High Wycombe Parks and Woods Walk
This large Buckinghamishire town is a great place to go for a country walk with some several attractive woodland areas, views of the Chiltern Hills and the wonderful Hughenden Park to enjoy. With a train station on the Chiltern Main Line, the town is easily accessible from London with services operated by Chiltern Railways from London Marylebone. As such it's a great place to come for a country weekend walk if you coming from the capital.
This circular walk visits some of the highlights of the area including Hughenden Park, Naphill Common, Downley Common and Little Tinker's Wood.
The walk starts just to the north of the town centre where you can pick up footpaths heading north to Hughenden Manor and Park. It's a short distance from the town centre and well worth exploring. On the site you will find 1,500 acres of parkland with woodland trails, pretty formal gardens and riverside paths to enjoy.
After exploring the park the route follows more footpaths north west through Flagmore Wood and then up to Naphill Common. Here you will find 55 acres (63 hectares) of woodland, paths, bridleways, ponds, heathland and open glades. You can also look out for a variety of wildlife including deer and a number of woodland birds.
After exploring Naphill the route turns south to visit the adjacent Downley Common. There's more nice trails, here with lots of pretty wildflowers and bluebells in the spring.
The final section of the route takes you through Little Tinker's Wood before returning to High Wycombe.
To extend the walk you could head south west from Naphill to visit West Wycombe Park. Here you will find West Wycombe House which includes 45 acres of landscaped gardens with a lovely large lake, views of the River Wyre, woodland paths and sweeping lawns to enjoy. Also nearby is the National Trust's Bradenham Woods. The walk here includes lovely Chiltern views and a visit to the delightful village of Bradenham. The woods can be easily visited from Saunderton which has a train station. To the west of the village you can pick up The Ridgeway and the Chiltern Way to further explore the Chilterns AONB.
The Chiltern Way Berkshire Loop long distance trail also starts in the town. The trail heads to Crowsley Park, near Henley on Thames, with nice riverside stretches along the river to enjoy.
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Walks near High Wycombe
- Hughenden Manor Park - The 1,500 acres of parkland surrounding the red brick Victorian mansion of Hughenden Manor is great for a short walk in lovely surroundings
- West Wycombe Park - Explore the beautiful estate surrounding West Wycombe House on this walk in the Chilterns AONB
- Bradenham Woods - This circular walk explores the woodland and countryside surrounding the pretty village of Bradenham in the Chilterns
- Chiltern Way Berkshire Loop - This walk runs from the outskirts of High Wycombe to Crowsley Park, near Henley on Thames
- The Ridgeway - Step back in time on this wonderful 85 mile route which follows an ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man The trail starts at Overton Hill in Wiltshire on the edge of the Marlborough Downs and heads east through the Chiltern Hills to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire
- Chiltern Way - This is the original 125 mile circuit of the Chilterns AONB taking you through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, Marlow, Hambleden, Turville, Fingest, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs Country Park, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Harpenden
- Downley Common - This walk visits Downley Common next to the Buckinghamshire village of Downley in the Chilterns near High Wycombe.
- Princes Risborough - This Buckinghamshire based town is in a great location for exploring the beautiful Chiltern Hills AONB.
This walk from the town's train station takes you to some of the highlights of the area
- Great Missenden - Enjoy a circular walk around the village of Great Missenden in the Chilterns
- Penn Wood - This walk visits Penn Wood near High Wycombe and Amersham in Buckinghamshire.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the town you could head to the Pann Mill on the eastern side of the town centre. There's some nice trails along the River Wye next to the historic mill. Near here there's also the Dyke where you'll find a picturesque boating lake.
Just to the north east of the town there's the peaceful Penn Wood where you can look out for deer and enjoy some bluebell woodland walks during the spring months.