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This 9-mile walk starts in Great Missenden and climbs to the summit of Coombe Hill, the highest viewpoint in the picturesque Chiltern Hills.
The Roald Dahl museum is based near the start of the walk in Great Missenden, which is the village where the legendary author lived and wrote for 36 years.
Classic children’s stories including Matilda and Danny the Champion of the World were inspired by the landscape and countryside of Great Missenden and the Chilterns, making this a fascinating route from start to finish.
As you climb steadily towards Coombe Hill’s 260-metre high point and its spectacular monument, views open up across the Aylesbury Vale, rare chalk grasslands and beautiful woodlands. Other highlights include the pretty village of Ellesborough and the Prime Minister’s country retreat at Chequers.
The walk is rolling and undulating rather than steep and challenging, but you’ll still have earned a good post-walk meal and pint when you reach the finish point at Little Kimble.
This route was voted 75th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: A classic Chilterns country walk, with great viewpoints and charming scenery every step of the way.
Nearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Great Missenden, London