Shortening the walk
Instead of completing the loop back to Beaconsfield, from Jordans you could take the short detour to Seer Green & Jordans railway station (see the asterisk [*] in the Walk Directions) and catch the return train from there.
You can also cut out 750 metres of road walking by taking the short cut at point  in the Directions.
You could also enquire at the lunchtime pub about buses or taxis back to Beaconsfield or (going in the opposite direction) to Gerrards Cross.
The walk in Reverse
This walk also works well when done in reverse, i.e. Anti-Clockwise. The directions are below after the main walk. This might appeal to walkers who prefer to complete the longer leg of a walk before lunch.
Beaconsfield to Chorleywood via the Chiltern Open Air Museum
Length: 15.7 km (9.75 miles). Toughness: 4 out of 10
This walk is designed to visit to the Chiltern Open Air Museum (www.coam.org.uk). The first half of the walk follows the route of the morning section of the walk as far as the normal lunchtime stop at Chalfont St Giles. After lunch it is a relatively short distance (about 2 km / 1.25 miles) to the museum. From the museum to Chorleywood (described by John Betjeman as “essential Metro-land”) is about 4km / 2.5 miles.
As Beaconsfield and Chorleywood are on different lines you will need to but a single to Beaconsfield and a single back from Chorleywood. Chorleywood is in Zone 7 so Oyster cards can be used for the return journey.
You can get tea at the museum café, or at the end of the walk in Chorleywood in either Rootz Coffee Lounge or, if it is still open by the time you arrive, Morgans Deli. If both are closed you can try the Peppermill on the opposite side of the road from Rootz.
Bekonscot Model Village & Railway (tel. 01494 672919) in Beaconsfield is the world’s oldest original model village (1929) comprising 6 model towns of 1930s vintage, a Gauge 1 railway, a ride-on railway and other attractions on a 1.5 acre site. It is open mid-February to end of October, and at weekends only from 09 November until 08 December, from 10am to 5pm daily, including bank holidays. Admission (2020) is £ 12.50 (including gift aid). Family and season tickets are also available. Reduced fee of £ 8.30 for late admission between 3.30pm and 5pm.
The village of Chalfont St Giles is largely unspoilt, with many listed buildings and lying mostly within a Conservation Area. (It was used as Warmington-on-Sea in the film of Dad’s Army).
It was a Quaker, Thomas Ellwood, who acquired a cottage in Chalfont St Giles as a refuge for John Milton. In London, the plague was a serious threat and, as a high profile supporter of the republican cause, Milton’s liberty was also at risk following the Restoration. It was during the short time that he lived here that he completed his epic poem Paradise Lost and was inspired (by a question from Ellwood) to begin Paradise Regained. The cottage was probably built in the late sixteenth century, and has an interesting history – it is now a museum, containing the first edition of Paradise Lost. Incidentally, Milton was himself a keen walker. Milton's Cottage (tel.01494-872313) is open from April 1st to October 31st, 2pm to 5pm, Wednesday to Saturday (plus Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday, and the 4th Sunday in the calendar month), admission (2020) £ 7.
The Friends Meeting House was built within the grounds of Old Jordans Farm in 1688 (The Farm was sold to a private owner in 2006). The Meeting House was the first to be erected following James II’s Declaration of Indulgence which gave the Society of Friends the freedom to congregate. William Penn is buried next to the Meeting House, along with his wives Gulielma and Hannah, and ten of their sixteen children. Penn founded Pennsylvania, the only example of a state without a military presence, with no religious or aristocratic group in control, and where Indians were fairly treated. As Voltaire commented: “William Penn could boast of having brought forth on this earth the Golden Age”.
The Meeting House suffered from a major fire in 2005 and following a lengthy period during which restoration took place, it reopened for its first meeting in September 2008. It is open to the public daily, 2pm to 5pm between March 1st and October 31st. Admission is free, although donations are welcomed.
The burial ground at Jordans has several hundred more burials than there are headstones, the reason being that for a hundred years, from 1766, the Quakers believed that even a simple headstone with inscription was too ostentatious.
On the south side of the farm building is a large wooden barn, which is reputed to be constructed from the timbers of the Mayflower, the ship of the Pilgrim Fathers – those Puritan pilgrims who in New England persecuted the Quakers, had their ears cut off and flogged, branded and executed them.
You have a good choice of lunch stops in the village of Chalfont St Giles.
- The suggested lunch place is Merlins Cave pub (tel. 01494 875101), at the lower, eastern end of the village, by the village green. This pub is much improved since its refurbishment in 2018 and the choice of meals is now more extensive than before, served between midday and 3pm, Wednesday to Friday (kitchen closed Monday and Tuesday) and all day at weekends. On Sundays it often has a jazz club in one of its outbuildings.
- A few doors away from Merlins Cave is The Deli on the Green (tel. 01494-875797) which serves excellent sandwiches and deli fare to eat in or take away.
- On the other side of the village green is The Feathers pub (tel. 01494 875007) which now (2020) serves from a full lunch menu - less expensive than Merlins Cave - between midday and 3pm.
- Next door to the Feathers is a Costa Coffee (formerly the Crown pub).
- Milton’s Head (tel. 01494 875856) is now an Italian restaurant (rather than a pub), serving Italian dishes between midday and 2.30pm Monday to Saturday, and traditional British roasts between midday and 3pm on Sundays.
- Individual walkers or pairs of walkers can try the Fox & Hounds pub (tel. 01494 872151 ) on Silver Hill, which serves lunch –light fare and main meals - from 12 midday to 2pm all week: this 350 year old traditional country pub does not welcome groups of walkers.
The early tea stop in Jordans at the former Quaker Guest House no longer exists, although the Village Store in Jordans, when open, does serve hot drinks and cold snacks.
For tea in Beaconsfield, the choices are:
- Revolution is on Maxwell Road, just as you enter the town (formerly Bar Med).
- Jungs, a continental bakery and patisserie at 6 The Broadway, just past the Waitrose supermarket, some 100 metres north of the railway bridge,
- La Cape just before the railway bridge, open until 5pm, Monday to Saturday, It's cakes are delicious.
- Costa Coffee in Station Road.