Chiltern Walks: Hughenden Monument Circular
Start / Finish: Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire
Distance: 3.4km / 2.1 miles
Duration: 1.5 hours at at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: Hughenden Boundary Walk
Map: OS Explorer Map (172) Chiltern Hills East
Having already visited the Manor at Hughenden, this time we were back to explore the wider estate. The Monument Walk is a a great short stroll that reveals even more about the history of the estate. From the National Trust Visitors’ Kiosk follow the orange arrows for the 1-mile walk to the monument, The NT’s own web page on the walk is a great resource for info on the route and history of the monument.
Although the NT’s route directs you to retrace your steps from the monument, a better option is to continue South and make it a circuit. Pass through Little Tinkers Wood, across a small housing estate then back across Coates Lane into Hughenden Park. From here head North back to the fence surrounding the Manor.
As you re-enter the grounds take a moment to look at the gates designed by Benjamin Disraeli himself. They include a Castilian Tower, representing his Jewish heritage,which he played down in his earlier carrier but re-embraced later on. After passing the gates turn left onto the North Lawn for a great view of the house to finish the walk.