Midsomer Murders first hit our screens in 1997 and has since become a worldwide hit. Based on characters created by Caroline Graham, the detective series sees John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby, and Jason Hughes as DS Ben Jones, investigating deadly deeds perpetrated by residents of the seemingly tranquil villages of Midsomer.
In Turville village centre, the church, pub and cottages have featured in several episodes, including Murder on St Malley’s Day. The church also featured in the TV series The Vicar of Dibley.
From the telephone box, cross the road and follow a footpath between houses. Pass through a wooden gate, then a second soon after, and walk ahead to the top of Cobstone Hill. The windmill at the summit appeared in Dark Autumn and it was Caractacus Potts’ home in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Go through a kissing gate and turn right along a road. After a few steps, go left over a stile and walk downhill; marker arrows guide you through a wooded area. At the far edge, bear slightly right. Go over a stile and walk ahead to a lane.
1. HALF A MILE
Turn right into the village of Fingest, which became Elverton-cum-Latterly in the episode Country Matters. Turn left at the T-junction. After about 100m, climb over a stile on your right. Follow the path ahead and go over another stile. Head uphill, skirting woodland to your right, where a bench offers excellent views over Fingest.
Climb over a stile into Fingest Wood. At the far edge, bear slightly left, then pass to the side of a metal gate and follow the path. Ignore a path to the right but keep on the main track. At a marked junction of paths, turn left via a kissing gate. The path then curves to the right through woodland. Ignore tracks to the left and right. Eventually you drop downhill to reach the woodland edge. Pass a gate to your left and keep ahead, passing houses on the right. Turn left along a well-surfaced track and continue to a bend in a lane.
2. TWO AND A HALF MILES
Walk ahead for about 350m, then turn right at a T-junction. Pass the Yew Tree pub on your right and climb uphill into Frieth. The school on your left appeared in Dance with the Dead.
Walk on, then turn right along Innings Road. Where the road bends sharply right, continue ahead on a stony bridleway. Further on, go left along a signed bridleway. Enter Adam’s Wood and turn left along a wide track, through the trees. At the far edge of the wood, head downhill. Just before a road, climb over a stile on your right and follow a grassy path. Go through a gate and bear slightly right, then go through another gate and turn right along a stony track, leading to a road in the village of Skirmett.
Turn right and, after 150m, go left on a footpath. Soon after, go over a stile, right, and follow a path. Climb another two stiles, go between two wooden posts and follow the path across a field. Then pass through a gap in a hedge to reach a road. Turn left and pass Dolesden Lane immediately on your left. Continue ahead to return to Turville
After a steep climb at the start, expect well-marked paths and lanes over rolling countryside.
HOW TO GET THERE
Turville is situated
5 miles north of Henley-on-Thames and 3 miles south of Stokenchurch. From the M40, take J5 and head south along Ibstone Road. Pass Ibstone School after 2¼ miles and take a left-hand fork in the road immediately after. After passing a white windmill on your right, drop downhill to a T-junction. Turn right and pass Dolesden Lane on the left. Continue ahead to the village centre.
By public transport:
The nearest train station is Henley-on-Thames. Trains from Paddington take approximately 60 minutes.
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