Racy West Wycombe: April 13th
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11 mile circuit via Hughenden Manor (National Trust)
We head out into the Chiltern hills on an 11 mile stroll between the fascinating historical small town of West Wycombe, the unspoilt village of Bradenham and the magnificent estate of Hughenden Manor.
- 10:00am at St. Lawrence Church, West Wycombe Hill, Church Lane, HP14 3AP (Free parking)
- Approximately 11miles
- Expected duration 6+hours
- Leader: Sharon meet our leaders
- A WHATSAPP group will be created to share info and photos on the day, so once signed up, please send an email to grant permission to be added to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Remember waterproofs, walking boots/shoes and a packed lunch & water.
- Dogs are welcome, but are entirely the owner's responsibility and must have a lead and be under close control at all times.
- If encountering livestock do not walk too close or get between a cow and calf. If threatened, let go of your dog so it can escape and reduce the risk to yourself.
- Please keep to the indicated public rights of way and respect the landowner’s property at all times.
- There are often styles to negotiate on this type of walk.
- Countryside walking can often include hills and uneven terrain. Our group ethos is to support everyone in group to achieve their maximum potential in terms of completing the route. As such, we endeavour to walk at a pace all participants are comfortable with. We apologise if this causes any frustration to fitter walkers.
- Please consult your doctor if you are at all worried about your fitness and ability to take part.
- Please inform the walk leaders, Get Outdoors, of any underlying health conditions that may affect your walking ability before signing up.
West Wycombe Hill
The walk begins from the top of this imposing hill, with fantastic views all around. Once the site of an Iron Age settlement and a thriving hilltop village for centuries, its 55 acres of rare chalk grassland are now looked after by the National Trust, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
St Lawrence’s Churchyard
Medieval Church visible from miles around with it's golden ball standing high on the hill and a very large free car park for our meeting place.
The Dashwood family, who also own West Wycombe park below (also NT run), have been in West Wycombe for over 300 years.
The Hell Fire Caves
Beneath the hill are 230m of man-made chalk and flint caves. Excavated between 1748 and 1752 for Francis Dashwood, the 11th Baron le Despencer, who was co-founder of the infamous Hell Fire Clubs, who met in the caves and have been a tourist attraction since 1863.
The Hell Fire Clubs were exclusively for the high society, rumoured to be the meeting places of "persons of quality", who wished to partake in immoral acts - often politicians.
Bradenham Village & Manor
The Clumps of Naphill Common
Country home of the Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, the Queen's favourite. Also home of a secret map making operation during the 2nd World War. Codenamed the "Hillside Manor", it played a significant role in shaping the war's outcome.
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