Explore the Chess Valley

Explore the Chess Valley

The Chess Valley has some of the most attractive countryside in the Chilterns.

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.

Nearby Chesham is a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town on the Metropolitan Line. Explore its history and independent shops, walk in glorious countryside and relax in town and country pubs. The friendly market town of Chesham and its hilltop villages have plenty for all to enjoy.

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Chess Valley Visitor Guide

Explore the Chess Valley with our new visitor guide. From pubs and cafes, to walks and market towns – the Chess Valley has something for everyone!

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Chess Valley Walk

The Chess Valley Walk has recently undergone a revamp, with new information boards, footpath improvements, new signage and a new Chess Valley Walk logo! The improvements to the walk were funded by the Chalk Streams and Wetlands Meadow project, a partnership project between the Chilterns National Landscape and the Chiltern Society, funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

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Other walks in the Chess Valley

Field of linseed about to flower, ley hill, buckinghamshireThe Chesham Circular Walk explores the network of paths in beautiful rolling countryside lying between Chesham and the cluster of villages of Tylers Hill, Ley Hill and Botley. It passes the Cowcroft Wood nature reserve where bluebells and wild orchids can be found during the early summer.

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Chorleywood Circular Walk is a stile-free walk that explores the picturesque Chess Valley, the pretty village of Chenies with its Tudor manor house, 15th century church and village green, and finally the delightful Chorleywood Common.

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River Chess highlights - valley, views & villages (2401)Little Chalfont Circular Walk takes you from the tube station down to the River Chess and round via Chenies and back.

 

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Rickmansworth Circular Walk passes the point where the River Chess joins the River Colne. The varied route includes rivers, woodland, fields, a village green and a canal.

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Bookable experiences

We have carefully chosen our most immersive and memorable Chilterns Countryside Experiences to share with you here. Choose from Active Countryside, Chilterns Food & Drink, Countryside Learning and Chilterns Sightseeing. All are bookable online.
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Featured walks

A selection of some of the best walks in the Chilterns, from short easy strolls to all day walks, and all through beautiful scenery. The best way to shake off the cobwebs, enjoy tranquil surroundings and burn a few calories!
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Chilterns Walking Festival

Find out about our twice-yearly walking festival, or see our suggestions of wonderful walks to do at other times.
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Plan your trip to the Chilterns!

Search the interactive map: select from a list of categories to bring up icons showing the location and information of walks, bike rides, places to visit, tasty local products and plenty more across the Chilterns area
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