Pete's Walks - Chenies and Ley Hill (page 1 of 3)

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Google map of the walk

I did this roughly 12-mile walk on Saturday, 17th July 2010. It was largely a repeat of a walk I've done a couple of times before, but in the opposite direction (today I went anti-clockwise).

Having parked near the centre of Chenies (grid reference TQ 017984), I started walking about 9.40am, taking a footpath that followed a long tarmac farm drive heading east from the centre of the village (so I had my back to the church and Chenies Manor). Beyond Mountwood Farm the path went slightly right, then followed the edge of a wood on my right for a while. The footpath then went left beside a hedge, before going half-right and dropping quite steeply downhill. In the valley bottom I turned left onto a path that soon crossed the river Chess on wooden bridges at Sarratt Bottom.

The farm drive leading away from the centre of Chenies

 

The path from Chenies down to the Chess Valley

 

The path from Chenies down to the Chess Valley

 

The path across the Chess Valley at Sarratt Bottom (you might just be able to make out the lynchets on the opposite hillside, the remains of ancient agricultural terraces)

 

Looking southeast along the river Chess at Sarratt Bottom

 

Looking northwest along the river Chess at Sarratt Bottom

 

I then turned left along a narrow hedge-lined lane, and thus started a long stretch along the Chess Valley. This initial section along the lane seemed longer than I remembered, but eventually I reached a junction where the lane turned right but I turned left along a tarmac drive leading to a commercial cress grower. The footpath continued westwards along the valley floor, initially  on  duckboards, and then continued through meadows and fields for another three-quarters of a mile to reach a lane at Chenies Bottom.

 

The path through the Chess Valley, approaching the commercial cress beds

 

The path through the Chess Valley, along the duckboards south of Valley Farm

 

The path through the Chess Valley

 

The path through the Chess Valley, approaching Chenies Bottom

 

Looking back east along the river Chess, from Chenies Bottom

Part 2 of this walk

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