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Turville TV Trail

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Turville TV Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 08 Oct 2011 Walk Rating:star1 Turville TV Trail Walking Guide star1 Turville TV Trail Walking Guide star1 Turville TV Trail Walking Guide star1 Turville TV Trail Walking Guide star0 Turville TV Trail Walking Guide
Buckinghamshire, Chilterns
Walk Type: Footpaths and Byways
Turville TV Trail
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Turville TV Trail Walking Guide boot Turville TV Trail Walking Guide boot Turville TV Trail Walking Guide
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A circular walk of a little more than 3 miles, starting in the village of Turville in the Chilterns. Turville is one of Britain’s most popular TV and film locations and has featured regularly on both the small and large screen. The picturesque quintessentially English village will immediately transport you back in time and the views along the walk (which includes sections of the Chiltern Way) across the chalk hills are truly scrumptious!

The walk follows woodland and field paths (which could be muddy) plus some sections along roads edges. There are a couple of steady but long ascents and one quite steep descent. The walk passes through a number of gates (including two kissing gates) and there are three stiles to negotiate. Two of the stiles are surrounded by open post and rail wooden fences which would be easy for most dogs to squeeze through. The third stile has wire fencing across it (but no barbed wire) and there is a hole cut into this to the side – our standard poodle fitted through ok but larger dogs may struggle. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

The walk starts from the small village green at the centre of Turville village in Buckinghamshire (on Holloway Lane). The nearest towns are High Wycombe and Henley on Thames. There is limited parking around the village green but this can get full very quickly especially in the summer and at weekends. If you would like a drink or lunch before or after your walk, The Bull and Butcher public house next to the green also has its own small car park. Note that it is worth booking at weekends as the pub can also get full. Approximate post code RG9 6QU.

Walk Sections

Turville up to woodland
Turville up to woodland

Start point: 51.6136 lat, -0.8924 long
End point: 51.607 lat, -0.8938 long

The walk starts from the small triangular village green in the centre of Turville, next to the church. You may want to take time to explore Turville before you begin.

The village is most famous as the home of the BBC comedy, The Vicar of Dibley. All the external scenes for the show are filmed here and fans may recognise the cottage by the church entrance as the home to the vicar herself, Geraldine Granger. Turville has also been used as the film location for a wide range of other shows and films including Goodnight Mister Tom, Little Britain, Jonathan Creek, Midsummer Murders, Lewis, Marple and the film An Education.

With the church on your right, walk up the small lane with Sleepy Cottage on the corner. Continue ahead past the school and then head into a tunnel of trees onto the Chiltern Way. Pass through the gate at the top of the slope and continue ahead into a field with the hedge on the right, passing a stile and gate on the right.

At the next waypoint marker, turn left and head diagonally downhill across the field. Pass through the gate, cross the road and cross the stile opposite (which is surrounded by open fencing for dogs to pass through) into the woodland. Follow the path into the woods, passing a gas facility on the right. Emerge into an open area and head uphill towards the next belt of trees.

Woodland to Poynatts Farm
Woodland to Poynatts Farm

Start point: 51.607 lat, -0.8938 long
End point: 51.6066 lat, -0.8838 long

From this point look over to the left and you will have an excellent view of the Cobstone Mill on the hill above Turville village. The windmill was the home to the Potts family in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Continue uphill into the trees. At the T-junction in the path turn left. Follow the path through the woods and follow it as it bends to the left and descends between tall beech trees. At the bottom, turn right to follow the barbed wire fence on your left. At the corner, turn left to follow a narrow footpath descending quite steeply downhill. At the bottom pass over a stile (with a gap at the side for dogs) and emerge onto the track by Poynatts Farm.

Through Skirmett to Valentine Farm
Through Skirmett to Valentine Farm

Start point: 51.6066 lat, -0.8838 long
End point: 51.6029 lat, -0.8776 long

Continue down the track down to the T-junction with the road. Turn right and follow the road edge (no pavements here) into Skirmett village. Continue ahead past The Frog public house on the right (Skirmett’s The Frog!) and then past a phone box and post box. At the junction, turn left to Frieth and Lane End.

Ignore the gate on the right signed for the Chiltern Way. Continue ahead past a number of cottages and then past Valentine Farm on the left. About 100 yards further up the lane, you will reach a gate on the left set into the hedge marked as a public footpath and Chiltern Way.

Valentine Farm back to Skirmett
Valentine Farm back to Skirmett

Start point: 51.6029 lat, -0.8776 long
End point: 51.6054 lat, -0.8806 long

Pass through the gate and continue straight ahead through the field with hedgerow on the left. As the hedge ends continue ahead along the grass path running parallel with the telegraph cables, then bend to the left and pass through a gate. Go ahead onto the track until you reach the T-junction with the main road in Skirmett.

Skirmett to Fingest
Skirmett to Fingest

Start point: 51.6054 lat, -0.8806 long
End point: 51.6133 lat, -0.8804 long

Turn right along the road edge. Continue to the edge of the village, and then at the junction with a lane on the left with No Vehicles Except Access signs, cross over and pass through the gate immediately to the right of the lane.

Go straight ahead following the hedge to the left. Pass through the gate at the end and then take the path diagonally to the right across the centre of the next field. Pass through the next gate and take the path continuing diagonally across this field towards the house in the corner. Pass through the gate and turn right onto the road.

Pass the village sign marking the entrance to Fingest. At the road junction turn left towards Stokenchurch. You will come to St Batholemew church on the left, a beautiful early Norman church which is Grade 1 listed and has an unusual tower with a double vaulted roof.

Fingest to Turville
Fingest to Turville

Start point: 51.6133 lat, -0.8804 long
End point: 51.6142 lat, -0.8915 long

When you have finished admiring the church retrace your steps back towards the road junction. Immediately before the junction, bear right through a gate next to a white stone (flint) wall onto a footpath.

Continue up the narrow footpath which is fenced each side. As it opens up into a woodland area, turn left and follow the path to a gate. Pass through the gate, cross the road and continue ahead along the Chiltern Way.

Pass over the stile at the end (this has wire mesh around but there is a hole cut to the left that most dogs should be able to pass through) into a field. Head diagonally down the field and you will see Turville village on your left. Pass through a kissing gate and then turn immediately left through another gate. Follow the track ahead back to the village green.

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4 Comments for: "Turville TV Trail"

Really lovely walk through fields and woodland, but the road part was very busy and the cars were incredibly close and fast!

By hannahd913 on 17 Jun 2018

Nice little walk, the info is useful. Trekked all the way up to the windmill afterwards but can't really get near it as fenced off.

By stupotty on 25 Feb 2017

Great mix of hill, wood, quaint village and farmland. A great little walk even in Winter

By seaniathon on 29 Jan 2017

the white stone wall referred to after the church is a flint wall...and has been for a good 100 years probably

By zeroseven on 15 Mar 2016

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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Cobstone Mill the home of Dick Van Dyke in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang



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