Our Autumn walking festival offers a feast of ideas for events all over the Chilterns area. With a backdrop of spectacular scenery and glorious seasonal change, there's something for everyone.
We've already taken over 160 bookings - earlier than ever - so we'd like to encourage those who are not as familiar with the event to take a look at the programme by visiting: http://bit.ly/ChilWalkingFest. Many of the walks are completely FREE and where there is a small charge it is clearly indicated.
The walks cover a whole range of interests from historical to culinary, and of course all take in the natural surroundings of our beautiful area. The length and level of difficulty of the walks also varies: from accessible, through short strolls to long hikes. Some events aim to improve your walking skills for example Navigation and Nordic Pole Walking. To whet your appetite here's a taster of what's available across the AONB:
There are some amazing places right on the edge of Luton offering open space, the natural environment, wildlife and even prehistoric sites. We've included some of these in our walk programme:
- Waulud's Bank which is at the source of the river Lea and is an ancient site of the earliest hunter-gatherers, Romans and beyond. This walk will be led by Chilterns Conservation's expert Archaeologist Dr Wendy Morrison
- Warden Hill situated on chalk downland which supports a huge variety of wild flowers and rare insects and over 20 species of butterflies
- Dray's Ditches which run along the base of Warden Hill and were originally dug in the Bronze Age as boundaries to separate tribal groups, later used as a way to control the traffic along the Icknield Way.
If you haven't yet discovered the secrets of Luton's natural world, join in and enjoy some tranquil time away from the hustle and bustle.
For anyone based in and around High Wycombe and Amersham there are also treats in store! We have partnered up with local guides who are experts in historical facts and the flora and fauna of the Chilterns. Here's a small selection of the walks on offer:
- Meet at Wycombe Museum for a tour led by Willie, hear about the industry that made Wycombe famous throughout the world and learn about Wycombe's serial criminal. Discover the world renowned institution that started life in the town.
- Join guide Martin Pounce in a short woodland walk from Amersham station. Emerging from the beech wood, you will see Old Amersham spread out beneath you, with its medieval street plan surrounded by fields. Martin will point out and explain the unique features of the town.
- Starting at The Lions, an old coaching inn, follow a circuit to the east of Bledlow, tracing the path of several millstreams and stopping at the sites of former mills. Enjoy views of the Lyde Garden and information by Martyn Jarvis of Risborough Environment Group.
The programme offers many more walks so do check out your available dates on the website filter and find out more.
Around Henley we have a number of walks programmed as part of the Henley Walking Festival which takes place over the weekend of the 10th - 14th October. These include a walk with mobility scooters, a riverside walk by moonlight, a visit to not one but two breweries, and a taster in Nordic walking. These can all be booked via our website at http://bit.ly/ChilWalkingFest. In addition have a look at these walks which take place outside of the Henley Festival weekend:
- Ghostly Tales from the Riverbank. Join us on 20th October for a ghost walk along the Thames Path National Trail and discover murderous women, grey ladies, hooded monks, phantoms, headless horsemen, and more
- Introduction to Navigation on 17th October teaches how to get the most out of maps and introduces basic compass use, followed by a walk to develop your newly acquired knowledge and skills. Full details of this one day workshop are available on the website. Our earlier Practical Map Reading walk is now fully booked so avoid disappointment and book your place now.
So there's no excuse! Dust down your walking shoes, rustle up your rucksack and BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY: http://bit.ly/ChilWalkingFest
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