Tuesday, 15 May 2012

 5th Annual Princes Risborough
 Walking Festival

Organised by the Risborough Countryside Group
Wednesday 6th June -
Sunday 10th June 2012

18 guided walks over the five days including;
half day walks, evening walks, all day walks, local history walks, wildlife walks, short rambles, longer hikes, family walks, childrens walks


Wednesday 6th June WALK 1 Butterfly Safari 10am-1pm
A guided walk in the local countryside searching for our stunning Chiltern butterflies and other wildlife  


Thursday 7th June WALK 2 Family Wildlife Walk 2pm-5pm
A children’s Wildlife Ramble with naturalist John Tyler exploring a local nature reserve in search of insects, minibeasts, birds and flowers. Something for all the family.

Friday 8th June WALK 3 Wild Orchid Safari 10am – 1pm
Join wildlife enthusiast Francis Gomme and search for some of our stunning Chiltern wild orchids and other wildlife


 Friday 8th June WALK 4 Time Walk 7-9pm
Step back millions of years and discover the geology of the Chilterns with Stuart Fletcher



 Saturday 9th June Walks 5-14

WALK 5 The High Country
All Day Walk into the the local hills following sections of the Ridgeway. All day walk - BRING A PICNIC


WALK 6 Children’s Treasure Trail 10-12 noon
Town Centre Treasure Trail for children. Hunt out the clues and win prizes. An easy stroll for families with young children either walking or in pushchairs.


 WALK 7 Back to Brunel 10am – 1pm
Join our guided walk to explore 150 years of our rich local railway history around the town from Brunel and the original Wycombe Railway through to Watkins Dream and his 1890s line to Paris, and then the heyday of the GWR


 WALK 8 Map and Compass Reading 10am – 1pm
Beginners guide to navigation in the countryside. Learn how to use a map, navigate with a compass and get more out of your local countryside.


 WALK 9 Ramblers 7 mile Chiltern morning hike 10-1pm
Join the local Ramblers walking group on a morning hike to Whiteleaf, Pulpit Hill, Cadsden and back


 WALK 10 Ramblers 8 mile afternoon hike 2-5pm
Join the local Ramblers walking group on an afternoon hike hike to Bledlow and back


 WALK 11 Wander in the Fields 2-4pm
Join Mike Hoey for a ramble through the ancient hamlets of the Vale, the farms, churches, lanes and hedgerows of this special landscape.


 WALK 12 The Upper Hamlets 2-4pm
Local historian Dennis Claydon on a gentle stroll along ancient paths including the ancient Churchway, the historic settlement of Wardrobes and the magical Pyrtle Spring


 WALK 13 Town Heritage Trail 2-4pm
Discover our ancient market town with members of the local Heritage Society on a gentle stroll around the town


 WALK 14 Back to the 60s town centre stroll 2-4pm
Then & Now! Mike Payne goes back 50 years to the 1960s and compares today's town with those earlier times, using his collection of old photos. Perhaps you were there!



 SATURDAY AFTERNOON Cream Teas at St Mary’s Parish Hall




 Sunday 10th June Walks 15-18 

WALK 15 Bus and Walk All Day walk 10-4
Catch the community bus to Bradenham and walk back to Risborough through the ancient Saunderton Gap with historian Paul Green. All day walk - BRING A PICNIC!


 WALK 16 The Chiltern Edge 10am-1pm
Circular ramble with Mike Hoey up to Whiteleaf and Pulpit Hill and back.


 WALK 17 Ancient History walk 10am-1pm
Step back thousands of years beyond the ice age on a guided ramble with Stuart Fletcher that explores the fascinating history of the Chilterns.


 WALK 18 Countryside Ramble 2-5pm
A circular countryside stroll to round off the Festival, seeking out local wildlife and history.


Information and booking details from
Risborough Information Centre,
Horns Lane, Princes Risborough, or tel 01844 274795 or email risborough-office@wycombe.gov.uk

Walk details also on http://risboroughcountrysidegroup.blogspot.co.uk/

Numbers for each walk are limited - book early to avoid disappointment!

Organised by the Risborough Countryside Group, supported by the Risborough Area Partnership (RAP) , Bucks County Council, Wycombe District Council, Princes Risborough Town Council and the Ramblers.
 2012 sponsors; Chilterns Conservation Board




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