Aug
19

Lengthy Chilterns Circular (Buckinghamshire) (37756)

Event Overview

Join me in a small group for a nice long 18 mile hike in the beautiful Chilterns.  Note that we will need to set a good pace of around 3 mile/hour over to cover the distance in good time - so please keep this in mind when signing up.  

We'll head off west from Wendover and climb up to Coombe Hill, topped by a war memorial and offering great views over Aylesbury Vale.  We then drop down to pass Chequers, the country house of the Prime Minister, where, if you keep an eye out, you migh...

Join me in a small group for a nice long 18 mile hike in the beautiful Chilterns.  Note that we will need to set a good pace of around 3 mile/hour over to cover the distance in good time - so please keep this in mind when signing up.  

We'll head off west from Wendover and climb up to Coombe Hill, topped by a war memorial and offering great views over Aylesbury Vale.  We then drop down to pass Chequers, the country house of the Prime Minister, where, if you keep an eye out, you might catch a glimpse of Theresa May running through the wheat fields. Naughty.

We gradually climb back up to reach Whiteleaf Hill where we'll stop for an early lunch with more wide open views over the countryside.  After lunch we cross through woodlands and fields following the Chiltern Way, passing by Hampden House and it's picturesque church.

Mid afternoon, time permitting, we'll call at the The Old Swan pub for a refreshment before heading on up to Haddington Hill, the highest point in the Chilterns.

Finally we head back in to Wendover.

 

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What to bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

Bring a packed lunch and plenty of water - there are no shops along the route.

We'll be having a reasonably early lunch so you may want another snack for later in the afternoon too.

Meeting & Times

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Event Reference No:
37756