Chess Valley Circular Walk
This route uses a section of the Chess Valley Walk and other public footpaths to create a circular walk through the area. On the way there's nice river trails, woodland paths and country views to enjoy.
The walk starts from the tube station at Chorleywood on the Metropolitan line of the London Underground. From here you can pick up the Chess Valley Walk and follow it north east through Chorleywood Common to the Chorleywood House Estate. There's some lovely grounds here with ponds, gardens, sculptures and woodland to explore.
After passing the house you soon arrive at the River Chess where you follow the river path north west to Sarratt Bottom and Latimer. Here you cross the river and head east through woodland to Chenies where there's a splendid manor house and grounds.
After exploring the house you head south along the Chiltern Heritage Trail and the Chiltern Way to Halsey's Wood and Carpenter's Wood where you turn south east. Shortly after passing through the wood you arrive back at Chorleywood station.
Chess Valley Circular Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Chess Valley Circular Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Chess Valley Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Chess Valley Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Chess Valley Circular Walk Pubs/Cafes
The Red Lion in Chenies is a good place to stop for some refreshments on the walk. The 16th century pub has a good menu and also includes an outdoor area for warmer days. You can find the pub in the village at a postcode of WD3 6ED for your sat navs.
It's worth taking a small detour from the route to visit the picture postcard village of Sarratt near Chorleywood and Amersham. It's a delightful village which includes the popular The Cricketers next to the village green. They do a fine Sunday lunch and have a nice garden area to sit out in on warmer days. You can find them at postcode WD3 6AS for your sat navs.
Chess Valley Circular Walk Dog Walking
The river paths and woodland trails are ideal for dog walking. The Red Lion mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
You could also start the walk from Chalfont and Latimer Station at the western end. There's a section of the trail here which will take you up to the river.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Buckinghamshire Walks and the Hertfordshire Walks pages.