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 with the changing seasons.
The tours route includes pavements, roads and marked pathways as it guides you on your day out through the natural landscape and villages. There are a few ascents and descents along with some stretches of the route that may be wet/boggy, so be prepared!