Pete's Walks - The Lee 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 8 miles on Friday, 3rd November 2017, the fifth walk of the seven I will do on the Chiltern Heritage Trail. I started from the war memorial on the green at The Lee (grid reference SP990043), setting off about 12.40pm (having first walked here from Little Missenden). I walked along the end of the green towards the Cock and Rabbit pub, and then went down a lane on the left (actually the OS map shows it as an 'other route with public access'), with houses to the left and a grassy field dotted with trees on the right. The lane continued past a wood on the left and further on I reached the hamlet of Ballinger Bottom, where the lane became a bridleway on a track. Where the track ended (by a seat with a view over fields, hedges and woods) the bridleway continued between hedges a short way, then between a wood on the left and a hedge. Further on there was a wood on the right and a fence to my left. Finally the bridleway ran between hedges of tall trees for a hundred yards or so to reach the end of a lane in Ballinger Common.

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The Cock and Rabbit, The Lee

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The start of the bridleway from The Lee to Ballinger Common

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The bridleway from The Lee to Ballinger Common

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The bridleway from The Lee to Ballinger Common, passing through Ballinger Bottom

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The bridleway from The Lee to Ballinger Common

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The bridleway from The Lee to Ballinger Common

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The bridleway from The Lee to Ballinger Common

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The bridleway from The Lee to Ballinger Common

I continued straight on down the lane, soon passing the tiny St Mary's church in a garden on the left. Shortly before reaching the end of the lane, I turned right, passing a Play Area in a corner of a sports field and going through a gate in a hedge on the left. Here, with a road just to the left, I turned right along a rather overgrown path, with the sports field over the hedge on my right. A waymark indicated where the path went slightly left, between hedges and then through two gates. It continued alongside a hedge on the left past a small meadow, then went over a stile in a hedge. Here the path turned left for a short way before turning right in the field corner. After about a hundred yards I came to a stile in the hedge on my left, which I crossed and then turned right, now on a path between a fence and the hedge that was now on my right. After two or three hundred yards I went over a stile in the hedge on my right, the new path following another hedge on my left. The hedge and path turned left and then right. The path then went through a gap in the hedge (just after the last of a number of trees in the hedge) and continued across a meadow to a gate and a lane.

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The tiny St Mary's church, Ballinger

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The lane at Ballinger Common

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The Play Area at Ballinger Common

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The rather overgrown path next to the playing field at Ballinger Common

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The path from Ballinger Common to Great Missenden (this is in the second field)

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The path from Ballinger Common to Great Missenden (where the path runs between a fence and a hedge

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The path from Ballinger Common to Great Missenden (in the next field, after I turned right over a stile in the hedge)

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The path from Ballinger Common to Great Missenden, approaching the lane