Pete's Walks- Amersham Old Town and Winchmore Hill (page 1 of 2)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

Google map of the walk

I parked in the car park in Amersham Old Town - it was almost full, presumably because of the large number of people attending a Remembrance Day service at the nearby church. I started walking about 11.25am. At the entrance to the car park I turned right and walked down the High Street - I don't normally enjoy walking through towns, but I always enjoy walking down this street with its numerous old buildings. I continued alongside the road as it left the town, the pavement on the left soon going a few yards left to continue beside the A413 main road for a hundred yards or so, before passing under the road beside the river Misbourne. At the end of the pavement I continued more or less straight ahead, through the gates of a large property called Shardeloes (out of sight on the hillside ahead of me).

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Part of the High Street in Amersham Old Town

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The road out of Amersham Old Town, shortly before the path joined the main road to the right

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The entrance to the grounds of Shardeloes

I followed the drive to Shardeloes for about a quarter of a mile or so, then took a footpath going left. This ran beside an intermittent hedge initially, passing a number of horse-jumping fences. Further on it continued past Wheatley Wood on my left, before following a hedge on my left to reach another wood (named The Rough Park on the OS map). The path continued through the wood, initially close to a fence on the left,  for about three-quarters of a mile before reaching the lane to Mop End Farm (nearby on my right).

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The start of the path from Shardeloes to Mop End

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The path from Shardeloes to Mop End

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The path from Shardeloes to Mop End

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The path  continuing through The Rough Park

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The path  continuing through The Rough Park

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The path  continuing through The Rough Park

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The path  continuing through The Rough Park

Across the lane I took the leftmost of two footpaths, going slightly left across a field of cabbages. I then crossed a  track called Toby's Lane, and continued over a cattle pasture to a gate on the other side. The path continued on, soon reaching a private drive which led me on to Beamond End Lane. Here I turned left, and then left again (actually more or less straight on) at the next junction to reach the A404 main road. Safely across the road, I entered Penn Wood and followed a path straight on through the wood (ignoring a couple of paths going left) for about three-quarters of a mile to reach the village of Penn Street.

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The path continuing from Mop End farm to Beamond End

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The path continuing from Mop End farm to Beamond End

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The entrance to Penn Wood

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Penn Wood

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Penn Wood