route_type: Town Walks

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...