Bradenham countryside trail

Walking trail

This is a 2.0 miles (3.2 kilometres) walk taking you around the pretty Chiltern village of Bradenham and neighbouring farmland, where the young Benjamin Disraeli spent much of his childhood. The two gentle uphill climbs are rewarded by beautiful views across the local Chiltern Countryside of Bradenham village, and towards West Wycombe and Bledlow Ridge. The landscape is a classical Chiltern blend of hills topped with beech woodlands, and gently rolling valleys with a mixture of grazed and ploughed fields divided by hedgerows.

Map

Bradenham Countryside trail map

Start:

National trust village car park

1

From the car park head downhill, on the track you drove up, along the edge of the village green. In the summer months, you may encounter a cricket match. Please keep an eye out for the ball! From this side of the green, you have an opportunity to see the layout of the unspoilt Chiltern village of Bradenham and its flint and brick cottages.

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Bradenham Village tucked away in the Chilterns Countryside

2

At the end of the village green, bear right towards a large boulder in the green. This is an example of a large sarsen stone.

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Bradenham sarsen stone

3

From the sarsen stone, head directly towards the church along the northern side of the village green. Along the edge of the road, you will encounter more pieces of sarsen stone as well as pieces of Bradenham Puddingstone.

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Puddingstones Bradenham woods

4

You are now approaching the Parish Church of St Botolph and the to right of it, Bradenham Manor House.

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St. Botolph's Church Bradenham village

5

On reaching the flint wall in front of the church, turn left. Taking care, cross the road to a small carpark by the village pond. To the right of the pond, turn left following a Public Footpath sign along a wide footpath between hedges towards a gate. Head through the gate, then a second gate and continue in the same direction for about 8 minutes (400metres) on a path through a field, with a wooden fence on your left.

6

On meeting a wide crossing track, head straight across. There is an unusual star shaped bench here, with room for the whole family! The path now heads gently uphill, with a line of trees on a bank on the right.

7

After a further 8 minutes (400metres), at the junction of several tracks, turn sharp right up a short slope and through a metal kissing gate into a field. Follow the edge of the field uphill, with Park Wood on your left and fine views back towards Bradenham over the field on your right.

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Bluebells at Bradenham

8

On reaching the corner of the field, go through a metal kissing gate. Go down some steps and continue directly down the slope ahead of you, crossing an area of rough meadow (marked on OS maps as woodland) to a track below. Cross the track and turn half right following a path which crosses the meadow diagonally to end of a hedge. Carry on in the same direction following a clear path that runs diagonally up hill to a gate in the corner. Notice the many anthills on this sunny south-facing slope. From here you can see back across the Bradenham valley towards Park Wood and the hilltop village of Bledlow Ridge.

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Large dry valley at Bradenham

9

Go through the gate and turn right along a path, initially with a post-and-wire fence on your left and woodland on your right. Lookout for a tall, isolated tree stump on your left full of holes, where woodpeckers have been busy pecking for insects. About 3 minutes (just over 150 metres) from the gate and just after a track joins the path from the left, turn onto a path on the right. Follow this path downhill along the firebreak between two areas of woodland. This woodland has recently been partially logged in order to provide a grassland corridor for the various butterfly species found in this area, such as the speckled wood and silver-washed fritillaries. After about 4 minutes (200 metres) you will reach a gate from which you can see excellent views of Bradenham, including the Manor House and the Church.

Silver-washed Fritillary

10

Go through the gate and continue to follow the path downhill through an area of shrubs. The path soon starts to cross a field diagonally (half left) towards a gate. Go through the two gates that take you back to the car park by the village pond. Take care crossing the busy road and head straight on past the church and the entrance to Bradenham Manor to reach your starting point.

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Bradenham Manor

End:

National trust village car park

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Bradenham countryside trail

Terrain

Most of the walk is on soft footpaths, although you will need to cross a road twice. There are two gentle climbs, of about 70 metres. There are no stiles but a number of gates. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under strict control as livestock is grazed on several parts of the route. Some paths can be muddy and slippery after prolonged or heavy rain. Stout walking shoes or walking boots are recommended in wet conditions or after heavy rain.

Bradenham countryside trail

Contact us

 +441494 755 596

chilternscountryside@nationaltrust.org.uk

Bradenham countryside trail

How to get here

Address
Start at the National Trust car park in Bradenham village near the cricket pavilion, Grid. Ref. SU827969. Note: follow the orange NT footpath signs that mark this route at various key points along the walk.
By train

The nearest station is a mile (1.5 km) away at Saunderton on the Chiltern Railways line. From the station, head southeast toward Slough Lane, then turn left onto Slough Lane. Turn right onto Wycombe Rd/A4010 and after just under a mile (1.3 km); turn left at the Red Lion pub into Bradenham Wood Lane to join the route at point 2

By road

From the A4010, High Wycombe to Princes Risborough road, take Bradenham Wood Lane. Take the first right (Rectory Lane) along the edge of the village green, then next left along on a track on the southern edge of the village green for about 180 metres. The designated car park is just after the cricket pavilion.
SATNAV: the nearest postcode is HP14 4HF. Latitude: 51.665615, Longitude: -0.80446690

By foot

Please see OS Explorer map 172.

By bus

The main bus route through Bradenham is route 321 between High Wycombe and Aylesbury. The bus stop is near the Red Lion pub in Bradenham Road (the A4010).

By bicycle

 Bradenham is accessible by bicycle from High Wycombe or Princes Risborough. The Chiltern Cycleway passes Saunderton Station (see access by train above). Please note that no cycling is allowed on much of the trail.  Please see OS Explorer map 172.

Bradenham countryside trail

Facilities and access

  • Free parking is available in Bradenham village, near the cricket pavilion at Grid. Ref. SU827969
  • There are no public toilets on site. The nearest public toilets are in West Wycombe village.
  • The Red Lion in Bradenham has recently reopened as a Tea House, serving breakfast, light lunches and afternoon tea. It also has a small licensed bar. Opening Times: Mon closed, Tues to Sat 09:00 – 16:00, Sun 10:00 – 15:00. Tel +44 1494 565554.
  • Benches and other places to picnic can be found on the village green and at several places along the route.