Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Windmill
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 a smock mill replacing 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 new fantail and light wooden sails 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 building with 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.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north is the village of Ibstone where you can enjoy a walk along the boundary of the Wormsley Estate. The 16th century estate is well known for its cricket ground and is also a good place to look out for red kites.