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.

Wednesday 13 December

Organised Walks - Chenies, Bucks

Meet at the Red Lion PH, Village Rd, Chenies WD3 6ED. Parking road-side along the village road opposite the pub. This is a 5.6 mile walk in The Chess Valley,
Sunday 17 December

Organised Walks - Watlington, Oxon

Meet at Watlington Hill car park (free), (top of) Hill Road, Watlington, OX49 5HS. A 5.3 mile pre-Christmas walk on good paths and quiet lanes offering a lovely woodland adventure
Tuesday 26 December

Organised Walks - Great Kingshill, Bucks

Join us on a Boxing Day gathering to walk off the Christmas indulgences. The walk will start at 10.30am - online booking is required and will remain open until noon
Monday 01 January

Organised Walks - Wendover, Bucks

A New Years Day walk to get everyone going again after the Christmas break. Starting at 10.30am (meet 10 minutes beforehand) and online booking is open until noon on NYE.
Sunday 07 January

Organised Walks - Whiteleaf Hill, Bucks

Meet in the Whiteleaf Hill Car Park (free), off Peters Lane (top of the hill), Princes Risborough, HP27 0RP. The 5.4 mile walk with total ascent of 750 feet undulates
Wednesday 10 January

Organised Walks - Piddington, Bucks

Meet at the Dashwood Roadhouse, Old Oxford Road, Piddington HP14 3BH. Park along roadside or if lunching (recommended) in the pub car park. An undulating walk of 5.2 miles and
Sunday 14 January

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 fairly flat, stile-free walk of
Wednesday 17 January

Organised Walks - Lilley, Beds

Meet at The Lilley Arms PH, West Street, Lilley LU2 8LN. Parking at pub if lunching, otherwise road side parking. A 5.6 mile walk to Galley and Warden Hill with far
Sunday 21 January

Organised Walks - Lacey Green, Bucks

Meet outside The Whip Inn, Pink Road, Lacey Green, HP27 0PG. Parking either roadside on Pink Road opposite the pub, or along Main Road opposite the windmill. The walk of
Wednesday 24 January

Organised Walks - Pinkey's Green, Berks

Meet and start at The Golden Ball PH, Golden Ball Lane (off the A308), Pinkney’s Green (near Maidenhead), SL6 6NW. A 5.5 mile circular walk heading north towards Cookham Dean
Sunday 28 January

Organised Walks - Aston Rowant, Oxon

Meet at the Thame Lambert Hotel, London Road, Aston Rowant,  OX49 5SQ (500 yards off of J6 M40). Unless lunching at the hotel, park along quiet roads by the hotel.
Wednesday 31 January

Organised Walks - Longwick, Bucks

Meet at The Red Lion PH, Thame Road, Longwick, HP27 9SG. Park in the pub car park if lunching, otherwise adjacent in Chestnut Way. The 6 mile flat walk has
Sunday 04 February

Organised Walks - Coleshill, Bucks

Meet at The Red Lion PH, Village Road, Coleshill, HP7 0LH. Only use the pub car park if pre-booked for Sunday lunch, otherwise roadside parking is available. An attractive walk
Wednesday 07 February

Organised Walks - Checkendon, Oxon

Park and meet at the car park opposite Checkendon Primary School, Uxmore Road, RG8 0SR A delightful, gentle 5.5 mile woodland walk, no stiles, and elevation of only 300 feet.
Sunday 11 February

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 5.7 mile countryside walk starting with
Wednesday 14 February

Organised Walks - Ashridge, Herts

Meet outside the Ashridge Visitor Centre (free parking), end of Monument Drive, off the B4506 near Berkhamsted, HP4 1LT. A 5.7 mile walk taking us down into Aldbury then out
Sunday 18 February

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
Wednesday 21 February

Organised Walks - Thame, Oxon

A 6-mile flat walk from Thame (Oxon) to Haddenham (Bucks). Meet in Cattle Market car park, off North Street (B4445), Thame, OX9 3FP. Pay and display £2.60 for 5 hours (exact
Sunday 25 February

Organised Walks - Great Hampden, Bucks

Meet in Memorial Road around the corner from The Hampden Arms PH, Great Hampden HP16 9RQ. Park along Memorial Road beside the cricket pitch, or in the pub car park
Wednesday 28 February

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 gorgeous and popular 5.7 mile walk
Sunday 03 March

Organised Walks - Cadmore End, Bucks

Meet at Cadmore End in Church Lane opposite the school HP14 3PE. Parking is available on the verge. This is a highly rated and popular 6-mile hilly walk with one stile
Wednesday 06 March

Organised Walks - Ashley Green, Bucks

Meet outside the Ashley Green Memorial Hall, Two Dells Lane (near to and opposite the church), Ashley Green, HP5 3RB. Free parking, and WC /light refreshments at the popular Glebe
Sunday 10 March

Organised Walks - Hemel Hempstead, Herts

Meet at the Water Gardens car park, Bridge Street, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1EF. Long stay section costs £2.70 for 4 hours (even on Sunday). A 6.3 mile stile-free walk along

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