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distance 9.39 km Vertical gain +91 m Vertical drop -83 m Duration 2h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Henley-on-Thames - Oxfordshire

A circular walk from Henley-on-Thames Station with a lovely pub, The Flower Pot, halfway. Returning through a deer park with spectacular views of the Thames and the Chilterns.
Good parking at Henley-on-Thames station.

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distance 14.25 km Vertical gain +12 m Vertical drop -20 m Duration 4h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Henley-on-Thames - Oxfordshire

A pleasant linear walk along the Thames Path between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow. The path is easy to follow and is almost all downhill. There are a number of public transport options to return to the start.

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distance 11.74 km Vertical gain +157 m Vertical drop -161 m Duration 3h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This walk explores some of the hamlets of the Chilterns which, although close to Hemel Hempstead retain their remoteness in their quiet locations. It goes over the typical chalk uplands of the Gade valley and up to the beechwoods of the National Trust Ashridge estate. It passes charming 17th century cottages, a vineyard, a Buddhist Temple and long established churches. The country truly merits its AONB designation.

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distance 8.02 km Vertical gain +124 m Vertical drop -127 m Duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

Starting from Hexton this walk on the borders of Befordshire and Hertfordshire includes the attractive downland between Telegraph and Deacon Hills and a section of the Icknield Way.

Walking The Chilterns above Tring ( Download : )
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distance 18.18 km Vertical gain +243 m Vertical drop -247 m Duration 5h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Aldbury - Hertfordshire

National Trails and Long Distance Paths crisscross the Chilterns in this area. This Circular Walk makes use of short stretches of at least five such to provide a beautiful and varied walk through Chiltern woodland, on Chiltern chalk downs with wide vistas from the scarp edge of the hills, along a stretch of the historic Grand Union Canal, and through one of the prettiest villages in Hertfordshire.

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Great Gaddesden from Jockey End
distance 8.26 km Vertical gain +69 m Vertical drop -73 m Duration 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This short Hertfordshire walk explores the pleasant countryside to the south east of Jockey End and follows the Hertfordshire Way to descend into the Gade Valley and the village of Great Gaddesden. The return route leaves the valley following the Chiltern Way for the return to the start.

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distance 10.77 km Vertical gain +64 m Vertical drop -60 m Duration 3h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Little Chalfont - Buckinghamshire

This walk along the River Chess starts from Little Chalfont in Buckinghamshire and walks east through pleasant surroundings before turning west to Chenies and a return to the start.

Professional from the tourism industry
distance 6.22 km Vertical gain +128 m Vertical drop -124 m Duration 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Turville - Buckinghamshire

A medium length walk with one steep section. The village of Turville has become famous as the setting of the BBC TV Comedy the Vicar of Dibley. It has also featured in other TV programmes and films such as Midsomer Murders, Goodnight Mr Tom and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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distance 7.72 km Vertical gain +165 m Vertical drop -157 m Duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Watlington - Oxfordshire

A short Oxfordshire walk that explores the woodlands and countryside to the east of Christmas Common. The route is generally easy to follow and includes sections of the Oxfordshire Way and Chiltern Way.

Walking Hambleden Circular ( Download : )
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distance 9.98 km Vertical gain +153 m Vertical drop -155 m Duration 3h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hambleden - Buckinghamshire

This a circular walk with a slow climb to the heights, avoiding the steep climb on the Hambleden side. On the way, visit Luxters Farm Winery and Brewery and walk parts of Shakespeare's and Chilterns Ways.

Walking Perch & Pike - Route 1 ( Download : )
Professional from the tourism industry
distance 5.21 km Vertical gain +5 m Vertical drop -5 m Duration 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Stoke (Oxfordshire) - Oxfordshire

A short easy walk along the Thames on the outward leg.

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distance 10.39 km Vertical gain +93 m Vertical drop -96 m Duration 3h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This walk is over the undulating plateau of the Chiltern dip slope, through the parklands of some of the 18th Century mansions which dot the Chilterns. Although the land is now more given over to arable agriculture, the landscape is still greatly influenced by the great designers, including Capability Brown. A walk with great views over the Gade valley and a revelation of the life style of baronets and local squires in the 1700s and the lesser houses of their tenants.

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distance 17.71 km Vertical gain +160 m Vertical drop -164 m Duration 5h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

Starting from Hexton this walk on the borders of Befordshire and Hertfordshire offers mile after mile of beautiful countryside with the hilltops steeped in ancient history. The route includes sections of the Icknield and John Bunyan Ways.

Walking Hill walking from Hexton ( Download : )
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distance 18.93 km Vertical gain +186 m Vertical drop -190 m Duration 5h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

The northern end of the Chilterns almost seem to be a geological afterthought as they straddle the Bedfordshire Hertfordshire border. Starting from Hexton this walk offers mile after mile of beautiful countryside with the hilltops steeped in ancient history.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 15.98 km Vertical gain +234 m Vertical drop -235 m Duration 5h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Aldbury - Hertfordshire

From picturesque Aldbury you follow the Ridgeway to Ivinghoe beacon, returning via the Ashridge boundary trail and the Chiltern Way. You can enjoy the contrasts between the two LDPs: airy ridges on the Ridgeway and the patchwork of woods and fields on the Chiltern Way.

Walking The Flower Pot - Route 1 ( Download : )
Professional from the tourism industry
distance 5.11 km Vertical gain +21 m Vertical drop -21 m Duration 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Remenham - Berkshire

Apart from a short climb at the start, it’s easy walking for the rest of the route.

Walking The Flower Pot - Route 2 ( Download : )
Professional from the tourism industry
distance 8.37 km Vertical gain +21 m Vertical drop -23 m Duration 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Remenham - Berkshire

Apart from a short climb at the start, it’s easy walking for the rest of the route.

Walking King William IV - Route 3 ( Download : )
Professional from the tourism industry
distance 10.62 km Vertical gain +138 m Vertical drop -136 m Duration 3h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ipsden - Oxfordshire

A long a steady climb over the second quarter of the walk, thereafter an easy walk back.

Professional from the tourism industry
distance 9.98 km Vertical gain +176 m Vertical drop -184 m Duration 3h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Swyncombe - Oxfordshire

A medium length walk with quite hilly terrain around The Five Horseshoes pub.

Professional from the tourism industry
distance 7.49 km Vertical gain +42 m Vertical drop -38 m Duration 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lewknor - Oxfordshire

Easy walk with no hills around The Leathern Bottle.

Professional from the tourism industry
distance 7.27 km Vertical gain +209 m Vertical drop -204 m Duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lewknor - Oxfordshire

A moderate walk with some steep hills around The Leathern Bottle.

Walker
distance 18.93 km Vertical gain +229 m Vertical drop -265 m Duration 6h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Little Chalfont - Buckinghamshire

This Chilterns walk takes in parts of the Chess Valley walk at the start and end of the route and a section of the Chiltern Way in between. There is a variety of scenery with undulating landscapes, pastoral scenes of grazing animals, fields of wild flowers in summer, a cricket pitch, a golf course, a quarry, two churches and the shallow chalk stream of the River Chess.

Walking Checkendon Walk, Chilterns ( Download : )
Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 8.73 km Vertical gain +100 m Vertical drop -93 m Duration 2h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Checkendon - Oxfordshire

A very pleasant walk exploring the attractive woods and landscape in and around the village of Checkendon in South Oxfordshire.

Professional from the tourism industry
distance 5.69 km Vertical gain +56 m Vertical drop -59 m Duration 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stoke Row - Oxfordshire

An easy walk over fairly even terrain. Stoke Row – Wyfold Court – Stoke Row.

Professional from the tourism industry
distance 8.66 km Vertical gain +142 m Vertical drop -142 m Duration 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Watlington - Oxfordshire

A medium length walk with some steep climbs through woods.

Walking Goring Wild Walk ( Download : )
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distance 8.76 km Vertical gain +121 m Vertical drop -118 m Duration 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Goring - Oxfordshire

Explore Goring : enjoy magnificent views of the River Thames and rare chalk grassland species. Starting in Goring, this 8 km circular walk takes in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s (BBOWT) Hartslock nature reserve and a section of the Thames Path

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End of the Chilterns : Pegsdon Hills & Little Offley
distance 15.28 km Vertical gain +231 m Vertical drop -226 m Duration 5h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Shillington - Bedfordshire

This is a surprisingly hilly walk for this general area, being the northern end of the Chilterns AONB, mostly through rolling farmland, with some wonderful views across the flatlands of south Bedfordshire to the north, especially if the air is clear. Most of it is along the edges of/through fields, along grass & hard-surfaced paths & tracks. There are two tree-covered 'alleys'. It passes a large late-Tudor manor house. You will walk part of the Icknield Way & visit Pegsdon Hills Nature Reserve.

Walking Peppard Common - Route 2 ( Download : )
Professional from the tourism industry
distance 7.18 km Vertical gain +60 m Vertical drop -57 m Duration 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Rotherfield Peppard - Oxfordshire

Peppard Common – Sonning Common – Peppard Common.

Professional from the tourism industry
distance 9.45 km Vertical gain +67 m Vertical drop -67 m Duration 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stoke Row - Oxfordshire

A fairly long walk over mostly even terrain. Stoke Row – Hook End – Exlade St – Checkendon – Stoke Row.

Professional from the tourism industry
distance 7.53 km Vertical gain +73 m Vertical drop -72 m Duration 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stoke Row - Oxfordshire

A medium length walk with a high stile : Stoke Row – Ipsden Heath – Stoke Row.

Professional from the tourism industry
distance 11.93 km Vertical gain +222 m Vertical drop -227 m Duration 4h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Swyncombe - Oxfordshire

A fairly long walk over hilly terrain with two steep uphill sections.

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Hughenen Manor - West Wycombe, Dashwood Mausoleum, Hellfire Caves
distance 9.78 km Vertical gain +252 m Vertical drop -246 m Duration 3h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hughenden - Buckinghamshire

A circular loop offering heaps of views, wildlife spotting, and history preserved by the National Trust. This walk goes up and down the hills and woodlands where end of May-June you can enjoy the bluebells. Keep your ears and eyes wide open listening to the whistling red kites or spot some pheasant or squirrels.

Walking The New Inn - Route 2 ( Download : )
Professional from the tourism industry
distance 6.30 km Vertical gain +35 m Vertical drop -32 m Duration 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kidmore End - Oxfordshire

A medium length walk over fairly flat terrain through two adjacent villages and surrounding woodland.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 9.58 km Vertical gain +104 m Vertical drop -111 m Duration 3h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Chenies - Buckinghamshire

This walk explores the picturesque Chess Valley and the pretty village of Chenies with its Tudor manor house, 15th century church and village green. It climbs to Church End, Sarratt, passing through the churchyard of the 12th century church. There are fine views of the valley and the river Chess.

Walking Henley-on-Thames - Route 1 ( Download : )
Professional from the tourism industry
distance 8.48 km Vertical gain +86 m Vertical drop -84 m Duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Henley-on-Thames - Oxfordshire

An easy walk with no steep gradients. Henley – Rotherfield Greys – Pack and Prime Lane – Henley.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 8.60 km Vertical gain +96 m Vertical drop -96 m Duration 2h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Luton

It is surprising how easy it is to escape from urban Luton to quiet open countryside. This walk is a short circuit from Bushmead to Lilley and back.

Particularly lovely late on a June evening, during the summer when the fields are full of ripe crops or in winter to blow away the cobwebs.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 8.87 km Vertical gain +156 m Vertical drop -150 m Duration 3h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Goring - Oxfordshire

A lovely stile-free walk from Goring on the east of the Thames. Walk from the village out into the wooded areas to the east.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 11.97 km Vertical gain +90 m Vertical drop -89 m Duration 3h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Studham - Bedfordshire

There’s a lot of lovely, rolling countryside in and around Studham Common, and dramatic views from Dunstable Downs. This walk visits a tree cathedral and a 16th-century church, and offers the possibility of spotting exotic animals at Whipsnade Zoo.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 9.93 km Vertical gain +86 m Vertical drop -84 m Duration 3h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Dunstable - Bedfordshire

A walk along quiet country paths to Caddington and the ancient woodland of Badgerdell wood before emerging at the top of the steep hillside above Dunstable. Enjoy the extensive views from Blow's Down.

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distance 14.02 km Vertical gain +258 m Vertical drop -258 m Duration 4h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Aldbury - Hertfordshire

This walk follows the ancient Ridgeway with stunning views from the tops of both Pitstone Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon, before returning through the beautiful woodland of the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 11.35 km Vertical gain +149 m Vertical drop -151 m Duration 3h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Wendover - Buckinghamshire

A varied walk climbing to a hillfort in Wendover woods with beautiful views over Aylesbury Vale. Return by the peaceful Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal.

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distance 11.90 km Vertical gain +81 m Vertical drop -79 m Duration 3h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Aldbury - Hertfordshire

Visit some of the quieter parts of the Ashridge Estate on the way to Hudnall Common and Little Gaddesden.

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distance 9.57 km Vertical gain +79 m Vertical drop -74 m Duration 3h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Totternhoe - Bedfordshire

A mainly level walk through open farmland to the foot of the Dunstable Downs, with a gentle climb to pick up the Icknield and Chiltern Ways. Great views over the Bedfordshire plain and Ivinghoe Beacon.

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distance 9.35 km Vertical gain +132 m Vertical drop -135 m Duration 3h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Chipperfield - Hertfordshire

A rewarding, scenic country walk exploring several commons and villages along with an attractive river valley. Good pubs!

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distance 8.17 km Vertical gain +160 m Vertical drop -164 m Duration 2h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Watlington - Oxfordshire

This could be described as a Christmas walk for all seasons, or perhaps as a walk of two halves – a lovely woodland adventure or a breathtaking hilltop adventure. The choice is yours.

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distance 5.59 km Vertical gain +184 m Vertical drop -185 m Duration 2h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lewknor - Oxfordshire

This short, stile-free walk shows the Chilterns at their best. There are quiet and hidden landscapes, a National Nature Reserve and superb views from the top of the escarpment.

Walking Marlow Circular, Chilterns ( Download : )
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distance 10.22 km Vertical gain +75 m Vertical drop -73 m Duration 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Marlow - Buckinghamshire

A walk along the Thames Path to Temple Lock and through the picturesque Harleyford Estate to the woods of Marlow Common and the new Chiltern Society Local Nature Reserve.

Walking Naphill Route, Chilterns ( Download : )
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distance 11.49 km Vertical gain +232 m Vertical drop -234 m Duration 3h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hughenden - Buckinghamshire

A scenic walk around Naphill. Full of interest: there is a fascinating history of WWII codebreaking and a visit to the home of a famous artist.

Walking Prestwood Route, Chilterns ( Download : )
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distance 9.32 km Vertical gain +102 m Vertical drop -103 m Duration 2h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hughenden - Buckinghamshire

A wonderful opportunity to combine a stroll round Prestwood Nature Reserve with a lovely walk in the surrounding area. At Peterley Manor Farm there is the opportunity to do a little ‘pick your own’ for such delights as strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries and various vegetables.

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distance 7.88 km Vertical gain +146 m Vertical drop -140 m Duration 2h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Shillington - Bedfordshire

This route offers the walker some of the most stunning views in the whole of the Chilterns and visits a number of important wildlife sites featured in the book by Gay Beattie "The Pilgrim’s Progress Wild Flowers and Where to Find Them in The Chilterns." Pegsdon and Deacon Hills were a favourite of the writer and preacher John Bunyan who referred to them in as the "Delectable Mountains".