Chess Valley Walk

Chess Valley Walk

The Chess Valley Walk is a 10 mile linear walk through the Chilterns following the River Chess from Rickmansworth to Chesham. It passes through the beautiful scenery of the Chess Valley and several attractive villages and at times gets close to the clear sparkling waters of the River Chess, one of the Chilterns’ famed chalk streams. The walk is waymarked.

The Chess Valley has some of the most attractive countryside in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a landscape rich in wildlife, with a long and fascinating history. You’ll discover the site of a Roman farm-villa at Latimer, pass the 13th century Chenies Manor visited by Elizabeth I and see the watercress beds at Sarratt, the only commercial watercress farm left in the Chilterns. And when you’re near the River Chess, keep an eye out for kingfishers, water voles, brown trout, orchids and dragonflies.


Accessibility/terrain/walk info

There are stiles on this walk.

Getting there: You can reach the Chess Valley Walk from either Rickmansworth or Chesham stations. Both are served by the London Underground Metropolitan Line. You can also reach Rickmansworth on the Chiltern Railways overground line from London Marylebone. If you would like a shorter walk, you can access the walk from Chalfont & Latimer or Chorleywood underground stations. For more information, please download the walk leaflet.

Walk leaflet
Chilterns ANOB

Explore the Chess Valley

You can never spend enough time in the Chess Valley, each time there is something new to savour: a view, a woodland bursting with wildflowers, strutting ponies in a meadow or a new path to follow. Find out more in our Chess Valley hub.