Chiltern Walks: Wooburn Green and Flackwell Heath
Start / Finish: Car Park at Wooburn Manor Park, Wooburn Green, HP10 0TT
Distance: 6.4km / 4 miles
Duration: Approx 1.5 hours at at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: N/A
Map: OS Explorer Map (172) Chiltern Hills East
Wooburn Green may be just outside the boundary of the AONB but this is still a proper Chilterns Walk. I found this route when looking for a good practice hill for the Inca Trail. Whilst scouring our own OS Map this was the nearest concentration of closely knitted contour lines within a short drive of home.
You can park for free at Wooburn Manor park and start the walk at the footbridge over the River Wye. After crossing Town Lane and the route of the abandoned Bourne End To Wycombe railway follow the footpath up the hill. Bear right to follow the Western edge of a small wood and you’ll emerge into housing in Flackwell Heath. Follow Northern Woods road onto Juniper Hill descending back down to Wooburn Green.
Walking up Glory Mill lane you’ll pass though what used to be the old Paper Mill that was demolished in the 1990’s. What used to be a thriving industrial area fed by the River Wye is now a significantly quieter housing estate. Just past St Mary’s Pastoral Centre, turn right onto a path between older housing and the river. Cross over Holtspur Lane and into open fields ascending into Mill Wood. Follow Mill Wood South, crossing the junction of Windsor Hill and The Chase. When the path emerges onto Berghers Hill, the road will curve left. At this point take the right hand footpath heading West. From here the route descends through a wood and a field back to the car park.