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 closures with many in the area having closed in the last few years restricting choice considerably. The Full Moon pub while mercifully still open (at least for now) and enjoying both a good location and large gardens has itself changed hands frequently see their Trip Advisor page to see how there getting along . During the planning of this walk we’ve had occasion to visit the Full Moon several times, though we only had time for ale which was good.