Boundary walk at Hughenden

Walking trail

This energetic 4 mile walk broadly follows the outer boundary of the Hughenden Estate. It allows you to explore beautiful woodland, open parkland, farmland and a rare chalk stream.

This walk is no longer way-marked however, you can follow it on a hand-held device or print out a copy of these directions to use as you walk.

Most of the walk is on footpaths. There are no stiles. There is one short road section and two road crossings. Some of the route can be muddy and slippery in or after wet weather, and there are some quite steep slopes to walk up and down. So we recommend you wear good walking shoes or boots.


Map of Boundary walk route


The visitor welcome kiosk (Grid Ref: SU859955).


From the visitor welcome kiosk, follow the path uphill towards the main car park. At the T-junction of paths by the Dew Pond, just before the car park, turn right then turn left up the road for 40 metres before turning right onto a path, with a small plantation of young trees on your left. Continue downhill into Woodcock Wood. Shortly after entering Woodcock Wood turn left at a crossing. Soon you pass a sawpit on your right. Continue straight ahead through to the end of the woodland ignoring any crossing paths.

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Beech woodlands at Hughenden


Go through a gate then continue in a leftward direction across the field towards a gate in the field boundary, with views of Hughenden Valley to the right. Go left through the gate and walk up the right edge of a field. Cross a path and through another field, with a hedge now on your left. At the end of the field, turn right along the woodland boundary until you see a metal gate on your left.

Countryside at Hughenden


Turn left through the gate to enter Flagmore Wood. After about 50 metres you pass chalk pits on either side of the path. Continue straight ahead, until you reach a junction. Take the right hand fork and follow the path downhill ignoring any joining or crossing paths. At the bottom of the hill, turn left on the bridleway until you reach a gate leading into a field.

Countryside at Hughenden


Don’t go through the gate but turn right uphill into Common Wood (signposted to Downley). When you reach the crossing boundary ditch, turn left keeping the ditch on your right. Go downhill to a crossing track. Cross the track and continue steeply uphill until you leave the wood between two fences. Take care here as the route meets a busy public road.

Autumn colours in Echo Valley


Cross the road (Coates Lane) into Littleworth Road and walk along the pavement on the left. Just after house number 78 (and opposite a brick and flint cottage) join a public footpath on the left.  This footpath is quite narrow and can get overgrown in the summer. Alternatively, continue another 40m and turn left into the drive opposite Narrow Lane. Cross a drive then continue along a path narrow towards Little Tinkers Wood. Enter the woods then immediately bear left at fork. After about 20 metres at the next fork do not follow the larger path that bears left and downhill. Instead continue straight ahead, then gently uphill until you reach a metal gate into a field containing the D’Israeli Monument. Here there are fine views over the estate and of the Manor.

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The D'Israeli Monument


Leave the Monument field through the same gate you entered then turn right to go down to the bottom of the woods. Turn right through a gate into a field then continue with a fence on your right until you reach a road, Coates Lane. Take care crossing  the road and turn left for 30m.

View from D'Israeli Monument


Turn sharp right on to a track and go through a metal gate. Follow the track uphill until you reach a gate with Middle Lodge on it. Turn left here and go through a set of metal gates into Hughenden Park. Turn sharp right then follow the path downhill with a metal fence on your right and parkland on your left. Continue beneath some large field maples until you reach a stream, with an ornamental lake created by a weir.

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View of parkland in summer at Hughenden


Turn left to walk along the left bank of Hughenden Stream until you reach the main drive that leads up to Hughenden Manor.

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A pond on the chalk stream at Hughenden


Turn left to walk uphill, keeping to the left of the drive. Pass through the car park of St Michael and All Angels Church then go into the churchyard.

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View of Hughenden Church


Follow the tarmac path up to the left of the church. Leave the churchyard through a small gate and continue uphill. Alternatively, if you prefer to avoid the cemetery, walk uphill across the grass meadow keeping the church hedge on your right. At the top of the park go through the metal gate next to a cattle grid, join the main drive and walk straight along it until you reach the Stableyard and Walled Garden entrances on your right. Refreshments and public toilets are available in the Stableyard. Turn right here and follow the signs to return to the visitor car park and welcome kiosk.

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The manor in Spring at Hughenden, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire


The National Trust visitor welcome kiosk

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Boundary walk at Hughenden

How to get here

Hughenden Manor High Wycombe Bucks HP14 4LA
By train

The nearest station is High Wycombe (2 miles/3km away) on the Chiltern Line.

By road

1.5 miles (2.4km) north of High Wycombe off the A4128 towards Great Missenden. Exit 4 from M40, then A404 towards High Wycombe, then follow signs to Eden Shopping Centre, then A4128 towards Great Missenden.

By foot

1.5 miles (2.4km) north of High Wycombe, off the A4128. Footpaths head into the estate from surrounding villages. Please see OS Explorer map 172.

By bus

Arriva 300 regular bus service between High Wycombe and Aylesbury, stopping at the estate entrance. Hughenden Manor and the walk start are then 0.5 miles (0.8km) uphill

Boundary 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.