Pete's Walks - Little Missenden, Misbourne Valley, Hodgemoor Woods (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 14.8 miles on Sunday, 9th September 2018. It was a repeat of a walk I did in May 2012, but this time I did it in the opposite direction (clockwise).

I parked by the ancient church in Little Missenden (grid reference SU 921989) and started walking about 10.25am. With the church on my left, I set off along the road through Little Missenden, soon passing The Manor House on my left and then The Red Lion pub. I carried on, and shortly after passing The Crown (just voted the 'Best Country Pub' in the 2019 edition of The Good Pub Guide) I took a footpath on the right as the road turned left. The path followed a track eastwards through the Misbourne Valley, and then continued through the grounds of Shardeloes, a large white house (now apartments) up on the hill on my right). About a mile and a quarter after leaving Little Missenden, shortly after passing a lake on my left, I reached a cricket ground, where I followed the drive from behind the pavilion to where it met a drive coming down from Shardeloes.

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Little Missenden church

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The road through Little Missenden

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The road through Little Missenden

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Near the start of the path through the Misbourne Valley, going east from Little Missenden

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The path through the Misbourne Valley, going east from Little Missenden

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The path through the Misbourne Valley, going east from Little Missenden

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The path through the Misbourne Valley, going east from Little Missenden

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The cricket ground on the edge of Amersham Old Town

Across the drive I took another footpath - this should have cut across a section of a field, but as the path hadn't been re-instated after ploughing I followed the broad grass strip round the left edge of the field. Where some trees ended on the left, I turned left and followed the edge of the trees to reach a hedge where I soon found a stile. Over this, I crossed the A413, and took a path on the other side. After a short section through trees, this continued along a 'green tunnel' of overhanging hedges. After crossing the end of a lane, the path was soon back in a 'green tunnel', which brought me to a small cemetery on my right, where I continued straight on down a street called The Platt in Amersham Old Town, passing several attractive old cottages. At its end I turned left along Whielden Street. The end of this street was closed to traffic today, as was part of the High Street (where I turned right). It was Amersham Heritage Day, and there were fairground rides and many classic cars, amongst other attractions.

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The path after crossing the A413

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The path after crossing the A413

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The Platt

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Whielden Street

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Amersham Heritage Day in full swing in the High Street in Amersham Old Town

Just past a roundabout I turned right from the High Street, the path going down a gravel drive and bearing left to reach a gate. Beyond this I crossed a meadow or pasture to reach a bridge under a main road. Beyond this I entered a very large meadow. By a gate in the hedge on the right, the path forked slightly left from the hedge, and I followed it to reach a gate in the far hedge row (the OS map shows the path initially going left from the entrance to the meadow). There was then a long stretch along the right edge of a ploughed field, with the Misbourne running along the far side though I couldn't see it. The path continued on along the valley, passing a tall hedge on the left behind which were some waterworks. The path then ran through some rough grass before crossing a small pasture to reach Bottom House Farm Lane.

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Near the start of the path along the Misbourne Valley, going southeast from Amersham Old Town

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the path along the Misbourne Valley, going southeast from Amersham Old Town

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the path along the Misbourne Valley, going southeast from Amersham Old Town

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the path along the Misbourne Valley, going southeast from Amersham Old Town

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the path along the Misbourne Valley, going southeast from Amersham Old Town

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Approaching Bottom House Farm Lane