Downloadable walks in the Chilterns Countryside

Walking in the Chilterns has it all from sweeping views across the Aylesbury Vale to classic beech woodlands and Red kites to mysterious looking ant hills. We have a range of self led downloadable walks to allow all ages and abilities to get out and enjoy the area all year round.

The walks are ordered below according to their length, with the shortest at the top of the list.

View from Coombe Hill

The Best of Coombe Hill walk

This gentle circular stroll, which takes around 40 minutes, takes in the best Coombe Hill has to offer. You can expect panoramic views across the Aylesbury Vale and rare chalk grassland filled with wildflowers and butterflies in the summer.

Church Lane West Wycombe

West Wycombe Trail

This short walk will introduce you to the colourful history of West Wycombe, its wide variety of historical buildings set in the picturesque landscape of the Chiltern Countryside.

Low scrubs in summer

Low Scrubs: A walk back in time

This short way-marked walk takes you around Low Scrubs. The dense, dark woodland and the relics of its ancient use give the area a unique and mysterious atmosphere.

Couple on Watlington Hill, Oxfordshire, looking west, in September.

Watlington Hill short walk

This is a 1.5 mile walk around the Watlington Hill site, with opportunities to see rare and endangered chalk grassland and woodland habitats. The walk offers spectacular views over Watlington, the Vale of Oxford, and along the Chiltern Escarpment.

Centre of Iron Age Enclosure at Pulpit Hill

Pulpit Hill and the Grangelands & Rifle Butts Nature Reserve

This is a short walk offering panoramic views across the Chiltern Escarpment and the Aylesbury Vale.

Cattle grazing at Coombe Hill

Coombe Hill Trees, Shrubs and Grass

This short walk around the beautiful Chilterns countryside of Coombe Hill and Low Scrubs takes you to and describes some of the notable plants that have populated this landscape. It also explains how the National Trust and its volunteers work to conserve them.

Bradenham Village

Bradenham countryside trail

This is a short walk around the Buckinghamshire village of Bradenham and neighbouring meadows.

Bradenham Butterfly Trail

Bradenham Butterfly Trail

This is a short trail that can be walked at any time of the year, but to see butterflies it is at its best on a warm, dry day, without strong winds at any time between April and September. You are most likely to see the greatest variety of species between May and August.

Hughenden Manor stands on a spur of Upper Chalk

Hughenden Rocks: a walk through time

A moderate-length walk with a geological theme around the Hughenden estate near High Wycombe.

Coppiced Beech Trees at Coombe Hill

Coombe Hill Woodland Walk

This gentle 3.5 mile circular walk passes mostly through sheltered woodland, from the mysterious coppiced beech of Low Scrubs to the towering beech standards of Linton’s Wood. The final section of the walk, in contrast, takes you around Coombe Hill, with its magnificent, far-reaching views.

Bradenham Village Green

Bradenham Beech Woods, Bunkers and Ballrooms

This is a medium length walk in the woodlands and meadows of the Bradenham Manor Estate in Buckinghamshire village of Bradenham and neighbouring meadows.

Natural Sculpture Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve

Beacon Hill, Juniper Bank and Aston Wood Walk

A moderate walk around the Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve and the National Trust woodlands at Juniper Bank and Aston Wood. Some of the route coincides with the way-marked Aston Rowant Discovery Trail.

Hambleden Village

Hambleden and Pheasant’s Hill Trail

This circular, 5.0 mile walk starts and ends in the flint and red brick village of Hambleden. The walk initially ascends the east side of the Hambleden Valley; it then descends through the hamlet of Pheasants Hill. The route then explores the west side of the Hambleden Valley, with its beech woods and distant views across the valley and towards Hambleden village below.

Church Farm and Hughenden Valley

Views of the Hughenden Manor estate

A walk in the Hughenden estate and countryside offering a wide variety of Chiltern views.

Hambleden Mill and Weir

Hambleden Mill to Henley-on-Thames – a circular walk

This circular, 6.1 miles (9.8 km) walk starts at the site of an extensive Roman villa complex with a dark history. It then crosses the River Thames via a weir and a lock at Hambleden Mill, before heading upstream along the river bank alongside the regatta course to Henley-on-Thames. This stretch of river is usually busy with boats of many types, and a wide variety of geese, ducks, swans, cormorants and other water birds. In the summer months it is popular with numerous leisure boats.

Bluebells in a woodland clearing

Watlington Hill - Greenfields and Saxon Roads

A 7-mile walk from Watlington Hill that explores chalk grassland and beech woodlands on the historic landscape of the Chilterns on the border between Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Chequers from Coombe Hill

Coombe Hill and Chequers trail

This moderately energetic circular walk offers panoramic views across the Aylesbury Vale. You’ll see rare chalk grassland, beautiful woodlands, the pretty village of Ellesborough and the Prime Minister’s country retreat at Chequers. Feel the fascinating history of the Chiltern Hills, inhabited by people for thousands of years.

Ridges and Bottoms walk in Buckinghamshire

West Wycombe: Ridges and Bottoms

This 8 mile walk heads northwest of West Wycombe to some beautiful countryside and woodland with far-reaching views.

Small Dean

Chiltern Hills, Valleys and Woodlands Walk

This is an 8 mile (13 kilometre) walk starting in the National Trust’s Bradenham Village and leading you through a mix of chalk meadows, beech woodlands and a variety of farmland.

Watlington Hill in Oxfordshire

Watlington Hill and the Wormsley Estate – An Emblematic Chilterns Walk

This is a 8.4 miles (13.4 kilometres) walk taking you around the National Trust’s Watlington Hill site, Pyrton Hill, Cowleaze Wood and the Wormsley Estate.

Turville village

Hambleden Valley, Turville and Fingest

This 9.5 mile circular walk starts from the village of Hambleden. It crosses the Hamble Brook chalk stream before climbing into the lovely hills and woods to the west of the Hambleden Valley. The walk then descends to the picturesque villages of Turville and Fingest before turning south for a gentle return to Hambleden along the valley alongside the Hamble Brook.

Hampden House

Whiteleaf and The Hampdens

This 7.5 mile walk takes you from Chiltern woodlands near Whiteleaf, then beside Grim’s Ditch to the grounds of Hampden House. It then explores the farmland and wooded hillsides around the Hampden valley, including the remote village of Little Hampden, before returning to Whiteleaf Hill and a viewpoint over the Aylesbury Vale.

West Wycombe Hill

Chiltern Hills Three-in-One Walk

A scenic walk linking three National Trust properties in the Chiltern Hills: West Wycombe, Bradenham and Hughenden.

Beacon Hill from Coombe Hill

'Exploring the Chiltern Escarpment': a walk between Coombe Hill and Whiteleaf Hill

This 10 mile walk offers a range of panoramic views across the Chiltern Escarpment and the Aylesbury Vale. See a range of historical and archaeological sites, as well as the pretty village of Ellesborough and the prime minister’s country retreat at Chequers. With several important ecological habitats, ranging from rare chalk grassland to archetypal Chiltern beech woodlands, you’ll also pass through the largest remaining area of natural box woodland in Britain.

Turville Heath in the Chilterns

From Chilterns Escarpment to Remote Interior

This is a moderately long walk that begins at Watlington Hill with far-reaching views of the Chilterns escarpment and the Oxford Vale.

Stonor House and Park

A long walk in the Chilterns

This 16 mile circular walk starts at the National Trust’s Watlington Hill site. It drops down and along the Chilterns escarpment then climbs back into the hills. Here you visit pretty hamlets and villages, and the Stonor and Wormsley estates. You also enjoy much remote and unspoiled countryside and woodland. The walk is challenging but hugely rewarding.