There’s nothing better than escaping the city for a breath of fresh air in the countryside. This destination is only half an hour from London by train but you will feel a million miles away and there’s a standout roast dinner waiting as reward at the end!
From Marylebone station take a Chiltern Railways train to Seer Green & Jordans. The service runs twice hourly Mon-Sat and hourly on Sundays, an off-peak day return costing £16.20.
The walk begins as soon as you step out at Seer Green station.
We used this map/directions worth printing out before you go or taking pictures on your phone at least to help with navigation. It served us pretty well on the whole, we got a little confused at the paddock but were pointed in the right direction by a kind lady at the stables (-look for a stile concealed in the hedge row)
We took on the circular route which is 6.5 miles (11km) and takes around 3.5 hours but being fast walkers we ended up at the half way point, The Harte & Magpies, a little too early.
We stopped for a drink and decided that we would extend our route to kill some extra time by heading further down into Beaconsfield where we could join up with Longbottom Lane.
At the junction meeting Bottom Lane we were welcomed back into Seer Green, our rumbling tummies happy in the knowledge that lunch was now within reach.
The Jolly Cricketers was our picture perfect, village pub of choice for a 2.30pm lunch reservation. Tables are split between two separate sides of the pub, a bustling bar area and a calmer dining room space.
We were seated in the dining room and ordered roast beef and red wine which arrived to the table in record time.
Wow what a find! Totally worth the trip out here for the roast alone, it was so good. The table next to us was over heard saying they had driven over 50 miles just to come here for lunch!
We asked the waitress about the significance of the Cherry Pie Village claim we had seen earlier and she told us that Seer Green had previously been surrounded with cherry orchards and people used to come from miles around to see the blossom trees.
Still to this day a cherry pie fayre is held every Summer and the dish can often be found on the dessert list (although sadly not on the day of our visit). A perfect excuse to return.