If it is picturesque that you are looking for you need look no further than the fabulous village of Great Missenden. Nestled in the Chiltern Hills in the Misbourne Valley, it is home to just 2000 people. It has managed to retain its historic charm thanks to a bypass that takes the majority of traffic around the village. The high street is a must for anyone who wants to understand how little the village has changed over the years.
Actors, novelists and more than one British Prime Minister have made their home in this village. One of these is the writer Roald Dahl, known for his children’s books such as Fantastic Mr Fox and Matilda. Anyone interested in his life and work can visit the museum and story centre that are named after him.
Traveller’s rest stop
From medieval times the village was one of the key stopping points for travellers going between London and the Midlands. The village had a number of coaching inns in the 15th and 16th centuries and evidence of this can still be seen in the buildings today. The Roald Dahl museum itself is housed in a former coaching inn.
When you arrive in Great Missenden, you might recognise it, particularly if you watch a lot of television. It has been one of the primary filming locations for the TV series Midsomer Murders for around 20 years, but it has also featured in a number of other productions too.
Once you have arrived, it is important not to limit yourself to time just in the village. The surrounding countryside has some very pretty walks, particularly in Abbey Park and Angling Spring Wood. After you have explored the area, enjoy afternoon tea at one of the village’s cafes, where you can meet and get to know the locals.