Halton - Wendover Canal Towpath - Drayton Beauchamp - Tring - Pavis Woods and The Ridgeway back through Wendover Woods and Halton.

The Wendover Canal Arm is a haven for wildlife. 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.
Walk back to the road and cross over onto the smaller road opposite, follow this down and just after passing a road on the right take the signed wide path on the right. This descends through trees and comes out at a road, turn right down this road and follow it as it bends slowly left and enters RAF Halton's playing fields.
Start of the walk to Wendover Woods at Halton. Wide track near Halton on the way to Wendover Church. Wendover's small Church and graveyard. Nearing Rothschilds Bridge on the Wendover Canal Arm.
Continue past the stadium and changing rooms on the right then a few yards past the end of the car park take a marked path on the right into a narrow belt of trees. Around 200 metres along take a path on the left which soon comes out in a grassy area and with the church graveyard on the right. Keep ahead along the hedgerow and soon turn right to enter the church's graveyard. Continue on the path as it passes in front of the church and heads out onto the road. Turn right along the road and on reaching the canal's bridge turn right onto the canal's towpath. This is the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union canal - soon pass under a blue bridge and continue along this narrow and weedy canal. There are lots of the usual ducks and moorhens to be seen and also there are Little Grebe around.
Walking the towpath beside the Wendover Canal. Wendover Woods Drayton Beauchamp's Church. Part of the route on a circular walk from Halton.
Go under 2 more bridges - eventually passing houses on the left and finally reaching the main road (A41). Go straight across and continue along the towpath now with the canal on the right. The canal is fairly barren along here since it was cleared and diverted to accommodate a new by-pass - having passed under the bridge take the steps up on the left and follow the path straight ahead through a gate into woods. At the field edge Drayton Beauchamp's lovely church becomes visible - follow the path to the church - there are seats here so it's ideal for a picnic stop. From the back of the church head through the small graveyard to steps which go back onto the canal towpath. Turn left and continue along the towpath to the next bridge - leave the canal here. Go right and cross the bridge - the canal is dry here because it is in the process of being re-lined and restored - eventually it will re-open with a connection to the Grand Union. Walk along the lane and soon just as the road starts to bend take a footpath on the left. This actually starts off as a farm drive - follow the footpath signs passing buildings and into a field. The path follows the hedgerow and arrives at a stile - cross this and go straight ahead towards more farm buildings - the path goes between these buildings and emerges on a road.
Quite muddy sunken walking path Very muddy path heading into Woods in England. Woods near Wendover. Muddy walking in the woods.
Turn right and a few metres later turn left on a marked path - this goes round the edge of the field to reach another road. Go straight across the road and follow the small road as it goes up and over the A41 - immediately after crossing the bridge turn left. The path goes alongside the A41 for a short distance then goes half right between hedgerows. Ignore a cross track - just stay ahead to reach a small road.
Spooky looking Woods in England.Open views of The Chilterns near Wendover. 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.
Heading back down through Wendover Woods. Beautiful Winter view of trees in Wendover Woods. 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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