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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Windmill

2 miles (2.8 km)

This short circular walk visits Cobstone Windmill in Turville, Buckinghamshire.
The old mill is a well known local landmark having been used in the 1967 film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" when it was cosmetically restored for filming.
Start the walk in the village where you can pick up a public footpath heading north east up past Turville Hill towards the windmill. It was built around 1816 as asmock millreplacing the original mill that had stood there since the 16th century.It had fallen into disrepair until it was restored for the film with a remolded cap, a newfantailand light woodensails added.
The walk then descends past Manor Farm and Mill Hanging Farm to Fingest. The picturesque village includes a 12th century church with a particularly noteworthy saddleback roof which is one of only two such designs in England. There's also a splendid 18th century pub just opposite the church. In Fingest you can pick up the Chiltern Way and follow the waymarked trail west to return to Turville.

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There's two fine pubs on the route where you can stop off for some refreshments. Back in Turville there's the Bull and Butcher. They are known for their excellent homemade pies and a splendid large garden area for the summer months. You can find them at a postcode of RG9 6QU for your sat navs.
In Fingest there's The Chequers to consider. The pub is in a lovely location just opposite the picturesque church. It's set in an attractive 18th century brick and flint buildingwith a splendid 2 acre garden outside. The pub is also notable for featuring in the 2014 George Clooney film 'Monuments Men' set during World War II. At the time the village was transformed into a Normandy-like appearance. You may also recognise the pub and village from episodes of the popualar Midsomer Murders series on ITV. You can easily find them in the heart of the village at a postcode of RG96QD for your sat navs. Both pubs are dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

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Cobstone Windmill

Cobstone Windmill, Ibstone, Buckinghamshire. This late 18th centurysmock mill(now converted into a house) is a grade IIlisted buildingin England.

The windmill and old school, Turville - geograph.org.uk - 995687

The windmill and old school, Turville. The school is now a nursery. The mill, Cobstone Mill, is within the parish of Ibstone but directly overlooks Turville.

Into Mill Hanging Wood - geograph.org.uk - 1435650

Into Mill Hanging Wood. A footpath heads into the wood from the Ibstome to Fingest road, opposite Cobstone Mill.

Grazing on Cobstone Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1672389

Grazing on Cobstone Hill Sheep finding something to eat on the top of grassy Cobstone Hill.

Fingest, Buckinghamshire-geograph-3452617-by-Michael-Trolove

View of Fingest Village. Turville Hill and Windmill is above and beyond the village. This view can be seen at the beginning of the Agatha Christie's Marple (TV series) episode "Endless Night" (2013). The church in view is the noteowrthy St Bartholomew's. The nave and tower are 12th century with the saddleback roof added to the tower in the 18th or early 19th century. The roof is notable as being one of only two such designs in England. The chancel was added in the 13th century.

Turville - geograph.org.uk - 9553

A view of the village of Turville. The windmill on the hill overlooking Turville in the east of the square. The name 'Turville' isAnglo-Saxonin origin and means 'dry field'.
The pretty village has been used as a filming location for many tv dramas including Midsomer Murders,Lewis,Marple, Foyle's War and the 2008 Christmas special ofJonathan Creek.It was also used in the Dawn French sitcomThe Vicar of Dibley. In the series, the church ofSt Mary the Virginwas renamed "St Barnabus". The village church is well worth some investigation as it dates back to the 12th century with thenave being the oldest surviving part.

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