Monday, 20 May 2013

Experience the Chilterns 2013 Princes Risborough Walking Festival


The 2013 Princes Risborough Walking Festival runs from 7th - 9th June.
To book places please visit or contact the Information Centre (opposite M&S) Tel 01844 274795 or email risborough_office@wycombe.gov.uk

Walk details:

 Wild Orchid Safari WALK 1

Friday evening 7th June 7-9pm

Join a local naturalist and search for our stunning wild orchids on a 2 mile ramble through Chiltern woodland and across local downland. Don’t forget your camera! Plenty of other wildlife and history too. Some steep slopes. The walk starts and finishes at the NT layby at the top of Longdown Hill, OS map reference 833045


 Chiltern Explorer      WALK 2

Saturday 8th June 10am – 4pm

An all-day 10 mile linear walk into the heart of the Chilterns, exploring the rich wildlife and fascinating heritage ofthe hills and valleys between High Wycombe and Princes Risborough with Stuart Fletcher. Stunning views, ancient history, red kites and wild flowers in an ancient landscape. Bring a picnic. The walk commences with a ride on the 9.42am train from Princes Risborough to High Wycombe then the walk back to Risborough.



 Pulpit Hill...the high country    WALK 3 

Saturday morning 8th June 10am - 12.30pm

A 2 mile ramble with NT Ranger Jerry Page, exploring the fascinating history of this ancient Chiltern summit, its majestic woodland and rich wildlife. Some steep slopes. The walk starts and finishes at the NT layby at the top of Longdown Hill, OS map reference 833045.



  Back to Brunel    WALK 4

Saturday morning 8th June 10am -1pm

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of our local railways on a 4 mile ramble with railway historian Francis Gomme. Step back in time and discover the traces of Brunel’s original Wycombe Railway and the surviving heritage of the 1890s GCR & GWR main line. A circular walk starting from the Princes Risborough Information Centre.



 The Upper hamlets    WALK 5

Saturday afternoon 8th June 2-4pm

Step back in time with historian Dennis Clayden on an undulating 4 mile circular walk exploring the local hamlet of Wardrobes, the ancient Churchway, Pyrtle Spring and a former horse racing track. Some stiles. A circular walk starting from the Princes Risborough Information Centre.



  A wander in the fields    WALK 6

Saturday afternoon 8th June 2-4pm

Join local walker Mike Hoey on an easy, level 4 mile ramble into the Aylesbury Vale through peaceful sheep pastures and meadows, passing the ancient hamlets of Meadle and Owlswick with their medieval farmsteads and chapels. Some stiles. A circular walk starting from the Princes Risborough Information Centre.



Walking Festival CREAM TEAS….…

Round off the Saturday with a walker’s Cream Tea at St Mary’s Church Hall, opposite the parish church in Church Street.



 Up and down the Chiltern edge!    WALK 7

Sunday morning June 9th 10am – 1pm

Join Mike Hoey on a 6 mile guided circular walk up onto the Chiltern escarpment including the 800ft summits of Whiteleaf and Pulpit Hills before descending back to the Vale. Glorious countryside and stunning views. Some steep gradients and stiles. . A circular walk starting from the Princes Risborough Information Centre



  Wild Butterfly Safari    WALK 8

Sunday morning June 9th 10am – 12.30pm

Join a member of Butterfly Conservation on a 3 mile stroll seeking some of our stunning and often scarce local butterflies in woodland and across downland above the town. Lots of other wildlife too, bring your camera. Some steep slopes. The walk starts / finishes at the NT layby at the top of Longdown Hill, OS map reference 833045.



 In search of the Black Hedge and Grim’s Ditch               WALK 9

Sunday afternoon June 9th 2 – 5pm

Join historian Francis Gomme on a 5 mile circular ramble exploring and unravelling the ancient Black Hedge and prehistoric Grim’s Ditch. Or just come for the stroll through some fabulous Chiltern countryside! The walk starts / finishes at the NT layby at the top of Longdown Hill, OS map reference 833045.



All walks: Adults £3, Under 16s £1.50. Dogs welcome on walks 2, 6 & 7.

To book walks, call at the

Princes Risborough Information Centre, ring 01844 274795 or email risborough_office@wycombe.gov.uk

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