Walking in the Chilterns
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Walking in the Chilterns

The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers an area of 833 km 2 in south-east England, stretching north-east for 70km from the River Thames at the Goring Gap in Oxfordshire through Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire to Hertfordshire.
This chalk landscape is famed for its beech and oak woods (around one fifth of the area is covered by woodland) which give way to a more open chalk grassland along its northern reaches, such as the Ivinghoe Hills and Dunstable Downs.
The Chilterns are definitely ‘hilly’ but they don’t rise to any great height: the highest point – albeit a rather indistinct feature surrounded by dense woodland – is Haddington Hill near Wendover at 267m. More prominent hills, with the advantage of panoramic views, include Coombe Hill near Wendover at 260m (Walk 12) and Beacon Hill near Ivinghoe at 249m (Walk 5).
The area of the AONB itself has a relatively low population – around 100,000 – but its boundary skirts around larger urban areas such as High Wycombe and Luton, meaning that a further half million people live within 3km. Good transport links also make the Chilterns easily accessible to people from London.
1 North of Luton
Walk 1    Harlington and Sharpenhoe Clappers
Walk 2    Barton-le-Clay, Hexton and Barton Hills
Walk 3    Pirton and Pegsdon Hills

2 Dunstable to Berkhamsted
Walk 4    Whipsnade, Studham and the Dunstable Downs
Walk 5    Ivinghoe Beacon, Ivinghoe and Pitstone
Walk 6    Grand Union Canal, Pitstone Hill and Aldbury
Walk 7    Grand Union Canal and Tring Park
Walk 8    Great Gaddesden
Walk 9    Berkhamsted, Nettleden and Little Gaddesden

3 Wendover to Stokenchurch
Walk 10    Cholesbury and Hawridge
Walk 11    Wendover and The Lee
Walk 12    Wendover, Ellesborough, Chequers and Coombe Hill
Walk 13    Whiteleaf Hill and Great Kimble
Walk 14    Bledlow and Radnage
Walk 15    Lacey Green, Speen and Bryant’s Bottom
Walk 16    Great Hampden
Walk 17    Great Missenden and Chartridge

4 Amersham to High Wycombe

Walk 18    Chenies, Latimer and the River Chess
Walk 19    Little Missenden, Penn Wood and Penn Street
Walk 20    Hughenden, Bradenham and West Wycombe
Walk 21    Penn and Coleshill

5 Watlington and Nettlebed
Walk 22    Christmas Common and Watlington Hill
Walk 23    Turville, Skirmett and Fingest
Walk 24    Pishill and Stonor
Walk 25    Pishill, Cookley Green and Russell’s Water
Walk 26    Ewelme and Swyncombe
Walk 27    Checkendon and Stoke Row
Walk 28    Hailey and Grim’s Ditch
Walk 29    Nettlebed and Nuffield
Walk 30    Greys Green, Rotherfield Greys and Greys Court

6 Along the Thames

Walk 31    Hambleden, Medmenham and the River Thames
Walk 32    Henley-on-Thames and Middle Assendon
Walk 33    South and North Stoke and Grim’s Ditch
Walk 34    Goring-on-Thames and Cray’s Pond
Walk 35    Whitchurch Hill and Mapledurham

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