Walking festival

Walkers will be in their element at the upcoming festival

Adventurers are being urged to explore new locations, landscapes and legends during the Chilterns Walking Festival, a 16-day programme of guided walks and special events taking place from May 18 to June 2. The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers the rural countryside of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire on London’s North-West doorstep. There will be an exciting programme of more than 80 guided walks and special activities led by expert local guides who will bring the area to life, say organisers.

Take the train for a walk, discover favourite locations, landscapes and larger-than-life personalities – from Iron Age settlers to modern day food and drink producers with daily events. For more information go to or see Facebook at ChilternsWalkingFestival/

The full programme will be out in mid March, but in the meantime see highlights below.

> Dawn Chorus at Tring Park, May 2, led by the Woodland Trust.
> Woodland cooking walk, Sunday May 19 (David Willis Bushcraft). Lure of the woods: a walk along Chiltern hills and through woodlands, with refreshment stop at a private woodland camp, there’ll be a kettle simmering and the option to cook your lunch over a campfire.
> Family Bushcraft, Thursday May 30 (half-term holiday) with David Willis Bushcraft.
> Wild garlic walk, foraging and food demonstrations.
> Chilterns Vintage Cinema walk – best of both worlds, visit some of the film and TV locations in one of the most filmed areas of the country, then relax with a film viewing in an iconic setting. There will also be some ‘film walks’ led by rangers at Bucks’ country parks.
> Chilterns Hillfort and archaeology walks, learning the fascinating history of the iron age hillforts.
> Follow in the footsteps of your ancestors along the “Tuddingway”, a medieval route between Crowmarsh and Reading, following the meandering Thames corridor with some diversions up into the beechwoods.
> ‘Meet the maker’ Art & Craft walks, visiting Chilterns furniture makers, potters and saddle makers. A chance to visit studios not normally open to the public in spectacular locations. Amersham Museum will be offering more ‘Art and Craft walks’ discovering one of the most important architects in Amersham’s 20th century development, J. H. Kennard.

January 9, 2019