Hughenden Manor was once the country home of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. It is now owned by the National Trust and is fully open to the public. We just wanted to go for a walk, stretch our legs and get some fresh air, so we parked at the bottom of the hill by the church in the free car park. We had chosen to do the circular walk from this car park that we spotted on the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Beauty website, Walk 13.
We loved this walk. It takes you behind Hughenden Manor, in between the café/gift shop and the walled garden. We sneaked a peek and took a couple of photos and promised ourselves that we would return one day to visit the house.
You wouldn’t believe how close you are to High Wycombe as it is such a peaceful walk. We could only hear the sound of the birdsong as we walked through the woods. It was wonderful to stop, stand still, and just listen.
The directions for Walk 13 can be a little confusing, for instance at the beginning of paragraph 2 it says to go through the gate, but there was only a gate into a field of cabbages. We stayed on the track heading towards the woods and luckily this was the right decision. It all adds to the adventure in our minds, not knowing if you are really going in the right direction, and for families it would be good to let the kids have a go at following the instructions.
There is a small section by Downley Common where you have to walk on a lane so be careful if you have little ones. It’s only for a couple of minutes though.
We passed several camps in the woods, and we reckon great fun must have been had building them.
There are a couple of pubs in Downley which would be good for a halfway stop off point. We were hoping to review them for you but we’ve literally run out of time. However the walk only takes 1 ½ hours so a stopover isn’t necessary. For National Trust members a cup of tea in the café would be a good idea as it’s only a 5 minute walk back to the car