Walking Groups



Walking Group 1


U3A Walking Group

Walking Group 2



 Long Distance Walking (or sitting!) Group



Grand Union Canal walkers reach Birmingham Jan 2017


There are three Walking Groups - two of which focus on circular walks of 4-5 miles, and a third for long distance walkers.

Group 1 meets on the third Tuesday of each month, and Group 2 meets on the third Friday of the month. In both cases the walks start around 10am (although the timing may vary with the location).

The routes are usually circular and about 4 to 6 miles in length. Group members take it in turns to plan the route and lead the walk. We usually end at a suitable pub or restaurant for lunch. The starting point is announced in advance to group members. Members should share the travel arrangements where convenient.

 Walkers are welcome to join either or both the groups.

The Long Distance Group are committed walkers who prefer a longer walk and embark on a more challenging course in monthly stages. So far they have undertaken the Chiltern Way, the Thames Path, the Grand Union Canal and the Oxford Canal. The current project is to follow the Chiltern Way.

Most years, there is also a walking holiday arranged during the summer months. See the Holidays page for further details.

There is a Risk Assessment Checklist for use by walk leaders as they plan their walks. Click here to read or download the checklist 



Walkers pay for their own lunch at the pub.


Next Events 

Group 1 - circular route from Penn

17 Jul 2018

Meet at 10.00 hrs Meet at The Crown Inn, Church Street, Penn, HP10 8NY.
Group 2 - circular route from Butlers Cross

20 Jul 2018

Meet at 09.30 hrs Meet at The Russell Arms, Butlers Cross, HP17 0TS
Group 2 - circular route from Christmas Common

17 Aug 2018

9.45 for 10.00 hrs start Meet at the Fox and Hounds at Christmas Common OX49 5HL
Long Distance Group - The Chiltern Way eleventh leg (Southern Ext.) 

26 Jul 2018

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Long Distance Group - The Chiltern Way twelth leg (Southern Ext.) 

30 Aug 2018

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Group Notice 

Group 1 - Tuesday 17 July 2018

The walk on Tuesday 17th July, length 4.5 miles, will leave at 10.15am from The Crown Inn, Church Street, Penn, HP10 8NY. Give yourself at least 50 minutes to get there!

The loos will be open from 10am.

The walk alternates between woodland and open fields through attractively undulating countryside with two steady but not too demanding ascents and 4 stiles. Several paths are rather overgrown and there are some rampant nettles, so long trousers may be advisable. One field-edge path is very uneven and boots with good ankle support would be helpful.

Please don’t be put off by these ‘risk assessment’ details – it’s a lovely varied walk!

If you would like lunch at The Crown, the menus are on the website. Please could you let Angela know your choice by Friday 13thJuly. E-mail   apdwenham@gmail.com

Meanwhile, good walking!

Leader: Angela Wenham  01844 291932 ro   apdwenham@gmail.com

Group 2 - Friday 20 July 2018

Tony Digby has kindly offered to lead this walk which will start at 9.30 a.m. from the Russell Arms at Butlers Cross. Please note the early start, on account of the assumed continued hot weather.
Please let Tony know directly if you will be walking/lunching. tonydigby6@gmail.com

Group 2 - Friday 17 August 2018

Paul and Libby will be leading this walk, with a 10.00 a.m. start from the Fox and Hounds at Christmas Common. About 5.5 miles, and with some ups and downs. Please be ready a bit before 10.00 so that you can place a food order just before we start the walk.
Please let Paul know if you are walking/lunching.

Group 2 - In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards.

Thanks to our dear friends in the EU, we have new Data Protection legislation. This goes further than the previous (1998) legislation, particularly in terms of individuals giving consent regarding who may hold their personal data. It is actually quite sensible. I, and Haddenham U3A,  currently hold ICE details that you have provided. That has to change. In future, you should carry with you, on our walks, an ICE card containing the necessary information so that someone can be contacted on your behalf if it becomes necessary. U3A will provide the ICE cards and it may well be that some of you already have them. However, if you do not have a card, please let me know (not Paul), and I will get enough cards so that I can give them to you at the start of the walk on the 16th.

Andrew Wild  on 01296 748679 or wilddinton@waitrose.com

Longer Distance Walkers - Chiltern Way 

The leaders of each of the next stages will be
  • stage 11  26 July....Ewelme - Stokenchurch11.3m  NO VOLUNTEER
    stage 12  30 Aug…to nr P Risborough10.5m          PAT, KEITH AND CHRIS
    stage 13  27 Sept…to nr Tring10.0m                       HILARY AND EDGAR
    stage 14  25 Oct…to Whipsnade10.2m                   ANGELA AND EILEEN
    stage 15  29 Nov…to NE of Dunstable10.2m          PETER
                         Dec...no walk
Neil Dury (07940 576088; neil.dury@btinternet.com)

Walking in England

A link to a website giving details of thousands of free walks for downloading has also been added to the Useful Links page


Joining the Group 

If you wish to join us, please contact:

Group 1:     Malcolm White on 01844 291677 or mwhiterudds@gmail.com 

Group 2:     Andrew and Helen Wild on 01296 748679 or wilddinton@waitrose.com 

Long Distance:        Neil Dury on 01844 291809 or neil.dury@btinternet.com