Chiltern Walks: Skirmett The Frog Circular

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Start / Finish: The Frog at Skirmett, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6TG
Distance: 5.5km / 3.4 miles
Ascent: 164m
Duration: Max 2 hours at at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: Chiltern Way
Map: OS Explorer 171: Chiltern Hills West, Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford


This is a lovely, short walk in the heart of the Chilterns. Pick the right day, as we did, and you'll experience a wonderful walk in the hills, great views and an outstanding pub to start it from. We spent a leisurely couple of hours in the Frog's garden with some great food. They even catered well for the gluten and dairy frees amongst us.

From the Frog: 

  • Head north on Fingest Lane and take the first footpath on the left.

  • Follow the footpath up the hill and continue as it meanders around the edge of Great Wood. You'll soon see the windmill above Fingest in the distance.

  • Keep on the footpath as it crosses Dolesden Lane, across the field and turn right onto the Chiltern Way.

  • Keep on the Chiltern Way through Turville Village, crossing Holloway Lane. The path turns right and runs parallel to Holloway Lane, eventually meeting Fingest Lane just before the Chequers Inn.

  • Shortly after the Chequers, keep on the Chiltern Way as it turns off Fingest Lane and climbs a steep hill.

  • Keep on the Chiltern Way as it enters the woods, and then descends back to the Frog and the end of the walk.

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