GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Buckinghamshire Walks

Explore Buckinghamshire with its canals, reservoirs and rolling Chiltern Hills.
Popular towns and villages include Amersham, Great Missenden and Marlow.

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In the spring walkers flock to the beautiful bluebell woods in Buckinghamshire. Click the 'Woodland' button below to see these.

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Amersham Circular Walk9 miles (14 km)This circular walk around the market town of Amersham visits the nearby village of Chalfont St Giles while exploring the attractive countryside of the Misbourne valley. There's riverside paths, woodland trails and a series of moderate hill climbs with splendid views of the Chilterns countryside. View Full Details>>
Ascott House2 miles (2.5 km)This National Trust owned estate is the countryside residence of the Rothschild family. The 16th century manor house is surrounded by over 200 acres of parkland and 30 acres of beautiful formal gardens. The house itself has a superb collection of paintings, furniture and oriental porcelain. View Full Details>>
Ashridge Boundary Trail16 miles (26 km)This walk takes you on a tour of the National Trust owned Ashridge Estate in the Chiltern Hills. The estate consists of 5,000 acres of woodlands, commons and chalk downland which supports a rich variety of wildlife. View Full Details>>
Aston Rowant Nature Reserve5 miles (8.5 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this wonderful nature reserve in the Chilterns and climb Beacon Hill on the way. The reserve is a splendid place for walking with miles of good paths taking you through woodland, chalk grassland and some lovely Chilterns countryside. It's a wonderful place for flora and fauna with flowers such as orchids, theChiltern gentian and various wildflowers. The attractive mixed woodland includes beech,yew, andjuniper.As for wildlife look out for Red Kites soaring above and butterflies such as thesilver-spotted skipperand theAdonis blue. You may also see Dartmoor Ponies, Roe deer, feral goats and buzzards. View Full Details>>
Aylesbury Canal6 miles (10 km)This waterside walk takes you along the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal. The arm runs for about 6 miles from Aylesbury to Marsworth. You can start off from the centre of town near the train station or there is a parking area on the outskirts next to the canal. You then head east along the towpath to the village of Marsworth. Along the way there are pretty locks, stone bridges over the water and some nice views of the surrounding Bucks countryside to enjoy. Near the end of the walk you'll pass the lovely Tring Reservoirs. If you have time it is well worth following the footpaths around the four reservoirs which include Startops End, Marsworth, Tringford and Wilstone reservoir. Look out for birds such as grebes and bitterns on the water. View Full Details>>
Aylesbury Ring31 miles (50 km)This circular walk takes you on a tour of the Aylesbury Vale View Full Details>>
Beeches Way16 miles (25 km)Follow the Beeches Way through the Chilterns AONB from the River Thames at Cookham to the Grand Union Canal at West Drayton. View Full Details>>
Berkhamsted Canal Walk6 miles (10 km)This walk takes you along the Grand Union Canal from Berkhamsted to Tring and then on to Mawsworth. It's a very pretty section of the canal with a series of locks and nice views over the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside. View Full Details>>
Bernwood Jubilee Way61 miles (98 km)Explore the Ancient Royal Forest of Bernwood on this circular walk devised to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Bernwood Forest includes a mixture of woodland, pasture, meadow, heathland and picturesque villages. The walk is often started at Brill and heads to Boarstall, Buckingham, Waddesdon, Nether Winchendon, Quainton and Thame. View Full Details>>
Black Park Country Park4 miles (7 km)With over 10 miles of well signed cycling and walking tracks, Black Park is the ideal place for a great day out in the country. Set in 535 acres of woodland and heathland, you will find lakes, picnic areas, cafes and a Go Ape Tree top adventure course. The park is located in Wexham, just a few miles east of Slough. View Full Details>>
Bradenham Woods2 miles (3.5 km)This circular walk explores the woodland and countryside surrounding the pretty village of Bradenham in the Chilterns. The area is run by the National Trust so there are good, waymarked footpaths and facilties. View Full Details>>
Burnham Beeches2 miles (2.5 km)This National Nature Reserve and woodland has miles of good walking trails to try. The area consists mostly of beechwoodland with lots of peaceful woodland footpaths to follow. There's also ponds, streams, grassland and heathland with over 500 acres to explore. The reserve is great for wildlife too. Look out for Exmoor Ponies, Berkshire Pigs, Jacob Sheep and grazing cattle. Facilities are very good with a car park off Lord Mayors Drive and a nice cafe. View Full Details>>
Caldecotte Lake2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy and easy cycle or walk around this pretty lake in Milton Keynes. A lovely waterside paths runs around the perimeter of the lake so it's perfect for families. There's a free trim trail with outdoor gym equipment and a table tennis table. There is also an excellent pub called the Caldecotte Arms where you can pick up a bite to eat. Walton Park and lake are right next to Caldecotte Lake so you can easily extend your outing there. View Full Details>>
Chess Valley Walk10 miles (16 km)Follow the River Chess through the Chess Valley on this delightful trail through Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. View Full Details>>
Chiltern Heritage Trail51 miles (82 km)Travel through the Chilterns Hills on this splendid circular walk and visit numerous delightful hamlets, villages and towns in Buckinghamshire. The walk begins at Chesham and passes Amersham, Chenies, Chorleywood, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles and Great Missenden. View Full Details>>
Chiltern Link8 miles (13 km)Travel through the beautiful Chiltern Hills on this path which links the Chess Valley Walk and the Ridgeway National Trail. The route runs for 8 miles between Wendover and Chesham passing through some really splendid countryside and the lovely Wendover Woods. View Full Details>>
Chiltern Way124 miles (200 km)This is the original 125 mile circuit of the Chilterns AONB taking you through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, Marlow, Hambleden, Turville, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs Country Park, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Harpenden. The main attractions on the route are the series of delightful villages with their ancient churches, pretty village greens and fascinating museums. The Chilterns countryside is also beautiful with rivers, canals and the rolling hills to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Chiltern Way Berkshire Loop28 miles (45 km)This walk runs from the outskirts of High Wycombe to Crowsley Park, near Henley on Thames View Full Details>>
Christmas Common and Watlington Hill4 miles (6 km)This circular walk takes you around the lovely area of Christmas Common in the Chilterns. View Full Details>>
Claude Duval Bridleroute63 miles (102 km)This shared walking and cycle path runs from Quainton, near Aylesbury in Oxfordshire to Great Barrington in the Cotswolds. View Full Details>>
Claydon House4 miles (6 km)This circular walk takes you through the countryside surrounding Claydon House in Middle Claydon, near Buckingham. The magnificent 18th-century house is surrounded by a lovely estate with lakes, and wonderful views of the surrounding Buckinghamshire countryside. View Full Details>>
Cliveden House2 miles (3 km)Explore the stunning gardens and woodlands surrounding this Italianate mansion near Maidenhead. The grounds include several beautifully laid out gardens. The Rose Garden with red, orange and yellow flowers, the oriental water garden with Chinese pagoda and the Long Garden with stunning floral displays and topiary. There are also miles of woodland paths with stunning views back to the gardens and over the surrounding Berkshire countryside. Look out for elephant, bear and tiger wood carvings as you go. The grounds also extend down to the River Thames so there is the opportunity for some waterside walking too. View Full Details>>
Coombe Hill5 miles (8 km)Climb to the 260m (850ft) summit of this lovely hill in the Chilterns. Coombe Hill is the highest viewpoint in the Chiltern Hills and commands wonderful views over Aylesbury Vale and the Cotswolds. View Full Details>>
Cross Bucks Way24 miles (38 km)Travel from Stratton Audley in Buckinghamshire to Linslade, near Leighton Buzzard along the Cross Bucks Way View Full Details>>
Denham Country Park4 miles (7 km)Enjoy waterside walking in this delightful park in Uxbridge. The rivers Colne and Misbourne and the Grand Union Canal pass through the park. There is a variety of wildlife, including herons, kingfishers and dragonflies. You will also find the useful Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre and cafe in the park. View Full Details>>
Dockey Wood2 miles (3 km)This delightful little bluebell wood is part of the wider Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns. The wood is very popular in the spring months as it is covered in carpets of bluebells. Please stick to the paths marked by the National Trust when you visit the site. View Full Details>>
Dorney Lake4 miles (6 km)This purpose-built rowing lake in Buckinghamshire has a traffic free National Cycle Network trail running past it on one side and the Thames Path on the other. As such you can make a circular walking trail using these two trails or a linear ride from Eton Wick to Dorney Reach if you are on your bike. The lake was used as the rowing venue for the 2012 Olympics in London. View Full Details>>
Emberton Country Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy 200 acres of parkland and lakes in Milton Keynes on this short circular walk. Emberton contains over 5km of paths and trails winding their way around 5 lakes, through wooded glades and meadows. The route below begins at the village of Emberton and takes you around Grebe Lake and Heron Water in the park. View Full Details>>
Furzton Lake1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a short cycle or walk around this pretty lake in Milton Keynes. The lake has a well surfaced path around it's perimeter making it ideal for families looking for a safe cycle path or walkers looking for an easy waterside stroll. View Full Details>>
Grafton Way13 miles (21 km)Follow the Grafton Way from Wolverton, Milton Keynes to Greens Norton in Northamptonshire View Full Details>>
Grand Union Canal Walk145 miles (234 km)Follow the towpath of Britain's longest canal from London to Birmingham on this fabulous waterside walk. You start in West London in a lively and attractive area with canalside bars and restaurants, before heading towards the Chiltern Hills, on through rural Northamptonshire and Warwickshire and into the Birmingham suburbs. Highlights include
  • Little Venice - the start of the walk in West London with trendy bars/cafes and historical old factories and warehouses. From here the towpath follows the Paddington Canal Arm to Hayes.
  • Iron Trunk Aqueduct - a magnificent Georgian structure, which carries the Grand Union Canal over the River Ouse, connecting the villages of Cosgrove and Wolverton
  • Willen Lake - Milton Keynes most popular park with cycling, pedalos, mini-golf and a cafe.
  • Tring Reservoirs - These four reservoirs in Tring are one of the best places for birdwatching in England. They are located next to the Wendover Canal Arm which will take you into the town of Wendover.
  • Linford Lakes-this lovely nature reserve in Milton Keynes has a number of pretty lakes and ponds
  • Hatton Locks - located near Warwick, this flight delivers 21 locks in less than two miles
  • The Canal Museum - located at the lovely village of Stoke Bruerne the museum houses stories, films, collections and displays all about our waterways.
  • Cassiobury Park and Whippendell Woods are right next to the canal in Watford and are worth exploring if you have time.
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Great Missenden5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a circular walk around the village of Great Missenden in the Chilterns. The walk visits the pretty abbey gardens before climbing the surrounding hills for great views back down to the village and into the surrounding Chilterns countryside. View Full Details>>
Greensand Ridge Walk40 miles (64 km)A walk through Bedforshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay. The route follows a ridge of greensand which rises from the clay vales on either side. View Full Details>>
Haddington Hill3 miles (4.5 km)Enjoy a climb to the highest point in the county of Buckinghamshire on this circular walk in Wendover Woods. View Full Details>>
Hanslope Circular Ride20 miles (32 km)A 20 mile circular cycle and walking route through open countryside in north BuckinghamshireIt passes through a nature reserve and wildfowl centre on its way to a tour of the Saxon manors of Hanslope View Full Details>>
Hodgemoor Woods2 miles (3 km)These woods near the town of Amersham have some good footpaths and mountain bike trails to try. View Full Details>>
Hughenden Park2 miles (4 km)The 1,500 acres of parkland surrounding the red brick Victorian mansion of Hughenden Manor is great for a short walk in lovely surroundings. There's woodland trails, pretty formal gardens and riverside paths to enjoy. The area is also surrounded by some beauitful Chilterns countryside. View Full Details>>
Icknield Way Path110 miles (177 km)The Icknield Way Path starts at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and heads to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk along prehistoric pathways. There's fantastic views as you climb through the hills of the Chilterns AONB. There's also a series of lovely nature reserves and country parks to enjoy on the way. View Full Details>>
Ivinghoe Beacon5 miles (8 km)Climb to the top of this iconic hillin theChilterns on this walk in Buckinghamshire. Ivinghoe Beacon stands at 233m (757ft) and commands fine views over the Chiltern Hills and the Vale of Aylesbury. View Full Details>>
Jubilee River6 miles (10 km)Follow the Jubilee River path from Maidenhead to Eton on this waterside walk or cycle on the border of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. It's a delightful, peaceful trail with the gentle river surrounded by attractive woodland and countryside. The river path follows National Cycle Route 61 for most of the way. View Full Details>>
Langley Park Country Park2 miles (4 km)Langley Park has a variety of beautiful trails suitable for cycling and walking. The park contains 154 acres of free access parkland, 360 acres of farmland, delightful Edwardian rhododendron gardens (with views to Windsor Castle) and an Arboretum with a fine collection of specimen trees and a beautiful ornamental pond. There are also excellent facilities with a tea room overlooking the Edwardian gardens and designated picnic areas. Cyclingis permitted, except in the Temple Gardens and the Arboretum. Cycle racks are located next to the tea room. View Full Details>>
Linford Lakes4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk via country lanes around the pretty Linford Lakes area in the Ouse Valley, Milton Keynes. The route follows a section of the Hanslope Circular Ride, a cycle and walking route around Milton Keynes. The route takes you around the outside of the Linford Lakes Nature Reserve, which requires a permit for access and no cycles are allowed in the reserve. The nature reserve has a large lake, meadows, woodland and a complex of ponds. From the observation hides in the reserve you can look out for many species of bird, including waders breeding in the summer and winter visitors such as Smew and Great White Egret. Boardwalks take you through the complex of ponds, which teem with wildlife including many species of dragonfly. Permits to access the nature reserve, which must be obtained in advance, are available from http://www.theparkstrust.com/parks/linford-lakes-permit. Permit holders are welcome to cycle to the nature reserve - bicycles may be locked-up at the Study Centre situated at the reserve entrance. View Full Details>>
London Loop149 miles (240 km)Also known as the London Outer Orbital Path, this walk takes you on a tour of the parks, woods and fields around the edge of Outer London. You start at Erith, on the River Thames and pass through Crayford, Orpington, Petts Wood, Coulsdon, Kingston upon Thames, Uxbridge, Elstree, Cockfosters, Chingford and Upminster Bridge before finishing back on the River Thames at Purfleet, opposite Erith. View Full Details>>
Marlow4 miles (7 km)The riverside town of Marlow is a lovely spot for walking. With the Thames path and some lovely countryside and woodland there's lots of good options for walkers. View Full Details>>
Midshires Way225 miles (362 km)This route follows public bridleways and quiet country lanes through Middle England, from Bledlow, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, to Stockport in Greater Manchester. The path links the Ridgeway National Trail with the Trans Pennine Trail passing through the countryside of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicesteshire, Nottinghamshire and the Derbyshire Peak District National Park. View Full Details>>
Milton Keynes8 miles (12.3 km)This long circular walk around Milton Keynes takes visits Caldecotte Lake, the River Ouzel, the Grand Union Canal, and Willen Lake. It's a great way of exploring the town on foot and visiting some of the most picturesque places. There's miles of good waterside footpaths and some lovely parkland to enjoy too. View Full Details>>
Milton Keynes Boundary Walk63 miles (101 km)Enjoy rivers, canals, woodland and beautiful countryside on this walk around the boundary of Milton Keynes. View Full Details>>
North Bucks Way33 miles (53 km)This long distance walk through Buckinghamshire visits a number of pretty villages and takes you though the beautiful countryside of the Vale of Aylesbury. The walk is well signed and waymarked with a Bucks swan logo. View Full Details>>
Ouse Valley Way142 miles (229 km)Follow the River Great Ouse from the source at Brackley, Northamptonshire, to the mouth at The Wash at King's Lynn. You begin at Brackley and head to Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Olney, Bedford, St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Ely, Downham Market before finishing at King's Lynn. View Full Details>>
Palladian Way118 miles (190 km)Walk from Buckingham to Bath through the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire on this trail named after Andre Palladio's Italian architecture. View Full Details>>
Ridgeway Link7 miles (12 km)This is a walking path which runs from the Chilterns Gateway Visitor Centre near Dunstable to the Ridgeway National Trail at Ivinghoe Beacon. View Full Details>>
Rushmere Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)Explore 400 acres of lakes, ancient woodland conifer plantations, meadows and heath in this country park in Leighton Buzzard. The park has numerous pleasant walking trails and a number of family cycle routes but a cycling permit is required for the trails in the park (see the link below for more information). View Full Details>>
Shakespeare's Way146 miles (235 km)This walk follows a route that Shakespeare may have taken when travelling between Stratford-upon-Avon and London. The path passes through the Chilterns, Oxford, Blenheim Park, the Cotswolds, the valley of the River Stour and the Thames Valley making for a beautiful and varied walk. There are lovely waterside stretches along the Oxford Canal and the River Thames into London. View Full Details>>
South Bucks Way23 miles (37 km)The South Bucks Way runs from Coombe Hill near Wendover to Denham near Uxbridge. View Full Details>>
Stowe Park3 miles (5 km)Explore 250 acres of stunning parks and gardens at this major Buckingham attraction. The gardens include beautiful lakes, several historic temples and monuments and many resident deer. Highlights on the route include the Grecian Valley, the Gothic Temple, the Temple of Friendship and the Palladian bridge. View Full Details>>
Sudeley Castle3 miles (5 km)Explore the award-winninggardensand beautiful 1,200 acre estatesurrounding this 15th century castle in the Cotswolds. There are nine magnificent gardens including the Queens Garden with hundreds of varieties of roses and the Tithe Barn Garden with a tranquil carp pond surrounded by wisteria, primroses, hollyhocks and cardoons. St Mary's Church is surrounded by the White Garden, with peonies, clematis, roses and tulips. It is also contains the grave of Katherine Parr. View Full Details>>
Thame Valley Walk15 miles (24 km)Follow the River Thame from Albury in Oxfordshire to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire on this pleasant waterside walk. View Full Details>>
The Swan's Way65 miles (105 km)The Swan's Way long distance bridleroute runs from Salcey Forest in the north to Goring on Thames in the south, a distance of 65 miles (105km). From the Northants border, the route crosses the Vale of Aylesbury to meet the Ridgeway near Princes Risborough and then follows the chalk slopes of the Chilterns to the Thames at Goring. It passes through varied countryside from beech woods on chalk scarp to low vales and ancient woodlands. View Full Details>>
The Three Shires Way37 miles (60 km)The Three Shires Way is a long distance bridleway which runs between Tathall End in north-east Buckinghamshire and Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire. The route traces the outline of ancient trackways and passes through a beautiful rural landscape. Along the way it skirts several small, historic villages, meanders through remnants of ancient woodland, and has many spectacular views. View Full Details>>
Tramway Trail6 miles (10 km)This short circular walk follows the bed of the Brill tramway, through Quainton, Westcott and Waddesdon. View Full Details>>
Tring Reservoirs5 miles (8.5 km)Enjoy a waterside walk around these pretty reservoirs in Hertfordshire. The four reservoirs include Startops End, Marsworth, Tringford and Wilstone. They are fantastic for birdwatching with visitors including grebes, bitterns,peregrine falcon,pied flycatcherand ringed plovers. View Full Details>>
Two Ridges Link8 miles (13 km)This lovely, easy walk links The Ridgeway National Trail and the Greensand Ridge Walk. View Full Details>>
Waddesdon Greenway2 miles (4 km)This shared cycling and walking trail links Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station with the village of Waddesdon and Waddesdon Manor. The trail was opened in 2018 and runs for about 4km along a flat, surfaced path, which is suitable for all abilities. There's information boards and lovely views of the surrounding Buckinghamshire countryside to enjoy on the way. View Full Details>>
Waddesdon Manor1 miles (2 km)Explore the beautiful grounds surrounding this exquisite French Renaissance-style chateau near Aylesbury. Walking trails take you through woodland, Victorian style gardens, a parterre with ornate fountains and a working aviary with adjacent rose garden. There are also splendid views of the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside, the Chilterns Hills and the Vale of Aylesbury. View Full Details>>
Wendover Canal Arm7 miles (11 km)This walk follows the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal from Wendover to Bulbourne. It's a pleasant stretch of canal, running for about 7 miles, with nice countryside views. View Full Details>>
Wendover Woods4 miles (7 km)Enjoy miles of great cycling and walking trails in this large forest in Buckinghamshire. The cycle trail is a moderate 5 mile route on waymarked surfaced tracks. It has some steep sections but is generally suitable for all abilities/families. View Full Details>>
West Wycombe Park5 miles (8 km)Explore the beautiful estate surrounding West Wycombe House on this walk in the Chilterns AONB. The Palladian house has 45 acres of landscaped gardens with a lovely large lake, views of the River Wyre, woodland paths and sweeping lawns to enjoy. Look out for attractive temples and follies such as the Temple of the Four Winds. View Full Details>>
Westbury Circular Ride12 miles (19 km)This is a circular walk or cycle ride around Westbury in Buckinghamshire. Route highlights include Turweston Airfield and Biddlesden House and Park. The house occupies the site of a Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1147 and sits behind a small lake. View Full Details>>
Willen Lake2 miles (4 km)Willen Lake is Milton Keynes most popular park with a super waterside cycling and walking path to enjoy. There's also pedalos, mini-golf and a cafe. View Full Details>>

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