TOCW1 Walk 5 : Great Missenden to Amersham
The Chilterns Little Missenden with BIG fish and an easy walk
A short distance at 16.3km (10.1 miles) - you can just follow the river after the Red Lion pub if you want to shorten the walk but it is easy - the dotted red line on the map shows the route clearly
Tough ? not at all at 4 out of 10
Explorers 172 & 181 or Landranger 165
or find the map here https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_05/map.shtml
or GPS here www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_05/download-GPX-KML.shtml
Take the 9.57am
Station to Great Missenden
arriving at 10.38 HEADS UP CHEAP TRAVEL
Great Missenden is one stop outside London Transport zone nine and Network card holders can get a discounted London Transport zone 1-9 travelcard at weekends and on bank holidays from any Underground ticket office up to a week in advance. You then only need to buy a one stop extension from Chiltern Railways from Great Missenden to Amersham.
This approach has the advantage that on the return journey from Amersham you can use the four Underground trains an hour (45 minutes to Baker Street) as well as the two hourly Chiltern Railway trains to Marylebone 39 minutes.
By contrast, a normal day return to Great Missenden is only valid on Chiltern Railways.
This is a cracking walk with with gentle rolling hills, old churches (what a surprise) and excellent lunch options. Even if you do not eat at The Red Lion which is fairly early on in the walk then pop into the pub garden and have a look at the River Miss Bourne ( I kid you not) where very large trout challenge the ducks and geese for the scraps of bread that you throw in. They are all game (!) It maybe advisable to phone and reserve a table when setting off from the station ( or a few days before if you know that you are going ) as the pubs may well be busy Lunch
The original lunch stop for this walk is the Squirrel
pub (tel 01494 711 291) in Penn Street, some 9½km into the walk, which serves pub classics but from their web site I am not sure if they are doing food today
140 metres down the road from the Squirrel, the Hit or Miss Inn
(tel 01494 713 109) – cricket – has plenty of seating and food served this Monday 12noon to 8pm.
Slightly further on (say just over 1 km and as far as I can see on the route ) is the Plough http://theploughamersham.co.uk/
with food served this Monday 12.00 to 18.00
For slower walkers or late starters, Little Missenden, some 5½km into the walk, has two characterful old pubs, though their food offering is more limited. The Red Lion (tel 01494 862 876) www.redlionuk.com/
serves food, while the Crown (tel 01494 862 571) offers pies, baked potatoes, sandwiches and soup. Tea
The recommended tea stop is Seasons Café Deli
in Old Amersham, which is open until 6pm daily. This has limited seating, however, so groups might like to explore other options nearby. One immediately across the road from Seasons is Gilbey’s Restaurant
(01494 727142) which advertises cream teas. Otherwise, there are a number of ancient pubs in the vicinity, including the Crown Inn Hotel
50 metres to the west of Seasons, which offers afternoon tea and the Kings Arms
100 metres beyond that. Just before Seasons on the route there is also the Nags Head
. These are some 20 minutes walk from the station
If you are desperate by AMersham station then there is a Tesco Express
just up the road selling snacks and a Subway
beyond that which sells tea.
All the info here https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_05/index.shtml