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17-May-2021

Wendover Dean
and
The Chiltern Way

The Chiltern Way will be closed between Bowood Lane and Kings Lane,
for approximately 5 years due to HS2 construction works.

A signed diversion is in place, as shown on the map

All paths in this area are to be closed (soon) due to HS2 construction works, except for WEN/37-TLE/3 which runs beside (& in places above) Bowood Lane. This will have a fully manned crossing where it passes through the HS2 worksite, to safeguard walkers from HS2 construction vehicles. Bowood Lane itself is also open, but is not recommended for walkers, as it is very narrow with steep banks.

The Chiltern Society regrets this mass closure of paths, but within 'Act Limits', HS2 have almost unlimited powers, and so our negotiating position was non-existent. Technically, only sections of paths within the HS2 act limits are actually closed, so walking up to the boundary fences (to view the destruction) is permitted.

The Chiltern Way - diversion

If approaching from Little Hampden, turn right onto WEN/30A/1 shortly after crossing the Chiltern Line bridge. Cross two fields diagonally to reach the A413 via a style in the corner of the second field. WEN/37 is 20m to the left on the far side of the road. The path turns right to run alongside (but above) Bowood Lane. There will be a manned crossing through the HS2 construction site, and possible slight diversions while the new Bowood Lane bridge is being constructed. On reaching Kings Lane, turn left for 20m, then right onto TLE/4/2. (Kings Lane is very narrow in places, and may be heavily used during some phases of construction)

Just before reaching The Lee, turn around to follow the Chiltern Link northwards for around 750m, to rejoin the Chiltern Way at TLE/6 - the second path to the right. Alternatively, proceed through The Lee (passing the Cock and Rabbit PH), taking a path to the left off Lee Clump Road, just before a small pond. Turn left then right in the wood (which can be muddy), cross Chesham Lane to rejoin the Chiltern Way just after Swan Bottom. Diversion 2 is slightly shorter, and not waymarked as the Chiltern Way.