About the Chess Valley Walk

The Chess Valley Walk is a 10-mile route from Chesham, Bucks., to Rickmansworth, Herts., following the delightful valley of the river Chess through part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It starts and finishes at railway stations, so access to the route and returning to the start point are both easy. There are also alternative starts/finishes at the stations at Chorleywood and at Chalfont & Latimer, for people wishing to do shorter sections along the route. The walk was created by the Chilterns Conservation Board, and details of the walk can be downloaded from this web site: http://www.chilternsaonb.org/explore-enjoy/walks-rides.html#381 (external link opens in new window). Much of my information is taken from that source, the rest has been taken from the numerous information boards along the route. The route is also shown on the OS Explorer maps 181 and 172. It is generally fairly well waymarked on the ground, and can be walked in either direction.

Meades Water Gardens, Chesham

The Chess Valley is one of the most attractive areas in the Chilterns, and I have enjoyed several walks there. The river Chess is a 'chalk stream', fed by ground water that is stored in 'aquifers' - layers of chalk rock that act like a sponge. Like the other chalk streams in the Chilterns (such as the Gade, Misbourne and Ver), the Chess is shallow and narrow, with a gravel bed and clear water. The Chess Valley is not only attractive, it is rich in wildlife (I've often seen Little Egrets here) and is full of historical connections.

Click here to see a rough map of the walk  (but only if you have already read my disclaimer and notes regarding maps).

The Chess Valley between Latimer and Chesham Bois