Parks & Outdoors
Nestled in the heart of the Chiltern Valley, High Wycombe is surrounded by a stunning natural environment – from rolling chalk hills and lush wild meadows to native beech woodlands and rippling streams. Boasting two National Trust Estates close-by, High Wycombe is blessed with hundreds of acres of green space.
Just a short walk from High Wycombe’s high street lies the Wycombe Rye, a large area of grassed parkland, and recent recipient of celebrated Green Flag status. Featuring paved pathways, a children’s play area and riverside café, the park also offers seasonal boat hire – allowing visitors to take a self-navigated trip down the River Wye. At the eastern end of the Rye lies Holywell Mead, originally the site of a Roman villa.
Wycombe Museum, positioned overlooking the town on Priory Avenue, is famed for its stunning gardens, with an expansive lawn and children’s walking & nature trails throughout the grounds. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic on a sunny day. Wycombe Museum runs regular events throughout the year, alongside its permanent exhibitions:
Just a short drive from the town centre, Hughenden Park offers a wide stretch of wooded grassland, open for the public to enjoy year-round. The park is big enough to feel remote and tranquil, but close enough to enjoy all the town’s amenities. Adjacent to the Park you can find the Hughenden Estate – the former home of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. With over 680 acres of lush countryside, there are numerous walking trails and natural play areas to explore, as well as the Manor’s formal gardens, a walled kitchen garden, statue terraces and perfectly manicured lawns, giving a glimpse into a stately way of life from a bygone era. Heading west through High Wycombe, a second National Trust preserve can be found in the quaint village of West Wycombe, with its West Wycombe Estate, home of the Dashwood Family.
Its 5000 acres of hills & grassland present a stunning background to the 18th Century built Manor House, which, for a panoramic landscape, is best viewed from across the valley on West Wycombe Hill. Featuring the iconic ‘Golden Ball’ atop the medieval St Lawrence’s Church and the hexagonal flint Dashwood Mausoleum, West Wycombe Hill offers a commanding view over the surrounding countryside. It is also the starting point for many walking trails – either back towards High Wycombe or deeper still into the Chiltern Valley.