amenities: Town

Guildford Tranquillity Trail

Guildford Tranquillity Trail

Distance 2.75 miles (4.5 km) Duration 1 hr 30 mins Calories 400 (est.) Being in tranquil spaces can help us relax, clear our heads and help us to regain focus. Guildford is a wonderful place full of interesting open spaces. Being surrounded by nature has also been found to be hugely beneficial for health and wellbeing especially if we can also hear the sounds of nature. To get the trail: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy the trail! The Tranquillity Trail allows you take time to appreciate nature even in the midst of this thriving community. You can leave the car behind on this occasion and in most weather and in all seasons enjoy a peaceful walk. This can facilitate important downtime, personal reflection and mindfulness with the bonus of healthy exercise. This 2.75 mile trail takes you on a circular walk along relatively quiet routes to some beautiful tranquil spaces without leaving Guildford. Images from the tour Millmead Lock Castle Grounds Quarry Street Castle Street The Great Tower River...
Ashridge Drovers

Ashridge Drovers

Short Walk: Distance 4 miles (6.44 km) Duration 2hrs Calories 600 (est) Long Walk: Distance 6 miles (9.66 km) Duration 3hrs Calories 950 (est) Just a 45 minute train ride from London Euston and a few minutes walk from Tring station you can enjoy the fresh air and fantastic views of the Chilterns countryside. To get the walk: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy an excellent day out! The Ashridge Drovers Walks follows typically Chiltern sunken lanes that criss-cross the area. This network of ancient green lanes would have been used over hundreds of years to move livestock from the villages of Aldbury, Ivinghoe and Pitstone to their common lands. This movement of livestock was called droving. Much of these walks are through common land. Common land is unusual, insofar as the ‘commoners’ have rights to grazing and other activities, such as cutting turf, although they are not the owners of that land. There are very few commons left today. The three villages surrounding the Ashridge Estate, Pitstone, Ivinghoe and Aldbury, have their respective commons within the Estate. These three commons would have been clear of woodland as recently as one hundred years ago. The commons within Ashridge were then used to graze cattle, sheep and pigs from the adjacent villages. Fuel for heating homes was also collected from the commons along with bedding for animals and heather and birch for making brooms. Most commons were heavily grazed and, over the centuries, lost their woodland cover except for a few large trees. There has been...
Seer Green and Beaconsfield

Seer Green and Beaconsfield

Circular Walk: Distance 6.5 miles (10.5 km) Duration 3hrs 30mins Calories 1050 (est) Station to Station Walk: Distance 6.3 miles (10 km) Duration 3hrs 30mins Calories 1000 (est) The Seer Green and Beaconsfield walks will introduce you to the beautiful countryside of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which lies just north west of London, easily reached on a short train journey. To get the walk: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy an excellent day out! These walks offer a delightful mixture of woodland interspersed with panoramic views, giving a real flavour of the Chilterns; one of England’s most wooded Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Many of the woodlands are classified as ‘Ancient seminatural’, reflecting their great age and their high wildlife interest. The walks are mainly on un-surfaced tracks which can get muddy in wet weather. Stout footwear is recommended. For more walks and rides in the Chilterns see the Chilterns AONB website. Please be considerate in the countryside: keep to public rights of way, and leave farm gates as you find them. please keep dogs under close control and on leads where animals are grazing. Not sure you’re ready to go paper-free? Here’s the OS map covering the tour area: Chiltern Hills East  (OS Explorer Map – 172) – Buy Now at Amazon Images from the tour Holy Trinity Church Farmland Hodgemoor Woods Sheep Jordans Seer...
Experience Chipping Norton

Experience Chipping Norton

Distance 1 mile (1.6 km)                      Duration 1 hr             Calories 150 (est.) This historical tour will explore the bustling, Cotswold market town of Chipping Norton located at the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. ‘Chippy’, as it is known to the locals, boasts its own museum, housing a large collection of town related artefacts, an award-winning theatre and is renowned for its antique shops, boutiques, diverse shopping and a great choice of places to eat. The town’s working market town atmosphere not only makes it a fantastic place to visit but an ideal base for exploring the wealth of nearby attractions such as The Rollright Stones, Blenheim Palace and the Cotswold Wildlife Park. To get the walk: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy an excellent day out! The highest town in Oxfordshire, Chipping Norton, simply referred to as ‘Norton’ in the 1086 Domesday survey, is situated on the western slopes of a hillside that was once the site of a Norman castle. The site of the castle is now Scheduled as an Ancient Monument. In 1205 King John granted the town a Royal charter no doubt helping it to become a centre for the Cotswold wool trade and by 1224 ‘Chipping’, old English for market, was added to the town’s name. Success continued and by the first half of the 14th Century Chipping Norton was one of the most prosperous market towns in Oxfordshire. Today the town is known for its heritage, including 126 listed structures, stunningly beautiful countryside and its lively year...
Guildford Historic Trail

Guildford Historic Trail

Distance 1.5 miles (2.4 km)                      Duration 1 hr 30 mins             Calories 200 (est.) Guildford is the historic county town at the heart of Surrey with great shopping and dining options as well as a vibrant cultural scene which includes the renowned Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Electric Theatre and G Live. To get the trail: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy the trail! Sitting on the River Wey and nestled in the Surrey Hills, the town dates back to Saxon times when there was a ford that allowed travellers to cross the river. At one time serving as home to the Royal Mint, the town’s prosperity took off with the completion of the Wey Navigation in 1653, opening up a trade route to the river Thames. Today the town is known for its heritage, countryside and excellent university, as well as being a very popular day trip destination for tourists and shoppers. This 1.5 mile historic trail takes you from the bustling high street up to the Norman Castle, down to the river and then back up to the town centre, taking in 1,000 years of history. Images from the tour Guildhall The Great Tower Alice and the White Rabbit statue Millmead Lock Quarry Street The Angel...
Ramsbottom and Peel Tower Walk

Ramsbottom and Peel Tower Walk

Distance 5.87 miles (9.45 km)          Duration 2:30 hrs             Calories 950 (est.) With dramatic landscapes, a fascinating industrial past, modern art, a heritage railway service, independent shops and tearooms, cosy pubs and link to 19th-century statesman Sir Robert Peel, the Ramsbottom and Peel Tower walk gives you a great introduction to the West Pennines and the area’s Victorian legacy. To get the walk: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy an excellent day out! The walk starts and ends in the Victorian mill town of Ramsbottom in Lancashire. The town was awarded joint runner-up in the Daily Telegraph’s 2013 High Street of the Year contest, a testament to its old-fashioned charm. As you wander it’s streets, you will come across a traditional sweet shop, a butcher that makes exceptional pork pies, the Chocolate Café, art galleries and a great choice of tearooms and cafés, There are lots of annual events that draw large crowds, including the Easter egg rolling or ‘Pace Egging’ on Holcombe Hill, the Chocolate festival, and the International Black-pudding throwing competition. Starting at the free car park at the train station, this 5.87 mile walk takes you through Ramsbottom and then up onto Holcombe Moor, visiting Harcles Hill and the Peel Tower. Coming back down via an ancient roadway you will come through Summerseat and return to Ramsbottom, roughly following the routes of the East Lancashire Railway and the River Irwell. On a clear day, the views from Harcles Hill can be spectacular, taking in Manchester, the mountains...
New Alresford Walk

New Alresford Walk

Distance 6.46 miles (10.40 km)          Duration 3 hrs             Calories 900 (est.) A historic market town, ancient trading routes, a deserted village, and a heritage railway service set the stage for this engaging walking tour. The walk starts and ends in the charming Hampshire town of New Alresford (pronounced ‘Allsford’), which Country Life magazine voted its ‘Favourite Market Town’ in the south-east. With its evocative colour-washed Georgian houses, specialist  shops, independent cafes and old-fashioned inns, you can see why. To get the walk: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy an excellent day out! Though founded in the 12th Century, most of the modern town dates back to the mid 18th Century, when it was rebuilt after the last devastating fire to hit the town in 1736. (There were quite a few fires in the 17th and 18th Centuries, leading to the town gaining a reputation as a dangerous place to live!). The town is famous as being the capital of the UK Watercress industry and the train station is serviced by the Mid-Hants Steam Railway, also known as the Watercress Line. Starting at the pay and display car park at the train station, this 6.5 mile walk takes you down through the town, along the River Alre and out into the surrounding countryside using some ancient paths and tracks. You will see examples of the famed watercress beds in nearby farms. When you return to the town, you will be able to enjoy well-deserved refreshments in one of the town’s...
Witley and Hambledon Walk

Witley and Hambledon Walk

Distance 6.6 miles (10.6 km)          Duration 3 hrs             Calories 1000 (est.) This countryside walk is set in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It starts and ends at the train station in Witley, which is on the mainline to London Waterloo. This offers easy access to Portsmouth, Guildford and Woking. To get the tour: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy the walk! The walk visits Hambledon, a small scattered village with a number of historic buildings that have a story to tell. It then heads up to Hydon’s Ball & Heath, one of The National Trust’s earliest acquisitions. This is one of two high points on the walk that give the walker great vantage points with extensive views of the Weald and the South Downs. Towards the end, the walk visits the Merry Harriers, a 16th-century pub that offers great food and drink, as well as an opportunity to play petanque in the beer garden while being overlooked by Llamas! The terrain is mostly woodland walking with a few stretches through farmland. If you are looking for a day out that offers a flavour of rural Surrey as well as an insight into the local history this is the walk for you. If you want to visit The National Trust’s Oakhurst Cottage, which is a stop on the route, you need to book your visit in advance. See the National Trust website for more information. Please be considerate in the countryside: keep to public rights of way,...
Dorchester Roman Tour – Coming Soon

Dorchester Roman Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 5.59 miles (8.8km)         Duration 2:50 hrs             Calories 1,050 (est) Dorchester is a fantastic place, boasting beautiful countryside, a picturesque town worth exploring and a history so rich that Time Team deemed it the perfect location for their pilot episode. Join us as we make the tranquil journey from Dorchester on Thames, through the countryside and towards the village, as the Romans would have done many years before us, and discover the many clues of its ancestry chiselled deep in the landscape that they left behind. Learn about the impressive Abbey that stands proudly in the town like a profile picture to yesteryear, discover the evidence of Neolithic inhabitancy, admire Georgian architecture and even walk through the many scenic locations used in popular TV dramas. Uncover the secrets of the River Thames, stroll through years of rich heritage and even learn what the Pooh Stick World Championship is! So come with us on a journey not only through Dorchester, but in to the past, as we discover what makes this historic town a compelling magnet both to our ancestors and to...
Blenheim Palace Tour – Coming Soon

Blenheim Palace Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 6.0 miles (9.6 km)          Duration 2:15 hrs             Calories 800 (est.) Built in the 18th century to celebrate the victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession, Blenheim Palace a masterpiece of Baroque architecture home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough is set in more than 2,000 acres of stunning parkland. The Blenheim Palace walk is set largely in this parkland following public paths affording exceptional woodland, field and lake views and the magnificent palace itself albeit from a distance.  Why not make a day of it and see the palace as well it’s certainly worth a visit, the palace entry fee is separate to the cost of this walk, but it’s valid for year representing very good value. The walk starts in the charming Georgian town of Woodstock (means clearing in the woods), described in the Domesday Book as a royal forest, with its many attractive cotswold stone period buildings.  The town is well known for its antique shops but also boasts the Oxfordshire Museum and St Mary Magdalene Church (the spiritual and geographical hear of Woodstock for a thousand years) with its beautiful stain glass.   Wander along its interesting streets and you’ll find a selection of other shops and galleries, as well as some excellent pubs, restaurants and tea shops, there is plenty to do and see making this walk an excellent day out!   Image from the Walk View of Blenheim Place Bridge at Blenheim Blenheim Lake Lambs at Blenheim Woodstock St Mary Magdalene Church,...