Chiltern Walks: Hughenden Monument Circular

Start / Finish: Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire
Distance: 3.4km / 2.1 miles
Ascent: 89m
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.

Design from the Disraeli coat of arms incorporated into the old visitors gates.

Design from the Disraeli coat of arms incorporated into the old visitors gates.


 
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