The Chorleywood country walk is 5 miles long and begins at Chorleywood Station. There is also 4 hour free parking outside the station for those who want to come by car.
About half the walk is along the Chiltern Way and apart from the beginning is virtually car free. There is approximately 140 m of ascent on the tour and it took my friend and I just over two hours to complete at a fairly leisurely pace.
Chorleywood Station to Chenies
Leave the station and go under the rail bridge, climb up Shire Lane until it levels off. Turn right and at this point that you join the Chiltern Way. You are now on a road of grand houses. Cross Burton Lane and the properties become more modest, but nicely front open fields.
At the end of this quiet lane veer off to the right at Newhouse Farm and you soon enter Carpenter’s Wood.
Carpenter’s Wood joins onto Hillas and Whitelands Wood. The trees are becoming quite bare now and it’s getting very boggy underfoot.
At the bottom of the hill cross under the railway and up the other side along a wide path.
At the top of the hill cross over the busy Amersham Road and take a narrow path parallel to the the road. You pass beside Chenies Cricket Club, a reminder of sunnier and social days when we could all get together to enjoy life.
After passing the cricket pitch swing right and then left beside a terrace of houses with large old chimneys.
There are several cottages in this row. Presumably the other cottages housed were for people performing roles for Chenies Manor. The manor is just down the road and would have owned most of the land in the area. A gamekeeper was essential to keep the peasants from stealing from the estate.
The Chenies and back to Chorleywood Station
Follow the path downwards to the tiny Wyburn Wood and Turveylane Wood.
At the bottom of Turveylane the path leaves The Chiltern Way and follows the popular Chess Valley walk.
On the hillside opposite you can see Latimer House once the home of MI5 and MI6 interrogation centre. Follow the above link to find out more.
From the Chess river you now have to climb up the valley side to the Chorleywood House Estate. The 200 acre house and estate is managed by the local council, unfortunately only the grounds are open to the public at the moment.
Cross back over the A404 and begin to cross Chorleywood Common. Originally the common was part of the Manor of Rickmansworth. However in 1921 it was given to the local council but the current owner in honour of the local citizens who had died in the Great War.
You cross the Common down a beautiful avenue of oak trees.
At the end of the avenue the common opens up and on better days there is a very nice pub serving some excellent ale called The Rose and Crown.
You are almost back to the start of the Chorleywood country walk, just cut the corner off the road running down to the station via the path which passes through a small gated housing estate.
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