Chinnor Hill, Old Kiln Lakes and Steam on the Ridgeway (0201)

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    Start dateOctober 27 2022
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    Time11:00 am
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    LocationOX39 4BZ
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    PriceFree (train trip £8-12 for adults, £1 for children 7-15)

Discover Chinnor Hill nature reserve with a short, but steep, ascent of the Chiltern escarpment, for wide ranging views across the Vale of Aylesbury and towards Otmoor. Red Kites can often be seen as they hover below you using the hill’s thermal currents. Return via the Ridgeway national trail and the historic Donkey Lane to explore Old Kiln Lakes. Here we see former chalk quarries which are now managed as wildlife lakes, and also a rare example of an early 20th century beehive kiln. At the end of the walk you will then have a chance to relax with a return steam train ride (1400 departure) along the preserved Icknield Line railway to Princes Risborough.

Additional information

The walk is free. The train ride (1400 departure) at the end will cost £8-12 for adults, £1 for children 7-15. Tickets for the train can be booked in advance (recommended) via: or on the day at Chinnor station. A picnic lunch can be eaten on the train or snacks and drinks are available both at Chinnor station and on the train. Toilets are available at Chinnor station and on the train.

Terrain info: No stiles, but the ascent of the escarpment is steep, for which good walking boots are recommended. The route is not suitable for buggies or those with limited mobility.

Nigel Peters.
Chinnor Railway Station, Kiln Avenue, Chinnor, Oxon.
5 miles
Medium walks (4-6 miles)
2h 30m
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)
Yes (Children over 7 will find the mix of nature and heritage fascinating.)
Yes (Bus service 40 from Thame to High Wycombe)