Walks by Station
Regular direct train service twice an hour, seven days a week
Cheap fares with the Oyster card
Beautiful walks only a short walk from the station
Attractive town with all the facilities you might need
Two trains an hour is less frequent than some
Stopping trains that take nearly an hour to get to central London.
#1: Chesham Circular - Chartidge Hills & Vales
If I could only do one walk in the Chilterns, it would be Chartridge 'Hills & Vales', from the Chesham Town Council website. This is an 13km (8 mile) circular walk from Chesham Station which usually takes me a little over three hours. The walk has the best of the Chiltern countryside passing through four beautiful valleys, the third of which is my vote for the most beautiful spot in the Chilterns (or anywhere, for that matter).
Tips for walking from Chesham station
There is usually a trade-off when walking by rail between the desire to go somewhere remote with close access to beautiful scenery and going to a station with a reasonable train service. Chesham gets the balance just right and is arguably the one of the best places to walk from using public transport in the UK.
Chesham is the only ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ town in the Chilterns, which means that it makes a special effort to make sure that facilities are available for walkers - notably a total of 135 footpaths. Certainly the Council’s website has an unrivaled selection of walks that you can take from the town. You can find more information about Chesham on the town’s website.
In terms of facilities, Chesham has all that you can need. There are toilets in the station - always a bonus. Chesham also has a Waitrose and Sainsbury’s supermarket a few minutes walk away from the station. Walk down the hill to the town centre and you will find a selection of coffee shops (including brands like Costa and Cafe Nero). If you want something to take away, my personal recommendation is local bakery Darvells, which has a great selection of sweet and savoury baked goods a short walk from the station.
If you are walking by train, Chesham ticks every box: a regular rail service, cheap Oyster card fares, a full set of facilities and spectacular walks. Strongly recommended.
Walks from Chesham station
Chesham Town Council’s website has a large selection of great walks that you can do in the area, beginning at the Underground station. These include the Chartridge ‘Hills and Vales’ walk, the Chess Valley trail and an outer ring around the town. The Chess Valley route can be used to get to Chalfont & Latimer or Chorleywood stations.
The Town Council website also includes walks from Chesham station to other train stations, including:
Chalfont & Latimer
Wendover, approximately 14km away, also makes an excellent walk. See Peter Green’s beautifully illustrated walk, here.
It is also possible to walk to stations on the Euston mainline - Tring, Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead.
The 12km walk to Tring takes you through beautiful countryside. Again directions are provided by Peter Green. You could also walk to Berkhamsted (8km) or Hemel Hempstead (10km). Both walks would take you through pleasant countryside. Certainly, there is no shortage of walking options from Chesham.