Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire lies at the centre of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by chalk hills, beech woods and rolling countryside. Just 35 miles from London the village has excellent road and rail links and sits on National Cycle Network Route 57 close to the Chilterns Cycleway. It’s also home to the Cycle Chilterns Bike Hub as well as some more well-known attractions such as The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. There’s also a great selection of places to stay, eat and drink.
The village centre
As with many villages in the Chilterns there are shops, hotels, pubs, restaurants and cafés with a small supermarket, Post Office and library too. The village centre is a pinch point for traffic joining the A413 so care should be taken when passing through. Getting a bite to eat or drink is easy with most places welcoming cyclists and having some provision for them, if you ask. A majority of establishments are located on the main high street. The interactive map at the bottom of the page has a comprehensive list and is searchable.
Places to visit and things to do in Great Missenden
Famous for being the home of writer Roald Dahl, the Museum and Story Centre is very popular with children and adults. The Roald Dahl Village Trail is a great way to look around and visit his grave in the local churchyard. Missenden Abbey, National Trust Hughenden Manor, West Wycombe Park, The Hell Fire Caves and Chequers are all within easy riding distance. Malt the Brewery in Prestwood has a shop and does brewery tours and Peterley Manor Farm has an excellent farm shop and (seasonal) café. More visitor information is available on the Visit Chilterns and Visit Buckinghamshire websites.
The area has a number of local organisations, such as the Great Missenden Village Association, who are keen to look after and promote their picturesque part of the country. The Great Missenden Parish Council website also provides lots of useful information about the local area, activities and events. The Prestwood Village Association and Prestwood Society websites also contain some useful information for the area.
Just for cyclists – what to do and where to ride
A centre for cycling, National Cycle Network Route 57 passes through the centre of the village linking from Chesham to Thame and Oxford. The Chilterns Cycleway can also be joined using the signposted routes from the train station. The Chiltern Heritage Trail ‘Hampden Route’ is a 25 mile signposted ride which also passes through the village. There are a variety of excellent on and off-road route suggestions in the area, suitable for a wide range of abilities on our Cycle Routes page. Wendover Woods, Coombe Hill and Aston Hill Bike Park can also be ridden to for some woodland exploring.
Cycle Chilterns Bike Hub at The Bicycle Workshop
Only a few minutes’ walk from the village, the Bike Hub offers cycle hire, electric bike hire, repairs, sales and guided rides. They can also provide local advice and route information. The Bicycle Workshop website contains further details about their services and pricing information. A number of pubs and cafes in the area are also electric bike charging points – these are places that will be happy to charge up your electric bike batteries while you enjoy some refreshments.
Cycle rides and activities in Buckinghamshire 2015
From April to September 2015 a variety of guided cycle rides will be taking place in and around Great Missenden. Health Rides for beginners take place every Wednesday evening starting from Prestwood Clock Tower. A series of Ladies Only Rides also take place once a month start from local villages, these rides are aimed at ladies wanting to get their confidence up and get back into cycling.
Cycle routes around Great Missenden and Buckinghamshire
(as shown on map above)
- Beginner route – 9 mile road route around the village
- Medium route (green) – 21 mile road route, a bit longer and a few more hills
- NCN Route 57 (blue) – 34 mile signposted cycle route from Chesham to Oxford, on and off-road
Chiltern Heritage Trail ‘Hampden Route’ (red) – 25 mile signposted cycle route through the village
Great Missenden to Chiltern Brewery cycle loops (lilac) – 17 or 20 mile road routes
Advanced route – 50 mile road route, some big climbs, a tough day
Uber route – 95 mile road route using sections of the 2014 Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain
MTB route – 12 mile off-road mountain bike route around Princes Risborough
The Chilterns Cycleway (brown) – 173 mile signposted cycle touring route around the Chilterns AONB
How to get to Great Missenden
By train: There are regular train services from London Marylebone (approx 40 mins), Aylesbury (14 mins) and High Wycombe (55 mins). In 2015, Chiltern Railways and Cycle Chilterns provided extra cycle racking, a work stand and pump at the station. To find out more about travelling by train, take a look at the Chiltern Railways Cycle Policy.
By bus: For bus route information, take a look at the TravelInfo website.
By car: Great Missenden has good road links and is just off the A413 between Amersham and Aylesbury. Travelling time from London (via M40 J2), Reading and Oxford is around an hour. There are pay and display car parks in the village centre and at the train station.
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