Village and countryside trails

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Roald Dahl lived and wrote in Great Missenden for 36 years. Explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with our village and countryside trails.

View of the Chilterns
  • View of the Chilterns
  • Crown House Great Missenden
  • The Church of St Peter and St Paul
  • Trees in Angling Spring Wood

Great Missenden was home to Roald Dahl for 36 years until his death in 1990. He wrote all of his children's books and many of his adult short stories in the Writing Hut he had built in his garden. Many of Roald Dahl's stories are based in and around the village. 

Our Village and Countryside Trail leaflets help you to explore the local area and point out key sights that relate to Roald Dahl's books and life. The Village Trail will lead you to Danny's dad's petrol pumps (from Danny, the Champion of the World), the house that was the inspiration for Sophie's norphanage in The BFG, Matilda's library and Roald Dahl's grave.

Head further afield on our Countryside Trail and explore some of the Chiltern countryside that Roald Dahl loved. Visit Angling Spring Wood, said to be the inspiration for Fantastic Mr Fox, and try out activities and games such as Woodland Bingo and Ranger's Radio.

"On a hill above a valley there was a wood.
In the wood there was a huge tree.
Under the tree there was a hole.
In the hole live Mr Fox and Mrs Fox and their four Small Foxes"
Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl


You can download our free self-guided walks from the links on the right, or pick them up at the Museum.