Walking

Walking trail

Views of the Hughenden Manor estate

Walking trail

This is a 5.6 miles (9.0 kilometres) walk that explores the countryside of the Hughenden Estate and Downley Common, and which takes you to ten different views of Hughenden Manor and the surrounding Chiltern countryside.

How to follow the walk

This walk is not waymarked on site however, you can follow it on any hand-held device or you can print out a copy to bring with you from home.

Footpath above Echo Valley at Hughenden

Map

Map of Hughenden Views Walking Route

Start:

National Trust carpark at St Michael and All Angels Church

1

Start from the National Trust information board by the car park at St. Michael and All Angels Church. Turn right through the Church yard and then continue uphill parallel to the road. Just before you reach a gate, turn left, following the boundary of the park 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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View of Hughenden Church

2

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 Park

3

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 metal gate at the right-hand corner of the park. Go through the gate and follow the wide track straight ahead and then right, away from Middle Lodge. Continue downhill until you meet a gate leading onto Coates Lane.

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The south facade and parterre at Hughenden manor

4

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 and follow the public footpath. Follow the path through a metal 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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View from the D’Israeli Monument

5

When you are ready to continue, return to the kissing gate then continue in the same direction taking the main path that goes slightly downhill. Continue along a 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.)

6

Turn right along Littleworth Road, following the roadside path for 250 metre 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 for 60m until you reach a crossing path indicated with a public footpath marker arrow. Here turn right on a narrower slightly uphill woodland path and follow it round and down to the left parallel with Coates Lane until it reaches the corner of Common Wood. Here you will see a fine view across Echo Valley towards Manor Farm.

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Manor Farm and Echo Valley

7

From the viewpoint, head downhill along the edge of Common Wood. You can either continue along this narrow path or join a broader track partway down the slope. Both routes will lead you to a junction of paths at the bottom of Echo Valley. Turn left, 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 on the other side of the ditch towards Downley Common. Part way up the slope, take the left fork (where the right fork bends sharply right), then continue straight ahead following the footpath way-markers through a clearing and some scrubland. Take the left fork at a footpath marker where you see some wooden posts with a house behind until you reach the cricket pitch on Downley Common. Head across the outfield (or carefully skirt around it if a cricket match is in progress) towards a set of benches on the other side of the Common. TAKE PARTICULAR CARE IF A CRICKET MATCH IS IN PROGRESS.

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Downley Common

8

At the benches turn left on the road for a few 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

9

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. 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 for 100 metres and then turn left, with a pond on your right. After 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 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 way-marked path 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

10

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. Just before the path reaches 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

11

Continue along the edge of Echo Valley and then straight ahead through woodland until you reach 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

12

When you are ready to continue, take the road that curves uphill to the left of the Stableyard, with the apple orchard picnic area on your left. On reaching the ticket office, bear left following the woodland path to the car park.

13

On entering the car park, turn right towards the vehicle exit. As the road leaves the car park on the right, continue straight ahead and downhill, with a small plantation of young trees on your left. Enter Woodcock Wood. At the second set of coloured National Trust way-markers, turn left. Follow the woodland path until it descends to a crossing path in a district 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

14

From the viewpoint, head directly downhill towards Church Farm, turning right as you reach 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 carpark at St Michael and All Angels Church.

End:

National Trust carpark at St Michael and All Angels Church

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Views of the Hughenden Manor estate

Terrain

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.

Views of the Hughenden Manor estate

How to get here

Address
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.