German Forest walk at Hughenden

Walking trail

This is a 1.5 mile walk that explores the dark evergreen woods inspired by Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli’s visits to the Northern Bohemian forests on the German/Czech border. You return to Hughenden Manor along the edge of Echo Valley and Hanging Woods. This walk includes a mix of woodlands and gently rolling valleys with views across a mixture of grazed and ploughed fields divided by hedgerows.

To help you to follow this walk, please look out for the purple waymarker arrows.




Start at the visitor welcome kiosk. Grid Ref SU860955


From the visitor welcome kiosk, retrace your steps towards the main car park. At the T-junction of paths by the Dew Pond turn left. There is a purple way-marker on a post. After about 25m turn right along a more or less level path at another purple way-marker .

Woodland path at Hughenden


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

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View across open countryside


At the junction of paths, take the first path on the left that heads downhill. (This path can be very rutted in places as it is used by vehicles for forestry work.) Ignoring any crossing paths and bearing left at a fork after 50m, follow this path until it reaches the base of the slope and meets a bridleway running along the bottom of the valley.

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Disraeli's 'German Forest'


Turn left on to the bridleway and follow it along the bottom of the valley towards a field gate 100m away.

Countryside at Hughenden


Turn left off the bridleway just before the field gate, following 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. In spring and summer look out for the colourful wildflower banks on both sides of the path.

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Footpath sign at Hughenden


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

Wild flowers next to walking path


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


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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Hughenden Manor North Façade


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, to reach the visitor welcome kiosk.


The visitor welcome kiosk. Grid Ref SU860955

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German Forest walk at Hughenden


Most of the walk is on soft and surfaced footpaths. There is one short, steep slope. There are no stiles. Dogs are welcome. 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. The walk is easy to follow, way-marked with purple marker arrows at all main changes of direction.

German Forest walk at Hughenden

How to get here

Start at the visitor welcome kiosk. Grid Ref SU860955
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, and then follow signs to Eden Shopping Centre, then A4128 to Great Missenden. HP144LA.
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 walk at Hughenden

Facilities and access

  • Car parking at Hughenden’s main car park is included in your admission to the manor and gardens. Grid Ref: SU859957.
  • There is an alternative car park at Hughenden Church (not available during services).
  • National Trust cafe at the stableyard. Dizzy’s tea room at Hughenden Manor.
  • There are public toilets in site at the stableyard.
  • Benches and other places to picnic can be found in the picnic orchard and in Echo Valley. 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.