Views of the Hughenden Manor estate

Walking trail

This is a 5.6 mile walk which gives you ten different views of Hughenden Manor and the surrounding Chilterns countryside.

How to follow the walk

This walk is not waymarked however, you can follow it on a hand-held device or print out a copy to use as you walk.


Map of Hughenden Views Walking Route


National Trust carpark at St Michael and All Angels Church


Start from the National Trust information board by the car park at St. Michael and All Angels Church [or see alternative start from main Hughenden Manor Car Park, Step 13]. Keeping the church on your right, take the path up through the Church yard and out through a gate, then straight on up the hill. Just before you reach another gate, turn left, following the boundary of the park, passing several wooden benches, until you reach brick wall (a ha-ha) on your right, above which you will see the east side of Hughenden Manor through a broad gap in the trees. When you reach the ha-ha, turn around for your first view.

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Hughenden Park and Church from the ha-ha


From the ha-ha, continue in the same direction to a metal kissing-gate. Go through the gate. Keeping Hughenden Manor’s woodland garden on your right, walk past an ornamental green gate on your right and continue uphill towards a fenced-off area around some of Hughenden Manor’s beehives. On your right you will soon see the South Façade and the Parterre Garden of Hughenden Manor across a low wrought-iron fence.

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Hughenden Manor south façade from Hughenden Park


Bear left then head gently downhill away from Hughenden Manor on a wide grassy path along the top of the slope, parallel to a line of trees on your right. To your left you will see further views across Hughenden Park. After 150 metres you will pass some gravestones on your right. These were erected by Coningsby, Disraeli's nephew, for his pet dogs. Head towards a wide metal gate at the right-hand corner of the park. Go through (or around) the wide gate, then follow the wide track on the other side of the wide gate as it curves right, away from Middle Lodge. Continue downhill, past various animal burrows on the right hand bank, until you meet a gate leading onto Coates Lane.


Go through the metal gate on to Coates Lane. Take care here as this road can be busy. Turn left then almost immediately right through the kissing gate. Follow the public footpath through fields beside a fence. Go through another kissing gate into Little Tinker’s Wood and take the path immediately on the left. 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.

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Hughenden Manor from the D'Israeli Monument


When you are ready to continue, return to the kissing gate then take the path ahead, left of the path on which you arrived. Continue along this fairly straight, level path through Little Tinkers wood. Ignore a downhill path on the right. Continue until the path narrows and eventually emerges into a small cul-de-sac. The path continues straight ahead for a few more metres to reach Littleworth Road. (This short section of path can become overgrown in the summer, so you may wish to turn left to reach Littleworth Road via the cul-de-sac.)


Turn right along Littleworth Road, following the roadside path for 250 metres until it meets Coates Lane. Cross Coates Lane. Take care here as this road can be busy. Enter a narrow footpath following the public footpath sign between hedges, walls and fences until you reach a National Trust sign in Common Wood announcing the Hughenden Estate; the path widens here. Follow the path downhill to a junction of paths at the bottom of Echo Valley where there is a view of the west wing of Hughenden Manor above the distant trees.

Echo Valley: a typical Chiltern dry valley.


Turn left away from Echo Valley, heading gently uphill along the bottom of the wooded valley until you reach another junction of paths. Go straight ahead for 10m past the sign post and then bear right taking the uphill path towards Downley Common to the left of a ditch. Part way up the slope, take the left fork (where the right fork bends sharply right to follow the edge of the ditch). On leaving the wood, bear slight left past a clump of scrubland on your right and continue uphill until you reach the cricket pitch on Downley Common. Head across the outfield towards a set of benches on the other side of the pitch. (If the grass on the edge of the common is overgrown, or if a cricket match is in progress, you can circumnavigate the cricket pitch in an anticlockwise direction via a track and a lane.)

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Downley Common


At the benches turn left on the road for about 40 metres then turn right onto a footpath just before the wooden Downley Sports Pavilion. Go through a metal kissing gate by the driveway to Blacksmiths Cottage. Keeping right, cross the paddock to another gate leading into the West Wycombe Estate. Follow a broad field-side path with a hedge on your right. About 50 metres after a wide gap in the hedge on your right, you will see a fine view across the valley to West Wycombe Church and the Dashwood Mausoleum.

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View of West Wycombe


Continue along the same path, which enters an area of woodland in the corner of the field. Continue downhill through the woodland until you reach a crossing path in the valley. Here turn right, heading uphill through woodland until you reach a kissing-gate. Follow the path across a field to another gate. After the gate, turn right and follow the path for 100 metres till you reach a pond on your left. Turn left just before the pond, and follow the path for a further 100 metres you will reach a small parking area at the end of Hunts Hill Lane. Head down Hunts Hill Lane for just under 300 metres until, near the bottom of a steep hill, you reach a sign-posted footpath on your right into Oaks Wood. Follow this path parallel with the boundary of the wood until you reach a crossing path. Here turn left, following the path about 40 metres to a metal kissing gate. Go through the gate to a view over a grass meadow in a dry valley, with a circular copse in front of you.

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Jimmy Harding’s Dale


From the gate bear right towards another gate leading into woodland. Enter Flagmore Wood and follow the path, which merges with another path from the left, until it reaches a dip. Here turn left following a clear path directly downhill. The path curves to the right towards the bottom of the slope. On reaching a T-junction, turn right along the bottom of the valley. At a crossing path, just before you reach another gate into a field, turn left up a short climb. At the T-junction at top of the slope turn right, following the signpost to Hughenden Manor & Tea Room. Follow this path along the edge of Echo Valley.

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Echo Valley Summer sky


Continue along the edge of Echo Valley and then straight ahead through woodland until you reach a path merging from the right. Bear slightly left here up a short, steep slope. At the top continue ahead between two brick and flint walls taking you to the Stableyard on your left and Hughenden Manor on the right.

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Hughenden Manor North Façade


When you are ready to continue, cross the Stableyard and take the road that curves uphill, passing the buildings on your right and, later, the apple orchard picnic area on your left. On reaching the visitor welcome kiosk, bear left following the woodland path up towards the main Hughenden Manor Car Park at the top of the hill. At the T-junction of paths by the Dew Pond, just below the National Trust car park, turn right.


[If starting from the main Hughenden Manor Car Park, follow the track a few metres down from the information board, then turn left by the Dew Pond.] Keep the pond on your left, and follow the path until you reach a road. Cross the road and head left for 20 metres. Opposite the entrance to the main Hughenden Manor Car Park, turn right onto a path indicated by a set of red and blue National Trust way-markers, with a small plantation of young trees on your left. Continue downhill into Woodcock Wood, then immediately bear left along a gentle footpath until it meets another path merging from the right. Bear left and follow the woodland path, past another set of red and blue way-markers, until it descends to a crossing path in a distinct dip. Turn right, following the path downhill to a gate. Go through the gate to see a fine view over Hughenden Valley and Church Farm.

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Church Farm and Hughenden Valley


From the viewpoint, head directly downhill towards Church Farm, turning right when you reach a fence at the bottom of the incline. Follow the path through a gate into an adjacent field. Keeping the field boundary on your left, head for another metal gate, which takes you back to the National Trust car park at St Michael and All Angels Church.

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View of Hughenden Church


National Trust carpark at St Michael and All Angels Church

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Views of the Hughenden Manor estate


Most of the walk is on soft footpaths, although you will need to cross Coates Lane twice. There is one short stretch across a National Trust carpark. There are no stiles but a number of gates. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under strict control as livestock is grazed on several parts of the route. Dogs must be kept on leads on the West Wycombe Estate. There are several short, but fairly steep climbs and descents. Some paths may be muddy and slippery after prolonged or heavy rain. Stout walking shoes or walking boots are recommended in wet conditions or after heavy rain.

Please note that parts of the route between points 7 and 10 are not on National Trust land. As such, the National Trust does not check for hazards on these sections of the walk. Walkers therefore follow this route at their own risk.

Views of the Hughenden Manor estate

How to get here

Start at the National Trust carpark at St Michael and All Angels Church (Grid Reference SU864955), except on Sunday mornings, when you can start from the main car park at Hughenden Manor Grid Ref: SU859957. (Free for National Trust members)
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

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. St Michael and All Angels Church is 200 metre 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.