locations: Buckinghamshire

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Hambleden Village Tour – Coming Soon

Hambleden Village Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 5.50 miles (8.8km)         Duration 2 hrs   Calories 700 (est.) While the term “chocolate box village” is a bit cliché the brick and flint cottages and the 14th century St Mary’s church set the stage for this picturesque little village, with its Anglo Saxon derived name, which means by the way ‘crooked or irregularly-shaped hill’ very well indeed.  Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 the village can in fact trace its history back to 1015 when it was known as Hamelan dene. Village amenities include a public car park, situated conveniently next to the popular Stag and Huntsmen pub, there is also a little tea room.  As you’d expect the village is a popular film location; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Witches, Band of Brothers, Sleepy Hollow, Nanny McPhee Returns to name all had scenes filmed here. The walk takes in the woodlands, fields and hills so predominate in the area offering excellent views however with the exception of a climb or two is largely flat.  The combination of beautiful village and inspiring landscape make for an enchanting...
Cuddington Village Tour – Coming Soon

Cuddington Village Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 6 miles (9.6km)               Duration 2:20hrs              Calories 780 (est.) The walk starts in the village of Cuddington, its name of Anglo Saxon origin, is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 seems annually to be in the mix either as a runner up or winner of the coveted Best Kept Village in Buckinghamshire award.  The village is also a favoured film location with various Agatha Christie adaptations, Midsomer Murders and Oliver Twist all being filmed there. The walk is largely over fields of flat ground affording excellent views of the countryside as it takes in the picturesque mediaeval village of Nether Winchendon, location of the Medieval and Tudor Nether Winchedon Manor house set in 600 acres of Parkland (chargeable entry) the imposing Church of St. Nicholas and the River Thame (not to be confused with the Thames) on its way towards the nearby village of Chearsley. Parking is on-street in Cuddington Village with both food and drink available at the characterful Grade II listed pub The Crown with its low ceiling beamed...
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...
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...
West Wycombe Village Walk

West Wycombe Village Walk

Distance: 4.5 miles (7.2 km)         Duration: 2:00 hrs            Calories 700 (est.) This Countryside walk based in the Chiltern Hills, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, takes in the National Trust villages of Bradenham and West Wycombe. You will be exploring woodlands, discovering ancient areas, visiting heritage sites and enjoying panoramic views of glorious, unspoilt 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 West Wycombe Village walk starts and finishes in Bradenham, a historic village founded by Saxon settlers and renown not only for its postcard-pretty cottages but also as the birthplace of Prime Minister and writer Benjamin Disraeli. Highlights include a visit to the quaint Village Green, the Manor and ancient St Botolph’s Church. From there, you will stroll to West Wycombe, a medieval village, close to the Oxfordshire border and one of the most important conservation areas and historic landscapes in Buckinghamshire. The jewel in the crown is an elegant Palladian mansion home of the Dashwood family (additional charge for non-National Trust members) with Grade I listed parkland, often featured in costume dramas, such as Little Dorrit, Cranford and, more recently, Downtown Abbey. The village’s narrow streets are lined with rustic cottages and fine examples of architecture of the 15th and 18th Century, including several inns and buildings of different styles. The prominent hill overlooking the village offers breath-taking views of the valley landscape and is the location of a charming historic church whose tower is topped with a...