Grab some comfy walking shows and get ready to explore the local area during this year’s Chilterns Walking Festival. Featuring over 80 hikes, guided walks and special events across the Chiltern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this Spring.

The new programme includes specialist themed walks, and opportunities to discover lively stories and scenic landscapes associated with the Chilterns. Some walks include the prospect of sampling local food and drink, others provide ‘have-a-go’ sessions or chances to learn about the area’s wildlife, history and colourful characters. 

 The Spring programme opening weekend highlights include:

  • Food, Farming and the Future – a walk around an organic family farm high up in the Chilterns near Prestwood, where there are different land uses, spectacular views and farmhouse tea & cake.
  • Checking on Chequers – travel through ancient woodlands from Coombe Hill Monument, following the Ridgeway to enter the Chequers Estate, the country home of British prime ministers.
  • Wild Bee Walk – join enthusiasts Joshua Wells and Stephen Howard at Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve amid the small but beautiful flowers of chalk grassland which supports solitary bees and bumblebees.
  • Walk the Chalk – on World Nordic Walking Day follow in the footsteps of ancient travellers along the Icknield Way to explore the flowers and late spring delights in Oxfordshire’s chalk hills.
  • Cemetery Circular: Stepping Stones – Step into a peaceful haven in Berkhamsted, where dramatic storytelling and interpretation will bring some of the town’s past personalities to life. 

Each walk is guided by an experienced leader who knows the area well and is keen to share stories of the people and places that have shaped the countryside.

Details of all guided walks, events and activities available in the spring programme can be found on the website www.visitchilterns.co.uk/walkingfest. Most are free of charge; some require a small fee which is clearly shown. To assist walk leaders with expected numbers, all walk places must be pre-booked via the website.