About the Chiltern Heritage Trail
The Chiltern Heritage Trail Millennium walking route, to give it its full title, is a 52-mile circular walk through a section of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire. It was created by Chiltern District Council in 2000, as part of their Millennium celebrations. It visits the towns of Chesham and Amersham and passes through all fourteen parishes within the District. The walk is set amongst the fields and woods of the beautiful rolling Chiltern Hills, and visits numerous picturesque villages, many of which have points of historic interest.
As part of Chiltern District Councilís Millennium celebrations, various artworks were created and located at various points along the route. These included a mosaic, a new Lych gate for a church, wooden and metal seats, and other carvings. Sadly, some of these no longer seemed to be present when I did my walk in September 2006.
Typical Chiltern scenery, between Chartridge and Asheridge (Day 6)
There is a guide book for the Chiltern Heritage Trail, available from Chiltern District Council (it is priced £2.99, but when I phoned up I was sent it for free along with details of other walks within the district). The guide book splits the route into 16 short walks of between 1 and 6 miles, with a map, route description and transport details for each walk. [UPDATE 23/10/11: Sadly the guide book no longer seems to be available (thanks to Trevor Taylor for this information)] The area covered by the Chiltern Heritage Trail is on the OS Explorer maps 172 and 181, although the route is not shown as a long-distance path (I know some local maps have recently been re-published, so it may now be on the maps).
The Chiltern Heritage Trail can be walked in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction (it is waymarked in both directions), and can be started and finished on any point of its circular route. However, the guide book starts and finishes the walk in the centre of Chesham, following the route in a clockwise direction.
Click here to see a very rough map of the Chiltern Heritage Trail (but only if you have already read my disclaimer and notes regarding maps).
Note: You can click on any of the smaller pictures in this journal to see them enlarged (click the 'Back' button of your browser to return to the journal). I have also numbered each photograph (in red) and inserted the same number in the text to show where in the walk the photo was taken.