Hughenden Manor Estate walk
Start: NT car park
Finish: NT car park
Length: 9.71 km / 6 miles
Weather: Hot and sunny
I didn't have a map for this area, so my preferred choice of paper map and track on my phone wasn't available for this walk. Much frustration ensued as I tried to flick from three sources on my phone; OS map screen shot, View Ranger track and written instructions from the NT website. As a result, we did become uncertain of our exact location on several occasions, that proved tedious at times, along with the continual cross-referencing to verify our position. But all said, it was a lovely walk on a hot summer's day.
Looking across the Hughenden valley.
Hughenden Park is largely pasture, which is grazed by cattle in the summer months.
The Hughenden ha-ha. Hughenden Manor is a Grade I listed building. Benjamin Disraeli purchased the original stuccoed Georgian house and once he had the resources, he had the building completely remodelled in 1860-63 by Edward Buckton Lamb.
The first view of the monument.
The Monument, designed by E B Lamb 1862, is an elaborate, 15 ft high Bath stone pillar erected by Mary Anne Disraeli in memory of her father-in-law, the literary critic and historian Isaac D'Israeli.
The narrow footpath into Common Wood, opposite the end of Littleworth Road, on Coates Lane.
At Downley Common, next to the cricket pavilion, there is a small blacksmiths forge that was in use up until the early 1990s. Go through a metal kissing gate by the driveway to Blacksmiths Cottage.
At a crossing path turn right and head uphill through woodland until you reach a kissing-gate.
The path across a field leading to the wood before Hunts Hill Lane .
Jimmy Harding's Dale is a typical Chiltern dry valley that was carved from the chalk during the Ice Age. Also the circular clump of trees that can be spotted in other Chiltern locations. Don't ask me who Jimmy Dale is though.
The gate that takes you into Flagmore Wood.
The path above Echo Valley lays ahead.
We had our lunch on a bench overlooking Echo Valley.
Back in the shade of Common Wood.
Leaving Common Wood.
Looking back to Common Wood.