Chalfont St Giles
This pretty Buckinghamshire village sits in a nice rural spot on the edge of the Chilterns AONB.
The village is part of the 'Chalfonts' along with Chalfont St Peter and Little Chalfont.
The worthy settlement includes a picturesque village green and a duck pond fed by the River Misbourne. Other highlights include the church of Saint Giles which is of Norman architecture and dates from the 12th century. The village is also notable as the former home of John Milton, author of the epic poem 'Paradise Lost'. Milton's cottage is now a open to the public as a museum and includes an extensive collection of 17th-century first editions of John Milton's works, both poetry and prose.
This circular walk from the village uses a section of the South Bucks Way to take you along the River Misbourne to the neighbouring town of Amersham. The route then takes you to Coleshill village before heading to Hodgemoor Woods where there are some pleasant woodland trails to try.
PostcodeHP8 4QF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Walks near Chalfont St Giles
- Hodgemoor Woods - These woods near the town of Amersham have some good footpaths and mountain bike trails to try.
You can start off at the car park on Bottrells Lane at the northern edge of the site
- Grand Union Canal Walk - Follow the towpath of Britain's longest canal from London to Birmingham on this fabulous waterside walk
- Amersham Circular Walk - This circular walk around the market town of Amersham visits the nearby village of Chalfont St Giles while exploring the attractive countryside of the Misbourne valley
- Beaconsfield - This circular walk from Beaconsfield explores some lovely Chilterns countryside
- Chiltern Way - This is the original 125 mile circuit of the Chilterns AONB taking you through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, Marlow, Hambleden, Turville, Fingest, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs Country Park, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Harpenden
- Sarratt - This picture postcard village sits in a delightful spot in the Chess Valley in Hertfordshire
- Colne Valley Trail - Follow the Colne Valley Trail from Uxbridge to Rickmansworth and enjoy riverside and canalside walking or cycling.
The trails follows the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne while also passing a series of pretty Lakes including Lynsters, Stocker's and Batchworth Lake
- Black Park Country Park - With over 10 miles of well signed cycling and walking tracks, Black Park is the ideal place for a great day out in the country
- Gerrards Cross - This Buckinghamshire based town is in a nice location for exploring the Chiltern Hill AONB
- Chiltern Heritage Trail - Travel through the Chilterns Hills on this splendid circular walk and visit numerous delightful hamlets, villages and towns in Buckinghamshire
- Chalfont St Peter - This Buckinghamshire based village has some nice trails through the Colne Valley and into the surrounding Chiltern Hills.
- Langley Park Country Park - Langley Park has a variety of beautiful trails suitable for cycling and walking
- Penn Wood - This walk visits Penn Wood near High Wycombe and Amersham in Buckinghamshire.
Merlin's Cave is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The pub serves good food and has a nice garden area. You can find them on the village green at postcode HP8 4QF for your sat navs.
The country and woodland trails are ideal for dog walking. Merlin's Cave pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The sister village of Chalfont St Peter is located just to the south east. Near the village you will find a historic highlight of the area at the Chiltern Open Air Museum. The museum rescues and restores common English buildings from the Chilterns and relocates them to its 45-acre site, which includes woodland and parkland walking trails.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Chilterns Walks page.