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Little Missenden - Small, but perfectly formed

PUBLISHED: 15:28 09 November 2007 | UPDATED: 14:55 20 February 2013

Little Missenden

Little Missenden

Little Missenden may, as its name suggests, not be a very large place, but it has a big reputation, especially when it comes to music. It's just held its 48th music festival, which attracts music lovers from all over Buckinghamshire and the surrou...

Photography by Tony Hyde

Little Missenden may, as its name suggests, not be a very large place, but it has a big reputation, especially when it comes to music. It's just held its 48th music festival, which attracts music lovers from all over Buckinghamshire and the surrounding counties.

What to see: Its church, St John the Baptist, was founded in 975, but actually spans nearly 2,000 years of history, bearing in its fabric the marks of Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Medieval pilgrims.

Midsomer Murders fans will also recognise many of the village's lovely historic homes and quiet corners that featured in 'The Killings at Badgers Drift', 'Destroying Angel', 'Who Killed Cock Robin' and 'A Worm in the Bud'. It's a walker's paradise, too, where you can join a level stretch of the South Bucks Way beside the banks of the River Misbourne.

Where to eat: The tiny, family-run Crown pub, tel: 01494 862571,with its pretty garden served by a special hatch from the bar, is a great find for lovers of real ale and traditional pub food.

The Red Lion, tel: 01494 862876, has just reopened after a lengthy closure due to a devastating fire. No doubt locals and walkers will return in their droves, largely because of the inn's reputation for good food and a great pint. Getting there: Little Missenden lies just off the A413, just north of Amersham.


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