Pete's Walks - The South Bucks Way

Post-walk comments 

I did this walk mainly because I wanted the fairly easy challenge of a walk that I could complete in three consecutive days. I had come across the South Bucks Way near Chalfont St Giles while I was walking the Chiltern Way, so I had seen on the map that a large section of it was a very flat walk along the Misbourne valley. Consequently, my expectations for it weren’t too high, it obviously wouldn’t be as interesting or as varied as the Chiltern Way. So I did the South Bucks Way more concerned with the physical challenge than with the quality of the scenery I would pass.

The walk lived up to my, admittedly limited, expectations. The first day was very good indeed, if it had been on the Chiltern Way it would have been in the top 5 or 6 walks on that route – that view from near Little Missenden was outstanding. The second day was pleasant enough, but rather monotonous, being dead flat and almost entirely in grassy fields along the valley of the Misbourne – the sections through Old Amersham and the Chalfonts came as a pleasant relief. The shorter third day was not too bad, but apart from the section around Shire Lane it was predominantly through built-up areas.

I chose to walk the South Bucks Way from North West to South East, simply because this meant I had shorter distances to drive to the start of each days walk. If anyone else is thinking of doing the walk, I would strongly recommend doing it in the opposite direction. The scenery and the path get more interesting that way, and Coombe Hill is a far more spectacular place to finish a walk than the towpath of the Grand Union Canal.