The new programme includes themed walks, and opportunities to discover lively stories and scenic landscapes associated with the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Programme Highlights include

  • Walking in Dizzy's footsteps – a circular walk round the environs of Hughenden Manor, home to the flamboyant and notorious Benjamin Disraeli;
  • Walk past the notorious Helfire Caves, before a climb to Sir Francis Dashwoods' mausoleum and the Golden Ball, with striking views towards High Wycombe and the Dashwoods historic home of West Wycombe Park;
  • A 5-mile walk through beech woods and open countryside with a stop, and free beer samples, at Rebellion Brewery shop;
  • A series of 3 walks focused on viewing the beautiful central Chilterns landscape before it changes forever with the advent of HS2 high speed railway.

The Chilterns Conservation Board's People and Society Officer Annette Venters said “Our spring festival uncovered a tremendous appetite for learning more about the people and places associated with the Chilterns, which walk leaders are only too happy to share. We have planned many themed guided walks to encourage more people to enjoy and explore the countryside, which is a one of our principal aims in organising the walking festival.” 

Walks cover varying degrees of length and challenge, and are designed for novice and experienced walkers alike. Following the inaugural spring event, 54% of people reported discovering new parts of the Chilterns, while 16% were new to walking/not regular walkers. 

The walking festival, the first to cover the whole of the Chilterns, raises awareness of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to encourage people to discover more of its 2,000 km of routes, and to promote the health benefits of being active in the countryside.

www.visitchilterns.co.uk/walkingfest