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Bradenham in early spring in the Chilterns countryside, Buckinghamshire
Bradenham in the Chilterns in early spring | © National Trust / Hugh Mothersole
Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire

Bradenham countryside trail

This is a 2-mile walk taking you around the pretty village of Bradenham where the young Benjamin Disraeli spent much of his childhood. Two gentle uphill climbs are rewarded by beautiful views across the local countryside, and towards West Wycombe and Bledlow Ridge. Explore a classical Chiltern blend of hills topped with beech woodlands, gentle rolling valleys and farmland along the route.

Footpath signs

Note that there are orange National Trust footpath signs that help to mark this route at various key points along the walk.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

National Trust Bradenham village car park. Grid reference: SU827969

Step 1

Head gently downhill following the track from the car park along the southern edge of the village green. In the summer months, you might encounter a cricket match, so keep an eye out for the ball. From this side of the green, you have an opportunity to see the layout of the unspoilt Chiltern village of Bradenham and its flint and brick cottages.

Step 2

Turn right at the T-junction at the end of the village green. You soon see on your right a large boulder in the green. Bear right towards the boulder, which is a large sarsen stone.

Large sarsen stone at Bradenham estate in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire
Large sarsen stone at Bradenham, Buckinghamshire | © National Trust / Hugh Mothersole

Step 3

From the sarsen stone, head directly towards the church along the northern side of the village green. Along the edge of the road, you'll encounter more pieces of sarsen stone as well as pieces of Bradenham puddingstone.

Puddingstones surrounded by autumn leaves at Bradenham in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire
Puddingstones in Bradenham woods, Buckinghamshire | © National Trust / Hugh Mothersole

Step 4

You are now approaching the Parish Church of St Botolph and to the right of it, Bradenham Manor House.

Step 5

On reaching the brick wall in front of the church, turn left. Taking care, cross the road to a small car park by the village pond. To the right of the pond, turn left following a public footpath sign along a wide track between hedges towards a gate. Head through the gate, then a second gate and continue in the same direction for about 400 metres on a path through a field, with a wooden fence on your left.

Step 6

On meeting a wide crossing track, head straight across. There is an unusual star-shaped bench here, with room for the whole family. The path now heads gently uphill, with a line of trees on a bank on the right.

Step 7

After a further 400 metres, at the junction of several tracks, turn sharp right up a short slope and through a metal kissing gate into a field. Follow the edge of the field uphill, with Park Wood on your left and fine views back towards Bradenham over the field on your right.

Step 8

On reaching the corner of the field, go through a metal kissing gate. Go down some steps and continue directly down the slope ahead of you, crossing an area of rough meadow (marked on OS maps as woodland) to a track below. Cross the track and turn half right following a path which crosses the meadow diagonally to the end of a hedge. Carry on in the same direction following a clear path that runs diagonally uphill to a gate in the corner. Notice the many anthills on this sunny south-facing slope. From here you can see back across the Bradenham valley towards Park Wood and the hilltop village of Bledlow Ridge.

Step 9

Go through the normally open field gate and turn right along a path, initially with a post-and-wire fence on your left and woodland on your right. Look out for a tall, isolated tree stump on your left full of holes, where woodpeckers have been busy pecking for insects. About 150 metres from the gate, where a diagonal crossing track joins the path from the left, bear right. Follow this path downhill along the firebreak between two areas of woodland. This woodland has recently been partially logged in order to provide a grassland corridor for the various butterfly species found in this area, such as the speckled wood and silver-washed fritillaries. After about 200 metres you will reach a gate from which you can see views of Bradenham, including the Manor House and the Church.

Step 10

Go through the gate and continue to follow the path downhill through an area of shrubs. The path soon starts to cross a field diagonally (half left) towards a gate. Go through the two gates that take you back to the car park by the village pond. Take care crossing the busy road and head straight on past the church and the entrance to Bradenham Manor to reach your starting point.

View through the gates towards Bradenham Manor in the Chilterns Countryside, Buckinghamshire.
Bradenham Manor in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire | © National Trust / Martin Oetiker

End point

National Trust Bradenham village car park. Grid reference: SU827969

Trail map

Bradenham countryside trail map
Bradenham countryside trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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