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.
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 on leads where animals are grazing.
Not sure you’re ready to go paper-free? Here’s the OS map covering the tour area:
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