The Chiltern Hills - Chequers, Grand Union canal and Ridgeway Trail DAY HIKE

  • November 24, 2013 · 9:45 AM
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# £20 including train tickets from London Marylebone #

 

Autumn hiking can be fabulous - cold, crisp winter air, nature revealed in her bare beauty and the feeling of leaves underfoot on woodland trails. Come and join us for a hike in the delightful Chiltern Hills:

Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1965

Walk through the Chequers estate - home to the British Prime Minister

Superb views from Coombe Hill (highest viewpoint in the Chilterns)

Walk part of the Grand Union canal

Walk along part of the 5000 year old Ridgeway trail (one of Britains oldest trails)



 

 


 

Walk Description

Our hike starts off in the medieval market town of Wendover before venturing up onto the chalk escarpment of the Ridgeway. We then follow the Ridgeway trail on to Coombe Hill - the highest viewpoint in the Chilterns for some spectacular views over the Vale of Aylesbury and stretching up towards the Midlands. Our route then takes us through woods and rolling fields.

We'll actually be walking across the driveway of the Chequers estate (the country retreat of the prime minister) where we'll get some good views of the large country house before heading through the rich and varied agricultural land of the Aylesbury Ring back to Wendover via the Grand Union canal. The current house at Chequers dates from 1565 and has a colourful history including links to the families of Henry VII and Oliver Cromwell. It was passed over to the nation in 1917 to serve as the Country retreat for current Prime Ministers.

 





 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Marylebone station at 9:45 and leave our meeting point at 10:00 prompt for the 10:12 train.

Anticipated return time to London of 5:35pm (we will not be back any earlier so you are committed for the day until then)

We'll meet in front of the ticket office.

Click here for a map of our meeting point: goo.gl/zgMl4g

 

Food

We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments.

 

Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Difficulty: 6.5 out of 10 (fairly gentle and mainly flat with relatively gentle hills)
Walking time: About 4 to 4.5 hours of actual walking
Terrain: Mainly gravel tracks.
Ascent: 295 metres

Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost

The walk will be £20.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Marylebone.

 

What to Bring

Appropriate walking clothes and footwear >more info here<

Water (at least 1 litre)

Packed lunch/picnic

Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk

That's it! I'll take care of all train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so just turn up, bring a smile and we'll have a fun day hiking :-)

 

Safety and Terms and Conditions

Your safety is very important to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.

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  • Ling

    Thank you Graham for a well-organized hike! Enjoyed the countryside and the nice companies:-)

    Will definitely join other hikes:-)

    November 25, 2013

  • Deepankar

    Kudos Graham... Very we'll organized and thanks for the good trivia! See y'all on another excursion.

    November 25, 2013

  • Jessie

    Nice hike, although very muddy! The group was well organized and the people were fun.

    November 25, 2013

  • Marce

    Thank you for organising it Graham! I had an amazing day. It was my first one and will definitely do it again!

    November 24, 2013

  • Graham

    Wow - that mud was pretty hard core after so much rain and made the hike tougher than usual, but well done folks in keeping going! Great to see everyone and hope to see you all again soon!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Kerry

    Amazing day! Thank you Graham. Your hosting of an event like this could not have been better.

    November 24, 2013

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