QUEER HIKE: Exploring the Chess Valley – Sat 27th July


10:00am Saturday 27th July

This is a ‘Must do’ hike in The Chilterns, exploring the Chess Valley.
This route will take us through some hilly lush green countryside and forests. We will follow part of the Chess River where we can spot King Fishers, water vole and dancing dragon flies.


Exploring the Chess Valley
- You’ll never see a place so green!
  • Led by qualified hiking guide Dagmar (they/them)
  •  Epic views across The Chilterns AONB
  •  Chess River & Chenies Manor
  •  Quaint English Villages & A quirky local Pub
  • Small group adventure to meet other queer folks in the Adventuress community 

Who is this event for?

We are on a mission to diversify the world of outdoor adventure. Our Queer trips create a welcoming space for all self-identifying lesbians, bisexuals, non-binary, and women-loving-women

Meeting point

Meeting in the morning outside of Chorleywood Station (Metropolitan line/Chiltern Railways) Exit onto Station Approach road, NOT into the carpark. If coming by Metropolitan line, just tap your contactless or Oyster card. The hike starts promptly at 10:00am. There is a toilet at the station at the start but please note it can sometimes be closed, there is another in the first 20 minutes.

IMPORTANT: There are no shops, please bring all of your food and drink for the day. We cannot keep the group waiting for those who are late and do not share route maps or live location. Please aim to arrive on time.

If coming by car

Please look into parking before arriving. There is a large car park on the other side of the station, but you will need to walk through the station to reach us on the other side. Allow more time than Google advises as the hike will start promptly at 10:00am.

The hike

    • Distance: 14.5km
    •  Elevation Gain: 203m
    •  Difficulty: Easy- Moderate
    •  Dogs: Dogs are welcome on this hike, however they must be kept on lead at all times without exception due to numerous previous doggy shenanigans!
    •  Pub: Yes 🙂 It is dog friendly.

How do I join?

Once the full ticket price has been paid and you are shown on the attendance list your spot is confirmed.
If you arrive on the day and are not shown on the attendees list you will not be permitted to join the event

How long will the event last?

This is a half day event that can last up to 4 hours.

I am nervous to join alone

Most of the events are attended by solo Adventuresses, and they usually confess to being nervous to join us for the first time, so you already have something in common! We make a great effort to get everybody involved and talking so nobody will feel left out 🙂 Our walks are at a relaxed pace

Guided hike from our Qualified they/them Hiking Guide & Outdoor First Aider Dagmar
Opportunity to meet other Adventuresses
Photos of your amazing journey for your socials

Train Ticket
Food & drink

What should I bring?

Summer Hiking Essentials

  • Hiking leggings or trousers (Avoid jeans or any absorbent material)
  • Hiking boots/ Trail shoes (Following rain, for this hike we advise against trainers)
  • Spare warm layer (Incase of rains)
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Something to sit on for when we stop (The ground may be wet)
  • Spending money for cafe stop (Card accepted)
  • At least 1 litre of water
  • A bag for your rubbish
  • Light rain jacket
  • Pack cover or dry bag liners
  • Basic First Aid items
  • Hiking poles if desired


Non-Members: £15pp

Members: Free (Contact us to be added. Apologies we are no longer accepting new members)

Is this hike challenging?

There are only a few ascents on this trail, but they are easy going and we will be taking it at a relaxed pace.
Please bring all of your snacks and lunch with you as this trail lacks shops. We will stop for lunch on the trail. There will be a potential optional pub stop at the end of the hike.


Please bring your own food and snacks.

Can I bring my dog?

Pups are welcome but must be kept on lead throughout the entire duration of the hike without exception. This is due to livestock, unpredictable country roads, other dogs, other attendees potential allergies, and attendees keeping hold of their lunch during breaks. Be aware that at the start of the hike is a briefing, during which time some pups become quite anxious.

Will we hike if it’s raining?
Yes! Bring your waterproofs

What happens if theres a rail/tube strike?

If a strike or works threatens to interrupt this hike then we will attempt to find a different route that is accessible or the hike will be postponed. We do not offer refunds unless we are forced to cancel the event or you cannot make the next available date.


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If attending you are confirming that you have read and agree with the Full Booking Terms

Before attending, please consider if you may need to cancel last minute as this event is NON REFUNDABLE and NON TRANSFERABLE under any circumstances. We reserve the right to cancel this event at any time, should we cancel your ticket price will be fully refunded


By attending you acknowledge that this is a hazardous activity where the risk of injury may occur, and that your safety is your own responsibility. Should injury occur Dagmar Astleitner or Adventuress In The Wild Ltd will not be held liable or responsible.