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Chalk and Water: a walking journey of discovery up and down the Chiltern Hills

Distance: 4.5 miles

Start: Cowlease Wood Forestry Commission car park, Stokenchurch, Oxfordshire – A40 Oxford Road, nearest postcode HP14 3YL

Finish Cowlease Wood car park

This walk explores two adjacent but very different environments: the dry chalk escarpment of the Chiltern Hills and the rich clay Vale of Oxfordshire.

Find out how chalk and water have had a major influence on this landscape in terms of the flora and fauna, as well as human settlements and the use of land.

Discover a natural world of beech woods and juniper scrub, dry valleys and freshwater springs, wildflowers and butterflies, yellow ants and red kites.

Learn more about human activities in the area including a pre-historic settlement and a medieval castle, lords of the manor and peasant villagers, making a living from fields and woods, an ancient pathway and a modern motorway.thumb-14

Be prepared for beautiful sights, spectacular views and some surprising stories.

This walk was created by Gary Gray and Mike Jackson for the Royal Geographical Society.

Download free maps and guides here

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