These are five sample walks taken from the book 'The Chiltern Hills - Exploring the Notable and Unusual'. All include an excellent pub, some with a story to tell of their own.

You may join the walks at any point and the majority have short versions. For those not familiar with a compass and other directional methods that may need more than a passing knowledge of navigation, paths are referred to as 1/2 left, 1/4 right etc. The walks follow public footpaths and bridleways, and the use of roads has been kept to a minimum. Any lanes that are included will be quiet and, in inclement weather, might be a welcome alterntative to a muddy bridleway.

All large gates are described as 5bar, whether they have 4, 6 or any number of bars. It is also worth bearing in mind that the countryside is always changing and some waymarks and features such as telephone boxes or signposts may well have changed or moved location. In particular, stiles are increasingly replaced by gates, many through the excellent work of the Chiltern Society.

It is recomended that you take an appropriate Ordnance Survey Explorer map. The walks are all contained within the 171 Chiltern Hills West, 172 Chiltern Hills East and 181 Chiltern Hills North editions. Although the directions are clear and you shouldn't get lost, the OS maps quickly clarify any doubts as to which direction you should take. Names of woods and other landmarks are referred to and it can sometimes be useful to pinpoint them on a map to discover exactly where you are. As for measurements, they are as approximately accurate as a man without a GPS can make them.

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