Free Guided Walks

Free guided walks programme

We organise a popular programme of twice-weekly free guided walks throughout the year, designed to explore this wonderful area, the Chilterns, as well as improving both physical and mental health. These circular walks are led by our experienced and enthusiastic walk leaders, are mostly 5-6 miles in distance and take approx. 2½ hours to complete. Well behaved dogs are welcome.

The latest walks programme is listed further down on this page. We require online pre-booking for all of our walks as outlined below.

These walks are open to all members.  Non-members are welcome to join us as guests for two or three walks, though if you walk with the group regularly you will be expected to join the Chiltern Society to support our work in caring for the Chilterns. Join here.

If you’re interested in becoming a walks leader please contact our Walks Coordinator, Paul Cooke, on 01494 778024, or email him…

Sunday walks

These walks, suitable for all the family, usually depart at 10am (unless otherwise advised in the walk’s description), and require you to be at the meet point 10 minutes before the start for the welcome briefing.

Due to the variability in numbers attending the Sunday walks, we use the booking system to assess the demand for the walk. The booking window closes at noon on the Saturday, the day before the walk. In the rare event of no bookings being received the walk leader may cancel the walk.

Wednesday walks

Due to the popularity of the mid-week walks, we frequently offer two walk groups. The first group ‘The Groovers’ walk at a relaxed pace and/or a slightly shorter distance, departing at 10.15am. The second group ‘The Movers’ walk at a slightly faster pace and/or a slightly extended distance, departing at 10.30am. Meet up for the welcome briefing at least 10 minutes prior to the departure time for the respective group.

To assess the demand and necessity for both groups, we require walkers to pre-register via the online booking system shown within each walk. During registration you advise which of the 2 groups you want to join. If total registered attendee numbers are below or around 20 we may amalgamate the groups into one combined group.

The registration window opens in calendar month blocks, and registration will open by the last Thursday of the previous month. Registration for individual walks closes at noon on the day before the walk.

After booking

For all walks, if, after booking for a walk, and the booking window is still open, you’re unable to come on the walk, please email the office. If the booking window has closed, please contact the walk leader directly on the telephone number advised.

Sunday 14 April

Organised Walks - Little Gaddesden, Herts

Meet in the car park in front of Liittle Gaddesden Village Hall, 120m on LHS of Church Road, HP4 1NX. A 5-mile walk offering fine views. From Little Gaddesden heading
Wednesday 17 April

Organised Walks - Maidensgrove, Oxon

Meet at the right-hand bend along Park Lane (off of the B460) on the way to and near the Five Horseshoes PH, Maidensgrove (nearest post code RG9 6HN). Parking roadside
Sunday 21 April

Organised Walks - Ballinger, Bucks

Meet at the Ballinger Common Recreation Ground car park, Blackthorne Lane, Ballinger (near Great Missenden), HP16 9LN. A relatively flat 5 mile walk, with one moderate ascent near the finish,
Wednesday 24 April

Organised Walks - Hurley, Berks

Meet outside the Hurley Village Hall, High Street, Hurley (nr Henley), SL6 5LT. Limited parking at the village hall, or at The Rising Sun PH if booked for lunch, or
Sunday 28 April

Organised Walks - Wendover, Bucks

Meet in Wendover Library car park (free on a Sunday), High Street (opposite Lucca restaurant), HP22 6DU. A walk of 6 miles that heads out from the town and up
Wednesday 01 May

Organised Walks - Quainton, Bucks

Meet outside the George and Dragon PH in Quainton, (nr Aylesbury),  Parking around the village green, HP22 4AR A 5.4 mile hilly walk (total ascent 570 ft with some stiles),
Sunday 05 May

Organised Walks - Chinnor, Oxon

Meet at the free car park on the south west side of Hill Road / Chinnor Hill where crossing the Ridgeway / Upper Icknield Way, (nearest post code) OX39 4BB.
Wednesday 08 May

Organised Walks - West Wycombe, Bucks

Meet at the West Wycombe public car park, Chorley Rd (at the base of Mausoleum Hill, next to The Walled Garden café), HP14 3AP. A scenic walk of 5.5 miles
Sunday 12 May

Organised Walks - Chesham, Bucks

Meet at the Codmore/ Botley Road Playing Fields car park (free), Botley Road (east of Chesham towards Ley Hill), HP5 1XG. This fairly easy, largely flat 4.2 mile walk starts
Wednesday 15 May

Organised Walks - Ashridge, Herts

Meet outside the Ashridge Visitor Centre (free parking), end of Monument Drive, off the B4506 near Berkhamsted, HP4 1LT. A 5.75 mile walk heading out through the Ashridge woodland to
Sunday 19 May

Organised Walks - Frieth, Fingest, Turville and Skirmett circular walk, Bucks

Meet at Frieth Village Hall RG9 6PR where there is a small free car park. Further roadside parking to be found along nearby Innings Road. A scenic 6-mile walk via
Wednesday 22 May

Organised Walks - Wendover Woods, Bucks

Meet outside the Wendover Woods café, HP22 5NQ – card payments only in the main car park (£6 for 3 hours, unfortunately). A scenic 5.5 mile walk going easterly through
Sunday 26 May

Organised Walks - Coleshill, Bucks

Meet outside the Red Lion PH,Coleshill, HP7 0LH. Only park in the pub car park if pre-booked for (the popular) lunch, otherwise plentiful street parking. An interesting countryside walk of
Wednesday 29 May

Organised Walks - Lacey Green, Bucks

Meet at The Whip Inn, Pink Road, Lacey Green, HP27 0PG. Parking roadside along Pink Road This 5.4 mile walk includes a section of the Chiltern Way, passes Hampden House,
Sunday 02 June

Organised Walks - Lane End to Fingest, Bucks

Meet at Lane End in the village car park (free at the bottom section), off the High Street / B482 (opposite Church Path), HP14 3ER. This is a hilly 5.5
Wednesday 05 June

Organised Walks - Harpenden, Herts

Meet on Harpenden common in the car park adjacent to the cricket pavilion, off the A1081 St Albans Road, AL5 2JF. A 5.5 mile walk through Rothamstead park, the agricultural
Sunday 09 June

Organised Walks - Berkhamsted, Herts

Meet by the front entrance of Berkhamsted Station, Lower Kings Road HP4 2AJ. Free 4-hour parking nearby at Canal Fields, Broadwater turn off, HP4 1HR, or limited parking on New
Wednesday 12 June

Organised Walks - Playhatch (near Sonning), Oxon

Meet at the Flowering Spring PH, Henley Road, Playhatch (near Sonning), RG4 9RB. Parking at the pub. A lovely 5.8 mile walk, with only 250 feet of ascent, that heads
Sunday 16 June

Organised Walks - Hambleden, Bucks

Meet at the Hambleden village car park, entrance behind the Stag & Huntsman PH, RG9 6RP (parking charge of £3 for 4 hours). A lovely walk of 5.5 miles through
Wednesday 19 June

Organised Walks - The Lee, Bucks

Meet at The Cock and Rabbit PH, The Lee (near Great Missenden), HP16 9LZ. A 5.5 mile walk, initially heading fairly steeply down towards Wendover looking over the HS2 works.
Sunday 23 June

Organised Walks - Little Chalfont, Bucks

Meet outside the ticket office entrance (main car park/ London trains side) at Chalfont & Latimer Station Little Chalfont, HP7 9PR. Parking at the station £3. An easy very scenic 
Wednesday 26 June

Organised Walks - Greys Court, Oxon

Park and meet at the SE end of Rocky Lane, RG9 4RE, just S of Greys Court. Limited roadside parking spaces, but NT members may prefer to use the Greys
Sunday 30 June

Organised Walks - Frieth, Oxon

Meet at the free public car park next to Frieth Village Hall (next to the school), RG9 6PR. A hilly 5.5 mile walk in woodland and across open countryside. The
Wednesday 03 July

Organised Walks - Belsize (near Sarratt), Herts

Meet at The Plough PH, Dunny Lane, Belsize (near Sarratt), WD3 4NP. Park in the pub car park if lunching, or roadside near the pub if not. A 5.75 mile
Sunday 07 July

Organised Walks - Cholesbury, Bucks

Meet at Cholesbury Village Hall, Cholesbury Lane (near Chesham), HP23 6ND. Limited parking available on the verge in front of the hall, with further parking nearby roadside opposite the Full
Wednesday 10 July

Organised Walks - Nettlebed, Oxon

Meet in Nettlebed by the bus stop on the A4130, by Nettlebed Kiln, RG9 5AX. Park either by the common on The Green, or in the large Village Club car park off
Sunday 14 July

Organised Walks - Christmas Common, Oxon

Park and meet in Christmas Common along Northend Rd near its junction with Christmas Common Rd.  with room for about 6 cars. This is very near the Fox and Hounds PH,

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