Halton - Wendover Canal Towpath - Drayton Beauchamp - Tring - Pavis Woods and The Ridgeway back through Wendover Woods and Halton.
The Chilterns area in England offers particularly good walking opportunities with well marked paths and tracks normally not obstructed by land owners. The countryside is often heavily wooded but you can also find nice airy open stretches higher up on ridges too. Around the small town of Wendover (which is in Buckinghamshire) the walking is exceptionally good - with choices of woodland, canals and ridge paths.
This circular walk is around 14 kilometres in length and will take you via the highest point in The Chilterns which is at 267 metres. The walk takes in a really beautiful stretch of the short Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal
as far as Drayton Beauchamp then goes out across open countryside to the outskirts of Tring. The route then makes it's way up along a really nice path too and then on through Pavis Wood (eventually using The Ridgeway
Path) and finally the walk goes into Wendover Woods and back down to the start point.Getting to the start of the walk:
Take the A4011 out of Wendover in Buckinghamshire towards Halton then once past RAF Halton's Main Gate (which is on the right) and a road junction (on the left) the road rises up a hill. At the top of this rise look for a cross roads sign - turn right (take care and do this slowly as this is just a very short entrance road) and park just ahead on rough ground by the wooden barriers. Note
there is limited space for parking here - the best time to go is during the week as it's usually quiet - Sunday mornings are about the hardest time to find a space.
Go across this road and walk along Leafy Lane passing several houses - the road changes to a wide path and heads into
woods. Stay on this rising path ignoring side paths and tracks - the path gets very narrow and more sunken as it climbs more steeply. As the path seems to end by some trees [ SP 91350 09420 ]
go left and continue along to reach the edge of Pavis Woods.
Go through the gate and onto one of the muddiest bits of path we have ever walked - even in the Summer this is often really soggy. Follow the path heading towards a large unusually designed house nestled in a dip, the views around here are really good.
There is a gate here on the left which marks the Ridgeway, turn right and follow the Ridgeway Path through Pavis and Northill Woods as far as a road. Take the path opposite (this is now the Icknield Way) - go through a nice woods to reach a gate. The path arrives at a small road - turn left and continue uphill and then take the next marked path on the right. The path heads across a field to a wood edge - go over the stile into woods and immediately take the
path on the left. These woods are really old and neglected and it is a little weird walking through them.
The path comes out on a forest road - go slightly
right across this road and into the woods opposite. Within a few paces go left onto a well made and wide forest path - follow this round to meet a track by a seat. Turn right and follow this to a road by the toilets and a new wooden cafe. Continue past
the cafe and join another road - turn right and follow this road round to some very dark yew trees - turn left under the trees on a wide track - follow this sometimes quite steep track ignoring side paths and track to arrive back at the start point.
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