This pretty little Buckinghamshire village is located in the Chilterns near Henley on Thames. It's a picture postcard place with a number of medieval and Georgian cottages scattered around a very fine old church. The village's name comes from the Anglo Saxon 'Tinghurst', meaning 'wooded hill where assemblies are made'.
This circular walk uses sections of the Chiltern Way to take you on a tour of the area surrounding the village. There's visits to a number of nearby villages and some small hill climbs with fine views over the Hambleden Valley. The walk may seem familiar as the scenic nature of the area has lead to it being used as a film location on several occasions.
The walk starts in Fingest and first heads west to Turville Hill and the neighbouring village of Turville. It's another pretty little place with a 12th century church and the noteworthy Cobstone Windmill. Often referred to as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Windmill as it was used in a scene in the 1967 film, having been cosmetically restored for filming.
The route then heads south west to Dolesden and Southend before turning south east to Gussetts Wood and Upper Woodead Farm. Near here a woodland section begins taking you to Hambleden. There are a number of picturesque brick and flint cottages and a 14th century church here. The Elizabethan manor house opposite the church dates from 1603 and was the former home of Lord Cardigan who led the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade.
At Hambleden the route turns north to Pheasant's Hill and Skirmett before passing through Adam's Wood and Fingest Wood and returning to the village.
Fingest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Fingest Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Fingest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Fingest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Chequers is a fine village inn where you can enjoy some well earned refreshments after your walk. 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.
The country trails and woodland paths around the village are ideal for a dog walk. The Chequers pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the west of the village you can pick up the Henley via Stonor Circular Walk. This takes you from the popular riverside town of Henley-on-Thames to the scenic deer park in Stonor. On the way you also visit the historic Greys Court owned by the National Trust. Also in Henley you can pick up the epic Thames Path National Trail and enjoy a walk along the lovely riverside path.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Chilterns Walks page.