Book – Walking in the Chilterns

A new edition of my guidebook – Walking in the Chilterns – has been published by Cicerone and is available now at https://www.cicerone.co.uk/walking-in-the-chilterns…for more information visit http://www.steve-davison.co.uk/chilterns.html

Walking in the Chilterns
Walking in the Chilterns

Little more than an hour – yet a world away – from inner-city London, the
rolling chalk hills of the Chilterns promise peace and tranquility amongst
lush green countryside and picture-postcard villages that are quintessentially English. This guidebook presents a varied selection of 35 walks in the Chiltern Hills AONB, showcasing its scenic beauty, attractive settlements and rich heritage.

Cowslip, Clustered bell flower and common spotted orchid
Cowslip, Clustered bell flower and common spotted orchid

The routes range from 4 to 12 miles and cover fairly low-level terrain, and in spite of a handful of short, steep uphill and downhill sections, they should be suitable for most walkers. Step-by-step route directions are illustrated with clear OS mapping. There is a wealth of information about sites of interest along the way, as well as background notes on the region’s rich geology, history and plantlife, and practical advice on accommodation, transport and refreshments.

Looking north from Pitstone Hill (Walk 6) to Steps Hill (straight ahead) and Ivinghoe Beacon (left) – visited on Walk 5
Looking north from Pitstone Hill (Walk 6) to Steps Hill (straight ahead) and Ivinghoe Beacon (left) – visited on Walk 5

The walks take you on a journey through this classic Chiltern landscape of
softly flowing rivers and rounded hills and valleys, covered in a mix of
broadleaved woodland and open farmland. The region has been shaped by
human activity for thousands of years: the routes visit a number of
fascinating historic sites, in addition to colourful gardens, interesting
churches and quaint villages with thatched cottages and cosy pubs.
Surrounded by these idyllic pastoral views, you’ll soon find cares melt away,
to be replaced with cherished memories.

St Peter's Church, Lilley (walk 2)
St Peter’s Church, Lilley (walk 2)

What’s inside?
• 35 walks split across six geographical divisions: North of Luton; Dunstable
to Berkhamsted; Wendover to Stokenchurch; Amersham to High Wycombe;
Watlington and Nettlebed; Along the Thames
• background information on geology, history and wildlife, and notes on
numerous places of interest passed along the way
• Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 map extracts, scaled up to 1:40,000 for greater
clarity

Picturesque cottage at Lee Common (Walk 11)
Picturesque cottage at Lee Common (Walk 11)