The Lee lunchtime stop

12-Feb-05 • Peter Conway on Flickr

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The Lee lunchtime village

12-Feb-05 • Peter Conway on Flickr

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Book 2, Walk 4, Chesham to Great Missenden 2

05-Jan-07 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Book 2, Walk 4, Chesham to Great Missenden 1

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Book 2, Walk 4, Chesham to Great Missenden

Blue sky tree, 9 Feb '08

09-Feb-08 • mew2005b on Flickr

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Book 2, Walk 4, Chesham to Great Missenden

A good day for floating, 9 Feb '08

09-Feb-08 • mew2005b on Flickr

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Lunchtime drama - 2

Frog notices cow is on wrong side of fence. Farmer alerted. Chesham Circular

21-Dec-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Chesham to Great Missenden walk

Undulating Chilterns walk close to London with lunch in The Lee, a charming village, and the woods of Frith Hill to finish.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sat, 13-Jan-18 14

Great Missenden Circular

CW2 4c Great Missenden Circular
Length: 16 km (10 miles). Toughness: 3/10

Catch the 10:27 from London Marylebone arrives Great Missenden 11:08.
Return trains: xx:02 xx:32 until 18:02 then xx:02 until 22:02.

Allow sufficient time to buy your ticket at Marylebone. Recently there have been queues for the ticket office and machines caused by the number of passengers travelling up to Bicester Village.


This is a rarely walked option that combines the initial section of CW1 Walk 5 up to [3] with a link section detailed in these Alternate walk directions for a Great Missenden Circular walk (this text also includes the CW1 Walk 5 directions up to [3]), to then link up with the CW2 Walk 4.

It may all seem a little convoluted; plan is to - after checking the directions on Saturday - to merge the 4b and 4c options into the CW2 Walk 4 pdf download.

Download directions required:

For the first section of the walk up to [4] in CW2 Walk 4 [link to option 4c].
Second section of the walk from [4] in CW2 Walk 4 [Link to CW2 Walk 4]

Lunch at Cock & Rabbit, The Lee. T=2.4c
Intend going.
14 on a dry still and overcast day. 4 with packed lunches opted to set off early from The Lee, leaving the remainder of us to enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Cock and Rabbit.
Sun, 03-Dec-17 8

Sunday Walk: Chesham Circular

Chesham Circular, Book 2 walk 4 (variant)
11.8 km 7.3 miles
3/10
Take the Met Line all the way to the Chilterns. Sweeping views, big trees. Not too long.
Travel:
Get the Metropolitan line to Chesham from Baker Street at 09:50 arriving Chesham at 10:44.
Trains return at xx:23 and xx:53
A Tfl zone 1-9 travel card will do you.
Tfl's Journey planner may help plan the journey from where you live.
Lunch: the Bell Inn, Chartridge 01494 782 878. I suggest phoning from the station.
Tea: Several places are listed: The quirky Drawing Room in Frances Yard 01494 791 691 is a favourite - it appears to be open till 5 but advisable to phone and check.
Directions: You need two sets of directions, both from this page
- the main Chesham to Great Missenden directions (on the "Download Walk" button). You follow these as far as point [4]. Apologies to anyone who did this stretch on Tuesday evening - but at least you now have a chance to see it in daylight.
- and the Chesham Circular directions (on the "Chesham Circular" button) for the rest of the walk.
T=2.04.b
anyone is coming to this walk?
Oh dear, I'm such a dingbat, I came yesterday but somehow I managed to walk off with wrong hiking group ! When I realised my mistake I ran back to the station, but everyone from SWC had gone, and then I discovered that I'd left my smart phone at home so didn't have the instructions for the walk in order to follow you. Luckily all was not lost, I found a pleasant circular 9 miler to Little Missenden and back, and did that instead. I trust that you enjoyed your day and apologise if anyone was worried about me, and have learnt my lesson to always heed the first rule of Saturday Walkers Club !
8 cloudy but dry. Bell Inn was busy but squeezed us in. Six had an excellent tea in the delightfully quirky ambiance of The Drawing Room.
Tue, 28-Nov-17 3

Chesham to Great Missenden evening walk

CW2 4a - Chesham to Great Missenden
Length: 9.5km (5.9 miles)
Catch the 17:59 Metropolitan line train from Baker Street to Chesham arr. 18:46, to meet at 18:50 prompt outside the the entrance Chesham Station.

Finish up at The Cross Keys for a drink / meal.

Trains from Great Missenden back to London xx:29 xx:59 until 22:59

T=2.4.a
Intend going.
3 night owls congregated outside the Chesham station for some nocturnal navigation under a three quarters moon with some nice surrounding stars. Our journey brought us across undulating terrain and through some woods in atmospheric low lighting...Mostly the route finding went smoothly aided by the fact that one in the party was very familiar with the route and the ambient light provided by the moon....Having kept a good pace, we arrived in Great Missenden at 9:15pm and enjoyed a tasty dinner at the Cross Keys before catching the last train back to London just before 23:00. Definitely a different and fun night out!
Sun, 18-Dec-16

Sunday walk 1 Chesham Circular

Chesham Circular, Book 2 walk 4 (variant)
11.8 km 7.3 miles
3/10

Take the Met Line all the way to the Chilterns. Sweeping views, big trees. Not too long.
Travel:
Get the Metropolitan line to Chesham from Baker Street at 09:50 arriving Chesham at 10:46. TfL's journey planner may help with your overall journey.
Trains return at xx:23 and xx:53
A zone 1-9 travel card will do you
Lunch: the Bell Inn, Chartridge 01494 782 878. I suggest phoning from the station. With Xmas being so close, pubs may be busy today. You might want to pack a snack or two just in case there's any problem.
Tea: Several places are listed in Chesham : The quirky Drawing Room in Frances Yard 01494 791 691 appears to be open till 5 but advisable to phone and check.
Directions: You need both the Book 2 walk 4 directions (as far as point [4]) and the extra directions for the circular.
T=2.4
anyone plan to go to this walk?
Sat, 19-Nov-16 5

Third Walk

CW2 Walk 4 - Chesham to Great Missenden
Length: 15.5 km (9.6 miles). Toughness: 3/10

Catch the 9:50 Metropolitan line train from Baker Street (Aldgate: 9:32), arrives Chesham 10:44.
Return from Great Missenden xx:29 xx:59 until 22:29 T=2.4
Intend going.
5 on this walk, in decent sunshine for most of the day.

In the pantheon of SWC walks, this ranks in my view at the dull end of the spectrum, with little variety in the scenery and nothing much interesting to see. It does have the virtue that it's easy to reach, Chesham being at the end of the Metropolitan Line. Even that advantage failed it on Saturday, with disruption on the Metropolitan, District and Circle lines, some pre advertised, some not, leading me to arrive too late at Baker Street for the appointed train, and, I learned later, that train not to appear.

So I took a later combination of trains and walked alone. Just outside The Cock and Rabbit Inn in The Lee there is a worm hole that is the entrance to a time warp, taking one back a number of decades to an era where life was simpler. In that distant corner of space and time I found another SWC regular, who had chosen to devote the afternoon to retracing the morning's route.

He reported that he and three others eventually got to Chesham, only for the group to dissolve before it left the station, with a couple slow to move off the platform, him going back to find out what was delaying them and hearing that they were looking for a lost travel pass and would likely go no further, and then discovering that the fourth individual had given up waiting and moved on ahead, never to be seen again. It's therefore likely that three individuals did this walk, or variations of it, separately, and two returned to London without starting. There may have been others who got not further than Baker Street.

Cafe Twit in Great Missenden had chocolate cake, which was agreeable, and many excited small children, less so. I think I might recommend the quieter branch of Costa Coffee, further along the High Street on the corner of the road to the station.
Sun, 20-Dec-15 5

Sunday walk 2 - Only just north: the Chilterns from Chesham

Chesham Circular, Book 2 walk 4 (variant)
11.8 km 7.3 miles
3/10

Take the Met Line all the way to the Chilterns. Sweeping views, big trees. Not too long.
Travel:
Get the Metropolitan line to Chesham from Baker Street at 9:50 arriving Chesham at 10:46.
Trains return at xx:26 and xx:56
A TFL zones 1-9 travel card will do you
"pack a snack or two, just in case" Lunch: the Bell Inn, Chartridge 01494 782 878. I suggest phoning from the station. With Xmas being so close, pubs could be busy today. You might want to pack a snack or two just in case there's any problem.
Tea: Several places are listed: The quirky Drawing Room in Frances Yard 01494 791 691 is a favourite - it appears to be open till 5 but advisable to phone and check.
Directions: You need two sets of directions, available from here : the Book 2 walk 4 directions on the "download walk" button, AND the extra directions on the "Chesham Circular" button.
5 on this walk; cloudy and mild. Nice winter outing and not too muddy except for the last field before the pub which has an unavoidable tractor created mud filled track bisecting the route. At least there was not so much cattle churn as I remember from a previous winter outing. After our sandwiches I and another picnicker decided to press on at the lunch pub as the weather looked to be closing in and to be frank neither the Bell (which was almost empty) nor the village of Chartridge are places, in my view, you really want to linger. We two got back to Chesham around 2.15pm and my companion went to catch the tube whilst I lingered in a cafe for coffee and a perusal of the Sunday papers.
I hope the 3 pub lunchers were served quickly and got back to Chesham before any rain set in.
Additional point: the Chesham circular walk has no gpx route so I may add this if the walks deviser is ok with this?
Sat, 19-Sep-15 9

Saturday First Walk - An easy Chilterns walk

Book 2 Walk 4 - Chesham to Great Missenden
Length: 15.5km (9.6 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10

9.42 Metropolitan Line train from Kings Cross (9.50 Baker Street) to Chesham, arrive 10.45

Best ticket: a zone 1-9 (yes NINE) travelcard, which you can buy from London Transport ticket offices (or presumably machines), but not usually from British Rail ones. You can get a Network Card discount on this, but only if you buy it from a ticket office (admittedly, hard to find one open these days), not from machines. This travelcard can also be bought up to a week in advance (though some ticket office staff are incredulous of this fact).

Then buy a single from Great Missenden to Amersham for the return journey.

You can also use Oyster to Chesham but then you have to either pay the whole single fare from Great Missenden to Marylebone on the way back, or get out at Amersham to tap in and then wait 20 minutes for the next tube train.

For walk directions bring book two or click here.

Its length means this pleasant and undemanding Chilterns walk is often confined to the winter months, when paths, especially in the afternoon, can be rather muddy. But that is a pity, as it has many charms and should make a nice easy outing for this time of year, when paths are a lot drier (even if it rains this week as forecast: evaporation rates are still pretty good and rain soaks away quickly into the dry ground.)

The morning is particularly scenic and you have the prospect of a pub serving Italian food for lunch that has always been popular with SWC walkers (in winter we don't usually get to try out its garden, however, supposed to be nice). In Great Missenden the lovely Cafe Twit is a great tea stop if you can get there in time.

Trains back from Great Missenden are at 19 and 49 past till 19.19, then hourly at 19 past.

9 on this walk with blue skies and a warm sun. Delightful Chilterns scenery passing an Ostrich farm in the morning and then lunch in the gardens of the Cock and Rabbit.
The Twit Cafe at the end of the walk provided great value refreshments to most of the group before they headed of to the station, some visiting the Banardos charity shop en route.
One walker was able to perform the Amersham "Touch in Manoeuvre" which involved a dash off the train at that station, followed by an out then in barrier circuit and a leap back onto the train.(I understand this stops a user's oyster card acquiring a maximum charge for the day)
Other walkers on the train were suitably impressed
Wed, 04-Feb-15 Chesham to Great Missenden
Sun, 21-Dec-14 12 Chesham Circular
Sun, 28-Sep-14 0 Chesham to Great Missenden
Sun, 22-Dec-13 4 Chesham Circular
Sun, 06-Oct-13 0 Great Missenden Circular
Sat, 26-Jan-13 17 Chesham to Great Missenden
Sun, 23-Dec-12 Chesham Circular
Sun, 09-Sep-12 Chesham to Great Missenden
Sat, 25-Feb-12 Chesham to Great Missenden
Sun, 08-Jan-12 Great Missenden Circular
Sat, 17-Sep-11 Chesham to Great Missenden
Sun, 19-Jun-11 Chesham to Great Missenden
Sun, 31-Oct-10 Great Missenden Circular
Thu, 31-Dec-09 Chesham Circular
Sun, 25-Oct-09 Great Missenden Circular
Sat, 06-Jun-09 Chesham to Great Missenden
Wed, 15-Apr-09 Chesham Circular
Sun, 21-Dec-08 Chesham Circular
Sat, 04-Oct-08 Chesham to Great Missenden
Wed, 05-Mar-08 Chesham Circular
Sat, 09-Feb-08 Chesham to Great Missenden
Wed, 04-Jul-07 Great Missenden Circular
Sat, 23-Jun-07 Chesham Circular
Wed, 04-Apr-07 Chesham to Great Missenden
Sun, 04-Mar-07 Chesham to Great Missenden
Sun, 24-Dec-06 Chesham Circular
Wed, 04-Oct-06 Chesham Circular