The Misbourne Valley loop is an ideal walk on a bright day providing stunning views across the Chiltern Hills. Start at either Amersham Station or from Old Amersham. The 9 mile ramble takes you to Chalfont St Giles across wide open spaces with beautiful panoramas. The walk includes ancient paths, a golf course, through woods, and along the banks of the River Misbourne.
Start of the walk
If you begin the Misbourne Valley loop at Amersham Station turn left and passing under the bridge and turn immediately right. Enter a very unattractive alley way.
At the end of the passage the path opens out into Parsonage Wood. Veer to the right as you descend towards Old Amersham in the valley.
At the end of the wooded area Amersham Old Town lays before you with a sweeping view of the valley.
Follow the path beside the fence and descend to the bottom.
St Mary the Virgin Parish Church
A visit to St Mary’s is well worth the short detour. Turn right at the end of the path and walk along the Misbourne which is channelled in this part of the town.
The Church stands proudly in the middle of the green area. A place of worship has existed here since 1140 and the current building has parts dating back to the 13th century. The family of Sir Francis Drake has strong associations with the church who were lords of the manor of Amersham. You may find memorials to the Drake family in the churchyard. The current building was significantly refurbished in the 19th century by another member of the Drake family.
There are many historical buildings in the old town and if you haven’t visited it before it is well worth a tour along the high street. Next door to the church yard is the Memorial Gardens.
These gardens are beautifully laid out and include The Peace Garden which was completed in 2019.
Several parking areas in Old Amersham allow you to begin the walk from here. You could even park in the Tesco car park which permits 3 hours parking for free.
The walk proper begins from here.
Head out across country
Cross the road opposite Tesco’s car park and take the path behind some buildings. You will shortly find a major construction work taking place on your left where there is an overhaul of water treatment works.
Continue through a gate and the path crosses the field diagonally upwards towards a wooded area.
Climb across the field and then look down to the valley below.
Briefly enter the woods and keep to the path to exit onto the other side with further wide vistas.
Continue along the obvious path and keep to the instructions provided by HS2 to avoid the construction works.
HS2 effects the countryside
The path turns right and you look down into the valley below. Here you’ll see a brand new road and a farm. The road has been constructed for HS2 development. Apparently they are building a tunnel under the hill you have just walked over.
Upper Bottom House Farm, a small dairy farm, sits in the middle of a HS2 construction. The farmyard smell from the cows in their sheds floats through the air as you pass.
Walk down to the newly constructed road. You’ll find security staff checking that you continue straight on and don’t stray onto the HS2 road.
On to Chalfont St Giles
Climb the hill opposite the farm which takes you up to another great view back to the valley behind you.
The route into Chalfont St Giles via a track and lanes passes through a wood.
On this route down to the green you’ll see some large and expensive properties.
The road winds down to Chalfont St Giles. The village has a long history. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village is recorded as Celfunte and Celfunde. In the centre of the village you’ll find an archetypical village green.
The village has it’s fair share of pubs and a coffee shop so it’s an ideal place to stop for a rest on the Misbourne Valley Loop.
Back along the Misbourne Valley
Once you are refreshed take the wide path opposite the green and start the return journey.
Continue along this path without veering upwards at the fork. You have now joined the South Bucks Way. At the junction the path narrows and continues to follow the valley bottom.
When we followed this route the Misbourne had burst it’s banks and there was considerable amount of flooding, but fortunately this had not reached the South Bucks Way.
Continue along the route until you reach the newly constructed HS2 road. Turn right and walk alongside this new road until you reach the A413.
Harewood Downs Golf Club
Turn left and cross the busy road and enter Harewood Downs Golf Club. The golf club opened in 1907 and soon became a favourite club of many high ranking individuals. The club boasts of a membership which once included 2 prime ministers 17 lords, 9 barons and knights, a couple of generals and various MPs.
Follow the footpath that crosses the course up to the top of the hill. The views back down to the Misbourne valley are beautiful. At the top of the hill skirt the edge of the wood for a short distance and then take the path that forks to the left away from the edge of the woods.
Coke’s Farm and Finch Lane
You will then emerge onto Coke’s Lane. While there is no proper pavement here you can walk on the verge safely.
Turn left into the lane leading to Coke’s Farm and the panoramic view opens up again.
Stick to the path that follows the edge of the field. At the end of the field you turn left and walk along Finch Lane.
The lane rises slightly and then descends back down into the valley bottom. Here you rejoin the A413. Unfortunately you have to walk along this busy road for about 300 yards until you see a footpath sign on the opposite side of the road.
The Misbourne, your guide back to Old Amersham
The footpath descends towards the river. Turn right along the wide and now dry route back towards Old Amersham.
Keep to the track which eventually takes you back underneath the busy A413. You will shortly find yourself in the old town. Return to your parking spot or take the same route back up to the station as you used to descend.
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