Millfield Wood

Rowena Millar

An unusually light and airy Chiltern beechwood with beautiful wild flowers and lovely views across Hughenden Valley.

Location

1.5 miles north of
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP14 4LA (Hughenden Manor car park)

OS Map Reference

SU870956
A static map of Millfield Wood

Know before you go

Size
8 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park at Hughenden Church car park, take bridleway off the A4128 east for 0.25 miles to reserve.

Walking trails

0.5 mile Wildlife Walk

Access

Steep slope; flat cross slope path, bumpy and sloping elsewhere, steps

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to November

About the reserve

Valley views

Set on a Chiltern hillside with views over the Hughenden Valley, Millfield Wood's beeches are surrounded by an amazing assortment of trees - whitebeam, wayfaring-tree, field maple, yew and wild cherry.

A rich history

The site, once owned by Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, in the late 19th century, is documented on a map from 1766. The variety of plants, however, suggests that the woodland is much older than this. The floor of a beech wood is normally rather bare in spring, but unusually Millfield Wood has a number of beautiful wild flowers, many of them typical of ancient woodland.

Beauty after the storm

Storm damage has opened up the wood, letting in light and breathing new life into it. Bluebells flourish in spring alongside sweet-smelling woodruff. The woodland carpet includes dog's mercury, sanicle, wood anemone, yellow archangel and wood spurge. The native lily-of-the-valley grows here, although it can be hard to find, as well as the local speciality coralfoot, with its pretty four-petalled pink flowers. Look out for the small goldilocks buttercup, a woodland flower featuring missing or uneven petals. Listen out for the drumming of the great spotted woodpecker and the distinctive call of the chiffchaff.

Things to do

Follow the wildlife walk around the reserve (0.5 miles) 

Contact us

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Contact number: 01442 826774
Contact email: info@bbowt.org.uk

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)