WALKS ON YOUR DOORSTEP

It can be easy to for­get how lucky we are in Bucks to have such spec­tac­u­lar coun­try­side on our doorstep. While the sun is shin­ing we should ex­plore, as Camilla Good­man finds out

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THE Chilterns coun­try­side is the per­fect place to go for a walk in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings. Whether you fancy a leisurely walk, a pub walk, a stroll along the river or a long dis­tance trek, the Chilterns coun­try­side has it all.

To help plan your walk, the Chiltern So­ci­ety has pro­duced a new walk­ing book ti­tled 50 Great Walks in the Chilterns as part of its 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

The book com­prises favourite walks from so­ci­ety vol­un­teers and in­cludes cir­cu­lar walks of vary­ing length, split into three ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas through­out the en­tire Chilterns area from south Ox­ford­shire to north Herts.

Com­piler An­drew Clark, who headed a team of vol­un­teers to pro­duce the book, said: ”It is a real cel­e­bra­tion of the won­der­ful walk­ing coun­try to be found in the Chiltern Hills. Ev­ery week peo­ple and fam­i­lies turn out in huge num­bers to visit its glo­ri­ous coun­try­side to en­joy ei­ther a pleas­ant stroll or a se­ri­ous walk.

“The Chiltern So­ci­ety has been or­gan­is­ing walks for nearly all of its 50 year ex­is­tence so it was only ap­pro­pri­ate that we should pro­duce a very spe­cial walk­ing book to mark our Golden Ju­bilee. We asked our mem­bers and vol­un­teers to tell us their favourite walks in the Chilterns and this book is the re­sult.

“The walks suit all oc­ca­sions – there are fam­ily walks, pub walks, longer dis­tance walks and river­side walks – and all are on public rights of way, per­mis­sive paths or open ac­cess land. Each con­tains fas­ci­nat­ing de­tail of the area you are walk­ing through and they are il­lus­trated with lovely pho­to­graphs, many taken by the So­ci­ety’s own photo group mem­bers.

“It has taken over one thou­sand hours of walk­ing and re­search to fi­nalise the book, but it has been a labour of love.”

The book comes 15 years af­ter the so­ci­ety es­tab­lished The Chiltern Way, a 130 mile long dis­tance path, which has since had a num­ber of ex­ten­sions added to it. So­ci­ety mem­bers are also part of the Ridge­way Part­ner­ship, help­ing to main­tain and pro­mote the Ridge­way long dis­tance trail which runs through the Chilterns.

The so­ci­ety will of­fi­cially launch the book to­mor­row (Fri­day) with a short walk around White­leaf Hill in Princes Ris­bor­ough fol­lowed by drinks.

The Chiltern So­ci­ety, based at the White Hill Cen­tre, in Che­sham, is a reg­is­tered char­ity with nearly 7,000 mem­bers and more than 500 vol­un­teers ded­i­cated to con­serv­ing, cel­e­brat­ing and car­ing for the unique Chilterns coun­try­side.

50 Great Walks in the Chilterns is avail­able via the Chiltern So­ci­ety’s web­site, www.chilternso­ci­ety.org and

through lo­cal book­shops pricedi d £14.95. The walks are also avail­able to down­load in­di­vid­u­ally via the View Ranger app. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.chilternso­ci­ety.org.uk.

From the Ridge­way to woods, there are plenty of great walks in the Chilterns

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