Pete's Walks - Chenies and Ley Hill (page 1 of 5)

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 circular walk of about 13.5 miles on Saturday, 28th July 2018. It was a repeat of a walk I first did in November 2007.

I parked in the centre of Chenies, near the pump on the village green (grid reference TQ017984 and started walking about 10.10am. From a corner of the green (where Chenies Manor was over to my right) I went a few yards along a road to where it bent left (with the village school on the right), where I took a bridleway going straight on. Soon I had the grounds of Chenies Manor on the right, with the grand house largely blocked from my view by a row of Horse Chestnut trees. I soon reached a junction where the bridleway turned right, still running beside the grounds of the big house. On reaching some outbuildings, the bridleway then went left through a small part of a wood. Beyond this the bridleway continued along a track with fine views along the Chess Valley down on my right. After about a quarter of a mile, the bridleway entered Walk Wood and then soon reached Stony Lane.

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The start of the path from the centre of Chenies

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The back of Chenies Manor

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The start of the bridleway from Chenies Manor

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View across the Chess Valley from near Chenies Manor

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The bridleway from Chenies Manor

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Zoomed in shot across the Chess Valley towards Latimer House

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The bridleway from Chenies Manor, approaching Stony Lane

I went a very short way right along the lane, then took a bridleway on the other side that ran through West Wood, staying close to the edge of the wood on my left. After about a quarter of a mile the bridleway turned left, and I left it, taking a path going half-right and descending through the wood. At the bottom of the slope, I left the wood at a gate and followed a path across a meadow to reach the minor road that runs through the Chess Valley.

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The bridleway through West Wood

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The bridleway through West Wood

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The path descending through West Wood

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The path crossing the Chess Valley from West Wood

Across the road the path went slightly right as it crossed an empty paddock. It then continued along a track, soon crossing a bridge over the river Chess, with Latimer House on the hillside in front of me. On the other side of the bridge I took a footpath going right, which stayed parallel to the river for a while, before curving left to reach a gate and a road on the edge of the village of Latimer.

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The path after I crossed the road

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Looking west along the Chess Valley (I think the waterway here is an old mill stream or 'leat')

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The bridge across the Chess, below Latimer House

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The river Chess, from the bridge

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The path after I turned right immediately after the bridge, heading to Latimer

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Approaching Latimer