Monument walk at Hughenden
A special gift from Mary Anne to her husband Benjamin Disraeli, this monument was erected in honour of Disraeli's father. Mary Anne spoke of Isaac as ‘the most lovable, perfect old gentleman I have ever met with’. This is a short linear, there-and back walk with moderate hill climbs. Overlooking Hughenden estate, the view from the monument is one of the best in the area.
To help you to follow this walk, please look out for the orange waymarker arrows.
Start at the visitor welcome kiosk. Grid Ref SU860955
From the visitor welcome kiosk, follow the main path downhill past the stableyard to the gated entrance to Hughenden Manor. Turn right at the gates along a road with flint walls on both sides. Take care as cars do use this road.
Continue down the lane for a short distance until reaching the edge of the woods. With the Ice House on your right, follow the path into Manor Wood down a steep hill bending to the right. Check out the Second World War Tunnel.
Hughenden Second World War Tunnel
The tunnel was dug into the hill when Hughenden was a top secret mapping base during WWII. The tunnel may have been used as an air-raid shelter, but its purpose is uncertain. Today it is a home for bats.
Turn left at the crossroad after 23 metres, then keep left at the next fork.
Beech woodlands such as Manor Wood are a common sight in the Chilterns and were a popular choice for the local furniture industry
After 50 metres you reach a black metal fence to your left along the edge of the gardens, follow the fence for about 80 metres.
Follow the path down an avenue of yew trees parallel to the metal fence on the edge. After about 50 metres, where the path forks, carry on between an avenue of yew trees running parallel to the metal fence on the edge of the park to your left.
Disraeli loved the laurel and the yew. The land here is very suitable for yew trees as the soil is poor and sits on a chalk base.
Just in front of the metal fence, at the top edge of the parkland, you will find a small pet cemetery created by Coningsby, nephew of Disraeli.
Coningsby Disraeli, the nephew of Benjamin and heir to Hughenden Manor, erected these tombstones for his beloved dogs as was the fashion in Victorian times.
When the path comes to the corner of the park turn right in front of the metal gates.
Follow the track downhill away from the park for 25 metres until reaching a T junction. Turn right away from Middle Lodge down the track to the road.
Go through the metal gate on to Coates Lane. TAKE CARE HERE AS THIS ROAD CAN BE BUSY. Turn left then immediately right through the kissing gate and follow the public footpath.
Follow the path through a metal gate into Tinker's Wood and take the path on the left.
A coin found in these woods came from the time of King Offa (757-796). His wife belonged to the family which descended from Geoffrey De Clyntone on whom Henry I bestowed Hughenden Manor.
Climb up the hill until reaching a metal gate to the left through which you should see the monument.
Go through the gate towards the monument. After viewing it and enjoying the views, retrace your path back to Hughenden Manor. This return path is also marked by orange way marker arrows.
The D’Israeli Monument
The D’Israeli monument was originally commissioned by Mary-Anne Disraeli and designed by Lamb to commemorate her father-in-law as a surprise for Benjamin. The inscription reads “In memory of Isaac D’Israeli of Bradenham in this County, Esquire and Hon DCL of the University of Oxford, who by his happy genius diffused among the multitude that elevating taste for literature which before his time was the privilege only of the learned. This monument was shed in affectionate remembrance by Mary Anne the wife of his eldest Son; the Rt Hon Benjamin Disraeli, Lord of this Manor, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1852, 1858 and now for the sixth time Knight of this Shire. June 1862.” When Mary Anne died in 1872 Benjamin added the following inscription “Mary Anne Disraeli Viscountess Beaconsfield; d. Dec. 15. 1872. Dulcis conjux.”
Visitor welcome kiosk
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