Pete's Walks - The Chiltern Hills

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I live in the village of Kensworth on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, just behind Dunstable Downs. I think the Chilterns are a great area for walking - rolling hills, lots of woods, picturesque villages with ancient churches and colourful cottages of brick and flint,  plus many sites of historic interest. The wildlife is not bad either - there are Buzzards and magnificent Red Kites overhead,  plenty of Fallow and Muntjac Deer, and a fine selection of wildflowers (especially Chalk downland species).

The walks on these pages are generally 12-15 miles as that is the distance I like to walk. There are a few shorter ones in the section of local walks around Kensworth.

WARNING: When I originally started writing up these walks, I didn't really intend them to be used as 'route descriptions' for other people to follow. However I am aware that a few people are using them that way, and I now try to make sure my descriptions give enough route details so that they can be followed. Unfortunately I have a dreadful tendency to get 'left' and 'right' confused. So if you want to try any of these walks yourself, I very strongly recommend that you try to follow the route description on a map first. If you do find (or think you find any mistakes) please let me know by email  and I will make any corrections as soon as I can (usually I check emails every day).

1) Favourite walks in the Chiltern Hills

These are my favourite walks in the Chilterns, usually ones I have done many times.

2) Other walks in the Chiltern Hills

These are walks that I have usually only done once, often when exploring parts of the Chilterns I haven't visited before. They are not necessarily any less interesting than my favourite walks, I just don't know them so well and haven't had the chance to 'tweak' or improve them.

3) My local walks around Kensworth

These are walks I have done numerous times in and around the village of Kensworth where I live. Kensworth is towards the north-eastern end of the Chilterns, close to Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade Zoo and Ivinghoe Beacon.

4) Long-distance paths in the Chiltern Hills

There are number of long-distance paths that are fully or partially in the Chilterns.

Other walks in the Chilterns, especially shorter walks local to my home in Kensworth, may appear in the 'Latest Walks' section.