This circular, stile free walk passes through beautiful Chiltern valleys where red kites are abundant. You can
also enjoy panoramic views, ancient beech woods and rolling farmland.
Length: 4.5 miles (Allow 2½ hours)
Start & finish: Capital Gardens, Studley Green Garden Centre, Studley Green HP14 3UX. Please use the car park near the road
Access Information: Easy walking on good paths which can be muddy after rain. One narrow path, one
short steep climb and one gate
Food & drink: Café at the garden centre and the Dashwood Arms
From the Garden Centre, cross the main road and turn right along the pavement. Go over St Francis Road, walk forward a few metres and turn left down the driveway to a house called Nutfield.
1 – Fork left along a narrow path down to a lane. Turn left to a road junction and turn right for 100m to where the tarmac ends. Stay ahead and continue to a path junction just inside Bottom Wood.
2 – Keep ahead and follow the wide track for over 1 mile to the edge of the wood.
3 – Follow the track round to the left and straight on to the main road. Cross to Chipps Lane opposite, walk along for 20m and take the bridleway on the right.
4 – Follow the wide track to reach a path junction just before the end of a wood.
5 – Turn right along the right-hand side of the hedgerow to the corner of the next wood. Follow the track round to the left, continue to the right of the hedgerow, and where the hedgerow ends, stay straight ahead towards a wood. Go through a gate into the wood and follow the track to a path on the right just before reaching a road.
6 – Turn right up the steep hill to the top, bear left and follow the path as it winds through the site of the former Wycliffe Centre.
7 – At the entrance to the site, stay straight ahead to a path junction just before the main road. Turn left along the bridleway as it runs parallel to the road. Cross over the lane that leads to Horsley Green and either keep straight ahead along the grass verge or cross the main road and turn left along the pavement to return to the Garden Centre.
Points of Interest
Red Kites are magnificent birds of prey, successfully reintroduced to the Chilterns in the early 1990’s.
A Bottom Wood is a Chiltern Society nature reserve.
B Fillingdon Farm is the home to Art of Africa, a fine art gallery.
C The Wycliffe Centre – A former bible translation centre, now site of a proposed retirement village.
This walk has been taken from the Chilterns Conservation Board’s Red Kite Walk leaflet.