Walking the Chiltern Hills

2 nights in UK
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What you can expect

Walking on our doorstep!

Guided walks from our hotel

Two delightful Chiltern guided walks

Experienced & informative Blue Badge walking guide

Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel

Lovely 4* hotel

About the trip

Uncrowded rolling English countryside’ is what is often used to describe the picturesque Chiltern Hills. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers fantastic walking and along with our perfectly located hotel where we can head out directly to our walks, makes this an ideal Solos walking break.

Easy to Medium

What's Included

  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Half Board: Breakfast & Dinner with 1/2 bottle of wine
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 2 guided walks
  • Experienced Blue Badge walking guide
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Itinerary

  • Arrive & Check-in
  • Wormsley Estate & the Icknield Way
  • The Parishes of the Chiltern Scarp

Extras

  • Insurance click here

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrive & Check-in

Check-in to our hotel, followed by meeting our tour leader and fellow Solos guests for the welcome drink and our first evening meal.

  • Dinner Included
DAY 2

Wormsley Estate & the Icknield Way

After breakfast we start today’s walk from our hotel and soon join part of the Icknield Way, probably one of the oldest tracks in Britain. We begin our main ascent of the day, up through the beautiful Aston Rowant nature reserve known for its flower-rich chalk grassland. Our route takes us through beech woodland, so typical of the Chiltern Hills, and hear stories of how the woodland has been used in the past. Much of our route is in the Wormsley Estate, acquired by American Anglophile Sir Paul Getty in 1985 and still in the family ownership today. We pass one of the most beautifully sited cricket grounds in the country often used as a regular filming location. Wormsley Estate is also home to Garsington open-air opera of which we can just see the opera pavilion from our walk. Our lunch (at own cost) will be at a pub in the interesting named village of Christmas Common. Here and throughout our walk we will almost certainly see those magnificent birds of prey, Red Kites, wheeling overhead. This is the area where they were successfully reintroduced in the 1990s.

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DAY 3

The Parishes of the Chiltern Scarp

This morning’s walk after we check out of our rooms includes the parishes of the “Chiltern Scarp” a name for the steep face of the Chilterns Hills . Each parish is called a “strip” parish, long and thin, taking in Chiltern uplands, the scarp and some of the plain and are also known as the “spring line” parishes. The villages came about at the base of the scarp where springs appear, to provide a water supply. Our walk will visit three ; Aston Rowant, Kingston Blount and Crowell, each with a variety of lovely flint and thatched cottages. From our hotel we walk to Aston Rowant, continue through the village, passing the medieval church following “the London Waye” the original medieval road to Oxford along which Queen Elizabeth I is believed to have travelled on a journey from London to Woodstock. Our route follows a wide farmland track along the Lower Icknield Way offering great views of the Chilterns, passing Kingston Blount, then visiting Crowell, the smallest of the parishes, 3 miles long but only half a mile wide.

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Accommodation

Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel 4*

Based at the foot of the Chiltern Hills just 15 minutes from Oxford and 4 miles to Watlington, this original coaching inn is cosy with comfortable sofas, good food and real ales; perfect for relaxing after a days’ walk.

Facilities Include

Facilities include reception, the Kite Restaurant & Lounge bar, air-conditioning and complimentary parking

Room Includes

Our comfortable and stylish rooms include ensuite bathroom, flat screen TV, toiletries, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and free Wi=Fi.

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January - February 6 °C 1 °C
March 9 °C 2 °C
April 11 °C 3 °C
May 15 °C 6 °C
June 18 °C 9 °C
July - August 20 °C 11 °C
September 17 °C 9 °C
October 14 °C 7 °C
November 9 °C 3 °C
December 7 °C 2 °C

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