and the lovely Wendover Woods. View Full Details>>
Chiltern Way124 miles (200 km)This is the original 125 mile circuit of the Chilterns AONB taking you through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, Marlow, Hambleden, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs Country Park, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Harpenden. The main attractions on the route are the series of delightful villages with their ancient churches, pretty village greens and fascinating museums. The Chilterns countryside is also beautiful with rivers, canals and the rolling hills to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Christmas Common and Watlington Hill4 miles (6 km)This circular walk takes you around the lovely area of Christmas Common in the Chilterns. View Full Details>>
Coombe Hill5 miles (8 km)Climb to the 260m (850ft) summit of this lovely hill in the Chilterns. Coombe Hill is the highest viewpoint in the Chiltern Hills and commands wonderful views over Aylesbury Vale and the Cotswolds. View Full Details>>
Dockey Wood2 miles (3 km)This delightful little bluebell wood is part of the wider Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns. The wood is very popular in the spring months as it is covered in carpets of bluebells. Please stick to the paths marked by the National Trust when you visit the site. View Full Details>>
Dunstable Downs Country Park4 miles (6.5 km)Climb Dunstable Downs and enjoy breathtaking views over the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beautyon this circular walk in Whipsnade. There are miles of footpaths crossing the chalk grasslands of the Downs visiting a number of interesting sites including: View Full Details>>
Great Missenden5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a circular walk around the village of Great Missenden in the Chilterns. The walk visits the pretty abbey gardens before climbing the surrounding hills for great views back down to the village and into the surrounding Chilterns countryside. View Full Details>>
Haddington Hill3 miles (4.5 km)Enjoy a climb to the highest point in the county of Buckinghamshire on this circular walk in Wendover Woods. View Full Details>>
Henley-on-Thames14 miles (22.5 km)The popular markettown of Henley-on-Thames has a number of excellent waymarked trails to try. The riverside town is a very pretty place and home to the famous Henley Regatta. The rowing event takes place every year over the first weekend in July. Look out for the Grade I listed Henley Bridge as you make your way through the town.The five arched bridge across the river thames was built in 1786. The parish churchofSt Mary the Virgindates from the 16th-century while the The Old Belldates from 1325. The town can be accessed by train from Twyford and there are direct trains from London Paddington in peak hours. View Full Details>>
Hitchin12 miles (20 km)The Hertfordshire town of Hitchin makes a great base for exploring the lovely north eastern corner of the Chiltern Hills. View Full Details>>
Hodgemoor Woods2 miles (3 km)These woods near the town of Amersham have some good footpaths and mountain bike trails to try. View Full Details>>
Hughenden Park2 miles (4 km)The 1,500 acres of parkland surrounding the red brick Victorian mansion of Hughenden Manor is great for a short walk in lovely surroundings. There's woodland trails, pretty formal gardens and riverside paths to enjoy. The area is also surrounded by some beauitful Chilterns countryside. View Full Details>>
Ivinghoe Beacon5 miles (8 km)Climb to the top of this iconic hillin theChilterns on this walk in Buckinghamshire. Ivinghoe Beacon stands at 233m (757ft) and commands fine views over the Chiltern Hills and the Vale of Aylesbury. View Full Details>>
John Bunyan Trail77 miles (124 km)Follow in the footsteps of John Bunyan, the Puritan Evangelist and author of the book 'Pilgrim's Progress'. The walk visits many historic villages associated with Bunyan. It starts at Streatley and visits Sharpenhoe, Harlington, Westoning, Steppingley, Flitwick, Ampthill, Millbrook, Ridgmont, Cranfield, Bromham, Stevington, Pavenham, Oakley, Clapham, Bedford, Elstow, Shefford, Meppershall, Shillington, Hexton and Barton le Clay before returning to Streatley. There's some beautiful Bedfordshire countryside to enjoy including Sharpenhoe Clappers, the Barton Hills, the Pegsdon Hills and views of the Chiltern Hills for much of the walk. View Full Details>>
Mapledurham House4 miles (7 km)The Mapledurham estate is a wonderful place for a relaxing afternoon walk. The house is located on the River Thames with the picturesque Old Watermill right beside it. The mill is still operational and dates from the 15th century. The route below is circular, starting at the house and taking you on a tour of the woodland and countryside in the estate. The park is located near Caversham in Oxfordshire. View Full Details>>
Marlow4 miles (7 km)The riverside town of Marlow is a lovely spot for walking. With the Thames path and some lovely countryside and woodland there's lots of good options for walkers. View Full Details>>
Marlow to Henley8 miles (13 km)A popular riverside walk between these Marlow and Henley-on-Thames. The walk follows a lovely section of the Thames Path National Trail for about 8 miles. There's locks, weirs, interesting villages and great views of the Chilterns countryside to enjoy. At the end of the walk you can return the same way or catch a bus back to Marlow to rest your legs. View Full Details>>
Pegsdon Hills2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a climb to Deacon Hill and enjoy wonderful views over the Chilterns on this walk in the Pegsdon Hills. The hills are also a designated nature reserve so there's lots of intersting flora and fauna to see as well. View Full Details>>
Sharpenhoe Clappers3 miles (5 km)Visit this classic chalk escarpment in the Chilterns and enjoy wonderful views across this beautiful area. This circular walk makes use of the John Bunyan Trail and the Icknield Way Path to take you on a tour of the Sharpenhoe Clappers and the Smithcombe Hills. There's a degree of climbing involved with the route hitting a peak of just over 500ft at the high points. View Full Details>>
Sonning Common6 miles (9 km)This walk takes you around the countryside, parkland and woodland surrounding the village of Sonning Common in Oxfordshire. The village is a popular place for walkers wishing to explore a quiet area of the Chilterns. It is the home of the Sonning Common Health Walks set up in 1996 by DrWilliam Bird. The walks aim to reduce heart disease, reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, relieve depression and anxiety, reduce stress, tackle obesity, and help with diabetes. View Full Details>>
The Swan's Way65 miles (105 km)The Swan's Way long distance bridleroute runs from Salcey Forest in the north to Goring on Thames in the south, a distance of 65 miles (105km). From the Northants border, the route crosses the Vale of Aylesbury to meet the Ridgeway near Princes Risborough and then follows the chalk slopes of the Chilterns to the Thames at Goring. It passes through varied countryside from beech woods on chalk scarp to low vales and ancient woodlands. View Full Details>>
Tring Park3 miles (5.5 km)This splendid park in the Chilterns AONB has lots of good walking trails to try. In the park you will find expansive areas of grassland and pretty bluebell woods ideal for a peaceful afternoon stroll. There's lots of wildflowers and butterflies in the summer months and great views from the park's high points. View Full Details>>
Wallingford Circular Walk14 miles (23 km)This circular walk explores the countryside surrounding the riverside Oxfordshire town of Wallingford. The route makes use of three of the long distance trails which pass through the area. You'll follow sections of the Thames Path the The Ridgeway and The Swan's Way as you make your way through the beautiful Chiltern's countryside which surrounds the town. The route reaches high points of nearly 700ft so there are some moderate climbs with wonderful views to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Warburg Nature Reserve2 miles (2.5 km)This delightful nature reserve near Henley-on-Thames has some lovely woodland trails to try. It's a splendid place for flora and fauna with lots of bluebells and wood anemones in the spring. In the summer months the site is rich with orchids including fly orchid and bird's-nest orchid. Look out for wildlife including rare butterflies and a variety of woodland birds. All in all over 2,000 species of plants, fungi and animals have been recorded here. View Full Details>>
Wendover Woods4 miles (7 km)Enjoy miles of great cycling and walking trails in this large forest in Buckinghamshire. The cycle trail is a moderate 5 mile route on waymarked surfaced tracks. It has some steep sections but is generally suitable for all abilities/families. View Full Details>>
West Wycombe Park5 miles (8 km)Explore the beautiful estate surrounding West Wycombe House on this walk in the Chilterns AONB. The Palladian house has 45 acres of landscaped gardens with a lovely large lake, views of the River Wyre, woodland paths and sweeping lawns to enjoy. Look out for attractive temples and follies such as the Temple of the Four Winds. View Full Details>>
Wychwood Forest4 miles (6 km)Explore this large area of forest near Charlbury on this woodland walk. The forest can be reached from the nearby village of Finstock or from Charlbury. There are rail stations at both. View Full Details>>

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