As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, today The Chiltern Society has published a landmark new walking book: 50 Great Walks in the Chilterns.
They have also taken a digital leap, working with ViewRanger to make all the routes from book available to download on smartphones and tablets.
The route guides can be downloaded individually from the ViewRanger app and include the same photographs, waypoint information, and other helpful notes as in the book.
Chiltern Society route compiler, Andrew Clark:
“The Chiltern Society has been organising walks for nearly all of its 50 year existence so it was only appropriate that we should produce a very special walking book to mark our Golden Jubilee.
The walks suit all occasions – there are family walks, pub walks, longer distance walks and riverside walks – and all are on public rights of way or open access land.
It has taken over one thousand hours of walking and research to finalise the book, a real labour of love!”
The routes, which include favourites from society volunteers, have been split into three geographical areas:
The Chiltern Society will be publishing further walking route guides through ViewRanger in the coming months.
About The Chilterns
and the Chiltern Society
The Chilterns Society is a charity with 7,000 members and over 500 volunteers that was set up 50 years ago to protect and promote the area known as 'The Chilterns', a 650 square mile area spaning four English counties: Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and Bedfordshire. Its countryside is characterised by sweeping chalk grasslands and wild flowers, magnificent beechwoods, village churches, great pubs, and quiet lanes just made for walking.
Half of that area is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and thus protected under the 1949 National Parks and Access to Countryside Act.
Photos courtesy of the Chiltern Society and John White
The paper book 50 Great Walks in the Chilterns is available to buy via the Chiltern Society website, www.chilternsociety.org.uk and in local bookshops priced £14.95.