Discover twisting old box trees in the largest native box woodland in the country and enjoy far-reaching, attractive views of the Chiltern Hills and adjacent vales on this 3.5 mile circular walk from Great Kimble.
On this walk you will pass through rolling chalk grassland as well as one of the most special woods in the Chilterns and see attractive villages and historic churches. Great Kimble Warren contains the largest box wood in the UK, bigger than the well-known Box Hill in Surrey. Box wood has been used over the centuries for furniture, decorative objects and woodwind instruments, its dense timber enabling craftsmen to do very fine engraving.
This walk is one of the very popular Chilterns Country series of walks. It has been produced by the Chilterns Conservation Board as part of its Chilterns Box Woodland Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
There is also a 3 mile southern circular route starting from Pulpit Hill near Monks Risborough.
The route passes Little Kimble Station which is on the Chiltern Railways Line between London Marylebone and Aylesbury. Arriva bus service 300 serves a number of bus stops on the route. There are several small parking areas if you arrive by car (see numbers 1 and 16 on the map in the downloadable leaflet).
There are several steep ascents and descents on the route, several stiles and unmade paths that are sometimes muddy. Take care and wear suitable footwear.
The nearby towns of Wendover and Princes Risborough contain public toilets, shops and tourist information offices. Refreshments are available on or near the route at the Swan pub in Great Kimble and an Indian restaurant in Little Kimble.
Download the walk leaflet including a detailed map and directions:
Grid reference for start point: SP826058