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 walk from Whiteleaf

16 Oct 2018

10.00 for 10.15 hrs start  meet at the Red Lion Pub, Upper Icknield Way, Whiteleaf, Princes Risborough, HP27 0LL
Group 2 - circular route from Bledlow

19 Oct 2018

09.30 for 09.45 hrs start meet at The Lions at Bledlow
Long Distance - near Tring to Whipsnade

25 Oct 2018

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Group Notice 

Group 1 - Tuesday 16 October 2018

Eileen has kindly agreed to lead the next walk as follows :--

Walk Tuesday 16th October Meet 10am for prompt 10.15am start.

The circular walk is about 5 miles long starting at the Red Lion Pub, Upper Icknield Way, Whiteleaf, Princes Risborough, HP27 0LL.

The walk starts with quite a steep hill towards Whiteleaf car park and the Cross. There are a c ouple of descents and one of these is equally steep. If we have had rain it could be muddy and therefore tricky, so walking sticks are strongly advised. Thereafter, the walk is undulating (we are in the Chilterns)!  There are 4 stiles, 1 double.

From Whiteleaf Cross we descend via the Ridgeway to the Plough at Cadsden. Continuing along the Ridgeway and open fields we head to Kimble, Askett and Monks Risboro by St Dunstan’s church. It is then an easy walk back to the Red Lion.  There were sheep, horses and alpacas grazing in fields I passed thro’ but no cattle (tho’ that could change of course).

Lunch is booked for 1pm and the Red Lion would like our menu choices by Friday 12th as they are closed on Mondays and want time to order.theredlionwhiteleaf.co.uk There are 2 pages for the Lunch Menu.

Directions to HP27 0LL:

Take the Longwick/Risboro’ road from Haddenham.  Go straight over the 1st roundabout with garage.  At Tesco roundabout turn LEFT onto Aylesbury Road.

Entering Monks Risboro take RIGHT turn towards Whiteleaf and onto Peters Lane, opposite the set back houses on your left.  About 1/2 mile along turn LEFT into Upper Icknield Way.  Red Lion is about another 1/3 mile on the RIGHT.


Please let Eileen know if you are coming and would like lunch.

Leader:  emonks@tiscali.co.uk Tel: 01844 216033 mob; 07772 311637

Group 2 - Friday 19 October 2018

Ros has kindly volunteered to lead this walk, starting at 9.45 a.m. from The Lions at Bledlow. There is parking behind the pub. The pub would like you to pre-order and they will be open from 9.30 for you to do so, and use the loos if you wish. The walk is just over 6 miles long.
Please let Ros know directly if you will be walking/lunching.
Do also have a think as to whether you wish to walk on 21 December. We can discuss this maybe at lunch.
Leader: Ros Haworth  r.j.haworth@btinternet.com

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