There are a number of walks in and around Chilton which are all very clearly marked with good signage and excellent paths. A large number of dog walkers use the foot paths regularly all year round.

Remember that most of the land you walk on borders farm fields so please keep your dogs under control and please clean up after them (it is now a fineable offence not to do so). There are dog litter bins near the Church, on Grange Farm Road and at the end of the footpath on Valley Road.

The walk continues around the airfield or cutting through, along any of the paths back to your starting point.

Prior to arriving at the airfield why not pay a visit to the tree nursery and Woods around Town project. This can be found at the end of “The Grove”.

For a starter try the circular walk outlined in the map (SG01-1) provided. Start at the approach to St. Mary’s. You can either walk in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.

If the short circular walk is not enough for you then extend this by heading towards Shawlands Retail Park. This will bring you out at the KFC roundabout. Follow Northern Rd back up the industrial estate then turn into Milner Rd. Follow past Buildbase and head up hill past Travis Perkins back to the start. You can also extend your walk past Chilton Hall. The hall, previously home to the grandmother of Robert Walpole (the first Prime Minister of Great Britain), is today home to Lord and Lady Hart of Chilton. Continue onward to the end of the drive and onwards across the B1115 to Chilton Airfield following map SG02-1 During World War II an airfield was built largely within the parish. Initially called Airfield 174, it was later renamed RAF Sudbury. It was completed in 1943 and handed over to the USAAF on 23 March 1944. With three runways, the airfield was home to the USAAF 486th Bomber Group.