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Walking: Tring to Amersham

Grand Union Canal

I usually walk multiple SlowWays routes in a single walk, but last Saturday I only walked a slightly longer one, from Tring to Amersham. Some of that was because to get to the start of the official route, you first need to get there from Tring station, which means a slog along a busy road into down. But I did get a peek of the Grand Union Canal.

I have walked the length of the canal at the end of 2021, and I regret not having written this journey up, nor having taken loads of nice photos. I only took some mobile phone shots sadly.

The church in Tring is a lovely building, made better by a bright red postbox right in front of it. I have walked past here a few times before, but it was never quiet enough to get a reasonable shot of it.

The Church at Tring

From Tring's High Street I soon followed some narrow public footpaths to cross the A41 (M) on a loopy bridge, and ended up in Tring Park. It was a fair climb up a muddy hill, but it wasn't too bad. The views were pretty good when I looked at where I came from.

Views from Tring Park

Once at the top, my route went through a wood, and spotted the "Riddle of the Ruin", where I got a little lost as the path was hard to see due to so many leaves on the ground. It wasn't a big deal though and soon I left Tring Park and I continued to follow a foot path at the edge of a field, avoiding the road on the other side. After a little while this was no longer possible and had to walk a little on the road. It wasn't busy though.


At the end of the field, the route then proceeded through woods, where the paths were fairly muddy still. After crossing a field with a hedge on the left I walked towards Shire Lane, which I followed for a while before ending up in some private woods where you definitely couldn't cycle, but horse riding was fine.

I got a wee bit lost as the paths weren't mapped very well. At the other side and across from the cricket pitch I came upon a lovely windmill.


I walked down the steep Ray's Hill, where the SlowWays route indicated a direction that wasn't possible. I had to continue down the hill along the road for a few hundred metres more, before then following a public foot path again.

Muddy Path

This stretch of the walk was in the bottom of a valley with a reasonable good foot path, no fence to the left, and woods to my right. The path was a little muddy all the way and along Ramscote Lane.

There my walk led me towards Chesham in between hedges and fences. The section through Chesham wasn't very nice, with loads of cars on the road, and parked on the pavement, although the high street itself was okay. After passing a play ground, tennis fields, and an allotment, the walk went underneath the Metropolitan line tracks up the hill and through Chesham Bois Wood.

Here a lady asked me whether I had seen her white dog — I had not. After coming out of the woods, and crossing Chesham Bois Common, there was a short section to the train station, where I (of course) ended up missing my train by 2 minutes.

The Metropolitan line was only going as far as Harrow-on-the-Hill, so I waited for the Chiltern train to Marylebone instead.

Metropolitan Line Train Arriving at the Platform


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