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The Chilterns are a line of hills about 40 miles northwest of London. They were created by the same movement in the Earth's crust that lifted the Alps and have a steep scarp slope that looks out across the Vale of Aylesbury and a gentle, wooded dip slope that sweeps down to the valley of the Thames. This short walk explores part of that slope, starting in the pretty hilltop village of Fawley. It passes Toad Hall garden centre where you can enjoy an excellent cup of tea before returning through the Fawley Hill estate, now owned by the MacAlpine family. The path is enclosed between high deer fences here and this gives the animals that roam the estate confidence to stay close to the path so you are very likely to spot deer and wallabies.

England - Central England - Buckinghamshire - Chilterns


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
8/28/2017 - Ken Howard

A lovely walk in splendid countryside. Don't miss the luminous John Piper 'Tree of Life' window in the church. Also beware at W6 that the original ascending public footpath is still indicated on the right of the fenced path. We took it and just before the wood got fenced in a field with no way out. Climbing over the new tall wired fence caused some nasty grazes! Seeing friendly deer and wallabies cheered us up.

4/13/2016 - Neil Packham

A pretty short walk with especially good views on the long descent at WM4. A buck and his doe came close to the path at WM6 so the deer fences seem to work. I would echo the previous comment; the end of the brief section on the A4155 combines restricted visibility, no verges and very fast traffic. This requires extreme caution and isn't suitable for children or pets.

3/12/2011 - Laura Parker

A very pleasant walk with the exception of the short stretch on the main road - it is a busy road and there is no verge to walk on for most of that stretch, which would make it difficult or even hazardous with dogs or children.

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