Regular weekend walks together with an active social calendar have made the Chilterns Weekend Walkers one of the fastest growing walking groups affiliated to the Ramblers Association. The Group was founded in 2006 by a number of people moving out of the age group traditionally served by the Chilterns 20s & 30s Group. We have grown rapidly in that time and now boast more than 400 members from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities. Whilst our main age group tends to be walkers in their 40s or 50s, we welcome walkers of whatever age who are looking for a friendly and welcoming group. We're always pleased to see new walkers so do come along and try us out. Just introduce yourself to the walk leader on the day.
The group has an active programme of walks throughout the year, and as our name suggests, these are mostly on a Saturday or Sunday. However, in the summer we also offer a midweek programme too. Our walks are usually between 5 and 12 miles and are mostly located in the picturesque Chiltern Hills stretching from the River Thames in the West right across to Hertfordshire. We guarantee you great scenery with the odd steep hill thrown in too.
Walks are led by volunteer members of the group, and on average you can expect around 20 people to come along, but numbers do vary. Most walks are listed on the Ramblers Association website and additional details are sent out on a weekly basis to our mailing list.
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Most of our walks take place at weekends in an Area of Outstanding Beauty with Windmills and Red Kites...
...and around 20 or more come on each walk and we're always happy to see new faces. Just introduce yourself to the walk leader on the day.
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Walking with us gives you the chance to see many hidden gems in and around the Chilterns.
We often stop for refreshments during or after a walk has finished in a Pub or like here in a cafe in Shenley.
Great photo from Lucy on a summer evening walk. Looks ominous but we're usually lucky with the weather but its always good to prepare for a shower
We have a good walking pace of around 2 - 3 mph but a obviously bit slower some of the steeper Chiltern Hills.
Sometimes we have more than 30 people on a walk when it's warm and sunny. The record so far is 62 but that was on a joint walk with another group.
A Hot Sunday afternoon with a stop at the JFK memorial in Runneymede
We're well known for having an extensive social calendar organised by Trevor who is seated here on the right.
This was a trip into London for a 'Jack the Ripper' tour followed by a meal.
This was a Halloween Ball (with the 20's 30's Group)
One hundred came along to our New Year Party in an exclusive hotel for a champagne reception, dinner and dancing till late. 54 were still able to get up early for a 9 mile walk the following day.
Summer 2011 we organised a Boat Party and Disco on the Thames starting at Runnymede as part of the 5th Birthday celebrations.
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Our members organise quite a few weekends away...This one was in the Ashdown Forest in Sussex.
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This is the bridge in the Ashdown forest made famous by Winnie the Pooh dropping 'Pooh Sticks'
On sunny summer days, picnics are very popular as a lunch stop.
When it's not so warm, we often stop in one of the many picturesque pubs in the Chilterns and we're just stopping for a photo call before moving on.
Sometimes our weekends away take us Overseas to destinations such as here in the Englischer Garten in Munich.
Walk from Tutzing to Andechs near Munich(Joint with the GEA Munich)
Tour of the Andechs Monestery (built in 1265) which has good food, excellent Beer and is where Carl Orff is buried
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This is the famous Partnachklamm which formed part of a walking route on our 2010 Munich trip.
As this was the Biergarten some 700 meters above the Partnachklamm reached after a 90 minute uphill walk.
Closer to home this was a Weekend Away in Yorkshire
On the Yorkshire Moors (Without Hats)
What a happy bunch.
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This weekend seaside trip based in Alfreston took us to walk on the Seven Sisters with its many ups and downs.
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We were very lucky with the weather on the Saturday.
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Walking downhill at speed at the Seven Sisters in Sussex
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He's meditating actually and not sleeping.
The weather wasn't quite so good on the Sunday and here we're making a short stop at Beachy Head
One of the regular overseas trips takes the group for a week in Austria reaching the tops of mountains with a local guide.
More strenuous was a Weekend Away in the Brecon Beacons.
Trudging through the undergrowth at the start of the walk up to Pen-y-Fan
Nearing the summit of Pen-y-Fan in ideal weather conditions.
A welcome lunch stop at the summit of Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons
This descent was quite tricky for some and it might have been a lot easier to climb up.
Photocall on the walk from Green Park to Canary Wharf passing many landmarks.
Dinner at La Tasca, Canary Wharf after a 10 mile Thameside walk which started at Green Park
Some of the walks are specifically timed to see the bluebells in the woods in the Chilterns
We enjoy walking along the Thames Path. This is from a walk between Maidenhead and Windsor and we returned by boat.
Ice Cream is well deserved in Windsor after a walk along the Thames Path from Maidenhead
We ocasionally encounter hazards crossing roads and railway lines such as this one at Saunderton
Luckily everyone made it across safely. Might be more tricky in future now that the HS2 link has been approved.
Walking along the Thames at Henley near the Regatta area...
... and then crossing the Thames at the Hambleden Mill en route to one of the car parks in Hambleden.
Probably the hottest day of the year.
Can you see the Windmill in the top left corner? It was featured in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. We get to see many areas featured in TV and Films.
Mick and Ann run walks over the Christmas and New Year holidays in Cornwall. Over 20 people went on the last trip.
We have yet to cancel a walk due to bad weather but we might shorten it. People on the group mailing list will have the mobile phone number of the leader to check.
When we're not walking, we like to relax and have fun. Alongside our walks we have a very active social programme with members hosting pub nights, restaurant meals, concert & theatre trips, and our popular annual Christmas Party.
We like to explore further afield, and organise a number of weekend trips for Group members throughout the year. Whether you enjoy the coast or the mountains or perhaps a trip overseas, there's something for everyone.
Regular Walkers with the group are expected to become members of the Ramblers Association and to specify CWW as their "home group".
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