Great Missenden


Great Missenden , located in the Chiltern Hills, is also where Roald Dahl lived m2017-11-06_11-56-37_352ost of his adult life, and died. His grave is by the memorial bench, under a tree at St Peter & St Paul’s church, which is a 15 minute stroll from the village/train station.

Wikipedia does not come close to giving you a sense of the man, Roald Dahl. Instead, I found two articles which do, an interview with Felicity Dahl  and the story of the death of his daughter. Also very moving.

2017-11-06_10-36-46_408I caught the train from London Marylebone on a bright November day. As I neared Great Missenden, I was rewarded by pleasing views of undulating green hills, grazing animals and autumnal leaves still hanging on for dear life.

2017-11-06_11-20-10_452Whilst the main attraction is the Roald Dahl museum (closed Mondays), I had downloaded their 1-hour countryside walk which took me through Angling Spring Woods. The day I visited, these magical woods, which inspired Dahl to write the Fantastic Mr. Fox,  were carp2017-11-06_11-09-23_191eted with fallen leaves, muting my footsteps. Over my head was a ceiling of gold and green. And when I stood still, I heard the continuous rustling of invisible falling leaves. A talking fox popping out from behind a tree would not have been so surprising.

2017-11-06_10-20-43_974There is also a map and audio guide of the entire woods, which can be downloaded in advance. It will add another delightful hour to your day. There is also plenty of time for a village walk to check out other places that inspired or featured in Dahl’s children’s stories. If you are keen to continue the Roald Dahl theme, then Aylesbury (£7.70 off peak return), just up the road, has the Bucks County Museum (closed Mondays too).


  • Off peak train return (London Marylebone – Great  Missenden) – £11.50.
  • Roald Dahl Museum -£6.60
  • Aylesbury off peak train return (optional) -£7.70
  • Bucks County Museum (optional) -£7.70(children’s Roald Dahl section); free all other sections.

Here are also some walks from Great Missenden to other train stations,  which can be done in day.





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