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Chorleywood to Chesham walk

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.

Updated: Thu, 15-Apr-21

Date # Post
Wed, 11-Mar-20 11

Chorleywood to Chesham

Chorleywood to Chesham T=3.081

Length: 16km (9.9 miles) 5 out of 10

"The Chess Valley is one of the most beautiful and tranquil parts of the Chiltern Hills. This walk explores it thoroughly, dipping in and out of the valley, with a number of fine panoramic views. Approaching Chesham there is a bravura finish over the hills that takes you right down into the heart of the town for tea."

Trains: Get the 0957 Marylebone to Aylesbury Vale Parkway train (Harrow-on-the-hill 1009) arriving 1024. Use Oyster cards. You can also get the Metropolitan line.
Return trains are: 1527, 1557, 1627, 1654, 1725, 1753, 1825, 1859.

Lunch: The Red Lion (01923 282 722) in Chenies, 6.5km (4 miles) into the main walk, is now a smart, friendly pub with a somewhat gastro menu, served from 10am to 11pm daily.

Tea: Various options in Chesham
Sandwich eaters can turn left at the Red Lion and in a few doors come to the village Methodist church with benches out the back which are south facing.
They also leave open a toilet with hot and cold running water.
A fine day for a walk sun cloud breeze , with 11 off the train & tube. The morning was relatively mud free, & we arrived at the pub 10mins before opening. Sandwiches enjoyed the churchyard. Most of us had a drink in the friendly pub, praised for its beef sandwiches.

The afternoon had a lot of mud, which was disappointing. We scattered in Chesham, but most went for the train.
This was a lovely walk with plenty of expansive country views. The bright sun at times lit up the clouds and made the Chess river glitter. As expected it was too early for the celandine wood instead we had plenty of horses, geese, kites and at least three lots of llamas. Very enjoyable, thank you to PeteG for posting it.

Elsa
Sat, 21-Dec-19 10

Saturday walk - Chorleywood to Chesham

Length: 16km (9.9 miles) - shorter options possible: see below
Toughness: 5 out of 10

9.57 Metropolitan Line train from Kings Cross (10.05 Baker Street) to Chorleywood, arriving 10.46

Tickets: Use Oyster or contactless: DON'T FORGET to tap out at Chorleywood: it has no barriers and the tap out machine is AFTER the subway from the arrival platform

For walk directions click here. For GPX click here. For a map of the route click here.

I thought this simple Chilterns valley and ridge walk might appeal to those who have Christmas stuff to attend to and don't want to back to town too late. It dips in and out of the Chess Valley, and though it has some mud, as all December walks do, this is Chilterns chalk and so reasonably well-drained for the most part.

A late start option is to do option b) the shorter start from Chorleywood, cutting the morning to 3.1km (1.9 miles) and making the whole walk 12.6km (7.8 miles)

For lunch, the Red Lion in Chenies, 6.5km (4 miles) into the walk, is under new management - a bit more gastro than before, but still nice, with the nearby Bedford Arms as an alternative. Vegans might be interested to learn that the earlier Cock Inn - on the main walk only, not the shorter start - has a complete vegan menu (five starters, five main course, four puddings), though it is unfortunately only 3.6km (2.2 miles) into the walk: it serves food from midday,

If you are really pushed for time, there is a shorter ending to Chalfont & Latimer (option c) which ends the walk 3.4km (2.5 miles) after Chenies, making a total walk of 9.9km (6.1 miles).

Otherwise, it is 9.5km (5.9 miles) from Chenies to Chesham, where the Drawingroom is a popular and quirky tea stop.

Trains back from Chesham are at 23 and 53 past (the most infrequent service on the Underground!) T=3.81
Hi. Will there be a Boxing Day walk? Thank you.
Yes
I could see only two of us on the specified train, but at Chorleywood nine materialised, and one turned out to have gone on ahead, so 10 in all. The weather forecast turned out to be spot on. I read they had a tornado in Chertsey, but we had sun till lunch then cloud and later rain, the rain not really persistent till near the end of the walk.

In the morning there were particularly fine views near Sarratts and for a while the sun felt quite warm. Two places in the valley that might have been flooded were not, and in general the ground on this walk was reasonably firm underfoot, though of course muddy at times.

Four lunched at the Red Lion (three having the roast turkey, one saving himself for the big day...) and one more watched us eat. The sandwich eaters went to a Baptist church, apparently, and used the loos. In the afternoon we saw lots of rather disconsolate horses.

At least five of us had tea at the Drawingroom in Chesham, whose proprietors must have been disappointed that we eschewed their chai lattes, Assam and peppermint teas, and hot chocolates with orange liqueur in to have good old English Breakfast. We then got on the Mighty Met and talked of signalling systems and other topics of urgent national import as the train slowly filled with shoppers, partygoers and sulky youth on the long run to Baker Street.
Sun, 15-Sep-19 10

Sunday Walk – The Chess Valley to Chesham

Extra Walk 81 – Chorleywood to Chesham
Length: 16 km (9.9 miles), with shorter options (†). Toughness: 5/10

10:12 Aylesbury train from Marylebone (Harrow-on-the-Hill 10:24), arriving Chorleywood at 10:39.

There are also (slower) tubes from Baker Street to Chorleywood every 15 minutes: the 09:50 gets there at 10:31. If you arrive on a later train/tube, you could do the "Short Cut to Chenies" to catch up.

Returning from Chesham, there are Metropolitan line tubes to Baker Street at xx:27 & xx:57.

Chorleywood is in TfL Zone 7 and Chesham in Zone 9, so buy a Zones 1-9 Travelcard or use your Freedom Pass/Oyster/contactless (and remember to touch out at Chorleywood).

The illustrative photos for this walk show a sodden landscape but that's hardly surprising as this walk has had a long run of winter postings. Let's hope that someone can upload some more cheerful examples after this outing.

The number of possible lunchtime pubs in Chenies has oscillated between one and two but it's recently been reported that the Red Lion has re-opened again, so you can choose between that and the Bedford Arms; Chenies is less than halfway through the walk so you'll get there just after noon. Chesham offers the usual set of tea places plus one that's anything but commonplace, The Drawingroom.

† If you want a shorter afternoon, the Chess Valley Walk takes a more direct route along the valley from Chenies to Chesham. If anyone decides to try following the route in this leaflet, please let us have some feedback about it.

You'll need to download the directions from the Chorleywood to Chesham walk page. T=swc.81
The gpx file needs amending ; a random straight line seems to have insinuated itself onto the map.
Nine walkers at the station plus a regular who turned up to wave us off. One walked with the group at the beginning then peeled off to do his own thing (Chess Valley?) we crossed paths again later. Another caught up with us at lunch time to make 10 walkers in total. Four ate at the Red Lion, one who had the full roast meal finding that it would have served two. Others went for a picnic in the churchyard where reportedly they were force fed free tea and cakes. This was an enjoyable walk on a warm and sunny day with some wooded sections providing welcome shade but possibly an excess of fields to cross in the afternoon. In Chesham the front group of three went to the interesting and pleasant Drawing Room for tea and cake and were later joined by a couple of stragglers (one presumably weighted down by the roast lunch).
I was the Chess Valley peeler offer as this would be a shadier option on a hot day and I've only done this easier route once before many moons ago. The path follows a woodland trail and attractive water meadows before connecting with the nmain route for the ridge section near Latimer House. In truth the ending is a bit dull a path through a narrow linear park with a main road 20m to your right. there are a couple of decent looking pubs on the way though. Possibly aesthetically better to stick with the main walk route. Coffee in Chesham then a 3pm tube home. Easwy route finding and well signed alternative to the main walk.
@PeteB thanks, gpx fixed
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As the walk poster said, this walk is normally completed in the winter, no doubt because it is not too long and its closeness to London makes for a short journey time. Done at this time of year, it has long stretches of scenery every bit of spectacular as better known alternatives, and I will definitely do this one again. I thought it was remarkable to see such countryside while still being inside the underground system.

The Drawing Room had run out of chocolate cake. Since this is the best cake on any of our walks, and the main reason for choosing this option on this day, I considered this a considerable blow. The owner spent some time with us, talking about the events that he puts on on a stage set up in the yard outside the café. He said that historically Simon & Garfunkel performed for the first time as a pair under that name on that stage .
Sat, 06-Jan-18 12

Saturday walk - Chorleywood to Chesham - The Chilterns by Tube

Chorleywood to Chesham
Length: 16km (9.9 miles) - with shortcuts possible - see below
Toughness: 5 out of 10

9.50 Metropolitan Line train from Baker Street to Chorleywood, arriving 10.31

Best ticket: Oyster

For walk directions click here. For GPX click here.

Given that it is never more than a kilometre or two from the Metropolitan Line, this walk is amazingly rural. You get your quota of fine Chilterns views, dipping in and out of a peaceful valley, and see some historic houses en route (fans of The Crown might recognise Chenies Court as the location it used for Winston Churchill's house at Chartwell). Mud there will be, but chalky soils can mean paths are not so afflicted with it. On the other hand mud on chalk can sometimes be a slippery combination, so take care

The Red Lion is the usual choice for lunch but the Bedford Arms down the road is more competitive on price than you might expect. Both are popular, but the walk start time is timed to get you to lunch quite early, hopefully giving more choice of seating. For tea the hippyish Drawingroom is very comfortable and has great cakes, but Caffe Nero et al provide a backstop.

Shortcuts: a shorter morning is possible if you get up a bit late (it is a perfectly pleasant route). There is a minor short cut as you approach lunch if you want to catch up with the main group. And (new feature!) there is now the option of ending in Chalfont & Latimer, though this gives a very short afternoon: useful if the weather turns bad, maybe... For details of all three, see the walk directions.

Trains back from Chesham are at 27 and 57 past the hour T=3.81
Great walk thanks. Natasha are you ok? (felt unwell at lunchtime)
12 fine dry mostly with a hint of icy rain nearing Chesham
Nice walk with good Chiltern views though I can’t help feeling it should reach Chesham sooner than it does. Maybe they should move it a bit closer. Slightly unusual to walk through a field of alpacas near the end but they were docile. The Red Lion wasn’t open but the Bedford was welcoming and people seemed pleased with what they got. There were plans to visit the Drawing Room at the end. I myself didn’t.

Sat, 25-Feb-17 17

Saturday walk - The Chilterns by Metropolitan Line

SWC Walk 81 - Chorleywood to Chesham
Length: 15.9km (9.9 miles) with shorter options possible
Toughness: 5 out of 10: some hills, lots of flat bits

9.57 Metropolitan Line from Kings Cross (10.05 Baker Street) to Chorleywood, arriving 10.46.

Chorleywood is in London Transport zone 7, Chesham in zone 9, so you can use Oyster or contactless. There once also was a zone 1-9 travelcard which you could buy from Underground ticket offices with a Network Card and get a 30% discount, but now there are no ticket offices, I have no idea how you get this.

For walk directions click here.

This is an easy and pleasant walk in the Chilterns with nice views in several places, during which you will also learn the origin various street names in Bloomsbury. It all feels very rural, making it all the more surprising that you are never more than a couple of kilometres from the Metropolitan Line. In fact, if you want to be hyper-lazy, the walk document now includes an option that takes you to Chalfont & Latimer station just 2.1 miles after lunch (reducing the walk to 6.2 miles in total), though I am assuming that red-blooded SWC types will ignore this.

There are also two shorter options in the morning - see walk document - option a) being just a slight trimming of the main route and option b) being a different start altogether (useful if you get up late and want to catch the group up at lunch).

The usual lunch stop is the small but recommended Red Lion in Chenies, but I was recently tempted by a walker comment to try the larger Bedford Arms up the road. This is now a hotel and has table service for meals in its bar, but is in other respects just like a pub: the food and prices are perfectly pub-like and if the sun decides to shine it has a big garden.

In Chesham the delightfully quirky Drawingroom cafe is always the top tea choice, though Messrs Costa and Nero will be happy to take your refreshment dollar if it proves wanting.

Trains back from Chesham are at 27 and 57 past. Do look out of the window to enjoy the longest gap between stations on the Underground and its most scenic views.


Now I might do the Walk on Saturday. But I can't Guarantee I will. According to the Pub Restaurant. The website Address is www.redlionchenies.co.uk
The Red Lion in Chenies is temporarily closed, due to the retirement of the landlord and his wife. However the Bedford Arms has lots of room, and the local ale from the Marlow brewery is very good.
17 set off. Due to the Red Lion being closed and the Bedford Arms being unable to accommodate us (already had taken 2 group bookings), most of the group made a diversion to Sarratt, where there are two pubs. The Cricketers was a good choice. People seemed to like their food and there was a wide choice of beer. Mr Tiger liked his beer so much he had to have another half. The diversion was straightforward – easy to follow. It turned the walk into a 12 mile one. 2 had diverted to Faundon and were never seen again. The group were intending to visit the Drawing Room for tea but 'yours truly' lagged behind and cannot confirm this occurred. Going was good, even if Doris had had a go at a few trees. If anyone’s missing a glove, I found one. Nice walk. damp start getting damper some rain pm a bit blowy
If its dark blue Ian hang on to it, I came home with just the one
It is indeed that colour.
We were told by one of the group that The Drawing room has the best chocolate cake in the world. To misquote Jasper Carrot, falsely attributed to John Lennon, The Drawing Room doesn’t have the best chocolate cake in the world. It isn’t even the best chocolate cake in the Chilterns.
Though I admit that it was very nice. Five of us supped there and all five of us had a piece and I think that we all thought it was very nice.
The walk was great
As the Red Lion was closed and The Bedford arms was fully booked we had to use the Cricketeers
http://www.brunningandprice.co.uk/cricketers/menus/daily menu/
excellent venue only about 400 metres off the route so and extra 10 minutes walking. Good food and service very nice.

As proponent of the claim that the Drawing Room in Chesham serves the best chocolate cake on any of our walks (a step short of best chocolate cake in the world) I am delighted to learn that there is even better to be found not far away and look forward to being led purposefully and accurately to the location of this wonder at a very early date.
Sun, 06-Nov-16 5

A beautiful and tranquil Chilterns ramble.

Download walk 81. Chorleywood to Chesham
Distance 15.9km (9.9m); toughness 5/10, some gentle gradients
Travel by Metropolitan underground line from Baker Street 09.50 arriving at Chorleywood 10.31. (Alternatively and if it is more convenient you could take the 09.57 from Marylebone station arriving at Chorleywood 10.24.and wait 7 mins for the tube.)
Return journey: there are two metropolitan line trains an hour from Chesham at xx:23 and xx:53

Your best travel bet is an Oyster card or contactless payment
The Chess Valley is one of the most beautiful and tranquil parts of the Chiltern Hills – which makes it all the more amazing that along its whole length it is never more than a couple of kilometres from the Metropolitan Line of the London Underground. This walk explores it thoroughly, starting in Chorleywood, whose station and common already have a very rural feel, and afterwards dipping in and out of the valley, with a number of fine panoramic views.
Your recommended lunch pub is the Red Lion at Chenies. No need to rush as it is just 6km into the walk.

Click here for further details about the walk and the pdf tab for the full walk instructions.
A good report was also received recently of the Bedford Arms for lunch
Thanks Walker; the Bedford Arms is just 200m down the road from the Red Lion
5 on t his walk with the weather sun then cloud then rain at 3pm. Also chilly breeze.
3 were pub lunchers but 2 of us pressed on to the church at Latimer for a sandwich lunch and to try to get a head start on the rain which the weather apps were predicting to start at 1pm. We got back to Chesham at 3pm and were having a a coffee when the rain began. Hope the pub lunchers managed to avoid the worst of it.

This is a lovely walk, particularly the ridge stretch through Latimer Park where there are some lovely views. A fine walk to do at any time of the year and it has inspired me to do the full Chess Valley trail from Rickmansworth next Spring.

Finally, thanks to the generosity of local sponsors all the stiles have been replaced with kissing gates so a completely stile free waqlk.
Sat, 26-Dec-15

Boxing Day Walk - Chorleywood to Chesham

SWC Walk 81 Chorleywood to Chesham

There seems to be next to no useful trains running so another tube based walk. This walk was posted on a Wednesday in late October, and we got to Chesham around sunset, so you might want to take the option 1 shortcut, saving 1 mile. You could also start a bit later with the option 2 shortcut, saving 2 miles. If you find yourself too early in Chorleywood, there is a cafe down the hill from the station and turn left under the railway bridge.

The full walk is 9.9 miles (15.9km) with lunch after 3.8 miles (6.1km), rated 5/10.

Trains Take the 1005 Metropolitan Line starting from from Baker Street (1026 Harrow on the Hill) arriving Chorleywood 1047. There are no Chiltern trains on this route, and no Circle line or Metropolitan line trains on the Hammersmith to Aldgate route. Return trains from Chesham are xx26 and xx56.

Lunch There are two lunch pubs in Chenies, The Red Lion

Tea Plenty of options in Chesham
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Unfortunately, it's no longer possible to buy a zone 1 9 travelcard with the network railcard discount.
Wed, 28-Oct-15 7

Midweek Day Walk - Chorley Wood to Chesham

Chorley Wood to Chesham

The Chess Valley, one of the most beautiful and tranquil parts of the Chiltern Hills

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Length : 16 km or 10 miles

Toughness : 5 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:02 am Metropolitan Line from London Aldgate to Chorley Wood.
The main calling stations are:

  • Liverpool Street 10:04
  • Kings Cross 10:12
  • Baker Street 10:20


Meeting point : Chorley Wood Station at 11:02

Tickets : Buy a zone 1-9 travelcard/oystercard unless you have a freedom pass.
Travelcard prices are here

Brief Description

I suspect the walk is not really 10 miles but more like 8. Yes it's hilly, but I'd say the toughness was more like a low 4.
Anyhow you may find full details here and a printable PDF here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Red Lion in Chenies t: 01923 282 722
The Bedford Arms also in Chenies t: 01923 283 301

Suggested Tea stop

The Drawing Room in Chesham t: 01494 791691 (open late)

Maps

OS Explorer : 171 and 181

Return train times

Metropolitan Trains return from Chesham twice an hour at :22 and :52 minutes past the hour.

Lovely, intending to go
this sounds lovely, am going
How does one log walk reports now?
The same way you asked this question! By adding a comment against the walk. The walk transfers to the "recent walks" page shortly after it's happened so you'll probably have to look for it there. (Click the big red "Recent Walks" button). There is guidance on the page on how to add walk number and weather info. The only other think to remember is if it was a walk posted by Mr Tiger, you say nice things about it. Anybody else, say what you like.
Thank you for that jfk
7 plus 2 late runners arriving at lunchtime. W= Mild and mainly dry underfoot despite rain early am before setting off sunny pm. Pub food excellent but very long waits for food 40 50 mins!
Wonderful scenery no problems with route directions and a very enjoyable day out in excellent company.
Sun, 18-Oct-15 10

Sunday Walk 1 – the Chess valley

Extra Walk 81 – Chorleywood to Chesham
Length: 15.9 km (9.9 miles). Toughness: 5/10

10:12 Aylesbury train from Marylebone (Harrow-on-the-Hill 10:24), arriving Chorleywood at 10:39. [If you miss this hourly train, head for Baker Street and take the tube, then do one of the morning short cuts to catch up.]

Metropolitan line tubes go from Chesham to Baker Street at 22 & 52 minutes past the hour.

Chorleywood is in TfL Zone 7 and Chesham in Zone 9, so buy a Zones 1-9 Travelcard or use your Oyster card (and remember to touch out at Chorleywood).

This attractive walk in the Chess valley should provide some early autumn colour without you having to venture beyond the capital's underground network. There's a choice of two pubs in the lunchtime village of Chenies (the Red Lion and the Bedford Arms); it's less than halfway through the walk so you'll get there just after noon. Chesham offers the usual set of tea places plus one that's anything but commonplace, The Drawingroom.

You'll need to print the directions from this pdf document.T=swc.81
anyone going on this please?
yes hope to go
10 cloudy but bright
An excellent walk on a good day. Wonderful mix of autumn colours. 5 lunched at the Red Lion at Chenies and reported favourably. 4 took tea and cakes at the quirky Drawingroom in Chesham definitely a more interesting option than the standard high street chain cafés.
Sat, 08-Nov-14 3 Chorleywood to Chesham
Sat, 09-Nov-13 11 Chorleywood to Chesham, with short cut to Chenies
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Sat, 07-Jan-12 Chorleywood to Chesham
Sun, 13-Feb-11 Chorleywood to Chesham
Sun, 07-Nov-10 Chorleywood to Chesham, with short cut to Chenies
Sat, 15-May-10 Chorleywood to Chesham, with short cut to Chenies
Wed, 07-Apr-10 Chorleywood to Chesham
Sat, 16-Jan-10 Chorleywood to Chesham