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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...
Box Wood Walks

Box Wood Walks

Northern Circular Walk: Distance 3.8 miles (6.12 km) Duration 2hrs Calories 550 (est) Southern Circular Walk: Distance 3 miles (4.83 km) Duration 2hrs Calories 450 (est) The Box Wood walks will introduce you to the beautiful countryside of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which lies just north west of London. The walks can be combined to create a 6 mile circular walk. 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! Discover twisting old box trees in the largest box woodland in the country and enjoy far-reaching, attractive views of the Chiltern hills and adjacent vales. Explore woodlands and grasslands rich with chalk-associated flora and fauna including box, juniper, orchids and snails. Step back in time by visiting a hill fort and  three village churches (if you combine the Southern and Northern circular walks). Find out how people have used boxwood through the centuries.Year-round interest is provided by the stunning views, churches and evergreen box. Box is easier to distinguish in the winter when other trees have lost their leaves. Spring and summer promises colourful wildflowers and butterflies in the grasslands. The nearest large towns are Princes Risborough and Wendover offering shops, public toilets, tourist information offices and numerous other amenities. There are pubs in nearby villages. 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...
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...
Theatrical London Walk

Theatrical London Walk

Distance 3.3 miles (5.3 km)          Duration 1.5 hrs             Calories 450 (est.)          Audio: No This three-mile Tour of London’s West End and South Bank starts in world-famous Leicester Square, which is where the red carpet is rolled out for film premieres. These cinemas were originally theatres and music halls or were built on the site of theatrical establishments long gone. But fear not, there are still plenty of working theatres to discover on the Theatrical London walk, many with intriguing stories to tell, some haunted by ghosts and others moving with the times, from music halls to 21st-century multimedia venues. 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! Walk on cobbled streets where celebrities, performers and artists mix with tourists, office workers, journalists, TV personalities and language students. We will also be walking through the ages, from the glorious Elizabethan Age, when Shakespeare and his company performed to rowdy crowds, to the modern day, when musicals tend to monopolise central London’s cultural offerings. Theatres were noisy places in Shakespeare’s times. People would meet there, talk during the play and even interact with the actors. Shakespeare introduced jokey references to amuse and captivate his audience. For instance, the ‘romantic’ line in Romeo and Juliet “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” would have provoked huge hilarity – this was an inside joke because of nearby Rose Alley, which had an open sewer running to the Thames. The Theatrical London walk starts by...
Hughenden Manor Tour – Coming Soon

Hughenden Manor Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 5.50 miles (8.8km)         Duration 2.40 hrs             Calories 900 (est.) We are continuing our Chiltern Hills’ Series with a tour of the Hughenden Valley and surrounding area. One of the key attractions and first recorded in 1086 is Hughenden Manor.  Remodelled in 1862 the present mansion is now a 19th-Century red-brick Victorian building owned by the National Trust since 1947. The Manor was the country seat of Prime Minister and writer Benjamin Disraeli. Disraeli spent his younger years in the nearby village of Bradenham, which features in our West Wycombe Tour. This tour starts in the Hughenden Valley and takes in wonderful woodland, rugged and teeming with wildlife, unspoilt countryside and stunning landscape. Along the 5.5 mile-route, you will discover natural and man-made sites of historical interest in the commons along the route, while learning about local traditions and folklore. The route passes along the edge of Downley Common affording an opportunity to drop into the charming Le De Spencers Arms a Fullers pub with its large garden area, low beam ceilings and open fire, welcoming those looking for food or a pint or both (dogs on leads welcome). Please note that access to the Hughenden Manor Estate is free (including the Stable Tearooms) but there is a charge for non-National Trust members to visit the mansion and its garden. This is optional but we dare you not to be intrigued by the house that was on Hitler’s secret hit list.  We advise you to confirm opening times and dates in advance to avoid disappointment.  National Trust properties in particular are not open year round and others vary...