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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Wednesday Walk Amersham to Great Missenden - Coleshill, Penn Wood, Toby's Lane and Little Missenden

Book 1, Walk 5 (R) - Amersham to Great Missenden

Length: 16.3 km (10.1 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10

London Marylebone:  09-57 hrs    Aylesbury Vale Parkway service
Arrive Amersham:    10-32 hrs

LT underground service from Baker Street to Amersham - to arrive in Amersham by 10-30 hrs


Great Missenden to Marylebone: 16-02, 16-32, 16-45, 17-02, 17-29, 18-04 and 18-35 hrs.

Rail ticket

Senior railcard holders, and holders of an all-zone LT travel card (Amersham is in zone 9) - you just need a single from Great Missenden to Amersham for your return journey. Other railcard holders - buy appropriate tickets from the boundary of the card you hold.

This walk works well in reverse, and although in winter you usually encounter "muddy bits" - with Toby's Lane often being waterlogged - you usually get through - and enjoy some nice views and very pleasant countryside along the way.
You can stop for lunch in the village of Penn at two very acceptable pubs - The Squirrel, and the Hit and Miss  but if you can hold out for a further 50 minutes, lunch is best taken on the walk this way round at the Red Lion in Little Missenden (6.7 miles into the walk). Your e.t.a is 13-15 hrs.
After lunch the route takes you through woods and through a stud farm before following a number of field edges all the way to Great Missenden, where a number of cafes and pubs await your custom.
Walk Directions are here L=1.5
Using the + - toggle hide the Great Missenden to Amersham directions and just print off the (reverse walk directions) - Amersham to Great Missenden

1 comment:

Marcus said...

The morning rain had just eased as 8 of us alighted from the Chiltern's train at Amersham, to meet up with 1 who had arrived by LT underground. So that is n=9 on today's mudfest. The weather was w=overcast-until-mid-morning-then-sunny-until dusk. There was one sharp shower during our lunch break, whilst most of us were in the pub, but otherwise it was dry all day, with temperatures hovering around 8 degrees C - pleasant for winter's walking.
The morning leg was muddy, with one seriously muddy section between Coleshill and Winchmore Hill. Penn Wood was not too bad as we slalomed around its large puddles, but Toby's Lane was a bit of a challenge. From top to bottom, the Lane was flooded. At the first kissing gate most of us left the Lane to walk along dry(ish) field edges parallel to the Lane, which was fine: others found alternative ways to dodge the puddles.
Fortunately we booked ahead for lunch at the Red Lion in Little Missenden. On arriving at the pub at out booked time we found it more than busy with all tables taken: there were three large groups all dining, and enjoying themselves. No problem - the friendly management had their eye on a table for four for us which, when it soon became available, was extended to accommodate the six of us who chose to dine with them. Good, honest and tasty pub grub soon arrived - no pretentious ponce food here - and with its good selection of draught beers and a cosy interior, this pub is a little gem.
Two of our three sandwichers set off as we dined, with the third joining us for a pint. So we were a group of 7 as we left the pub in pleasant sunshine to tackle the afternoon leg of the walk. Mud levels on the paths and tracks were less taxing than in the morning as we headed for Great Missenden - and tea. Cafe Twit was due to close ten minutes after we arrived, so instead we stopped at Matildas, which served all seven of us with a smile as we enjoyed a good cuppa - and for some of us, some excellent cakes.
The 16-32 hrs service was on time and we were back in town soon after 5 pm.
This is a most enjoyable walk, either way round, and today it was nice to be in the company of nine regular mid-week walkers, with good banter, as we took in some nice views along the route, on a mostly sunny day. So what if it was a bit muddy........ !