Walk 30 Chalk & Cheese

chalk pit
nature reserve
  • DATE: Wednesday 14 June 2023

  • TIME: 18.30 

  • START LOCATION: Buriton Pond, GU31 5RT

  • DISTANCE: 1 mile

  • DURATION: 1 hour

For over seventy years, up until the Second World War, the hillsides above Buriton were a hive of industrial activity. Enormous amounts of chalk were excavated from quarries and burnt in nearby lime kilns. During the war the site was used for secret research into enemy bombs and mines – but, subsequently, it has been abandoned and nature has taken over. The Buriton Chalk Pits are now a Local Nature Reserve. This guided walk will explain the industrial heritage and refer to a particularly rare mollusc, now living on the site, which helps to provide the title for the walk.

Walk Key

Please look at the festival website ‘Information’ page to understand the walk key, what to wear, advice on medical information, weather plans, arriving before the scheduled departure time etc before deciding if you would like to join this walk.

Walk Pace


Walk Grade

Varying landscape with some more challenging slopes. Suitable for keen walkers or anyone who is reasonably active

Circular walk

Dogs on lead welcome

Walk Leader


Doug Jones has lived in Buriton for over 35 years and has been involved in a wide range of community initiatives including local history and heritage projects as well environmental and social activities. He has served on the parish council for many years and also on the Board of the South Downs National Park Authority and the Petersfield Museum & Art Gallery. He is also a Trustee of a small charity helping communities in rural Ghana.