Southend - Turville - Fingest - Frieth - Skirmett

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Although the walk is generally level, there are two good climbs. The first can be found in Waymark 10 on the way out of Fingest. The second can be found in Waymark 23 on the way out of Skirmett. By the time you have returned to the starting point, your legs will have been tested! For this reason, this walk has been classified on the 'harder' side of moderate. Having said that, you are in for a treat!

Starting in the hamlet of Southend, the walk heads in the direction of Turville. Look out for the hills outside Turville and the 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' windmill. Turville (famous for being the 'Village of Dibley'), is a picturesque village and is busy at weekends during the tourist season. After a possible stop at the local pub, the walk heads out of the village and around the side of Turville Hill before reaching Fingest.

Fingest is our second picturesque village, again surrounded by hills, with a church and pub in the centre. The walk leaves Fingest before climbing steeply into Fingest Wood. Although a challenge, the views across the valley are spectacular.

Leaving the rolling hills for a while, the walk heads into Mousells Wood before reaching the village of Frieth with its two pubs and church. Frieth won an award as best-kept village in Buckinghamshire. The route heads towards Skirmett via Hatchett Wood and more rolling hills.

Skirmett offers the last award-winning pub of the walk before the second of the major climbs through the Great Wood. There is one final quick climb before you and your weary bodies return to the start.

England - Central England - Buckinghamshire - Chilterns

Features

Birds, Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Restaurant, Wildlife, Woodland
10/04/2011 - Andrew Long

Walk updated to remove references to churned up bridleway as Forestry Commission have restored WM26/27 to its former glory!

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