Hughenden Disraeli walk
Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP14 4LARoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Discover the wonderful and varied landscape of Hughenden Valley as you wander about this historic estate, which was once home to Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. The walk explores colourful beech woods and pastures, visiting the D'Israeli monument and the church where Dizzy is buried, along the way.
- Bus stop
Start: Hughenden Manor ticket office, grid ref: SU866955
At the ticket office, walk up the stairs and right towards the woodland car park. From here onwards the walk follows the red arrows. At the crossroads take the left track (the Coffin Path) into the trees.
Hughenden was Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli's country home from 1848 until his death in 1881. The building's facades were remodelled in 1862, in a bizarre Jacobean style.
Turn right into Woodcock Wood and left at the next crossroads. Carry on through the woods and straight ahead at the next crossroads. Go through a metal gate into a field and head left to go through the next gate. Following the path along the field boundary, cross over a large flint track and enter the field opposite. There are various pits alongside the paths, particularly in Flagmore and Woodcock Woods. They range in size from small saw pits to large flint, clay or marl extractions. The material from these pits was once used as a building material and also as a way to adjust acidity levels in local farm soils.
As the path bends, turn left though the gate into Flagmore Wood. At a fork in the path, turn right and then continue straight over the next crossing. Turn right at a large fork. When you reach the bottom of the hill and a track, turn left.
When the track ends turn right up the slope. Continue uphill until you reach a path which runs alongside a ditch. Turn left here. Go down the slope and straight up the next slope.
You'll see lots of deadwood in Hughenden's woodlands. It is a vital element of a healthy ecosystem. As it decays the fallen wood recycles nutrients into the soil. It provides homes and food for bats, woodpeckers and owls.
When the path exits the woods between two fences, cross a road and follow the path opposite. You will come to a footpath on the left near house number 78.
Cross the road at the tarmac drive and go through a gate, following the path behind some houses. Turn left at the first fork and right at the second one. At the edge of Little Tinker's Wood, the right-hand path leads to the Disraeli monument.
Looking out over the valley, the Disraeli monument was originally commissioned by Mary-Ann Disraeli as a surprise for her husband. It was designed by E. H. Lamb in commemoration of Benjamin's father, Isaac Disraeli.
Exiting the field through the same gate you entered, turn right and at the bottom of the hill, turn right again through a gate into a field. Carry on until you reach a road, keeping a fence to your right.
Cross the road and turn left, then immediately right, onto a track through a metal gate. Just before you reach Middle Lodge gate, turn left, go up the slope and through another gate into the park. Turn right and head towards a stream.
Coningsby Disraeli, nephew and heir of the Prime Minister, erected tombstones at the parkland edge in memory of his beloved dogs. Find them on the other side of a metal fence.
Follow the stream left until you reach the main drive and head uphill towards Hughenden Church. Continue uphill along the drive until you reach the stableyard and the end of the walk.
The chapel of St Michael's and All Angels is the final resting place for Disraeli, his wife and other family members. Queen Victoria ordered that a porcelain primrose be buried with him, as he started up the Primrose League.
End: Hughenden Manor ticket office, grid ref: SU866955
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 4 miles (6.4km)
- Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
- OS Map: Landranger 165
Some slopes, paths, tarmac and open country.
- How to get here:
By foot: 1.5 miles (2.4km) north of High Wycombe in the direction of Kingshill. Footpaths head into the estate from surrounding villages. Hughenden Manor is 0.5 mile (0.8km) uphill from the main road (A4128)
By bus: Bus stop at the entrance to the drive. Arriva 300, regular bus service between High Wycombe and Aylesbury
By train: High Wycombe 2 miles (3.2km)
By car: 1.5 miles (2.4km) north of High Wycombe in the direction of Kingshill. Exit 4 from M40, then A404 towards High Wycombe, then follow signs to Eden Shopping Centre, then A4128 to Great Missenden. Sat Nav - HP14 4LA
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