West Wycombe Hill
West Wycombe Hill belongs to the National Trust is a good destination for combining walking with some culture and relaxation. The nearby Hell-Fire Caves, excavated in the 1750s, are also worth a visit. The proximity of open grassland to the car park makes it a good place for picnics.
At the top of West Wycombe Hill you can go for short easy walks around the various points of interest, such as the 13th century church and the Dashwood Mausoleum.
Also there, above the village of West Wycombe, are the West Wycombe Caves, also known as the Hell-Fire Caves (entry fee applies). This extensive cave system extends below the church and the mausoleum.
West Wycombe Hill offers great walks of low to medium intensity, as well as some interesting historic remnants. At the top of the hill you you are rewarded with some fabulous views across the Chilterns.
For the shortest circular walk, about 4km (~ 2.5 miles), follow the ridge path from the car park at the top of the hill. Take the first turning to your right after about 1.5km (~1 mile), then take the next right turn shortly after. From here, the path will lead you back to the beginning.
Longer walks can be taken through woodlands along the ridge.
232B W Wycombe Rd
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
How to get there
Take the A40 to West Wycombe. There are two car parks, one at the top of the hill and one at the bottom of the hill, involving a steep but lovely ascent.
Both car parks are free of charge. To get to the car park at the bottom of the hill, turn right into Chorley Road where the road forks. Shortly after there's a garden centre to your left. Turn off the main road into the adjoining car park.
The area is suitable for visitors with minor walking difficulties. It is not really suitable for wheelchairs although the open grassland at the top of the hill is only yards away from the car park.
For more information on West Wycombe Hill, please contact The National Trust on 0044 (0)1494 528051. For more information on West Wycombe Caves, please contact 0044 (0)1494 533739.