Chinnor Circular Walk

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

It's been a while since we've been on a family walk but we managed to get out on Saturday.

When we went on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway a few weeks ago, we picked up a Chiltern AONB leaflet for the Chinnor Circular Walk. I always prefer circular walks so that you don't have to logistically work out how to get back to your car that you've left at the starting point!

We parked up in Chinnor (free parking) and after a quick pit-stop for a nappy change, we set off. We weren't sure how Little Miss A would get on in her carrier as she hasn't been in it for a month or so and is getting used to walking by herself more now, but she was quite happy to get in it. I think it's because she has such a good view up there! Mr MoaB was slightly less happy as each time we use the carrier, she's got heavier!!

The first part of the walk took us across and then alongside the train track. The trains were actually running that day and I was really hoping we'd see one as we'd been on that train journey recently but no such luck. We heard the train on two occasions but both times we weren't in a place where we could see the track. Shame!

It was all fairly flat and easy going to begin with. However, then it got more challenging! From 'The Lions of Bledlow' pub it was uphill towards The Ridgeway National Trail. Quite a steep climb. Got the legs going!

The path evened out again for a bit as we walked along the Ridgeway, which is described as Britain's oldest road. Lulled us into a false sense of security though as we had an even steeper bit to go in the Chinnor Reserve and Barrows. It really was head down and keep going. So glad that Mr MoaB was carrying Little Miss A and not me. Would have been very slow progress as it was a narrow path as well! I'm glad the weather was dry as well as it would have been very slippery and even more hard going.

It was worth the climb though as we got to the viewpoint at Chinnor Hill. The view would be even better on a really clear day.

Of course what goes up, must go down so then it was time to start our descent back down to Chinnor.

There is an additional part to this walk that takes in the Chalk Pits, but we'd been out for a good few hours and decided to head back. We'll try to do these another day.

So this walk is not for the faint-hearted and you definitely need a baby carrier. The steep bits will be a struggle for Little Miss A for a while yet.

Was really nice to get out for a family walk. Little Miss A was pretty good at the map reading and there was only one place where we had to backtrack our steps a little bit as the instructions weren't that clear.

Here's a direct link to the pdf of the Chinnor Circular Walk if you'd like to give it a go!

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