Chess Valley Walk
The Chess Valley has some of the most attractive countryside in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This is a landscape rich in wildlife, with a long and fascinating history. Along the way there are historic buildings and estates, water meadows, ancient field systems and nature reserves.
Details of route
Starting point Rickmansworth Station
Distance 10 miles
OS Ref OS Explorer Maps 172 & 181
The Chess Valley Walk is a 10 mile linear walk through the Chilterns following the River Chess from Rickmansworth to Chesham. It passes through the beautiful scenery of the Chess Valley and several attractive villages and at times gets close to the clear sparkling waters of the River Chess, one of the Chilterns’ famed chalk streams. The walk is waymarked.
You’ll discover the site of a Roman farm-villa at Latimer, pass the 13th century Chenies Manor visited by Elizabeth I and see the watercress beds at Sarratt, the last watercress farm in the Chilterns (operational until 2019). And when you’re near the River Chess, keep an eye out for kingfishers, water voles, brown trout, orchids and dragonflies.