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Summer Walks in the Chilterns

With summer now in full bloom why not get your walking shoes out and head off into the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to make the most of what the area has to offer. Here are our Top Three Summer Walks:

Here at Chiltern Relocation we have a few favourite walks at this time of year.  Top of the list has to be Cliveden River 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 choose from miles of woodland paths to explore. A 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 take one of the paths down to the river and enjoy watching all types of river craft meander along The Thames.  For younger family members a new woodland family play trail has been created to test balancing, climbing and den building skills!

Burnham Beeches is the perfect location for a walk on a warm summers day with plenty of shade. Located near to the village of Farnham Common, Burnham Beeches encompasses 540 acres of ancient woodland and wildlife habitats. There is a large open green perfect for ball games and picnics and many family groups come together here at weekends. 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 boardwalk through the special conservation area. Whilst out walking, don’t be surprised if you come across cows and horses which graze freely here.

Whiteleaf Hill Nature Reserve
Walkers head to Whiteleaf to enjoy the far reaching panoramic views across the valley to Princes Risborough. Whiteleaf Hill is well known for its butterflies, wildflowers, leafy woodlands, history, geology, archaeology. Whiteleaf is part of the Ridgeway National Trail thought to be Britain’s oldest road. Much of its 137 km (85 miles) follows the ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man so walking here really does feel like you are in the footsteps of history!

Of course, there are hundreds of other amazing walks in the Chilterns so why not visit the Featured Walks page of the AONB website which lists a selection of some of the best walks in the Chilterns, from short easy strolls to all day walks, and all through beautiful scenery. The best way to enjoy tranquil surroundings and burn a few calories!

If you would like any information about moving to the Chilterns to enjoy the beautiful surroundings do get in touch with Chiltern Relocation by email enquiries@chilternrelocation.com or call us on 01494 672086.

Sharon Hewitt

Sharon Hewitt

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