Main walk: 17km (10.6 miles). 5 hours. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 9 hours.
OS Landranger Map 165 Explorer Map 172 and 181.
Chiltern Society Maps: 3, 7 and 14
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This is a gentle Chilterns, showing all the characteristics of this range of hills. In particular, there are lots of fine beech woods on the walk, which show display vibrant autumn colours in late October or early November. Several of the woods, particularly in the later part of the walk, also have bluebells in late April. The walk is not all wooded, however, and has some good open stretches and a number of fine views. Though the terrain is undulating, gradients are in general not taxing. Lunch ia at a favourite inn of the poet Rupert Brooke (1887 - 1915); The Pink & Lily, Parslow's Hillock
It is strongly recommended that you bring along a compass. There are a couple of sections through woodland, where in the absence of other distinguishing landmarks, having a compass will greatly facilitate. (If you are unsure how to use a compass, refer to the section at the end of the walking instructions PDF)
Trains go from London Marylebone to Little Kimble, journey time just over an hour. Little Kimble is three stops up the line, so buy a day return to Little Kimble.
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Take the train nearest to 9.45am from Marylebone Station to Little Kimble.
The Pink and Lily> Pink Road, Parslows Hillock, HP27 0RJ (01494 489857). Food served noon - 2pm Mon - Fri. noon - 2.30pm Sat & Sun. Located 7.5 km from the start of the walk, this is the suggested lunch stop.
The Plough> Casden Road, Lower Casden HP27 0NB (01844 343302) Food served noon - 2pm Mon - Sat. (to 2.30pm Sun) Located 3 km from the start of the walk, this is an earlier possible lunch stop.
The Whip Inn> Pink Road, Lacey Green, HP27 0PG (01844 344060) Food served.
The Golden Cross Wycombe Road, Saunderton, HP14 4HU (tel 01494 565974). Open all day. This is the suggested tea stop.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk