Pete's Walks - Chesham and Chesham Vale (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, 25th November 2017. It was the seventh and last of the seven walks I will do along the Chiltern Heritage Trail. I started from the clock tower (grid reference SP 958014) in the Market Place at the southern end of the High Street in Chesham (it was about 12.35 when I started walking, having just walked the route in the opposite direction). I went the few yards to the main road through Chesham, turning left along it very briefly before turning left into East Street, where I immediately turned right into a street named Townfield. Where this bent right I went straight on up a flight of steps named Jacobís Ladder after the biblical dream (there was a plaque at the start of the steps). At the top, I crossed a tarmac path and went over a railway bridge (Chesham Station was just to my left). The path went right but after a short way I turned sharply left, almost doubling back on myself. When the path drew level with the bridge again it turned right, climbing steeply through some trees to reach a stile. The path then continued uphill through a large arable field, where I had views to my left out over Chesham to the countryside beyond. The path then turned half-left through two metal kissing gates, following a hedgerow on my left with Dungrove Farm over to my right. In a corner the path went through another metal kissing-gate and turned right between hedges, then turned left to cross a large paddock and reach the drive to Dungrove Farm.

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The Market Place and Clock Tower, Chesham

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Jacob's Ladder, Chesham

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Footbridge across the railway, Chesham

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The path from Chesham to Dungrove Farm

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The path from Chesham to Dungrove Farm

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The path from Chesham to Dungrove Farm

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View over Chesham

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The path from Chesham to Dungrove Farm, after going through two metal kissing-gates

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The path near Dungrove Farm after turning right

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The path approaching the drive to Dungrove Farm

Across the drive the path followed the edge of a field, soon with the sports field of a school over the hedge on my left. Where a hedge came in from the right, tractor tracks showed where the path went slightly right across the next arable field. On reaching the far side I went a few yards right, then went through a hedge gap (there was a stile here) and followed a fence down into a valley. After crossing a track called Bottom Lane, the path rose steeply up the other side of the valley, levelling out as it approached a hedgerow. The path then turned left alongside the hedgerow to reach a stile, and then crossed a meadow to reach a lane near Tylerís Hill. I went right here, soon passing a church on the left, then turned left along a track called Kiln Lane that ran for several hundred (rather muddy) yards through Cowcroft Road. On the far side I reached the village of Ley Hill, where I continued along Kiln Lane to reach a very complicated road junction.

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The path crossing the drive to Dungrove Farm and continuing towards Bottom Lane

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The path heading towards Bottom Lane

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The path climbing uphill from Bottom Lane

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The path continuing towards Tyler's Hill

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The path continuing towards Tyler's Hill

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The lane to Tyler's Hill

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Kiln Lane running through Cowcroft Wood

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Kiln Lane

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Kiln Lane