Woodcock Wood walk at Hughenden

Walking trail

This leisurely 1.2 mile walk takes you on a short loop around typical Chiltern farmland and woodland on the Hughenden Estate. The walk heads through the peaceful Woodcock Wood to a beautiful viewpoint over the Chilterns countryside and the village of Hughenden Valley. It continues back to the starting point via ‘Coffin Path’, named after the ancient road that was used for taking the parishioners of Naphill on their final journey to the church in Hughenden.

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


Woodcock Wood walk route


Start at the visitor welcome kiosk. Grid Ref SU860955


From the visitor welcome kiosk, retrace your steps towards the main car park. At the junction of paths by the Dew Pond turn sharp right in front of the pond until you reach the road. Turn left towards the car park for 50 metres before turning right onto a path, with a small plantation of young trees on your left. Follow the blue and red arrows downhill into Woodcock Wood.


On entering the woods, continue ahead downhill for 50m then turn sharp left at a junction of paths. Follow the blue arrows along the gentle woodland path, until it descends to a crossing path in a distinct dip. Continue up the other side and straight ahead, along the meandering woodland path, until you reach a metal gate that leads out of the wood. This path can be muddy, particularly in the winter. This woodland is typical Chiltern beech woodland, where you will also see holly, yew and other species of tree. In the spring there are drifts of bluebells.

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Woodcock Wood


Go through the gate at the edge of the wood and walk diagonally (half-left) across the corner of the field to another gate on the far side. From this vantage point you are quite likely to see red kites soaring overhead and you will see beautiful views over the Chilterns countryside. The village in the valley to your right is Hughenden Valley.

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Red kite in flight


Go left through the gate and follow the fence line on your right hand side.


On reaching a crossing track, turn left. You are now on the Coffin Path. Continue along the path, between tall hedges and farmland, until you reach the entrance to the main car park. These fields are farmed by our tenant farmers, so please take care when large scale farm machinery is being used.

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View of the Coffin Path and Hughenden


On reaching the car park, turn right and taking great care, cross the car park towards the ‘All Visitors’ sign to return to the visitor welcome kiosk.

Woodland path at Hughenden


Turn left and head downhill through the woodland to return to the visitor welcome kiosk. Here there is a new adventure playground for younger children as well as a large picnic area in the orchard. A café, shop and toilets are also available at the Stable Yard.

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Hughenden Manor south facade


Visitor welcome kiosk

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Woodcock Wood walk at Hughenden


The walk is mainly on the level, taking in a range of gravel and grass surfaces and paths. There is one steep section in the centre of Woodcock Wood and only a few gates to open. There are no stiles. The paths can be very muddy in winter or following wet weather. In places, look out for projecting tree roots in the path. Stout walking shoes or walking boots are recommended in wet conditions or after heavy rain.

The walk is way-marked with blue marker arrows at all main changes of direction.

Woodcock Wood walk at Hughenden

Contact us

Telephone: +441494 755573 

Email: hughenden@nationaltrust.org.uk

Woodcock Wood walk at Hughenden

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 and then follow signs to Eden Shopping Centre, then A4128 to Great Missenden. HP144LA.

SATNAV: the nearest postcode is HP144LA. Latitude: 51.653686, Longitude: -0.75919585.

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.

Woodcock Wood 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. 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.