Short Walks in the Chilterns

These are relatively easy walks in the Chiltern Hills, of around 2 miles or less, that you can complete in about an hour or so. They are suitable for anyone looking for a breath of fresh air and an informative introduction to the National Trust’s main Chilterns Countryside locations at Coombe Hill, Watlington Hill, Pulpit Hill and Bradenham.

Coombe Hill in Buckinghamshire

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.

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.

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.

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.