Walk of the week: Chesham Bois and Beech Hangers Walk*

Friday 19 April 2019: 14:00

 

Woodland chesham bois

This week, we are heading to Chesham for a 4 mile (6.4km) gentle walk takes you through the beech hangers on Chesham’s doorstep enabling you to appreciate their beauty.

There is an option to swap ‘fields and views’ for more beech woodland halfway round, but none of the paths are arduous. History hides away along the route. The remains of mills along the River Chess take one back to early times. Lord’s Mill was a corn mill in Saxon times when they farmed the Chess Valley. Chesham harboured nonconformist Lollards and Thomas Harding, the 16th-century martyr, was arrested in Aldridge’s Dell in 1532 and burnt at the stake as a heretic on White Hill, where there is a memorial stone. Along the route there is a wide range of wildlife to be enjoyed. Look for egrets and herons on the Chess. On the Chess lakes there are wildfowl including unusual ducks, grebes, geese and swans. Look out in the woods for woodpeckers, nuthatches and, in the spring, a profusion of wildflowers including wild orchids. Autumn will bring out its crop of fungi amongst the beautiful leaf colours. You might even glimpse a deer in the woods or the blue dart of the kingfisher along the Chess.

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* please note this is not a guided walk.

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