calories: 500-1000

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...
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...
Little Marlow Water and Woods Walks

Little Marlow Water and Woods Walks

Water Walk: Distance 3 miles (4.83 km) Duration 1hr 30mins Calories 600 (est) Water and Woods Walk: Distance 6 miles (9.66 km) Duration 3hrs Calories 900 (est) The stile free circular Little Marlow Water and Woods 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! Enjoy the traditional pleasures of river and rolling countryside which the railway opened up for 19th Century London society. From the river, busy with boats, the walk also enjoys the abundant birdlife at the Spade Oak Lake. You will also be rewarded with panoramic views of the Thames Valley, well managed woodland and fascinating archaeology. And there’s ample opportunity for refreshment at the middle or end of your journey. For more walks and rides in the Chilterns see the Chilterns AONB website. Fun for the kids The Flat Route includes quiz questions to keep the children entertained. Look out for the Brain Bugs on the map! 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...
Views of the Thames

Views of the Thames

Flat Route: Distance 3.7 miles (5.9 km) Duration 1hr 30mins Calories 600 (est) Scenic Route: Distance 5.3 miles (8.58 km) Duration 2hr 30mins Calories 850 (est) The Views of the Thames stile free circular 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! The Scenic Route takes you from picturesque Goring up into the Chiltern Hills. You will pass through beech woodlands and through a chalk grassland nature reserve with panoramic views over the Thames Valley. The return leg to Goring is flat, along the River Thames. The walk is easy going, though you will need to cross the railway via a footbridge and navigate some hilly but beautiful sections at the start. The Flat route is shorter, avoids the hilly start but visits the main points of interest you would see on the Scenic Route. Goring is a small picturesque village at the foot of hills separated by the River Thames. There are several pubs serving food, restaurants, cafes, local shops, accommodation and a Youth Hostel. There is a regatta during the summer. Public toilets are located in Goring car park. There are no toilets or refreshments on the walks outside of the villages. For Goring and Streatley visitor information click here, or for more walks and rides in the Chilterns see the Chilterns...
Frieth Walk

Frieth Walk

Distance 5.6 miles (9 km)                      Duration 2:30 hrs             Calories 850 (est.) This Country Ale Tour will take you up and down the beautiful Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Expect rounds of good, old-fashioned ales in ‘ye olde’ public houses, delicious homemade food and quirky anecdotes to keep you going. 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! If you are not into beer but just tagging along with a partner or a mate, the villages of Frieth, Turville, Fingest and Skirmett have a lot to offer besides good beer. Many of the eye-catching properties are Grade I and II listed and there are archaeological sites and natural areas to discover too. Turville and Fingest have appeared in many TV shows and Hollywood films, including classics like ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and the more recent ‘The Monuments Men’. Local folklore includes ghosts and a young girl who slept for nine years and attracted worldwide interest. This is England at its best: idyllic villages, quaint pubs and glorious countryside to discover at a leisurely pace. Going back to beer, several Brakspear pubs are en route, so you can take part in Brakspear’s Country Ale Trail, collect stamps and get free beer. Bear with us on this Tour, we promise that there is something for everyone. Not sure you’re ready to go solo? Here’s the OS map covering the tour area: Chiltern Hills West, Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford (OS Explorer Map – 171) Buy Now at Amazon Images...
Jane Austen Literary Walk

Jane Austen Literary Walk

Distance 4.4 miles (7.1 km)         Duration 2:00 hrs             Calories 750 (est) Jane Austen – A walk from Chawton to Farringdon “…and the plan is that we should all walk with her to drink tea at Faringdon” Letter to Cassandra, 29 May 1811 Home to Jane Austen from 1809, the charming village of Chawton and the picturesque Hampshire landscape create a magical setting for this literary tour. 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! Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma were all published during Jane’s time in Chawton, with the local surroundings and her lifestyle reflected in these works. The Jane Austen Literary walk visits Jane’s house, her brother Edward’s residence, Chawton House, St Nicholas Church (the final resting place of her sister Cassandra and her mother) and much more.  Follow in Jane’s footsteps by visiting the nearby village of Farringdon, a route she would have taken to call on family friends. Walk with Jane in the lovely setting of Chawton, enjoy its literary connections with this inspirational author on what will be undoubtedly a memorable day out. Not sure you’re ready to go paper-free? Here’s the OS map covering the tour area: Haslemere & Petersfield (OS Explorer Map – 133) – Buy Now at Amazon Images from the tour Pasture Lands All Saints Church Upper Farringdon Chawton House Jane Austen’s House Giant...
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...
River Wey Walk

River Wey Walk

Distance 6 miles (9.66 km)          Duration 3 hrs             Calories 900 (est.) An enchanting woodland, National Trust mill, a waterway with a commercial past, a Second World War defence system, ancient spring, 14th-century chapel and historic pubs make the River Wey walk perfect for lovers of history and the countryside. If you are looking for a walk that combines wonderful views with a tranquil riverside stroll and distinctive historical points of interest then this is for you. 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 ‘River Wey and Godalming Navigations’ offers an insight into the industries that existed in the area during the last 400 years. This waterway was an important commercial transport route, connecting to the River Thames. Today, it offers a lovely setting for many leisure activities, such as walking, running, cycling, canoeing and boating. On occasion, you can also see barges being hauled along by a horse as they would have been in days gone by. Starting at the free car park for St Martha’s Hill, this 6 mile tour takes you through Chantry Wood, down to Shalford, along the River Wey to Guildford and then returns using the North Downs Way. There are three pubs marked on the route where you can stop off for refreshments. There is also parking at Shepherd’s Way in Guildford if that is a more convenient starting point. The estimated calorie count for this tour is 900 kcal. The tour uses pavements/roads and well-marked pathways, and there are some...
Lee Village Tour – Coming Soon

Lee Village Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 6.23 miles (10km)          Duration 2:20 hrs             Calories 725 It’s a little misleading to call this the Lee Walk, while the walk certainly takes you through this picturesque little village it also takes you through several others as well! Unfortunately the entire surrounding area is currently under threat of destruction from HS2, ironic given its wonderful air of complete tranquility. The Lee’s name is Anglo Saxon in origin and means ‘woodland clearing’.  Its mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was recorded as Lee and following the Norman Conquest, granted by William I to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. The walk takes in the surrounding woodlands and fields with relatively little climbing involved despite being located in the undulating Chilterns.  Despite so many country pubs closing in the area we’ve managed to find several to include on the route so be sure to stop and enjoy either something to eat or a pint or...