The Chilterns Ramble is a figure of eight loop of 16 caches in Oxfordshire starting from a small place called Park Corner in the Chiltern Hills. The Chilterns are part of a system of chalk downland throughout eastern and southern England.
I loved this trail, it is very dog friendly throughout the walk. One section through the woods was a little busy with muggles and dog walkers and seems to be very popular with the locals, but apart from that I didn’t see many other people at all.
The trail starts from Park Corner and initially follows a gravel bridleway along the edge of woodland.
It then passes through the Warbug Nature Reserve which is a site of special scientific interest and is owned and managed by the Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. This section takes you along a path at the bottom of a lovely woodland valley and is very popular with local people it would seem. There were also some large displays of bluebells here.
The trail turned and headed up hill and once at the top there are good views over the top of the Nature Reserve that we had just walked through. Then the path took us across the chalky down. There were some nice views along the trail and overall this was an enjoyable walk with easy to find caches along the way.
The trail descended to the bottom of Little Cookley Hill, it looks dry in the picture but a bit further along the path became very muddy.
Much of the series was through woodland which had some wonderful displays of bluebell which carpeted the woodland floor, the best of them were in Priors Wood which the trail passes through at the end of the walk.