route_type: Historic Home Walks

Cuddington Village Tour – Coming Soon

Cuddington Village Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 6 miles (9.6km)               Duration 2:20hrs              Calories 780 (est.) The walk starts in the village of Cuddington, its name of Anglo Saxon origin, is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 seems annually to be in the mix either as a runner up or winner of the coveted Best Kept Village in Buckinghamshire award.  The village is also a favoured film location with various Agatha Christie adaptations, Midsomer Murders and Oliver Twist all being filmed there. The walk is largely over fields of flat ground affording excellent views of the countryside as it takes in the picturesque mediaeval village of Nether Winchendon, location of the Medieval and Tudor Nether Winchedon Manor house set in 600 acres of Parkland (chargeable entry) the imposing Church of St. Nicholas and the River Thame (not to be confused with the Thames) on its way towards the nearby village of Chearsley. Parking is on-street in Cuddington Village with both food and drink available at the characterful Grade II listed pub The Crown with its low ceiling beamed...
Hughenden Manor Tour – Coming Soon

Hughenden Manor Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 5.50 miles (8.8km)         Duration 2.40 hrs             Calories 900 (est.) We are continuing our Chiltern Hills’ Series with a tour of the Hughenden Valley and surrounding area. One of the key attractions and first recorded in 1086 is Hughenden Manor.  Remodelled in 1862 the present mansion is now a 19th-Century red-brick Victorian building owned by the National Trust since 1947. The Manor was the country seat of Prime Minister and writer Benjamin Disraeli. Disraeli spent his younger years in the nearby village of Bradenham, which features in our West Wycombe Tour. This tour starts in the Hughenden Valley and takes in wonderful woodland, rugged and teeming with wildlife, unspoilt countryside and stunning landscape. Along the 5.5 mile-route, you will discover natural and man-made sites of historical interest in the commons along the route, while learning about local traditions and folklore. The route passes along the edge of Downley Common affording an opportunity to drop into the charming Le De Spencers Arms a Fullers pub with its large garden area, low beam ceilings and open fire, welcoming those looking for food or a pint or both (dogs on leads welcome). Please note that access to the Hughenden Manor Estate is free (including the Stable Tearooms) but there is a charge for non-National Trust members to visit the mansion and its garden. This is optional but we dare you not to be intrigued by the house that was on Hitler’s secret hit list.  We advise you to confirm opening times and dates in advance to avoid disappointment.  National Trust properties in particular are not open year round and others vary...
Greys Court Tour – Coming Soon

Greys Court Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 7.35 miles (11.8 km)     Duration 2:30 hrs             Calories 1,200 (est.) The picturesque 16th century mansion, Greys Court with its idyllic gardens is now a National Trust property and with the enchanting Chilterns as a backdrop.  Other buildings on the property such as the Great Tower date from the 12th century.  Greys Court is free to visit for National Trust members, otherwise a charge applies. The walk crosses the mansions grounds on public paths as it carries on taking in the exceptional beauty of the Chilterns rolling hills and the unique charm of the low beamed ceilinged 17th Century Rising Sun Pub in the small hamlet of Witheridge Hill for those looking for a bite to eat or pint or...
Blenheim Palace Tour – Coming Soon

Blenheim Palace Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 6.0 miles (9.6 km)          Duration 2:15 hrs             Calories 800 (est.) Built in the 18th century to celebrate the victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession, Blenheim Palace a masterpiece of Baroque architecture home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough is set in more than 2,000 acres of stunning parkland. The Blenheim Palace walk is set largely in this parkland following public paths affording exceptional woodland, field and lake views and the magnificent palace itself albeit from a distance.  Why not make a day of it and see the palace as well it’s certainly worth a visit, the palace entry fee is separate to the cost of this walk, but it’s valid for year representing very good value. The walk starts in the charming Georgian town of Woodstock (means clearing in the woods), described in the Domesday Book as a royal forest, with its many attractive cotswold stone period buildings.  The town is well known for its antique shops but also boasts the Oxfordshire Museum and St Mary Magdalene Church (the spiritual and geographical hear of Woodstock for a thousand years) with its beautiful stain glass.   Wander along its interesting streets and you’ll find a selection of other shops and galleries, as well as some excellent pubs, restaurants and tea shops, there is plenty to do and see making this walk an excellent day out!   Image from the Walk View of Blenheim Place Bridge at Blenheim Blenheim Lake Lambs at Blenheim Woodstock St Mary Magdalene Church,...
West Wycombe Village Walk

West Wycombe Village Walk

Distance: 4.5 miles (7.2 km)         Duration: 2:00 hrs            Calories 700 (est.) This Countryside walk based in the Chiltern Hills, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, takes in the National Trust villages of Bradenham and West Wycombe. You will be exploring woodlands, discovering ancient areas, visiting heritage sites and enjoying panoramic views of glorious, unspoilt countryside. To get the walk: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy an excellent day out! The West Wycombe Village walk starts and finishes in Bradenham, a historic village founded by Saxon settlers and renown not only for its postcard-pretty cottages but also as the birthplace of Prime Minister and writer Benjamin Disraeli. Highlights include a visit to the quaint Village Green, the Manor and ancient St Botolph’s Church. From there, you will stroll to West Wycombe, a medieval village, close to the Oxfordshire border and one of the most important conservation areas and historic landscapes in Buckinghamshire. The jewel in the crown is an elegant Palladian mansion home of the Dashwood family (additional charge for non-National Trust members) with Grade I listed parkland, often featured in costume dramas, such as Little Dorrit, Cranford and, more recently, Downtown Abbey. The village’s narrow streets are lined with rustic cottages and fine examples of architecture of the 15th and 18th Century, including several inns and buildings of different styles. The prominent hill overlooking the village offers breath-taking views of the valley landscape and is the location of a charming historic church whose tower is topped with a...