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.
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 mysterious golden ball (small additional charge to ascend the bell tower), a flamboyant Mausoleum, the remains of a once commanding ancient iron age hillfort and the mystery shrouded, wonderful Hell Fire Caves (additional charges apply see discount offer below).
If you intend to enter any of sites on this tour (and we recommend you do) you are advised 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 landspcape and villages. There are a few ascents and descents along with some stretches of the route that may be wet/boggy, so be prepared!
Hell Fire Caves 20% Entry Discount
Just show the Hell Fire Caves tour stop page when paying for admission to the caves and receive a 20% entry discount. Now there’s no reason not to visit these spellbinding caves as part of your tour!
Not sure you’re ready to go paper-free? Here’s the OS map covering the walk area:
Chiltern Hills East (OS Explorer Map – 172) Buy Now at Amazon