West Wycombe (Hearing Dogs): January 15th 2022
10 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 meet/4:30pm finish.
Waterproofs, walking boots and packed lunch are essential.
Do bring dogs, but with sheep & roads to cross be prepared to use a lead.
Half of the registration fee covers the cost of the organised walk and the other half will go to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
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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