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Chorleywood and the Chess Valley

  • Jan 12, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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Walk length 11 miles/17.7 km approx. Circular.

A delightful circular walk taking in the small Chiltern Town of Chorleywood and village of Latimer along a particularly scenic route along the Chess Valley.

Walk Description

The walk starts from Chorleywood Station and then after short de-tour to explore the nearby common (County Heritage site of significant biodiversity) then takes in a route following a loop along the Chess Valley with the mid-point at the village of Latimer. One of the main features is the River Chess which forms part of the so called Three Rivers (Colne, Gade and Chess) it joins the Colne at Rickmansworth. The clear chalk filtered water of the Chess has made it popular for the growing of water cress, the last remaining cress farm can be seen on this walk.

History and Trivia

A village settlement has been at Chorleywood since Roman times. During the 17th century after the Turnpike act it was able to use its favourable location as a major point on the road between Hatfield and Reading to charge for its road use.  Extensions of the Metropolitan Railway to Chorleywood in the 19th Century brought it into the rapidly developing commuter belt of London and further population growth. In the 1960's researchers at Chorleywood improved on established bread making processes (Chorleywood Bread Process), this is now used in 80% of the current UK bread production. The village of Latimer is particularly attractive with a number of 17th and 18th century cottages surrounding a small village green with a green pump.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The walk will finish at about 4.00pm and include a 30 min lunch stop and pub stop, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).

Meeting and Transport

Meet at the entrance to Chorleywood Rail Station from 9.30am for the walk to start at 9.45am.

Car: There is free parking close to the station such as Lower Rd, the station charges on a Sunday. Please check for parking restrictions.

Train: The 9.12am train from London Marylebone gets to Chorleywood for 9.39am. If you are coming by train please let the organizers know, See Chiltern Railways. Chorleywood is also served by the London Metropolitan Underground line from Baker Street See Transport for London

I would encourage you to seek other members who are driving, or take advantage of a group save on the train. See: Group Save Advice

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] and Colin 07709305681.

RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; we will ban anyone who 'no shows' twice for our events. You are also asked to please update your RSVP at least 24 hours beforehand. Please see our RSVP policy

Weather: Updates will be posted; see also BBC Weather
Please see our weather policy

Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy

Walking Safety

Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions

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  • Barry

    Another great walk with friendly people. Happy as pigs in mud!

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      There was mud!! I didnt even notice

      1 · January 13, 2014

    • Anita M.

      yes and thank you for the 'magic' gloves, which worked a treat!

      January 14, 2014

  • Isabelle

    Very nice walk, a bit of sun, plenty of mud and lots of friendly people, thanks for coming everyone :)

    2 · January 13, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      That pub was sooooo comfy. Really didnt want to leave :)

      1 · January 13, 2014

    • Corinne

      If I would of had another glass of wine I think I would have ended up sleeping there for the night. Not good when one has work the next day!!

      3 · January 13, 2014

  • Anita M.

    I enjoyed interacting with the lovely people and the elements!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Gareth P.

    Great walk, enjoyed it thanks. Plenty of mud still on my boots as a memento!

    2 · January 13, 2014

  • David C.

    Very muddy but a great day out...so knackered afterwards I got trapped in my sofa

    3 · January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a bit of rush to get there on time! - but worth it :) Lovely walk again, nice to see you all. The chess will be running past my patio window soon all being well.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Lyndon

    Another walk on the wild side - like walking on peanut butter!

    4 · January 12, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      lol

      January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We must be nuts.

      January 13, 2014

  • Diana

    Another fine walk with good company! A little less mud next time would be good - legs are aching a bit today!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Gary Scott W.

    p.s dave and the others, thanks for not ruining the game.. still newcastles goal was a good one.. bad bad ref

    January 13, 2014

  • Gary Scott W.

    mud mud glorious mud.. need to rename the group the mud gathers unite. excellent walk, even if the knee was playing up, great company, thanks for the beer rob..you will be repaid on sunday lol

    shame claire couldnt make it due to being abducted at short notice, glad to see anna is well after being returned to us by those pesky aliens :)

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    And thanks to Rob's sharp eyesight for spotting two foxes and some muntjac.

    January 13, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      yeah shocking.. i was busy looking elsewhere ofc lol

      January 13, 2014

  • Andrew. M

    Could've done with abit more mud, other than that a great walk with excellent company.
    Cheers, see you all soon.

    2 · January 12, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      never say that to leon..he will take you up on it hahaha

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • Leila

    Thanks Colin, Leon and Izzy - another gem and as Charlotte said good to catch up with old faces and meet some new ones. Mud still does not match Ruislip I am loathe to say!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I didn't see I'd been moved from waiting list to 'yes' till now! Please don't put me on the naughty list!

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Isabelle

      Don't worry Elise, we won't. We realise that anyone updated to the walk at the last minute doesn't get enough notice to attend. See you next time :)

      January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyable walk, conversations, and pub. Now home again pleasantly tired, with trousers in washing machine on the 'remove mud' programme.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Daksha P.

    Easy to get to Chorleywood and great area to walk in.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Vicki

    Really lovely walk, well organised as always. A few near misses with the mud :o)

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Greg O

    Another great walk despite the mud....and the sheep who completely ruined Georgie's afternoon!
    I spoke to a few people about a potential walking weekend in Donegall around May/June. I didn't make note of names so if anybody is interested even in a very general way please let me know and I'll send you any details that may come up.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Stacey

    As usual, fabulous walk (although a tad muddy in places) and well organised. Thanks guys!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Charlotte N.

    Great walk - except the muddiest one I have done so far. Really good to see new faces and along with some regular ones too. Funny discussions en route always make it go easier too.

    3 · January 12, 2014

  • Prema Claire P.

    Those darn aliens... Blame Gary!

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • Gary Scott W.

    Yup still going..even if its raining with strong winds?

    4 · January 5, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      To ne fair I would be laughed at if I cancelled due to rain. The wind being strong or indeed a sniffle.:-) however this knee injury might be the death of me. Knee brace required but still coming

      January 11, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      Be*

      January 11, 2014

  • Rod G.

    Sorry looking after a friend who has just come out of hospital, see you soon.

    January 11, 2014

  • Shakira

    Sorry I have to pull out family commitment see you all soon

    January 8, 2014

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