Walking

Walking trail

Chiltern Hills Three-in-One National Trust Walk

Walking trail

This is an 8.7 miles (14.1 kilometers) walk taking you between the fascinating historical village of West Wycombe, the unspoilt village of Bradenham, leaving out Hughenden Manor.)

Map

Walking trail map for Chilterns Countryside Three in One walk

Start:

The West Wycombe village car park (free) on Chorley Road West Wycombe Grid. Ref. SU826947. It is also possible to start from West Wycombe Hill (Point 6) or Hughenden Manor (Point 10).

1

From the entrance to the village car park in West Wycombe, turn right on Chorley Road, following the pavement alongside a brick and flint wall for 50 metres. When you are opposite a footpath, cross the road with care and follow the path leading towards the village school. On reaching Church Lane in front of the school, turn left. Follow the narrow lane for 140 metres until you reach the entrance to the Hell Fire Caves on your left.

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Hellfire caves  West Wycombe Hill

2

From the small car park in front of the caves, take a path that heads steeply uphill to the right of the iron gates to the Hellfire Caves. After 50 metres, turn left onto a broader uphill path that heads towards the flint-built Dashwood Mausoleum. From the Mausoleum, you will see fine views of West Wycombe House and West Wycombe Park.

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Dashwood Mausoleum West Wycombe Hill

3

On reaching the Mausoleum, turn right, following a path towards the West Wycombe War Memorial on the edge of St Lawrence’s Church’s churchyard. Follow the concrete path through the churchyard until you reach the entrance to St Lawrence’s Church, at the base of the church tower.

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St. Lawrence's Church West Wycombe Hill

4

From the door of the church, turn right through the churchyard on a gravel path until you reach a gate leading to a large car park. Go through the gate and turn right, following the edge of the car park until you reach a set of wooden bollards. Continue straight ahead downhill across a grassy area, towards a passing place in the narrow sunken lane, (the lane that leads to the car park.) Cross the lane by the passing place to a sign-posted footpath that leads into a small area of woodland. Take the path through the woodland, which eventually emerges into a field. Continue straight ahead along the edge of the field with a hedge on your left. On reaching an area of woodland, continue straight ahead through the woodland for 20 minutes (1 km) until you reach a T-junction. Turn left, heading uphill for 150 metres until you reach a crossing track at the brow of the hill. Turn right, following the track for around 12 minutes (600 metres) until you reach the buildings at Nobles Farm.

5

Turn right opposite the entrance to Nobles Farm, following a path that heads steeply downhill through woodland. Just after a wooden gate, you will enter a field and you will see the village of Bradenham ahead of you. Continue downhill, following the edge of the field. On reaching the corner of the field, the path turns right through a gap to a gate. After passing through the gate, turn right along the edge of a field and go through another gate. Turn immediately left, across the narrow field, to reach a track that heads under the railway line. As you reach a gate on the other side of the underpass, you will see a field gate ahead of you. Head towards this and go through a smaller metal gate on the right of the field gate that leads onto the A4010 main road. Take great care crossing this busy road and then turn right. At the Red Lion public house, cross Bradenham Wood Lane towards an old-fashioned, red telephone kiosk that houses a defibrillator. Turn left into Bradenham Wood Lane, following the narrow roadside pavement until you reach the village green. Here take a footpath that heads across the green towards a track that runs along the right side of the green. At the corner of the green, just past the cricket pavilion, you will reach the National Trust carpark for Bradenham Village.

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Bradenham village

6

From the National Trust carpark by the cricket pavilion, follow the track away from the village green that heads uphill to the right of the wall at the corner of Bradenham Manor. After the second corner, take the left fork and continue along the track alongside the wall to the Manor House. After 80 metres, follow the track as it curves to the right and head uphill through woodland. You will pass some houses on your right. On reaching a signboard about ‘The Clumps of Naphill Common’, continue straight ahead until you reach a second signboard showing your location on the edge of Naphill Common.

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Naphill Common

7

From behind the signboard, take the right hand path. On reaching a crossing path, turn right again to follow a path that runs parallel to the edge of a field. After 3 minutes (180 metres), turn left on a downhill fork and then turn right through a gate. Follow the path through Great Cookshall Wood for about 20 minutes (1 km), ignoring crossing tracks. On reaching the Cookshall Farm buildings, continue straight ahead on a track, keeping the buildings to your left. From here, you will see expansive views back towards West Wycombe Hill. When the track reaches a T-junction, head straight ahead through a gate into a wood to a footpath that curves immediately to the left, then heads downhill to meet a crossing track. (If you wish to do the shorter walk of 5.5 miles (8.5 km) cutting out Hughenden Manor, turn right here, following the path downhill until you reach a narrow country lane. Turn left on the lane and follow it for 4 minutes (200 metres) until you reach a private car park on your right by some buildings. Now go straight to instruction 12)

8

At the crossing track, turn left, heading gently uphill through woodland until you reach a kissing-gate. Follow the path across a field to another gate. After the gate, turn right for 2 minutes (100 metres) and then turn left passing a pond on your right. After a further 2 minutes (100 metres) you will reach a small parking area at the end of Hunt’s Hill Lane. Follow Hunt’s Hill Lane downhill.

9

After about 7 minutes (340 metres), turn right into a field, following the public footpath sign to Hughenden Manor. The path follows a dry valley downhill and, after passing through a gate, it continues into Flagmore Wood. Just before the path reaches another gate into a field, turn left up a short climb. At the T-junction at top of the slope turn right, following the signpost to Hughenden Manor & Tea Room. Follow this path along the edge of Echo Valley and then straight ahead through woodland until you reach a short, steep slope and then a narrow road between two brick and flint walls taking you to Hughenden Manor.

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Hughenden Manor

10

From the entrance gate to Hughenden Manor, facing the Stableyard, turn left to retrace your steps, following a narrow road between two brick and flint walls. At the end of the road, head straight ahead down a steep slope. At the next junction, fork left, following the signpost towards Downley. Follow the path downhill towards a set of gates and then along the bottom of Echo Valley. On reaching Common Wood, continue straight ahead until you reach a major junction of footpaths by a National Trust sign for Hughenden Estate Manor Farm. Turn right uphill, keeping left where the path forks. Walk straight ahead until you reach Downley Common.

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view of Dashwood Mausoleum and St. Lawrence's church West Wycombe Hill

11

Either cross the common, or if a football match or cricket match is in progress, turn right to skirt around the northern edge of the common until you reach the Downley Sports Pavilion on the opposite side. Take a footpath to the right of the pavilion. Go through a gate to the left of Blacksmith’s Cottage and then follow the path with a hedge on your right. Head towards another metal gate, near the base of a wooden electricity pylon, and enter the West Wycombe Estate. Follow the path along the right edge of the field until it enters an area of woodland by another wooden electricity pylon. The path now heads downhill through the woodland to reach a crossing path in the bottom of a valley. Turn left and follow the path downhill until you reach a narrow country lane. Turn left on the lane and follow it for 4 minutes (200 metres) until you reach a private carpark on your right by some buildings.

12

Cross the carpark towards a green public footpath sign to the left of the buildings. Follow the footpath downhill across a field until you reach a crossing track. Cross the track, taking the path opposite that heads briefly uphill through some scrub woodland and then along the right hand edge of a field. Follow the path towards the railway line. Cross the style (or go through the gate to the right of it) and head under the railway. On the other side of the railway, take the path that heads half left across a field towards the A4010 road. Taking great care, cross the road and go through the kissing gate opposite. Follow the right hand edge of the field to another kissing gate and then continue uphill along the edge of the field until you reach a road. Turn left down Church Lane until you pass beneath the Church Loft to reach the main A40 road.

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West Wycombe Village

13

Turn right and follow the pavement along the High Street. At the end of the High Street, opposite the entrance to West Wycombe House, turn right into Chorley Road. After 2 minutes (100 metres) cross the road and then follow it back to the West Wycombe Village carpark.

End:

West Wycombe village car Park

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Chiltern Hills Three-in-One National Trust Walk

Terrain

Most of the walk is on soft footpaths, although you will need to cross some busy main roads, and there are two short stretches on quiet bur narrow country lanes. In the village of West Wycombe, the pavement along the main A40 road is quiet narrow at one point. There is one stile and a number of gates. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under strict control as livestock is grazed on several parts of the route. Dogs must be kept on leads on the West Wycombe Estate. There are several short, but fairly steep climbs and descents. Some paths may be muddy and slippery after prolonged or heavy rain. Stout walking shoes or walking boots are recommended in wet conditions or after heavy rain.

Chiltern Hills Three-in-One National Trust Walk

Contact us

+441494 755 596 chilternscountryside@nationaltrust.org.uk

Chiltern Hills Three-in-One National Trust Walk

How to get here

Address
The West Wycombe village car park (free) on Chorley Road West Wycombe Grid. Ref. SU826947. It is also possible to start from West Wycombe Hill (point 4), Bradenham (Point 6) or Hughenden Manor (Point 10).
By train

The nearest station is High Wycombe (2.9 miles away) on the Chiltern Railways Line.

By road

The West Wycombe village car park is 2.5 miles west of High Wycombe, on the A40. Pass through the village and then turn right into Chorley Road. The car park is 160 metres on the left.

By foot

Please see OS map 172

By bus

The main bus route through West Wycombe id the Number 40 service between High Wycombe and Thame run by Carousel Buses.

By bicycle

West Wycombe is accessible by bicycle from High Wycombe, Stokenchurch or Princes Risborough.

Chiltern Hills Three-in-One National Trust Walk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking is available in West Wycombe off Chorley Road. Grid Ref. SU826947. Alternative parking available on West Wycombe Hill (free), at Bradenham (free) and at Hughenden Manor (free to National Trust members)
  • There are public toilets in West Wycombe at SU828946, close to the village school. There are also toilets at Hughenden Manor in the Stableyard.
  • There are several public houses in West Wycombe, a tea room at the village shop and a cafe iat the Hellfire Caves. There is also a public house in Bradenham. Hughenden Manor has a cafe in the Stableyard which is open 363 days a year, serving specials that reflect the seasons. Hughenden Manor also has picnic tables available in the apple orchard.
  • Benches and other places to picnic can be found on the village green at Bradenham, on West Wycombe Hill and at other places along the route. Please take your litter home with you.