Panorama from the Burnham Beeches Loop hike in Chiltern Hills, England
Panorama from the Burnham Beeches Loop hike in Chiltern Hills, England

Burnham Beeches Loop Trail hike

Chiltern Hills
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Burnham Beeches Loop Trail hike

Distance: 2.6mi
Elevation: 72ft
Time: 1-1.25h

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This short walk is great for families with a couple of short, steep hills to challenge young explorers. Explore the primeval woodland at your own pace as you pass ponds, ancient settlements, meadows, marshlands, and thousands of beech trees.

Burnham Beeches Loop Trail hike Map

Getting there

Use postcode SL2 3LB to drive to the Burnham Beeches car park. It is open from 8am until dusk everyday. Payment is by donation only during the week, or £3 on weekends and bank holidays. Unfortunately, there is no public transport.

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About

When to do

Year Round

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

At trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

None

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Circuit


Burnham Beeches Loop Trail
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Route Description for Burnham Beeches Loop Trail

Make your way from the car park to the information board on the left side of the café (open daily 10-5, except Christmas Day), and begin the trail here. Continue past the café and toilets on your right to follow the trail past a small car park. When you reach the road turn left. Walk along this traffic-free road past two green gates until you reach a cattle grid across the road. Do not pass over the cattle grid, instead turn along the trail to your left with the fence on your right.

After about 984ft you will find a wooden gate on your right. Head through it and follow the main boardwalk across the Mire. At the end of the boardwalk, cross another path and continue straight ahead until you reach the road.

Cross the road and stay on this main trail, ignoring all other side trails. You will go down and up a small hill, across another boardwalk, and through woodlands until you reach Middle Pond. Stop to admire the pond habitat before continuing straight ahead on the same trail. Soon after you will pass the 800 year old ‘Druids Oak’ on your right, the oldest tree in the park. After a little while, pass through the small metal gate above the cattle grid. Be sure to stop and read the information board about the ‘Sevenways Plain’.

Walk through the wooden gate ahead of you on the right to cross the ‘Sevenways Plain’, and exit via a wooden gate on the other side. Turn left and follow the trail for 492ft until you reach a junction. Take the path on the right, down a short, steep hill for about 328ft.

At the bottom of the hill is a junction of trails. Take the trail on your immediate right, marked ‘Victoria Drive’ on the park map. Follow this path for just under 0.5mi until you reach a road. Cross the road and follow the trail on the other side, marked ‘Burnham Walk’ on the park map.

When you reach the junction of 4 trails take ‘Myers Drive’, the second trail on your right. Follow this path for 0.3mi until you reach another junction with a small wooden fence marking the park boundary. The trail ahead leads to the road, which you can just glimpse. Turn right instead, and follow this main trail for another 0.2mi back to the car park, café, and visitor’s centre.

Insider Hints

  • The trail can get muddy in winter or after heavy rainfall, so bring appropriate footwear.

  • Cattle graze freely in this area, so keep an eye on your children and pets at all times.

  • The information board and café both have free maps of the park that you can carry with you and follow. This route follows trails easily visible on the free map.

  • The park has also served as a popular site for many famous films, including two of the Harry Potter series, so keep an eye out for famous faces or scenes you may recognise!

Comments

lolo12345 10 months ago

plenty to see and not hard to see it! it's a shorter loop. love the trees.

JJenkins 10 months ago

This hike is easy and simple, it's perfect when you just want to chill and relax.

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Mr Dean 10 months ago

Burnham Beeches Loop Trail offers plenty of nice views. The route is easy to follow and they give free maps.

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WebbA. 10 months ago

I love spending time here. There are lots of nice ponds, meadows, and marshlands to see. Just relaxing.

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happytree 12 months ago

There are plenty of shades to chill and relax. It was nice over all.

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SnowdonLover 1 year ago

Easy to follow. Bring appropriate footwear there are parts that can be muddy.

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Rachael Klupfel 1 year ago

Stunning views of the meadows and marshlands. Do not skip this!

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Eleonor M. 1 year ago

Feels great to be able to relax and enjoy the day with everyone here!

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Tilly Bolz 1 year ago

I remember with perfect clarity how lovely the place was.

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Rachel Freia 2 years ago

If you have time for just one walk in the park then this must be the one! A short 30-minute stroll with stops to admire the views is all you need to get back to your senses.

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