Above Princes Risborough in the heart of the Chilterns
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This is a circular walk, approximately 10.5 miles in length.
We start from Princes Risborough station. Heading out of the town to the South East, we quickly leave urban life behind as we head into the hills.
After a short sharp ascent, we reach the summit of Whiteleaf Hill with commanding views north across the Vale of Aylesbury. We pick up parts of the Icknield Way and Chiltern Way strolling through ancient forests and across fields with majestic red kites flying overhead. Passing Hampden House and its cute little church, we drop down to Great Hampden and a quaint pub for a drinks stop.
Our return takes us past a traditional windmill, through the village of Loosley Row perched on the hillside, with the final mile or so on the valley floor adjacent to the railway line.
There will be a sister walk taking in the Chinoor and PR Railway later in the year, so watch this space.
(All images are from Google Image Search and are labelled 'Free to share and use' credits to Andy Stephenson and Stephen Richards)
What to bring
Water: bring at least a litre
Medicines: if you have any ailments etc.
Rucksack: or any other bag
Footwear: hiking boots or sturdy trainers.
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
You will need a packed lunch, and plenty of water and snacks to see you through the day. We will stop for a picnic lunch at a suitably scenic spot; for your own comfort you may wish to bring something to sit on