Throughout this year, we will be selecting a walk of the week for you to enjoy, from an easy stroll with the family to more serious walking, there will be something for everyone.
Our first walk of the week : Great Missenden to Chesham Walk*-
Summary: 6.1 miles of easy walking on paths and lanes with 120m of ascent
History and Points of Interest
Great Missenden is a large village which includes the hamlets of Little Hampden, Ballinger and South Heath. It has two claims to fame: a medieval abbey and the home of author Roald Dahl. Missenden is Old English for‘valley where marsh plants grow’. The abbey was founded in 1133 by William de Missenden who inherited the land from Walter Giffard, a knight of the Norman Conquest. After the dissolution of the monasteries there were many owners. Henry VIII passed it to Elizabeth I who gave it to Robert, Earl of Leicester. He in turn passed it on Sir William Fleetwood whose family held it until the mid 18th century. Today it is owned by Buckinghamshire New University. The High St and Church St areas contain many Grade II listed buildings.
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* please note that this walk is not a guided walk.
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