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Chinnor Children’s Play Area

Only a short stroll from the station - the Old Kiln Lakes children's play area can be seen from the main roadway close-by the station (see directions below).

As well as a small variety of swings and a slide crafted from robust natural materials, the site also includes wooden sculptures which seating area is inspired from the lace-making industry once so prevalent in Chinnor - see the bobbins and also the egg, pear and apple sculptures, which are based on the orchard and duck pond that were once on the site.

Directions from station - 5 min walk:

  1. From Chinnor Station, turn right at bus stop and cross over the road.
  2. Follow the ‘meadow track’ which starts with a gap in the hedgerow and make towards the Children's Play Area.

Further points of interest:

1: The area around the Old Kiln Lakes estate also offers an unmarked, reasonably sized nature walking area which skirts the abandoned quarry workings. A gentle 30 minutes or so stroll could be a perfect idea following your trip on the train when the weather is clement - follow the meadow track onward from the Children’s play area to explore the site.

2: The dramatic backdrop of the abandoned quarries has been used in filming and for example, during April 2002 villagers had to get used to the sound of explosions and machine gun fire - the quarries and now demolished cement works were used to film part of the opening hovercraft sequence in the Bond movie, Die Another Day.

3: Another point of interest is that tunnelling machinery to bore the Channel Tunnels was first tested-out in the lower chalk quarries here (and reputedly it is said some of the machinery is still walled up - but it was abandoned and is now under water and totally inaccessible). 

4: If you are interested in industrial archaeology then take a look at the Grade II listed Beehive Lime Kiln - Old Kiln Lakes.

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