Chalfont Park Walk
This is a three hour / six mile leisurely walk through open countryside in the Chilterns.
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Notes from the leaflet:
1. On leaving Gerrards Cross station building, cross over the road and take the footpath up the hill to Orchehill Avenue, cross the road, and follow the alleyway down to the next road.
2. Cross the road, down to the end of the next alley, over the next road and on to the footpath that leads across open fields to a stile. Cross the A413 using extreme caution to a stile on the other side
The views obtained from this part of the walk look out to the most south-easterly region of the Chiltern Hills. The parent rock is chalk which creates gently rolling landscapes as seen in this area. Beech tress grow very well on chalk and provide densely shaded woodlands resulting in little undergrowth. They give spectacular displays of colour in the spring and autumn.
3. Follow the direction of the signposts across the fields until you reach the River Misbourne. Cross the ford and the bridge over the River Misbourne. Turn immediately left over the stile to the picnic area. Continue along the path with passes the lake and the main house of Chalfont Park. The lake supports a wide variety of wildlife including Little Grebes, Canada Geese and Tufted Duck.
4. The path leads to the golf course. Follow the white signs across the fairways. (Caution – beware of flying golf balls!). At the far corner of the wooded area, cross the stile and turn right. Follow the pavement to the foot of Woodside Hill and turn right up the hill.
5. At the top of the hill, follow the footpath to a stile. Turn left over the stile and continue across open fields to Upway. Upway is part of the South Bucks Way, a 23 mile long regional route following the River Misbourne, starting at Coombe Hill near Wendover and finishing in the Colne Valley at the Grand Union Canal, Denham. The waymark disks denote part of the long distance footpath.
6. At the end of the Upway turn right along Joiners Lane to the junction. Cross the road immediately opposite and follow the footpath sign for approximately 1/2 mile past woodlands and open fields.
As you walk down this footpath approximately 400 yards on your left, is a typical example of the characteristic Beech woodland seen in this area. The Common Beech or European beech (Fagus Sylvatica) is native to Europe and grows to a height of 100ft. The triangular nut or fruit (Beech Mast) is ripe in September or October and is valued by wildlife as a source of food. In autumn, the floor is carpeted in a dazzling display of fallen leaves.
7. Follow the path diagonally across the field to the corner of the wooded area. Continue along the edge of the tree line to the fence. Turn left along the path that runs almost parallel to the M25 until you reach the bridge. Cross the bridge and turn immediately right onto the Old Shire Lane for approximately 3/4 of a mile.
In the distance you can see a series of lakes which form a chain along the route of the River Colne. These were once gravel pits but many have now been turned into nature reserves and recreational areas.
8. At the bridleway junction, turn right, follow the bridleway which passes through the tunnel and continue along the path which leads to the main road near Mopes Farm.
9. Cross the road with care to a bridleway on the left. Follow the bridleway, for 200 yards, to a gate and cross the field diagonally until you reach the footpath at the back of the golf course.
10. Continue along the footpath and down the hill. Cross the bridge over the River Misbourne. Follow the path back along the same route used at the beginning of the walk.