Join us on a classic nine mile hike through the Chilterns from Wendover. We will enjoy hills, monuments, woods and magnificent views. Our route takes in Coombe Hill and the Boer War Memorial before circling Chequers, the Prime Minister's country retreat, and returning to a good pub meal and our train home.
Chequers: Country retreat of the serving British Prime Minister.
The current house dates from the C16, however a grand residence is believed to have stood on the site since the C12. The "modern" house passed through many families and was eventually owned by Arthur Lee and his rich American wife Ruth. The childless couple, noting the changing face of British politics, (C20 Prime Ministers were poorer than their aristocrat forebears) gave the house to the nation under the terms of the Chequers Estate Act 1917. This allowed the serving PM a retreat and an official residence to greet foreign dignitaries.
The Boer War Memorial: Beautiful views from the monument near the top of the Chilterns:
Meet from 09:15 at Marylebone Railway Station. Tom will be there a bit early and will be stood at the ticket office in his lime green hoodie.
Board the 10:12 to Wendover arriving at 10:59. If you want to make your own way to Wendover just let us know so we can look out for you at the other end.
The ticket costs £15.80 for your day return but this is reduced to half price - £7.90 - when you join into a group of four and get the group saver. Don't worry too much about organising this, most people come in one's and two's and we just get you into four's at the station. Please note the last one or two people to arrive may have to pay full price depending on numbers.
There are loos at the start and finish but none in the middle (although plenty of trees if it comes to it).
It is a picnic lunch so make sure you buy a sandwich or bring a pack-up. Also remember you need water and at this time of year a waterproof. There is a pub for food and a drink if you like at the end.
Trains back are twice per hour at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour, until 19:10 and then hourly. I can't be sure what time we will be back into London as it depends on the speed of the group on the day, probably best to be flexible and don't make too many plans - just enjoy your day out hiking!
There is a £4 cash charge for this walk. Pay Tom on arrival.
You will also need to bring money for your train fare, food and drinks during the day.
Please note there are risks associated with all outdoor activity, this is a nine mile hike and although we are not one of the fast groups we ask that you are reasonably fit and have suitable clothing and footwear for the walk. Also please avoid doing anything that would put you or other members of the group in danger. If you are bringing a guest please ensure that they have read this notice and walk description before they agree to come. This walk is not suitable for children or pet dogs.
I will post a weather forecast the night before.
Hope you can come