Chess Valley from Chalfont & Latimer

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This is a peaceful and beautiful river valley walk, with a good pub for a rest at the halfway point. The walk can be easily reached by train or underground from London. NB: the valley is just as lovely when not snow-covered, although sections can be muddy in wet weather.

England - Central England - Buckinghamshire - Chilterns


Great Views, Pub, River, Stately Home, Wildlife
3/26/2022 - Patricia Daw

We did this walk from the Latimer Hotel where we were staying for an anniversary weekend. We combined it with walk 617. The sun shone, the app and its little circle worked perfectly. We had lunch in the woods off Dawes Lane and a shandy in the Cricketers and then un gelato from the Italian gelatario in Little Chalfont. We walked 9.5 miles in total and it was great. It would have been perfect were we about 3 weeks later for the profusion of bluebells on this walk.

5/28/2017 - Martin Veasey

Good walk this. I'd echo Maria Chaplin's point on Waypoint 9 "I would say the walk is about 600 meters to the White House". Also, at Waypoint 9, there is a watercress farm on the right just before you start the 600 meter walk. They were selling their produce by the bag with an honesty box when we did the walk (in May). The walk summary lists Height Gain as 0 meters. Whilst the walk isn't at all arduous, those of limited mobility should know that there is an uphill section rising 40-50 meters between Waypoints 10 and 12 and a couple of other bits here and there. The walk map makes it clear.

11/15/2005 - Maria Chaplin

This walk makes you realise just how beautiful the English Countryside is and how lucky we are. I just wanted to make a note about point 9, I would say the walk is about 600 meters to the White House, follow the road left after 100 metres then turn right over a style at Cake Bread Cottage (the rest of the walk as is).

8/12/2005 - Amanda Freeman

I live in Ruislip and lets just say the countryside (if you could call it that) is un-inspiring. Just a few stops and one change away and I felt worlds away. I have a pretty stressful job, escaping to such amazing counrtyside can lift anyone's spirit. Along the walk you come across a bench dedicated to Jack who loved the Chess Valley after finishing the walk and can see why. Pretty good dog walking as well, my two loved being off the lead so much.

9/12/2004 - Terry Pattinson

Lovely views, and a nice mix of countryside, woods and quaint village live. Definitely recommended.

8/9/2004 - Martin Hancock

Fantastic walk - superb scenery, very peaceful. We did it on a hot August day, but woud be suitable in all seasons. Also, I imagine done in reverse, becomes a whole new walk. A perfect example of "what's on your doorstep - but don't know about". M.Hancock

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