On Saturday 29 October 2011, the beech woods of Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve, near Stokenchurch will become a magical lantern-lit wonderland. Hundreds of candles will light the route for Go Wild in the Dark, a family walk and activity evening, organised by the Chilterns Conservation Board and Natural England. Along the route, you will find out about the wildlife of the reserve, including bats, owls and small mammals. You can also make your own Boggart (a mischievous woodland spirit) and listen to a story about creatures of the night. You can round the evening off with a hot drink supplied by the Chiltern Gateway Project.
Meet at the entrance to the woods, near Aston Rowant NNR car park signposted from the A40 near Stokenchurch, M40 Junction 5. Arrive from 6.30pm and park at the Natural England car park, which is sign-posted from the A40 near Stokenchurch. The nearest postcode for satnav is HP14 3YL. The self-led walk costs £2 for adults and £1 for children and will last about an hour. Participants should wear warm clothing, stout footwear and bring a torch or lantern. Spaces are limited so booking is essential on 01844 355 506 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
‘This popular event has been running for five years and is a firm favourite in the autumn calendar,’ says Cathy Rose from the Chilterns Conservation Board. ‘While aimed at families, you don’t need to have children to join in the fun. An atmospheric walk in the dark can be enjoyed by everyone.’ The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was designated in 1965. It covers 833 square kilometres (326 square miles) stretching from Goring in Oxfordshire, to near Hitchin in Hertfordshire, and has a resident population of 80,000.