Chiltern Link

Chiltern Link - view from Pednor
Chiltern Link – view from Pednor

The Chiltern Link climbs from the Ridgeway in Wendover up to the tops of the Chilterns before gently descending to the source of the River Chess in Chesham. Its a mixture of shady woodland and wide open valleys that takes in The Lee, one of the most picturesque villages in the Chilterns.

The Chiltern Link was at one time a route for packhorses carrying shoes made in Wendover over the Chilterns to Chesham.

Today the path is less frequently travelled but probably enjoyed all the better by those walkers who do choose to navigate this fairly archetypal stretch of the Chilterns.

As you leave Wendover the Chiltern Link initially tracks the same route as the Ridgeway Path before heading up through Kings Ash to The Lee. The Link skirts Ballinger and Chartridge before descending through Pednor via Herberts Hole and Lowndes Park into the town of Chesham and joining the Chess Valley Walk.

Chesham Market is on a Wednesday
Chesham Market is on a Wednesday

Shoppers take note, market day in Chesham is on Wednesdays. No visit to Chesham is complete without a good exploration of the crystal clear River Chess, a wonderful Chilterns chalk stream.

Cock & Rabbit at The Lee
Cock & Rabbit at The Lee

This Chilterns walk is around 8 miles long with a most convenient refreshment stop occuring around halfway at the picturesque Cock and Rabbit pub in The Lee.

The Chiltern Link is mostly well signposted but walkers will in places have recourse to the Chiltern Hills North Ordnance Survey Map No. 181.

This walk is easy going though some sections can be somewhat overrun by nettles and brambles in high summer.