*new date*To Hellfire and back - Wandering west of Wycombe

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jul 21
2024

13 people attending

7 places left

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£12.50
Event booking closes on Jul 20 at 23:00:00
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Some short steep climbs and potentially muddy going if the weather is against us

Event rescheduled (again!) for  Sunday 21st July
Join us for this summertime 9.5mile walk on the outskirts of High Wycombe, with it's mixture of woodland and common land, manor houses and monuments. 

We will start in the small village of West Wycombe at the imposing Dashwood Mausoleum, an 18th century monument containing the ashes of the Dashwood family (and weirdly, a friend's heart, until an Australian stole it!). There are far reaching views looking over West Wycombe Park and it's landscaped gardens first curated by Sir Francis Dashwood, now looked after by the National Trust.

We will pass the Hellfire Caves, a quarter of a mile of underground chambers (including a banqueting hall) - another venture by Sir Francis Dashwood to show off what he could do with his money, with the chalk removed from the hillside used to create the main road into High Wycombe. The caves are open until 5.30pm so you may wish to visit after the walk (booking online in advance is recommended - £8.50 for adults, £7 with National Trust membership).

We leave High Wycombe and walk through woodland towards the charming village of Bradenham, with a cricket pitch on the village green. We will then start the uphill route to reach the beech trees (and one oak tree) of Naphill Common. 

After a while we will reach Hughenden Manor, another National Trust property, famous for being the country house of former PM Benjamin Disraeli. We'll aim to have lunch on the lawn in front of the house itself, with the opportunity for coffees at the cafe (queues depending). 

Afterwards we will go through Hughenden Park and a short stiff climb to the monument to Disraeli overlooking the park. We then make our way through Downley and find the route back to the start at West Wycombe where we can pick a pub to finish with a nice cold drink.

 

Don't waste that space!

Spring walks get busy so please only book if you know you can make it. If your plans change please free up the space for someone else.

Is it dog friendly? 

Dogs are welcome on the walk, but please abide by the Countryside Code (https://tinyurl.com/rlqvp3h). Please also remember not everyone loves dogs as much as you do so please be mindful of other members.

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Image / photo credits:  All images taken by the event leader with permission for ODL use.

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A monument on a hill
A view of a village cricket pitch
A wide reaching view of green countryside
Hughenden Manor house
A monument on a hill
A view of a village cricket pitch
A wide reaching view of green countryside
Hughenden Manor house