Chinnor Village is a vibrant and welcoming small community with ancient origins - it seems to have been named after a man called 'Ceonna', who was reputed to have lived hereabouts in the Dark Ages! The older parts of the village are mainly based around the four roads of Station Road, Church Road, High Street and Lower Road. Industries based in and around Chinnor have previously included lacemaking, chairmaking and agriculture, and until 1999 there was a cement works whose tall chimney and associated deep quarries were well-known local landmarks.
Having finished your train journey at Chinnor station, then what else is available in the village that may be good to take a peek at or to simply take a stroll around?
Parts of Chinnor, including the railway station, have been used as locations in the popular TV series Midsomer Murders and these include The Made to Measure Murders and Death in a Chocolate Box (and see also at Wainhill, which is a little further up the Line).
One particular attraction which we think is well worth a visit is the recently restored Chinnor Windmill and it is either a 15-20 mins gentle stroll from the station or only 3-4 minutes in the car. The restoration team are generally available at the windmill on alternate Sundays between 10.00 and 15.00 and they always make any visitors feel very welcome. If you ask them politely then they will show you around and may even invite you to scramble to the top of the 'mill, just like the Miller did in days gone-by! See more information about Chinnor Windmill and the opening times here.
Parts of St. Andrew's Church go back to the 12th and 13th centuries although the greater part dates from the 14th century. It is only 6-7 minutes stroll from the station and of particular note is a wooden screen which is reputed to be the sixth oldest in England. St Andrew's also has one of the largest collections of monumental brasses in the country.
A short walk from the Church is The Village Centre which is a meeting place for the whole village and it is a friendly place to get a full meal (and is also a source of entertainment and information). The nearest pub' to the station is The Crown and you can stroll there in just a couple of minutes - there is a restaurant section and bar meals are served - if you are thinking of taking a Sunday Lunch then it is probably best to book in advance.
If you enjoy walking, then after your heritage train ride why not start out from The Village Centre on a Chinnor Circular Walk. There are both short and long self guided walks along local rights of way whereby you go past flower rich chalk pits and holloways and through beech woodland. You can also break your walk with refreshments at an attractive local pub such as at The Peacock Country Inn in the nearby hamlet of Henton. You can also walk on Chinnor Hill to get stunning views over the Vale of Aylesbury.