Chilterns Guidebooks and Maps
Below, RambleFest displays The Chilterns guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.
The Chilterns rounded hills are part of the chalk ridge which crosses England from Dorset to Yorkshire. The characteristic scarp slope, indented by combes and cut by a number of gaps, looks out north over the panorama of the Vale of Aylesbury. The dip slope, dissected by steep dry valleys, curves gently down into the London Basin. The heavily wooded character of the Chilterns, based on clay-with-flint deposits, gives way in the north to the open downland of Ivinghoe Beacon and Dunstable Downs.
See also our Chiltern Way long-distance footpath.
The Chilterns Guidebooks
We display rambling books first, then various books of interest for those visiting The Chilterns. We welcome suggestions for inclusion.
“With some of the most picturesque countryside in England, yet only a short hop from London, the Chiltern Hills are just waiting to be explored. The glorious views from high ridges, ancient woodlands brimming with wildlife and downs alive with wild flowers and butterflies make the Chilterns and the communities within them English to the core. The vast network of well-established paths provides a wonderful walking country with history and nature keeping you company at every step. If you are planning to get away from it all in the Chilterns, this collection of 40 moderate walks is your perfect guide.”
– The Chilterns – 40 favourite walks
“The Chilterns form part of the long line of chalk hills stretching intermittently across southern and eastern England. It is an area characterised by beech woods and dry valleys, and these natural features are explored in the routes. The Thames Valley is steeped in history, from Windsor Castle and Richmond Park to Runnymede Meadows, where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215, and there are opportunities to absorb this evocative atmosphere, as well as genteel towns like Dorchester, Henley and Princes Risborough. -See walk locations by Looking Inside Inside: -28 great walks in Thames Valley & Chilterns from 2 to 10 miles -Clear, large scale Ordnance Survey route maps -GPS reference for all waypoints -Where to park, good pubs and places of interest en route -All routes have been fully researched and written by expert outdoor writers -Beautiful photography of scenes from the walks Pathfinder(R) Guides are Britain’s best loved walking guides. Made with durable covers, they are the perfect companion for countryside walks throughout Britain. Each title features circular walks with easy-to-follow route descriptions, large-scale Ordnance Survey route maps and GPS waypoints.With over 70 titles in the series, they offer essential information for walkers throughout the country. Contents* Wallingford* Watlington Hill* Hedgerley and Burnham Beeches* West Woodhay and Inkpen* Dorchester and Wittenham Clumps* Aldermaston and the Kennet and Avon Canal* Cuckhamsley Hill and the Ridgeway* Port Meadow* Old Boars Hill* Marlow and Hurley* Widbrook Common and Cliveden Reach* Goring* Whitehorse Hill and Kingston Lisle* Great Hampden and Little Hampden* Cookham, Winter Hill and Cock Marsh* Abingdon and Sutton Courtenay* Henley-on-Thames and Hambleden* Runnymede and Windsor Great Park* Longworth and Hinton Waldrist* Aldbury, Ivinghoe Beacon and Ashridge* Ibstone, Turville and Fingest* Coombe Hill and Chequers* Whitchurch and Mapledurham* West Wycombe, Hughenden and Bradenham* Chesham and Little Missenden* Chess Valley* Lardon Chase, Moulsford and Streatley* Princes Risborough and Chinnor Hill.”
– Pathfinder Guide Thames Valley & Chilterns Outstanding Circular Walks
“This guidebook describes 35 varied day walks in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in southern England, which stretches through Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. The routes range from 4 to 12 miles and cover fairly low-level terrain, and although some have several, sometimes steep, climbs and descents, they should be suitable for most walkers. Step-by-step route directions include lots of information about all these sites along the way, and are illustrated with clear OS mapping and vibrant photographs. There is also information on the region’s rich geology, history and plantlife, as well as advice on accommodation, transport and refreshments. The Chiltern Hills follow a line of chalk from the River Thames at Goring up to the Barton Hills just west of Hitchin, boasting great views from the north west edge and, on the south east side, a more intimate undulating landscape of rounded hills and valleys, covered in a mix of broadleaved woodland and open farmland. Despite its relative proximity to London, the region abounds in peace and tranquility, making it an idyllic destination for a day’s walk in the countryside.”
– Walking in the Chilterns: 35 walks in the Chiltern hills
The Chilterns Maps
We display the `Explorer’ maps in standard quality, although the tougher all-weather type is also available.