Stepping out

The second Chilterns Walking Festival will run from Saturday 19 May to Sunday 3 June with over 80 guided walks, events and activities through Bucks, Beds and Herts.
Specialist themed walks, stories and scenic landscapes are a feature of the Festival programme. Some walks will involve local food and drink, practical craft sessions or chances to learn about the area’s wildlife, history and colourful characters.
On the opening weekend, highlights in our area include:
• Checking on Chequers – travel through ancient woodlands from Coombe Hill Monument, following the Ridgeway to enter the Chequers Estate, the country home of British prime ministers.
• Wild Bee Walk – join enthusiasts Joshua Wells and Stephen Howard at Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve amid the small but beautiful flowers of chalk grassland that supports solitary bees and bumblebees.
• Cemetery Circular: Stepping Stones - Step into a peaceful haven in Berkhamsted, where dramatic storytelling and interpretation will bring some of the town’s past personalities to life.
These are guided walks led by experienced people with knowledge of the area and an eagerness to share stories.
Annette Venters, Chilterns Conservation Board People & Society Officer, said: ‘The Chilterns is a rich source of inspiring stories about amazing people and places. Every year we uncover more, which we are delighted to share through the Walking Festival. We want people new to the Chilterns, or new to walking, to... have a wonderful day out, meet new people and explore new areas.’
Details of all walks, events and activities are at the website. Most are free of charge; some require a small fee which is clearly shown. To assist walk leaders with expected numbers, all walk places must be pre-booked via the website.

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