Amersham Circular (via Little Missenden)
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This is a circular walk starting and finishing at Amersham Station, approximately 9.5 miles in length.
The route is a mixture of undulating fields and valley pathway, with two short but sharp ascents (and corresponding descents).
The route will take us through Parsonage Wood downhill to Amersham Old Town passing through the historic Market Place. Turning in a north-westerly direction, we follow the path to cross the A413 and travel adjacent to a small lake fed by the River Misbourne. Continuing in a north-westerly direction, we arrive at the beautiful village of Little Missenden where there will be a chance for a drink at the Crown Inn.
We then head south up a steady incline through Haleacre Wood to Holmer Green, the highest point on our route which should offer some excellent views across the Chiltern Hills depending on the weather.
We then head east back to Amersham Old Town, with a final short ascent to get back to the finish point at Amersham station.
What to bring
Water: bring at least a litre
Medicines: if you have any ailments etc.
Rucksack: or any other bag
Footwear: hiking boots or sturdy trainers: it is likely to be muddy at this time of year
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
You will need a packed lunch, and plenty of water and snacks to see you through the day. We will stop for a picnic lunch at a suitably scenic spot; for your own comfort you may wish to bring something to sit on.