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ISBN: 9780857100467
AUTHOR: Robert Wood
A Boot Up The Chilterns
A Boot Up The Chilterns
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The Chiltern Hills remain a beautiful, unspoilt corner of England. Beech woodland and chalk downs provide a haven for wildlife while on the downs in summer are to be found abundant orchids. In the southern Chilterns the red kite is everywhere. Four nature reserves feature in these 10 walks.

As walking country goes the Chilterns are hard to beat. To the west there is a walk beside the Thames before it joins a section of the Shakespeare Way (Stratford left, the Globe right), while another walk drops in on a fine Elizabethan mansion before arriving in Henley’s own Happy Valley where there is not a boat to be seen. More centrally, around the Wycombes, is Disraeli country and there is a visit to his house. The Hellfire Club was hereabouts too: just what did go on there? Further east a monument to a canal-builder suddenly rears up and there is a roller-coaster ramble to the north-west of Chesham, the first town in the Chilterns to be designated a Walkers are Welcome town. Add in three villages that film-makers have taken a shine to (Vicar of Dibley, Nanny McPhee, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and, yes, the Chilterns are hard to beat.

The ten circular walks, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk. The 10 walks included are centred on:

Britwell Salome and Swyncombe Downs • Nettlebed and Russell’sWater • Greys Court and Friar Park • Turville and Ibstone • Hambleden and the River Thames • Whiteleaf Hill and Chequers • Bradenham and West Wycombe • Hedgerley and Bulstrode Park • Chartridge and ReddingWick • The Bridgewater Monument and Aldbury Nowers.

In previous lives Robert Wood was a researcher, an academic and a business psychologist. Now he concentrates on writing walking books. Apart from his technical books, which include a book on emotional intelligence, he has produced a memoir, Mackem Mayhem, and three novels - Pushing Envelopes, Chekyll and Ide and Ten a Penny. His previous books for Halsgrove are A Boot Up the Berkshire Downs and A Boot Up the North Hampshire Downs.

Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 046 7, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published June 2010.

A Boot Up the North Hampshire DownsA Boot Up the North Hampshire Downs - £4.99
These ten circular walks by Robert Wood, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the North Hampshire Downs – its people, its history, and its working landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer.
 
 
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