23 themed socially distanced Chilterns walks launched to make exploring safer

PUBLISHED: 11:13 15 September 2020 | UPDATED: 11:27 15 September 2020

'Social distancing friendly' walks have been developed by The Chilterns Conservation Board and Chiltern Society (photo: The Chiltern Society)

'Social distancing friendly' walks have been developed by The Chilterns Conservation Board and Chiltern Society (photo: The Chiltern Society)

The Chiltern Society

A series of themed socially distanced walks have been created so walkers can explore the Chilterns safely

The 23 walks which avoid busy areas and narrow paths were developed by volunteers at the Chilterns Conservation Board and Chiltern Society to coincide with the reopening of pubs and cafes.

There are pub walks from Great Offley and Pegsdon in the northern Chilterns, rambles through historic parks, nature reserves, drovers’ routes and routes which take in TV and film locations.

The two to six-mile routes start in market towns or villages with many stile-free. Some start on commons or at recreation grounds and can be combined with a picnic.

Annette Venters, access officer at the Chilterns Conservation Board, said, ‘During lockdown the Chilterns countryside has been used and enjoyed as never before, bringing comfort and joy to many.

‘The well-used ‘honey-pot’ sites can get very crowded, making social distancing difficult and putting pressure on the landscape.

‘Luckily, the Chilterns has over 2,000km of footpaths, so there are plenty of quiet places to enjoy. We hope these walks will encourage people to explore the Chilterns and discover new places.’

The routes take in the rolling landscapes of the Chilterns which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Maps can be downloaded for free at chilternsociety.org.uk

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