Circular and Linear Walks

Poppy fields on The Ridgeway

Circular and Linear Walks

Distance: 7.5 mile/12.07 Km

The Ridgeway Link is a  linear walking route linking two spectacular landmarks in the Chilterns landscape, the Chilterns Gateway Centre and Ivinghoe Beacon, the start/end point of The Ridgeway National Trail and the Icknield Way long distance path.The route follows the ancient Icknield Way and passes through rolling chalk hills and woodlands, enjoying some of the finest scenery in the Chilterns.

If you have enjoyed this walk there are many other wonderful walks in the Chilterns area.
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The Phoenix Trail is a 5 mile shared use path for walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users and horseriders with magnificent views of the nearby Chiltern Hills and chance to observe Red Kites, the impressive birds of prey that thrive in the area. A traffic-free cycle ride between Princes Risborough and Thame, a tranquil path to amble along with your dog on a summer's evening, somewhere safe to teach your child to ride their first bicycle, or a connecting route for horses to get on and off The Ridgeway at Bledlow.

It is flat and surfaced and ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs and there is seating every 500 metres.The first 2.5 miles out of Thame are surfaced with tarmac and the remainder with compacted limestone dust. Wheelchairs may experience difficulty with the access ramps.

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This 4½ mile circular walk takes you from Goring along the River Thames, through wildflower meadows and to the top of the North Wessex Downs. There are amazing views of the Chiltern Hills and Thames Valley. You can enjoy the fresh air and fantastic countryside of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Along the way you may see features of interest and wildlife such as red kites, kingfishers and muntjac deer.

Goring and Streatley are small picturesque villages at the foot of hills separated by the River Thames. There are several pubs serving food, restaurants, cafes, local shops,accommodation and a Youth Hostel. There is a regatta during the summer. Public toilets are located in Goring car park. There are no toilets or refreshments on the walks outside of the villages.

You can combine the North Wessex Downs Walk with The Chilterns walk ( 4 or 5½ miles, allow 1¾ to 2½ hours) to make a long walk.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



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This 7 mile cicuit shoudl take you between 3 to 4 hours. It takes you through ancient beech woods, carpets of bluebells and wild flowers. You might also see rare birds such as red kites and firecrests and the tiny muntjac deer.

There's Boddington hillfort along the way, an important archaelogical site occupied during 1st century BC, but probably earlier. Situated on top of the hill, the fort would have provided an excellent vantage point and defensive position for its Iron Age inhabitants. In the past the hill was cleared of trees for grazing animals. Finds have included a bronze dagger, pottery and a flint scraper.

Access Information: Just a 45 minute train ride from London Marylebone and a few minutes walk from Wendover station you can enjoy the fresh air and fantastic views of the Chilterns countryside.There are no stiles on this route, but 1 kissing gate (not wheelchair accessible, at the Hale into Wendover Woods). There is a long uphill stretch. From Wendover along The Ridgeway to the Hale the paths are wide and firm (with some loose stones) but there is a considerable uphill slope. There is an All Ability Trail suitable for wheelchairs near Wendover Woods main car park.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



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This 3 mile walk takes you to the top of the Chiltern Hills, through ancient beech woods, carpets of bluebells and wild flowers. There are amazing views of the Vale of Aylesbury and Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country home. You might also see rare birds such as red kites and firecrests and the tiny muntjac deer. You can finish your walk with a tasty meal, pint of beer or cup of tea in Wendover.

Coombe Hill Monument is a memorial to the men of Buckinghamshire who fell in the Boer War. It was erected in 1904 and has been damaged by lightning on several occasions. The National Trust owns the hill.

Difficulty: Paths may be muddy after rain. Uphill for about 1 mile.
Access Information: This walk has 3 stiles, 3 kissing gates and narrow paths. It also involves a steady uphill climb.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



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This 4¼ mile (6¾ km) circular walk within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Oxfordshire is 7 miles (11km) west of Wantage.  It takes you through open, rolling downland, small pasture fields with some wonderful mixed hedgerows, woodland and a quintessential English village.  It includes a classic section of The Ridgeway, with magnificent views of the Vale of White Horse to the north, and passes the unique site of White Horse Hill before descending the steep scarp slope to the small picturesque village of Woolstone in the Vale.

Terrain and conditions
• Tracks, field paths mostly through pasture and minor roads.
• Quite strenuous with a steep downhill and uphill section.  174m (571 feet) ascent and descent.
• There are 9 gates and one set of 5 steps, but no stiles.
• Some paths can be muddy and slippery after rain.
• There may be seasonal vegetation on the route.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



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A beautiful Chiltern Society walk along a very scenic stretch of The Ridgeway and through woods blanketed with bluebells in the spring. Fine views over the Prime Minister’s country retreat at Chequers. The route links up with the Brush Hill walk, which can be downloaded from the Society’s website.

START: Whiteleaf Hill car park, Peters Lane near Princes Risborough. Grid ref: SP 823 036. Nearest postcode HP27 0RP

DISTANCE: 5.7 miles, with c900ft of ascent over the length of the walk

TERRAIN: A moderately demanding walk, with one fairly steep descent and two moderate ascents. One stile. Look out for the painted waymarkers on the trees

MAPS: OS Explorer 181 and Chiltern Society 3

REFRESHMENTS: The Plough at Cadsden on the walk. The Red Lion in Whiteleaf village is nearby and worth a visit

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Risborough Area Community Bus Service 4 stops nearby at the top of Kop Hill. It runs on a Tuesday and Saturday from Princes Risborough.



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