Date: Monday 14th October
This hike gives beautiful views over the Chess Valley. From the station we soon reach open country and cross fields to drop down to the valley bottom an then climb steeply along the edge of Frith Wood to emerge into a large field and pass the imposing facade of Latimer House from where there are striking views over t,he Chess Valley. The village of Latimer is in a charming setting with old cottages grouped around a tiny green. The next section of the walk is through fields, alongside the river Chess, where alpacas may sometimes be seen, before making the final climb of the day to the delightful hilltop village of Chenies where we have lunch. From the pub, we walk into the centre of Chenies, an estate village once owned by the Duke of Bedford, and then follow a level route above the Chess Valley to reach Chalfont & Latimer station.
Interesting things to see: Latimer House, a Tudor-style mansion, originally built in the sixteenth century, and its surrounding parkland; Latimer village green containing an ornamental communal pump and the elaborate grave of a French general’s horse; the grave of a member of the Liberty family, which founded the famous Regent Street store, in an isolated field; and Chenies Manor which dates from the fifteenth century and was visited by Henry VIII and Elizaberh I.
Distance: 7 miles.
Total height gain (the amount of uphill walking): 561 feet.
Lunch: after 5.3 miles at an attractive pub that serves excellent food.
Bathroom facilities: at the stations and at the pub.
Depart: Finchley Road Station on the 0949 Metropolitan Line train to Chesham.
Arrive: Chesham 1044 where I shall be waiting for you at the station exit.
Depart: Chalfont & Latimer (there are trains every 15 minutes so you should arrive at Finchley Road no later than 1645.
NB Oyster cards can be used on these journeys.
Cost: £12.00 per person (£6.00 for students) excluding rail fare (which should not exceed £7.00), and lunch.