On a freezing day in early January the sun was shining and there were no clouds in the sky so off we set to discover somewhere beautiful. Approximately a 40 minute drive from Beaconsfield, located 2 miles beyond Wendover and just past RAF Halton, is a turning to Wendover Woods. Drive up the lane and you’ll see a small right hand turning almost opposite the entrance to Chiltern Forest Golf Club. It’s easily missed …. well we missed it! If you are using Google Maps it’s probably best to follow directions to the golf club, HP22 5NQ, and keep your eyes peeled for the Wendover Woods turning.
There is a spacious pay and display car park which costs £1.70 for 2 hours or £3.30 for 4 hours. Managed by the Forestry Commission, redevelopment of the car park and children’s adventure area are currently taking place. I’m guessing they will both be bigger and better for 2018.
There are many choices of paths through the woods, including activity trails for children, fitness trails for adults, cycle paths, bridle paths and of course plenty of footpaths. We chose the Hill Fort trail which took us around the remains of Boddingdon camp, an Iron Age Hill Fort dating back 2,500 years. From here there are amazing views of the Aylesbury Vale where, on a clear day, you can see for miles and miles.
Young children will enjoy The Highway Rat Activity Trail which gives the opportunity for all sorts of fun. The popular book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is brought to life on this forest trail. Wendover Woods has plenty of picnic benches for warmer days, BBQ areas, toilets and a welcoming cafe. All in all, it’s a great way of getting some fresh air and exercise and is suitable for the whole family. If you visit see if you can spot the Gruffalo.