GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Great Missenden Walks

5 miles (8 km)

Enjoy a circular walk around the village of Great Missenden in the Chilterns. The walk visits the pretty abbey gardens before climbing the surrounding hills for great views back down to the village and into the surrounding Chilterns countryside.
The walk starts in the village near to the train station and parking area. You then head south along a section of the South Bucks Way long distance trail. This will take you to Missenden Abbey where you can explore the pretty Abbey Park with its lake and views of the River Misbourne.
The walk then heads east into the hills surrounding the village. You'll pass Chalkdell Wood Nature Reserve before climbing towards Hyde End where there is some woodland and attractive farmland.
The route then turns north through South Heath and Ballinger Common. You descend to Frith Hill before returning to the village.
The walk links with the Chiltern Link near Ballinger Common so you could pick up this long distance trail to extend your walk. Heading east will take you through the countryside to Chesham where you can enjoy nice riverside walk along the River Chess.
Another good option is to follow the South Bucks Way north and link with the Icknield Way Path. You can then enjoy a climb to Coombe Hill for more great views over the area.
Also near Coombe Hill are miles of woodland trails in Wendover Woods and waterside walks along the Grand Union Canal.
The Chiltern Heritage Trail also passes through the village.
The long distance circular trail visits numerous delightful hamlets, villages and towns in Buckinghamshire.


HP16 0AU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Great Missenden OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Great Missenden Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Great Missenden

  • Coombe Hill - Climb to the 260m (850ft) summit of this lovely hill in the Chilterns
  • Wendover Woods - Enjoy miles of great cycling and walking trails in this large forest in Buckinghamshire
  • Grand Union Canal Walk - Follow the towpath of Britain's longest canal from London to Birmingham on this fabulous waterside walk
  • Chiltern Heritage Trail - Travel through the Chilterns Hills on this splendid circular walk and visit numerous delightful hamlets, villages and towns in Buckinghamshire
  • Little Missenden - This delightul Buckinghamshire village has some nice country and river walking trails to try
  • Shardeloes - This circular walk visits the lovely Shardeloes Park and Lake near Amersham in Buckinghamshire
  • Hughenden Manor Park - The 1,500 acres of parkland surrounding the red brick Victorian mansion of Hughenden Manor is great for a short walk in lovely surroundings
  • Downley Common - This walk visits Downley Common next to the Buckinghamshire village of Downley in the Chilterns near High Wycombe.
  • Penn Wood - This walk visits Penn Wood near High Wycombe and Amersham in Buckinghamshire.
  • Haddington Hill - Enjoy a climb to the highest point in the county of Buckinghamshire on this circular walk in Wendover Woods.
    There's a car park located very close to the hill summit from which you can start the walk
  • Prestwood - This Buckinghamshire based village is located in the Chiltern Hills just west of Great Missenden.


After your exercise you could head to the Cross Keys for some post walk refreshments. It's a historic pub of some note dating all the way back to the 16th century. There's a charming old interior with low beamed ceilings and cosy corners.
They serve good quality food and have a nice garden area as well. You can find the pub on the High Street at a postcode of HP16 0AU for your sat navs. They are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south east along the South Bucks Way and you could visit the sister village of Little Missenden. Here you can visit the picturesque Shardeloes Park. There's some nice trails around a pretty lake with bluebell woods to see in the adjacent Mop End.
Just to the west is the neighbouring village of Prestwood where there are some nice trails around the Prestwood Nature Reserve. The village also includes an historic 17th century pub which is well worth a look.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Chilterns Walks and the Buckinghamshire Walks pages.


Missenden Abbey (geograph 3704370)

Missenden Abbey

Great Missenden Post Office (geograph 3894445)

Great Missenden Village Post Office

Autumn colours at Warren Water (geograph 3745753)

Autumn colours at Warren Water

Horse in a paddock, near Hyde Heath - - 193915

Horse in a paddock, near Hyde Heath

Great Missenden (geograph 3745738)

Village scene

The Cross Keys, Great Missenden, September 2021

The Cross Keys.


GPS Files

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