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

  • Nov 25, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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# £18 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 10:10 am by the ticket office at Marylebone Station. We'll leave the meeting point at 10:20 for the 10:27am train.

I will be available from 9:30am on [masked] (texts cannot be replied to)

Anticipated return time to Marylebone of 6pm. Please consider yourself committed for the day until then.


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


The walk will be £18.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Marylebone

What to Bring

  • Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots, could be muddy in places)
  • 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 :-)


Your safety is paramount 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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice walk and very nice hot chocolate :)

    November 26, 2012

  • Christelle C

    Really enjoyable day out, mud aside!

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A breath of fresh air with beautifull views as usual :-)

    November 25, 2012

  • Yueh-Shuang H.

    How luck am i and how fantastic scenery there, and how nice people they are!!!! very nice hinking~~~

    November 25, 2012

  • Beatriz

    I thought it was a nice walk. Nice pace, quite muddy almost all the way through, but we were prepared for it so it was not a problem. Wendover was like a village from a fairy tale!

    November 25, 2012

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