The nights are starting to draw in, conkers are everywhere and we will soon be turning the clocks back. Autumn is upon us but rather than hunker down at home why not get out and enjoy one of the many wonderful walks that the Chilterns have on offer.
Many of our clients choose to move to the area – also known as the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to get greater access to green space, woodlands and walks so we have highlighted our top five for this autumn.
A Walk Through WW1 Trenches in Marlow
If you are keen to experience a slice of history in addition to a great walk then look no further than the quintessentially British village of Bovingdon Green near Marlow. Not far from the picturesque village green is where the troops undertook trench digging in preparation for service at the Western Front. The site at Pullingshill Wood contains the best and most complete set of training trenches left in the UK. There are about 1400m of trenches dug about 2m deep and 2m wide, by troops from the Grenadier Guards and local people. Many training camps were set up in 1914 and 1915 to give the new recruits good skills and morale before setting off. Many features such as machine-gun posts, fire-bays and forward trenches have been identified at Pullingshill Wood. The trenches are in good condition and their pattern can be followed today despite natural infilling through soil and leaf litter build-up.
With over 800 acres of woodland on the edge of the Chiltern escarpment there is so much to discover. Owned by the Forestry Commission there is a variety of different walks through scenic woodland with a wide range of stunning walks with 4 designated trails. Wendover Woods is a perfect family destination as there are well maintained paths for walking and cycling and there is a creative woodland play area situated near the fantastic new café to keep everyone happy. For younger walkers there is the Gruffalo Orienteering trail and a new play trail and for the more adventurous there is a fitness trail and a Go Ape situated here. Wendover Woods is located in the town of Wendover just south of Aylesbury. For more information visit
Cliveden Woodland Walk
Most visitors to Cliveden will head to the famous house, the maze and the stunning parterre but a mile down the road is the Woodland car park and the start of glorious walks in the Cliveden Estate bordering the Thames. Passing through a dedicated picnic area walkers can chose from miles of woodland paths to explore. A new fitness trail around the woods makes for a fun approach to the walk as you can stop at the various ‘stations’ to complete the exercise tasks. The woods line the steep cliffs above the Thames and walkers can enjoy stunning views to Cliveden House or chose to take one of the paths down to the river itself. For younger family members a new woodland family play trail has been created to test balancing, climbing and den building skills! Cliveden Woodland Walk is located near Taplow. For more information visit
Ashridge Estate is a 5,000 acre area of the Chiltern Hills with beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands. Owned by The National Trust there are a varied range of walks to suit everyone from the Golden Valley to Thunderbell Woods walks. This autumn enjoy the ‘Ashridge in Autumn’ guided walk which guides you through some of the most spectacular woodland at Ashridge and takes in the best of the autumn colour away from the more usually frequented hot spots. There are over 80 miles of designated footpaths and bridle paths for walkers wishing to plan their own route. For those who want a simple waymarked route, the ancient tree walk and the woodland walk both start and finish at the Bridgewater Monument. Ashridge Estate is located to the east of Tring. For more information visit
Located near to the village of Farnham Common, Burnham Beeches encompasses 540 acres of ancient woodland and wildlife habitats. The area is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders who all enjoy stopping at the excellent Beeches Café. Burnham Beeches is a National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation. There are two lakes, a host of paths through varied woodland and a raised boardwalks through the special conservation areas. Whilst out walking don’t be surprised if you come across cows and horses which graze freely here. There are three self-guided walks and trails to enjoy here: the sensory trail, the history trail and geology trail. Burnham Beeches is located close to Beaconsfield. For more information visit
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