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SWC Walk 140a Wendover to Great Missenden

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St. Mary's Church, Wendover

SWC Walk 140a Wendover to Great Missenden

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Approach Lane to Boswells Farm, Wendover

SWC Walk 140a Wendover to Great Missenden

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In Lownde's Wood

SWC Walk 140a Wendover to Great Missenden

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Sunset Chalkdell Wood, Great Missenden

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Wendover Circular via Lee

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Bluebells

Wendover Circular via Lee

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Wendover Circular via The Lee and Swan Bottom walk

Along the Ridgeway through the Chiltern Hills and through many splendid woodlands, a conservation village and idyllic Lee Common

Length

20.1 km (12.5 mi)

Maps Explorer 181 and 172 (only for the Great Missenden ending), Landranger 165
Toughness

6 out of 10

Walk notes

This walk combines some of the finest elements of the Chiltern Hills, while having very little overlap with other walks in the area. After leaving Wendover in a south easterly direction on the Ridgeway the walk rises into woods, which are rich in Bluebells in springtime. It then passes along fields to get to the picturesque green in The Lee, a conservation area village. From there it continues through woodland and the beautiful Lee Common to a 16th century lunch pub at Swan Bottom. After crossing some more fields, the afternoon section then leads entirely through woods right up to the outskirts of Wendover: it re-joins the Ridgeway for a while and then descends steeply off the escarpment down an ancient Holloway. Only to rise again, on forest tracks with some magnificent panoramic views , until getting to the highest point of the walk in the middle of Wendover Woods. From there the route to Wendover meanders through the woods, passing a wildlife hide and an ancient hill-fort site, before descending steeply to the plains.

Walk Options

Shortcuts: It is possible to shorten the walk in three ways, shortcuts II and III are mutually exclusive;

  • Shortcut I cuts out 5.1 km, 68m ascent/descent before lunch, this reduces the rating to 4/10;
  • Shortcut II cuts out 1.1 km and 55m descent/re-ascent after lunch, this reduces the rating to 5/10; Shortcut III cuts out 0.7 km and 25m descent/re-ascent after lunch.

Alternative Ending: You may vary the afternoon of the walk and finish in Great Missenden (adds 1.4 km). This version is also rated 6/10 (but only 4/10 if using Shortcut I).

Travel

Trains go from Marylebone station, on a half-hourly service (hourly on Sundays), journey time 48 minutes. There is a large car park at the station. Great Missenden (an alternative ending) is on the same line, one stop closer to London.
Take the train closest to 9.30 hours if intending to eat at the Old Swan, halfway into the full walk; or the train closest to 10.30 hours if intending to eat at the Cock & Rabbit or if taking Shortcut I

Lunch

The Cock and Rabbit Inn/Graziemille Restaurant, The Lee, Buckinghamshire, HP16 9LZ (01494 837 540). Food served all day Fri-Sat and 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-23.00 Tue-Thu and Sun. Located 7.3 km (4.6 mi) from the start of the walk, this pub cum Italian Restaurant has been under its current management since the mid-80s.
The Old Swan, Swan Lane, Swan Bottom, Buckinghamshire, HP16 9NU (01494 837 239). Open 18.00-21.00 Mon, 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-23.00 Tue-Thu, 12.00-23.00 Fri-Sat and 12.00-19.00 Sun. Food served 12.00-14.30 and 18.45-21.00 Tue-Thu, 12.00-14.30 and 18.30-21.00 Fri-Sat and 12.00-15.00 Sun. Located 10.0 km (6.2 mi) from the start of the walk (4.9 km if taking Shortcut I), The Old Swan is a family run 16th century free house with exposed beams and a roaring log fire. It has been awarded Cask Marque accreditation for its ales, and serves sandwiches as well as a limited but diverse menu of high quality dishes plus a handful of weekly specials at reasonable prices. At weekends it is advisable to book ahead.

Tea

Wendover Ending

  • Wendover Woods Café, Wendover Woods, St Leonards Road, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5NF (01296 620 294). Open 9.00 –17.00 weekdays, 09.00-18.00 weekends.
  • The George & Dragon, 4-6 Aylesbury Road, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6JQ (01296 586 152). A traditional pub serving authentic Thai cuisine.
  • Crumbs Coffee, Town Court, High Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP226EA (01296 622 468).
  • The Red Lion Hotel, 9 High Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6DU, (01296 622 266). A Fuller’s pub/hotel.
  • The White Swan, 18 High Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6EA, (01296 622 271). A Fuller’s pub.
  • Whitewaters Deli Café, 5 Chiltern Court, Back Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6EP (01296 623 331). Open 09.00-17.30 Mon-Thu and 09.00-18.00 Fri-Sat.
  • Rumsey's of Wendover, The Old Bank, 26 High Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6EA, (01296 625 060). Open to 18.00 daily.
  • Lady Grey Tearoom, 26 High Street, The Little Barn Courtyard, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6DU, (07519 834 251). Open to 17.00 Tue-Sun.
  • Istanbul Meze & Grill, 31 High Street, The Little Barn Courtyard, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6DU, (01296 709 276). Open 12.00-15.00 Mon-Sat and 17.00-23.00 Mon-Sun.
  • No. 2 Wine & Cheese Deli, 2 Pound Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6EJ, (01296 585 022). Open 10.00-17.00 Sun-Wed and 10.00-23.00 Thu-Sat.
  • Tres Corazones, 2 Pound Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6EJ, (01296 622 092). Open 17.30-21.00 Tue, 12.00-14.30 and 17.30-21.00 Wed-Fri, 12.00-22.00 Sat and 12.00-15.00 Sun.
  • The Shoulder of Mutton, 20 Pound Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6EJ (01296 623 223). Open all day. Food all day. A red brick, ivy-clad traditional 18th century pub, part of the Chef & Brewer chain.

Great Missenden Ending

  • Café Twit, Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL (01494 892 192). ). Open 10.00–16.00 Tue-Sun. No dogs.
  • Origins at the White Lion, 57 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 OAL (01494 863 696). Open all day Mon-Sat & 12.00-15.30 Sun. Dinner served from 18.00.
  • The Cross Keys, 40 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 OAU (01494 865 373). Open all day every day. Food served 12.00-15.00 and 18.30-21.30 Mon-Thu, 12.00-16.00 and 18.30-21.30 Fri, 12.00-21.30 Sat and 12.00-17.00 Sun. A Fuller’s pub.
  • Matilda’s, 30 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AU (01494 890 411).
  • The Pantry on Platform 1, Great Missenden Railway Station, Station Approach, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 9AZ (01494 868 699). Open from 05.30 every day.

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