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The Chiltern Way

The Chiltern Way is a circular walking route of 214 km (134 miles) with two optional extensions and an additional loop taking the total route to a maximum of 352 km (220 miles).

It is a wandering, varied and mostly rural way stretching around the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Chiltern Way is shown on recent editions of Explorer Ordnance Survey maps: 181, 192, 171, 172, 192 and 193.

The original Chiltern Way was set up by volunteers as the Chiltern Society’s millennium project. The route goes from Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, the edge of Marlow, Hambleden, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs, Sharpenhoe Clappers to Harpenden and back to Hemel Hempstead.The footpath is now enjoyed by thousands of walkers each year.

Visit the Route changes page for the latest information on The Chiltern Way.

Point at the map below to see more detail. To print out the map, click here to load it into a new window in your browser, then select 'print' in your software.


For a more detailed interactive map in the Chilterns Conservation Board's website, please follow this link (opens an additional window). You may have to zoom in to see more detail. Other maps are available there.


The extensions and additional loop

The two extensions were formed in 2003, the southern one from Bix Bottom via Mapledurham on the Thames adding a loop of 50 km (31 miles), and the northern one from Sharpenhoe Clappers via the Icknield Way and the outskirts of Hitchin adding a further 43 km (27 miles). Creation of The Berkshire Loop, described in the text that follows, added an extra 45 km (28 miles) in 2010.

Chiltern Way Berks LoopA new extension of the Chiltern Way – the Berkshire Loop – was launched in October 2010.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Chiltern Way, the Chiltern Society has developed a new extension to the very popular Chiltern Way long distance walking route, to be called the Berkshire Loop.

The Berkshire Loop has been planned and signposted by the Chiltern Society in conjunction with district and parish councils. (Full details of the route are in the latest edition of the popular guidebook about the Chiltern Way – The Chiltern Way including the Extensions & Berkshire Loop by Nick Moon, priced £10.99 – see right)

The Berkshire Loop is a new 28 mile walking route, it starts from the Chiltern Way south of Penn in Buckinghamshire crossing the Thames at Cookham Bridge and taking in Winter Hill, Ashley Hill and Remenham Hill before re-crossing the Thames at Henley Bridge and joining the Chiltern Way in Harpsden Bottom. The route includes two short sections of the Thames Path. Please see maps below.

The new route was officially opened by Sir John Johnson, chairman of the Chilterns Conservation Board and vice-president of the Chiltern Society.


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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The Chiltern way
The definitive Chiltern Way map showing the complete route of The Way including the Extensions & Berkshire Loop.

The Chiltern way is shown on our latest Chiltern Society Footpath Maps.