The Chilterns Conservation Board and Chiltern Society have developed a series of 23 walks which are social distance friendly, avoiding crowded ‘honey-pot’ locations and narrow paths.
Between 2 and 6 miles long, the walks start in market towns or villages, with good public transport links or parking facilities.
The Chilterns has some outstanding food and drink producers. These walks highlight the many farm shops that are open for business selling Chilterns local specialities such as honey, beer, cheese, charcuterie, grass fed lamb and so much more.
The walks have been developed by 18 volunteers, all experienced walk leaders, who are passionate about the Chilterns and who are keen to share some of their favourite walks away from the crowds.
They take in the beautiful rolling landscapes of the Chilterns and it’s picturesque villages, with plenty of historic interest from old drovers routes to iron age hillforts. Discover places with wonderful names like Nanfan Wood, Lilley Hoe and Cobblershill. Some walks start on commons or at recreation grounds with lots of open space, so they are ideal for families or friends to combine with a picnic, and for kids to run around safely.
Annette Venters of the Chilterns Conservation Board said “During Lockdown the Chilterns countryside was used and enjoyed as never before, bringing comfort and joy to many. The well-used honey-pot sites can get very crowded, making social distancing difficult and putting pressure on the landscape. Luckily, the Chilterns has over 2,000 km of footpaths, so there are plenty of quiet places to enjoy. We hope these walks will encourage people to explore the Chilterns and discover new places”.
Many of the walks are stile-free and most are under 4 miles long, making them accessible to many. Whilst we want more people to enjoy the benefits of walking in the Chilterns, we ask them to do this safely and responsibly by, for example, taking litter home, not lighting fires and barbeques, and keeping dogs under control.
The walks can be downloaded free of charge from www.chilternsaonb.org/explore-enjoy/sd-friendly-walks