Along the Chess Valley from Chorleywood to Chesham

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Feb 16
2019

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16 km (10 miles) / Total Ascent 374 metres / At least 4 hours of walking

This linear route starts from Chorleywood with a short walk out of the town and onto Chorleywood Common. We will skirt the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire county border, and cross the River Chess several times en route to the market town of Chesham. There will be a little noise from the nearby M25, but this will be short lived as we move further west along the Chess Valley.

Climbing up the side of the valley on the way to towards the village of Sarratt we will be rewarded with far reaching views up and along the Chess Valley, before descending into the valley again and alongside the River Chess. Here we will pass by lots of friendly horses, some nonchalant alpacas, and the last remaining watercress farm in the valley.  Here the river is the county demarcation, where we will cross again into Buckinghamshire. 

Entering the village of Chenies we’ll pass alongside the remnants of Chenies Manor. This Grade I listed Tudor house was once the seat of the Russell before they relocated to Woburn Abbey. Shortly after this we will stop for lunch overlooking the valley.

Further on we will pass alongside Latimer House, situated to command excellent views of the valley. The current Tudor style structure dates from the 1830s, and as a replacement for the Elizabethan house that previously occupied the site. The house was used during the Second World War to contain captured enemy pilots and crew, subsequently as the National Defence College, and today it is a De Vere hotel. 

There are some fine views of the Chiltern Hills as we approach Chesham and the end of the walk. The tube journey back is rather scenic as the tube train winds its way back along the Chess Valley to central London. 

Some of the lower lying parts of the valley will be very muddy underfoot, especially at the bottom of the valley. This will be offset by some long traffic free lanes. 

All photos were taken by me when I researched and pre-walked the route in late November 2018.

Approaching Chesham with distant views of the Chiltern Hills
Chenies Manor
Chenies Church
View of the Chess Valley
View of the Chess Valley
View of the Chess Valley
Long shadows on Chorleywood Common
Latimer House
View of Latimer House along the Chess Valley
Boardwalk across the River Chess
Approaching Chesham with distant views of the Chiltern Hills
Chenies Manor
Chenies Church
View of the Chess Valley
View of the Chess Valley
View of the Chess Valley
Long shadows on Chorleywood Common
Latimer House
View of Latimer House along the Chess Valley
Boardwalk across the River Chess

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