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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...
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...
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...
Cholesbury Hill Fort Tour – Coming Soon

Cholesbury Hill Fort Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 6.38 miles (10.2km)                      Duration 2.49 hrs             Calories 850 (est.) The quiet 13th century rural village of Cholesbury, nestled in the Chiltern Hills is home to an intriguing Iron Age hillfort known as Cholesbury Camp close to the centre of the village. The hillfort is thought to have been constructed between 300 and 100BC primarily for trading rather than military purposes.  Today no evidence remains of building structures no doubt due to is desertion, probably as part of an organised migration following the Roman conquest of Britain.  The defensive fortifications however remain to a good height and are truly impressive when you consider the tools available to the builders who constructed them. Though quiet now, Cholesbury’s history hasn’t always been one of tranquillity, during the English Civil War Parliamentarian troops were billeted here taking part in skirmishes involving Prince Rupert in nearby Chesham and Wendover. The walk takes you across inviting woodlands and fields in this beautiful part of the Chilterns, now under threat from HS2, around the ramparts of the hillfort and through the grounds of the 12th century church dedicated to St Laurence.  The area is rich in wildlife, including fox, badger, and muntjac deer; birds including pheasant, woodpecker, and barn owl; butterflies include marbled white, orange tip, and meadow brown.  The beechwoods, bluebells and orchids all add to the great diversity of life to be found in the area. Parking is in the village public car park next to the cricket ground from which you can see the Full Moon Pub in the adjacent village of Hawridge.  The area follows the national trend of country pub...
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,...