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Travelling around Great Missenden

Travelling around Great Missenden

Are you thinking about visiting Great Missenden? Perhaps you already live in this great town but need to get around without the hassle of parking or the expense of petrol? At Arriva we know travel and we know Great Missenden, so take a few moments and read through our carefully created guide to attractions and travelling in this great town.


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Great Missenden is a large village in the Misbourne Valley in the Chiltern Hills  The source of the Misbourne is to be found just north of the village, although the upper reach of the river runs only in winter and the perennial head is in Little Missenden.

The village is now best known as home to the late Roald Dahl, the internationally famous children's author.

Several coaching inns, particularly the Red Lion (now an estate agency) and The George (which still exists), provided rest and refreshment for travellers and their horses. The first railway line in the area was, however, routed alongside the Grand Union Canal to the east. Once the coaches stopped running Great Missenden declined in importance and prosperity, becoming an agricultural village.

Following the arrival of the Metropolitan Railway, (later the London Underground Metropolitan Line) in 1892, Great Missenden became a commuter village for London with writers, entertainers and even Prime Ministers among the passengers.Great Missenden railway station is now on the Chiltern Railways line and offers services running into London Marylebone.