Pete's Walks - Amersham Old Town and Little Missenden (page 1 of 3)

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 did this walk of about 7 miles on Saturday, 28th October 2017. I actually did this section of the walk the wrong way round - instead of starting at Old Amersham, which I reached on my last section of the Chiltern Heritage Trail and walking to Little Missenden and back again, I parked in Little Missenden and walked to Old Amersham (or Amersham Old Town) before turning round and retracing my steps to Little Missenden. This was to save a little driving time and, more importantly, to save having to pay to park in the car park at Old Amersham. I normally only use the car park (grid reference SU960974) on Sundays and Bank Holidays, when it is free. From the door of Amersham church (the point I reached last time), I followed the path through the churchyard to the high street. I used the nearby pedestrian crossing to go across it, and then went down Whielden Street. After a couple of hundred yards or so I turned left down a small street named Whielden Green. After maybe a hundred yards I turned right through a gate, and followed a path through an overgrown meadow, rising gently uphill to meet the end of a tall hedge on the left. Just past this hedge I went a few yards left to a pathed path, following it to the right (beside the meadow) and then turning right along a similar path. This soon went over a footbridge across the A413 main road, and then I turned right onto a footpath. This initially had garden fences on the left, then followed a ditch and later a hedge on my left as it rose gently up a shallow valley with arable fields either side. After several hundred yards I reached a waymark post where the path went a short way half-right across a field of stubble, then turned left along the top of a small embankment (the OS map shows the path continuing further along the hedgerow, before turning sharply right and then following the bottom of the embankment - the Chiltern Heritage Trail guidebook matches the waymarks on the ground, which is the way I went).

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Amersham church

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Whielden Road

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The path from Whielden Green

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The paved path, before I turned right

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Near the start of the path to Coleshill

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The path to Coleshill

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The path to Coleshill, as it goes right

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The path to Coleshill, along the top of the small embankment

The path continued beside a tall hedge on the left through a field of tall grass, but only as far as an electricity pylon where it turned left. Through the hedge I continued past what I'll describe as a 'rough paddock' on my right - it had two horses in it, but the ground was very muddy and had little grass in it. There was a white fence on my left here, further on I had a similar fence on my right, and then the path went down a concrete dive past Cherry Tree Farm on my right. On reaching a road, I turned right and followed it through Coleshill

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The path to Coleshill

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The path to Coleshill, passing the rough paddock

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The path to Coleshill, along the drive by Cherry Tree Farm

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The road through Coleshill

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The road through Coleshill

After about a third of a mile (as usual, I mean it was more than a quarter of a mile but less than haf a mile!), just after another road forked right, I reached Coleshill church (with its modern Lych gate). I turned right onto a footpath immediately after the church, soon crossing a road and continuing down a gravel drive. The path continued down a strip of concrete alongside a hedge on the left, then went through a gate (next to the hedge, not the other gate with a waymark further right) and ran a short way between the hedge and a fence (I was relived that this bit was dry - as the guidebook warns, it can be very muddy here).

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Coleshill church (from the footpath after I turned right)

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The start of the path from Coleshill to Winchmore Hill

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The path from Coleshill to Winchmore Hill

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The path from Coleshill to Winchmore Hill