Chesham - Chesham Bois - Chesham

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The Chilterns are well-known for their beech woodlands. This gentle walk takes you through the beech hangers on Chesham's doorstep, enabling you to appreciate their beauty. History hides away along the route. The remains of mills along the River Chess take one back to early times. Lord's Mill was a cornmill in Saxon times when they farmed the Chess Valley. Chesham harboured nonconformist Lollards and Thomas Harding, the 16th Century martyr, was arrested in nearby Aldridge's Dell in 1532 and burnt at the stake as a heretic on White Hill, where there is a memorial stone.

Along the route there is a wide range of wildlife to be enjoyed. Look for egrets and herons on the Chess. On the Chess lakes there are wildfowl including unusual ducks, grebes, geese and swans. Look out in the woods for woodpeckers, nuthatches and in the spring, a profusion of wildflowers including orchids. Autumn will bring out its crop of fungi amongst the beautiful leaf colours. You might even glimpse a deer in the woods or the blue dart of the kingfisher along the Chess.

England - Central England - Buckinghamshire - Chilterns

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Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland

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