There’s a section of the The South Bucks Way from Little Missenden to Amersham via Shardeloes Lake that makes a nice family walk (2.5 miles in total). Usually a walk with my family involves a bribe of cake & hot chocolate so this walk is perfect as half way you can stop at the lovely Koko’s, a gourmet food trailer near Amersham Cricket Club.
This linear walk starts in Little Missenden, just off of the A413 at the beginning of Highmoor Cottages and follows the South Bucks Way to Amersham. We did this walk yesterday (21st November and it was VERY muddy so appropriate footwear needed :))
It’s a nice flat easy walk with lots to see including horses, sheep and lots of wildlife plus the setting is very pretty. The path starts at Kennel Farm which is a working farm so you need to keep to the path and dogs should be kept on a lead.
You’ll pass Shardeloes Lake on your left (you can’t get close to the water in case you were hoping for a water side walk) through lovely parkland with quite a few resident horses which just wander around. The footpath is clearly signposted so it’s easy to follow.
You eventually come to a little wooded path (which was VERY muddy) and then you pop out just before Amersham Cricket Club and Koko’s is on the right.
Koko’s is the highlight for my family as it sells sandwiches, a good range of drinks and lovely cakes. Everything is reasonably priced (filter coffee was £1.50!). Normally there are chairs and tables under a canopy but in lockdown it’s only take aways. This is an ideal pitstop for walkers. They are open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays).Check their social media for opening hours but from what I gather they are open from 10 a.m. at weekends and around 10.30 weekdays ( sometimes little earlier 10.15 or so ). They close at 4pm now that the days are getting shorter.
After Koko’s we retraced our steps backwards! The walk there and back is 2.5 miles.
As this is a linear walk you could also start the walk just off of the A413 near Shardeloes House – there’s a layby just off the roundabout (from Chalfonts you turn left at the roundabout to the layby- if you turned right you would end up on the High Street in Old Amersham), before you get to the gates. Walk down the drive of Shardeloes House and look for the sign almost immediately on your right for the South Bucks Way. This goes alongside the cricket ground – keep to the road and follow it round past the cricket club and you should see Kokos and beside it is the South Bucks Way Footpath.
You can find the details of the entire South Bucks Way on this interactive map (the walking route starts at Coombe Hill and goes all the way to Hillingdon!). There is also a circular walking route which I am keen to try that goes at the back of Shardeloes!