Netwalking group takes steps to boost businesses in Aylesbury Vale

A business ‘netwalking’ group, where members network with each other while walking and connecting with nature, meets monthly near Aylesbury.

By Hannah Richardson
Tuesday, 7th June 2022, 10:41 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th June 2022, 2:19 pm

Waddesdon Manor is one of three locations for Natural Netwalking’s members to meet and walk every month.

The Wormsley estate, near Stokenchurch, is another established location, and the latest location in Bucks is the countryside around Hughenden Manor, near High Wycombe.

Neil Methold, who helped set up the latest walk said: “Buckinghamshire has so many amazing places to walk – they have always inspired people.

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Hughenden Manor is the latest venue to host a Natural Netwalk each month. Picture: National Trust/Hugh Mothersole

"We think they can inspire the county’s current generation of entrepreneurs.

"We are on a mission to include more of these places as locations for business netwalking.

“On a netwalk, people in business can come to make new contacts by walking together.

"Not only are they meeting new people and picking up ideas, but they are also getting out to inspiring places.

"There is no substitute for making contacts in business, but on a netwalk we are adding the power of nature.”

Founder Dawn Lillington said: “Businesses really need to network, especially after so long restricted by Covid and online meetings.

"There is no substitute for meeting people face to face, and being together on a walk lets everybody talk together in a very relaxed way as they take in the countryside around them.”

The group walks are all about three to four miles and taken at a pace which allows for plenty of conversation.

And the group hopes to add more walks in the north of the county.

Spokesperson Jackie Jarvis said: "We really hope to do more in the north of Bucks. Our plan is to grow with new walks as interest gathers pace."Businesses are really looking to be part of the green changes in our economy. Having people sharing experiences on walks like ours can play an important role in many companies’ sustainable plans.

"Natural Netwalking hopes to be speaking with local councils about creating strong networking opportunities at the same time as people connect with nature."

Walks take place monthly at each of the locations. The next walks are at the Wormsley estate, Stokenchurch, at 8am on Wednesday, June 22, and Waddesdon Manor at 9.30am on Tuesday, June 28.

Places can be booked via the Natural Netwalking website.