German Forest fairytale walk

Walking trail

“Inevitably they find their way into the forest. It is there that they lose and find themselves. It is there that they gain a sense of what is to be done. The forest is always large, immense, great and mysterious. No one ever gains power over the forest, but the forest possesses the power to change lives and alter destinies.” Jack D. Zipes, ‘The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World’.

Illustration of the Bohemian forest


Map of walk at Hughenden


Start at the National Trust car park at Hughenden Manor Grid Ref: SU859957.


Starting from the main carpark at Hughenden Manor, head past the ‘All Visitors’ signboard and down the main path, towards the Manor. After just a few metres, when you pass a fenced off pond and waterlogged area on your left (with fallen trees and bird feeders), turn right. You will soon reach the first purple way-marker on a short post. Here turn right again to follow a more-or-less level path.


At a viewpoint on your left, pause to take in the view across Echo Valley towards Manor Farm and the D’Israeli Monument. When you are ready, continue on the level path for another 10 minutes (500m), until you reach a crossing of 5 paths.

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A frosty view of the german forest walk at Hughenden


At the junction of paths, take the 2nd path from the left that heads uphill. Walk up over a small rise and follow the relatively level path which runs through the woodland. Follow the path until it reaches the base of the slope and meets a bridleway running along the bottom of the valley. Take particular care on this path as it is made uneven by protruding tree roots.

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Little red riding hood


Turn left on to the bridleway at the wooden sign pointing towards ‘Hughenden Manor & Tea Room’ and follow it gently downhill.

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Hansel and Gretel walking in the forest


After 12 minutes (600m) turn left off the bridleway just before a field gate and follow the footpath uphill between the trees. At the T-junction, turn right along an open path which skirts the lower edge of Hanging Wood. On your right here you can get a good view of the D’Israeli Monument and of Echo Valley towards High Wycombe.

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Red Ridding Hood sat in wood meeting the wolf


Continue straight ahead along the path into an area of woodland, keeping to the main path.

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Snow white in the forest


On reaching a wooden signpost, follow the route ahead and uphill towards ‘Hughenden Manor & Tea Room’.

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A display of Christmas decorations on the Library desk


On reaching the top of a short, steep slope, follow the narrow sunken road ahead of you between flint walls. PLEASE TAKE CARE AS VEHICLES USE THIS ROAD. You will soon reach a junction of roads and paths with the gates to Hughenden Manor and its gardens on your right, and the stableyard and walled garden on your left.

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Shortcake trees


When you are ready to continue, take the road that curves uphill to the left of the stableyard, with the apple orchard picnic area on your left. On reaching the visitor welcome kiosk, bear left following the woodland path back to the carpark. Younger visitors may prefer to follow the parallel route to the left of the main path through Hughenden’s adventure playground. .


Finish at the National Trust car park at Hughenden Manor Grid Ref: SU859957.

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German Forest fairytale walk


Most of the walk is on soft and surfaced footpaths. There are two short, steep slopes. There are no stiles. 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. 

German Forest fairytale walk

Contact us

For more information contact us on 01494 755573 or email

German Forest fairytale walk

How to get here

Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4LA.
By train

The nearest station is at High Wycombe (2 miles).

By road

1.5 miles (2.4km) north of High Wycombe in the direction of Kingshill and Hughenden Valley.

Exit 4 from M40, then A404 towards High Wycombe, then follow signs to Eden Shopping Centre, then A4128 to Great Missenden. 

By foot

By foot: 1.5 miles (2.4km) north of High Wycombe. Footpaths head into the estate from surrounding villages including Hughenden Valley, Downley and Naphill. Hughenden Manor is 0.5 mile (0.8km) uphill from the main road (A4128).

By bus

Arriva 300, is the regular bus service between High Wycombe and Aylesbury. The bus stops at the entrance to the drive at Hughenden Manor.

By bicycle

Hughenden is accessible by bicycle from High Wycombe and the surrounding villages. Please see OS Explorer map 172.

German Forest fairytale walk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking (National Trust members) is available at Hughenden Manor Grid Ref: SU859957.
  • National Trust stableyard cafe.
  • There are public toilets on site at the stableyard.
  • Benches and other places to picnic can be found along the route in Echo Valley and in the Apple Orchard. Please take your litter home with you.
  • Dogs are welcome to be off lead around the woodland but please return them to a lead when walking close to cattle and sheep. Please do not allow your dog to frighten other people or chase wildlife.