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The Chiltern Way guide

Below is a simplified guide to walk the original Chiltern Way in 14 days, or including the North and South extenions in 19 days, in approxmately 10 mile (16 km) sections. With guide to parking, services and attractions.

Don't forget the full guide, The Chiltern Way including the Extensions & Berkshire Loop, is available in our online shop.

 

Original Route
#

Start from

Miles

Day

Total

Car Parks (P) / Street/roadside parking (SP) / Accommodation (A) Camping (C) / other services and attractions

  Hemel Hempstead 0.0     Station P/ All services in HH/ A at HH & Boxmoor
  Bovingdon 2.6 2.6 2.6 SP/A/ Shops & pub
  Flaunden 2.0 4.6 4.6 SP or P at village hall with permission/ Pub/A
  Sarratt Church 2.5 7.1 7.1 Limited SP./ pub. More in Sarratt
1 Chenies 1.5 8.6 8.6 SP. by Red Lion or in village / A / (Nr. Chenies Manor)
  Chorleywood Heronsgate 1.7 1.7 10.3 Limited SP/ pub.
  Chalfont St Giles Village 2.7 4.4 13.0 P /A/ C/ YHA/ pubs. (Milton Cottage/Open Air Museum)
  Coleshill (Red Lion) 3.6 8.0 16.6 Limited SP / pub
  Winchmore Hill 1.0 9.0 17.6 Limited SP / pub /A
2 Penn Bottom 1.1 10.1 18.7 Small P on Crown Lane / pub at Penn
  Loudwater (A40) 3.3 3.3 22.0 Lay-by or P at Kings Mead Rec. Ground / A / Buses to Wycombe
  Flackwell Heath 1.0 4.3 23.0 All services/A
  Sheepridge 0.9 5.2 23.9 SP / pub / SP & pub at Burroughs Grove
3 Marlow Bottom 3.5 8.7 27.4 SP / 2 pubs. All services in Marlow/ A / C / Buses.
  Bovingdon Green 1.6 1.6 29.0 Little or no parking except at pub with permission
  Hambleden 3.7 5.3 32.7 P / SP / A / C at Marlow Rd / Shops & pubs
  Skirmett 2.2 7.5 34.9 SP / A / pub
  Fingest 1.7 9.2 36.6 Limited SP / pub
4 Turville 0.6 9.8 37.2 Limited SP / pub ("Dibley" & Chitty Bang Bang Windmill)
  Stonor Village 2.9 2.9 40.1 SP / very small lay-by
  Maidensgrove Common 1.3 4.2 41.4  
  Big Ashes Plantation (SW27) 0.6 4.8   See SOUTHERN EXTENSION (further down in this table)
  Upper Bix Bottom (SW14) 0.4 5.2 41.8 See EWELME LOOP (further down in this table). Plan is to walk loop another day
  Return of Ewelme Loop 0.5 5.7 42.3  
5 Russell's Water 0.3 6.0 42.6 P west of pond/ A
  Northend Common 3.5 3.5 45.8 Parking difficult
  Ibstone 1.8 5.3 47.6 P / A / Pub
  Stokenchurch 1.7 7.0 49.3 P / A /, All services (Red Kite nature reserve 2 miles)
  Radnage/ Bennett End 1.9 8.9 51.2 SP/A / C & pub
6 Bledlow Ridge 0.9 9.8 52.1 Limited SP/ A at Princes Risborough
  Bledlow 2.9 2.9 55.0 SP Church End / pub
  Saunderton 1.3 4.2 56.3 Limited SP / A / Pub near station.
  Lacey Green 2.1 6.3 58.4 SP / Pub, (Windmill open to public some days)
  Lily Bottom 0.9 7.2 59.3 SP & pub north of path
7 Little Hampden 2.9 10.1 62.2 Small public P opposite pub A
  Wendover Dean (A413) 1.6 1.6 63.8 SP Layby
  Lee Gate 1.2 2.8 65.0 Very limited SP. Pub
  St Leonards 2.3 5.1 67.3 Very limited SP / A / Pub
  Wigginton 2.6 7.7 69.9 SP / A / Pub
  Cow Roast Lock 1.7 9.4 71.6 Pub
  Tom's Hill Rd. (B4506 ) 1.1 10.5 72.7 P
8 Aldbury 0.5 11.0 73.2 SP / P near rec./ A /C at Pitstone/ Pub /, Shop.
  Little Gaddesden 2.3 2.3 75.5 Small P where CW crosses B4506. Also at bowling green /Pub
  Studham 2.3 4.6 77.8 P at Church weekdays only.
  Whipsnade 2.3 6.9 80.1 P / A (Tree Cathederal & Zoo)
9 Dunstable Downs 1.4 8.3 81.5 P at Visitor Centre Café (£1)/ A and services in Dunstable
  A5 Chalk Hill 2.5 2.5 84.0 SP / Pub
  Bidwell 1.1 3.6 85.1 SP / Pub
  Chalton 2.8 6.4 87.9 SP / Pub
  Sundon Hills Country Park 2.3 8.7 90.2 P
10 Sharpenhoe Clappers (road) 1.8 10.5 92.0 P on Streatley/Sharpenhoe Rd.
  Sharpenhoe Clappers (fork) 0.8 0.8   START NOTHERN EXTENSION
  Streatley 1.5 2.3 93.5 P by allotments/SP / P A6 north lay-by /A
  Lilley Bottom 6.3 8.6 99.8 P by village Hall, Pubs
11 Mangrove Green 1.1 9.7 100.9 SP / A/ Pub
  Peter's Green 4.6 4.6 105.5 SP. Pub
  Harpenden 3.0 7.6 108.5 P/SP/A/pub All services
12 Flamstead Church 4.0 11.6 112.5 P on Friendless Lane close CW/ A / Pub
  Gaddesden Row School 2.4 2.4 114.9 School P at weekends
  Potten End (Water End Rd) 2.9 5.3 117.8 Limited SP/ Pub
  Boxmoor 2.5 7.8 120.3  
13 Hemel Hempstead 0.4 8.2 120.7 Station P/ All services in HH/ A at HH & Boxmoor
14 EWELME LOOP ***       The Ewelme Loop is one of the best walks on the CW but there are few services except Ewelme itself.
  Ewelme       SP / Cow Common P/ A/ pub, shop.
  Swyncombe Church 3.2 3.2   P by church
  Cookley Green 1.0 4.2   SP by green
  Loop byepass path *** 0.5 4.7    
  Park Corner 1.8 6.0   Lay-by SP B481
  Ridgeway 1.4 7.4    
  Southern Loop fork 1.9 9.3    
  Ewelme 1.0 10.3 10.9 SP / Cow Common P/ A/ pub, shop.
  TOTAL original route mileage: 131.6
North and South extensions
  SOUTHERN EXTENSION       From Upper Bix Bottom
  Maidensgrove Common       SP / A at Pishill/Pub at Upper Maidensgrove near path
  Big Ashes Plantation (SW27) 0.6 0.6   Three way split. START of Southern Extension.
  Crocker End Green 0.9 1.5   Limited SP
  Bix Bottom Church 1.2 2.7   P ruined church or Warburg Reserve (0.8 miles)
  Bix (A4130) 1.1 3.8   P by church & Rocky La. / A
  Greys Green 2.1 5.9   Parking by Village Hall
  Harpsden Bottom/Old Place 2.2 8.1   Nearest parking is Sonning Common
  Sonning Common A481 1.6 9.7   SP / All services in Sonning Common c. 1¼ miles north of CW / A Peppard
  Tokers Green 1.9 1.9   SP/ Pub on A 4074
  Mapledurham 2.4 4.3   Limited times P/ SP / A / pub
  Whitchurch Hill 2.9 7.2   SP / A at Goring Heath/ Pub at Hill Bottom
  Goring Railway Bridge 3.6 10.8   P / SP / A / YHA All services
  Woodcote B471 3.9 3.9   P by Village Hall / SP / Pub/ A at Checkenden / C at Wallingford
  Hailey 3.1 7.0   Very limited P / Pub
  End of Southern Extension 4.1 11.1    
  Ewelme 1.1     Car Parks Recreation Ground & Ichnieldbank. Pub
          Return to original CW on Ewelme Loop
  NORTHERN EXTENSION        
  Sharpenhoe Clappers (road)     0.0 Parking on Sharpenhoe Rd.
Sharpenhoe Clappers (Fork) 0.6     End NOTHERN EXTENSION
  Sharpenhoe ( The Lynmore) 0.2 0.8   SP / 0.6 Mile to Sharpenhoe Rd P/ A / Pub
  A6 Barton Mill 1.4 2.2    
  Barton Le Clay 0.7 2.9   SP / A / Pubs
  Pegsdon (B 655) 5.2 8.1   P Shillington Rd / SP B655 Lay-by.
  Little Offley 3.6 11.7    
  Great Offley 2.6 2.6   SP / A / 2 Pubs
  Preston (Red Lion) 4.7 7.3   SP /pub
  Chapelfoot (Royal Oak) 1.7 9.0    
  Whitwell High St. 3.1 12.1   P off Bradway / A / Pub
  Peter's Green 0.9 13.0   SP / pub / End of NOTHERN EXTENSION


The Way to go

The Chiltern Way, not including its extensions, can be walked in about 12 days if covering 10 miles a day. Please click here for a guide to distances, parking and services.

A list of accommodation en route is available here as a PDF (Note: left click to load in a new window, right click to download to your device).

 

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