Book your walks now for the next Chilterns Walking Festival which takes place from 5th – 20th October. Accompanied by expert guides, enjoy spectacular views, local stories and fun activities with over 80 walks and activities taking place across The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Now in its third year the Chilterns Walking Festival has established itself as one of the main contenders in the region’s bountiful events calendar. With more walks, more activities, more crafts and more dates, this October’s Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever.

The walks provide opportunities to meet artists, craftspeople, farmers, archaeologists, historians, countryside rangers, food producers and storytellers of the Chilterns, and each walk is guided by an experienced walk leader who will bring their story to life.

Whether you’re interested in sampling local drinks and produce, finding out about the history of the Chilterns heritage, or trying out a new activity or experience with your family, there is something for everyone at the Chilterns Walking Festival.

Highlights from the Autumn programme include:

  • Family Friendly: From Iron Age time travelling and stunning autumnal walks with breath-taking views, to ghostly tales from the riverbank, there are many walks perfect for getting outdoors and spending quality time with the family
  • Explore and Discover: The Chilterns is brimming with history and heritage and with so many places to explore it is no surprise that there are many walks offering the chance to discover more about our rich heritage and precious ancient landscapes. Why not take a ride on a heritage steam railway from Princes Risborough to Chinnor, explore and discover Grims Ditch or hear the story of the 1830 machine breakers’ riot
  • Learn and Do: Whether it’s mastering tree identification, practicing map and compass navigation, or having a go at Nordic walking or a watercolour workshop, there are lots of opportunities to get involved and try something new
  • Food & Drink: What better way to end a scenic walk than by sampling some of the fabulous food and drinks by local producers. Why not try a gentle guided walk around Wilstone Reservoir Nature Reserve followed by a distillery tour and gin sampling? Or sample the famous “Bedfordshire clangers” on a ranger-led walk around the beautiful Barton Hills National Nature Reserve and Farm
  • Storytelling: For those looking to escape the everyday and immerse themselves into something a bit different, why not try one of our storytelling walks such as Ghostly tales from the Riverbank: complete with hooded monks, phantoms & headless horsemen
  • Health & Wellbeing: Focussed on sharing techniques and tips to increase health and improve general wellbeing, we have developed a number of walks from yoga and mindfulness to a visit to Amaravati Buddhist monastery

With over 80 guided walks, activities and events, the 16-day Chilterns Walking Festival has been designed to appeal to different age groups, interests and levels of fitness. There will be walks for young families, for people with limited mobility or with canine companions.

Details of all guided walks, events and activities available in the autumn programme can be found on the website Most are free of charge though some require a small fee which is clearly shown. To assist walk leaders with expected numbers, most events must be pre-booked. There’s already been lots of interest, so please do book early to avoid disappointment.