Chiltern Hills (Pace): May 15th
Approx 11 miles from Aston Rowant Nature Reserve.
Half of the registration fee covers the cost of the organised walk and the other half will be donated to Pace.
From Aston Rowant Nature Reserve, we head out into the glorious Chiltern Hills. Our route starting with a fantastic view for miles from Beacon Hill, before descending to tackle a short flat stretch of the Ridgeway. This ancient track is said to be the oldest road in Britain - an 87 mile trade route dating back at least 5,000 years. After leaving the Ridgeway we climb steep Bald Hill and Pyrton Hill to reach Christmas Common, beyond which the woods are often carpeted in bluebells this time of year. We make our way back up through the Getty's Wormsley Park, home of Garsington Opera in the Hambleden Valley. This is an area known for it's population of Red Kites, as Sir Paul Getty stepped in to offer the site for their reintroduction in 1989, after plans fell through with Windsor Great Park. Once we exit the Wormsley Estate, we cross back over the motorway and return to our starting point in the Aston Rowant NNR.
- Meet time: 9:00am
- Location: Aston Rowant Car Park, HP14 3YL: Map here (follow the brown signs and keep going to the very end of the road, where the car park is hidden around the corner).
- Bring: Waterproofs, walking boots/shoes and packed lunch.
- Dogs: are welcome, but please remember a lead and bear in mind there may be styles to negotiate.
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Join us for a hike in beautiful places like the Brecon Beacons, Cotswolds, Malverns, Chilterns, Peak District and Oxford. The perfect way to start your training for a challenge like a 3 Peaks or simply to get out into the countryside, while being sociable.