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Walking trail

Monument walk at Hughenden

Walking trail

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.

Map

Map of the monument walk

Start:

Start at the visitor welcome kiosk. Grid Ref SU860955

1

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.

2

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.

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Hughenden Second World War Tunnel

3

Turn left at the crossroad after 23 metres, then keep left at the next fork.

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Manor Wood in spring

4

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.

5

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.

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Monument walk yew trees

6

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.

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Pet Cemetery Hughenden

7

When the path comes to the corner of the park turn right in front of the metal gates.

8

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.

9

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.

10

Follow the path through a metal gate into Tinker's Wood and take the path on the left.

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Tinker's Wood in autumn

11

Climb up the hill until reaching a metal gate to the left through which you should see the monument.

12

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.

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an image of Disrael's monument at Hughenden

End:

Visitor welcome kiosk

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Monument walk at Hughenden

How to get here

Address
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.

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.

Monument walk at Hughenden

Facilities and access

  • Car parking at Hughenden’s man 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.