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
. 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
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
past. Do look out of the window to enjoy the longest gap between stations on the Underground and its most scenic views.