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6. Beaconsfield Little Missenden Chesham

6.Beaconsfield, Little Missenden, Chesham Bois, Chalfont.

Start: Beaconsfield new town

Distance: 22.3 miles

Roads: mainly lanes with one short busy road

Difficulty rating: Moderate-undulating throughout-only one sharp climb

Total Climb: 1293 ft

Beauty rating: 3/5

This route leaves  Beaconsfield , quickly whisking you into beautiful countryside passing the villages of Penn Street and the picture postcard Little Missenden. It then climbs up through Chesham Bois and the outskirts of Amersham  to bring you through the Chess Valley following the river, to then climb sharply back out of the valley. You then  pedal  through  the attractive Chalfont St Giles  and Seer Green to return back to the beginning.

1.Beaconsfield  Station (335ft) to Little Missenden (348ft)      7.1 miles

Turn right from the  station . Continue on the Penn Road as it climbs gently up passing the Red Lion on the left. As you near the top keep on in the same direction taking the Clay Street turning to Penn Street. Enjoy the descent turning left at the bottom along Penn Bottom. Follow along the valley floor for a mile or so turning right to Penn St along New Rd. Climb through the lovely  beechwoods  until you reach Penn Street. At  the  village go left towards  Holmer Green with the Squirrel pub to your right. At the busy Wycombe/Amersham Road take care as you turn left. In ½ mile turn right along Sheepcote Dell Road toward Holmer Green. Follow this road climbing into  Holmer Green .At the junction turn right then immediately right again by the Bat and Ball down  Penfold Lane. Follow this beautiful lane as it descends , affording fantastic views over the Misbourne Valley. The lane turns to the right then left into the village. At the junction by the Church turn right to Amersham . Pass the characterful  Red Lion with the river and duckpond in its garden .A little further up you also pass the Crown which is again an excellent pub.

2 Little Missenden (348ft) to Chesham Bois (545ft)     3.55 miles

Passing through the village you climb up to the busy  A413. Take care crossing directly over following the brown Chiltern Cycleway sign. The Chiltern Cycleway is a 170 mile circular signposted ride along quiet lanes throught the Chiltern area of outstanding beauty-investigate it further at www.chilternsociety.org.

Keep following the signs as you go up Keepers lane .Follow over the railway then at the junction keep on Keepers  Lane . At  next junction go right still following brown cycleway signs. Continue to be guided by the signs as you go to Chesham Bois along Copperkins Lane. Keep on along the flat through this leafy suburb. At the roundabout go right then immediately left down South Road with Guidos Italian to your right. At the junction  go left on Bois Lane.

3.Chesham  Bois  (545ft) to Chalfont St Giles (260ft)     6.74 miles

Follow past the timber framed building and the shops the turning right down Hollow Way Lane. This is a steep descent down under the railway then follow as it goes right .At the junction turn right on the Latimer Road. Follow along the lovely Chess Valley with the river and lakes to  your  left enjoying views of Latimer Park and house along the way. After a couple of miles take the right turn up Stoney lane .This is a steep climb gaining you  155ft in ¼ mile. At the top go straight over onto Church Grove .Follow down under the railway and up the other side and eventually into open countryside. At the junction go straight across to Chalfont St Giles. In ½ miles go left on the quite busy Nightingales Lane to Chalfont St Giles. .At the roundabout  go straight across down Pheasants Hill into the village.

4 Chalfont St Giles (260ft) to Beaconsfield (335ft)      4.66 miles

Travel through this famous village passing Merlins Cave pub and the pond. Climb through the village passing  Miltons Cottage on your left. It continues to climb until you reach the White Hart Inn where you go straight over to Seer Green. Keep on this road as it bears right passing the campsite to your right. Continue on as it bears left and enters  Seer  Green . Pass the Parish Church and the first class Cricketers pub. At the bottom of the hill take the right turn along Long Bottom Lane. Follow for a mile. At the busy junction go left then immediately right along Ledbourough Lane. Follow to the end turning left at the bottom to return to the station.

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