Spring walks in Thames and Chilterns

After being shut up all winter, it's time to get out and enjoy the signs of new life in the countryside. There are lots of trails to download here to help you get out on a walk in The Chilterns, Berkshire or Oxfordshire. Take a walk in the rolling countryside of the Chilterns or marshes and woodland of the Thames Valley to see signs of spring and new life bursting into bud.

A clump of primroses

Basildon Park 

Choose from one of 4 way-marked walks to discover signs of spring at Basildon Park. Follow the green walk for the chance to see some impressive views of the mansion through the trees across the parkland; on any of the walks look out for spring flowers such as violets, cowslips, cherry blossom and primroses. 

Family walking dog in woods

The Chilterns countryside

Spring can be a wonderful time to get out and explore the Chilterns. We have a variety of walks to suit all abilities that are completely free to download. The latest walk joins 3 National Trust properties together, Hughenden, West Wycombe and Bradenham.

Bridgewater Monument at Ashridge herts

Ashridge Estate

The lengthening days tell us that spring is on the way on the Ashridge Estate. The birds are becoming more vocal and the first buds are appearing on the trees. Try one of our trails as you explore.

Oak tree on Cock Marsh, Berkshire

Maidenhead and Cookham Commons

Discover oak trees, wildflower meadows, bluebells and meandering marshes on walk around Maidenhead Thicket or Cookham Commons

Daffodils in between trees in the sunshine

Greys Court 

Discover the wider estate at Greys Court on the estate walk, which takes in the outer areas of this peaceful place. Through woodland and fields, discover wonderful views across the rolling Chilterns Hills and find signs of spring, such as daffodils and wild flowers popping up along the route. The Spinney Woods at Greys Court becomes home to a carpet of bluebells, making for an impressive view when looking back on it from the estate walk.

A view of Cliveden house through trees

Cliveden 

The Cliveden estate in Buckinghamshire has miles of winding walks to enjoy. Spring time woodland walks offer swathes of snowdrops, before bountiful bluebells bloom around April, as well as the most spectacular vista of the iconic house from afar. All Cliveden's walks enable you to enjoy unique views over the Thames Valley.

A gateway in Hughenden's parkland

Hughenden 

Now is the perfect time at Hughenden to get outdoors as the garden and countryside burst into life. There's plenty to enjoy from snowdrops to daffodils, as well as nesting birds and wildflower meadows.

A picture of spring bluebells at The Vyne
Walking trail

The Vyne 

Walking boots at the ready, it's time to uncover some forgotten traces of history hidden in the woods at The Vyne. Follow this circular route before heading on to our Brewhouse tea-room for a bite to eat.

Summer evening view towards Coleshill village, Oxfordshire

The Buscot and Coleshill Estates 

There are five circular trails for you to choose from on the Buscot and Coleshill Estates, whether you like parkland, good views or discovering wildlife in the woods.