Best Winter Walks

 Walk 1:

Frosty morning, Hambleden Valley


This 12m walk started early enough to catch the morning sun and took in some fine views across the Hambleden Valley. A couple of hills. I think it is best to leave most of the day to complete this walk.

 Walk 2:
Great Hampden fields in December

Great Hampden fields in December

Great Hampden

A short 7 mile walk through the woods near Great Hampden. Beware of the mud…but a good finish at the Hampden Arms…either a morning walk with lunch or an afternoon walk with evening meal.

 Walk 3:
Cowleaze Wood

Cowleaze Wood

Christmas Common

An 8.5m winter walk with some beautiful views over to Oxfordshire and, later in the walk,  the countryside around Wormsley Park. There are no pubs on this walk…least not that we noticed…however, why not stop off at the Fox and Hounds in Christmas Common to warm up after the walk?

Walk 4:



So, the snow obscured the Snowdrops on this walk…rather ironic! However, if you time this right you can combine this walk with refreshments at St Botolph’s Church…most Sundays during ‘Snowdrop season’. It’s a long haul up onto the Chilterns but from then on the walk is reasonably flat or downhill…and it’s only 7m long. On a better day I’m sure the views would be good…it’s just we didn’t see them!

Walk 5:


Marsworth Locks

The sort of walk that will fit well into a winter’s Sunday afternoon. 8 Miles and no hills to speak of. There are plenty of opportunities to stop off on the way along the Grand Union Canal. The walk includes the iconic (in my opinion, of course!)  Pitstone Windmill.