A great way to explore Box heritage is to take a walk in the Chilterns countryside. Find inspiration for your outdoor explorations with resources available on this website, including a walk leaflet, a photo gallery and audio clip of music played on a Boxwood instrument.
Take the family to Wendover Woods to look for Box trees of all shapes and sizes. Look out for an interpretation board in the Woods which tells the story of Box heritage in the locality. Facilities include a cafe, playground, picnic/BBQ area, bicycle/horserider routes and public toilets. Parking charges apply. Visit the Forestry Commission website for details.
Enjoy a picnic in this flower-rich grassland where Box grows as scrub with Yew and Privet. Please keep to the Open Access Land and public footpaths as the land is under private ownership. Free parking is available a short walk away at Cowleaze Wood (SU725955).
Admire the Box and Yew topiary in the formal gardens and then stroll along the River Thames to find Box growing wild on the river cliffs. This is a National Trust property with facilities including cafe, playground, picnic area, shop and toilets. Entry charges apply for non-members. Visit the National Trust website for details.
In the Box Wood Walks leaflet, there are three walking routes of 3 miles, 3.5 miles and 6 miles, starting from Great Kimble or Pulpit Hill near Princes Risborough. All routes have a pub enroute and Open Access Land for picnickers. You can reach these routes by bus or train or drive and park in small, informal parking areas for free.
Follow the walking trails in the leaflet to discover twisting old Box trees in the largest native Box woodland in the country and enjoy far-reaching views of the Chiltern Hills and adjacent vales. Explore woodlands and grasslands rich with chalk-associated flora and fauna including box, juniper, orchids and snails. Step back in time by visiting a hill fort and three village churches. Find out how people have used Boxwood through the centuries.
Year-round interest is provided by stunning views, churches and evergreen Box. Box is easier to distinguish in the winter when other trees have lost their leaves. Spring and summer promises colourful wildflowers and butterflies in the grasslands.
The walks leaflet has full directions for the three routes and a detailed map - download it here: