Discover Wycombe District
Just a short ride from London the undiscovered Chiltern Hills provide an idyllic and picturesque retreat. Strolling the Thames Path at Marlow and hiking the Ridgeway National Trail from Princes Risborough being just a few of the District’s pleasures.
There is also an exciting range of visitor attractions to explore including the notorious Hell Fire Caves in West Wycombe village, National Trust's Hughenden Manor, once home to the former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and just a short drive away, Bekonscot Model Village and Railway.
Wycombe is proud to host some of the finest accommodation in Buckinghamshire and with Michelin-star restaurants, cosy countryside pubs, elegant afternoon tea venues and a selection of micro-breweries dotted throughout, you won’t need to search far to enjoy the unique luxuries on offer.
The district has three main towns: High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough.
High Wycombe is a thriving market town providing the ideal setting for those who enjoy a bustling atmosphere, a good retail experience and lively nightlife. The Eden Shopping Centre is one of the region's top shopping destinations and includes an exciting mix of shops and restaurants, plus a bowling alley and cinema. Despite recent modern developments, High Wycombe has a long history and still retains its historic and cultural charm and traditions.
Marlow is without a doubt one of the loveliest locations on the River Thames. Made up of historic streets and small listed buildings it offers an array of shops, restaurants, wine bars and pubs. The town's main landmarks are the graceful suspension bridge, which spans the Thames and Higginson Park, which includes a statue of Olympic rowing hero Sir Steve Redgrave. In season you can hire rowing or motor boats from the pier or simply sit back and relax on a passenger boat trip.
The unspoilt historic market town of Princes Risborough is set at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in the centre of an extensive network of footpaths. You won’t have to travel far for spectacular views, historic hamlets and a host of nearby visitor attractions. The centre of the town itself is well-served with a variety of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops.
Travelling to and around the district is made easy by excellent road, rail and bus networks. The district is easily reached from London, Oxford and the Midlands via the M40 motorway.
High Wycombe and Princes Risborough railway stations sit on the Chiltern line with travel from London Marylebone to High Wycombe taking as little as 25 minutes. Marlow sits on the First Great Western branch line with services running every hour between Marlow and Maidenhead before joining the London Paddington to Reading mainline.
Wycombe district plays host to an exciting mix of unique events throughout the year.
The annual Marlow Town Regatta and Festival takes place this year on the10th and 11th June. Saturday is a traditional one-day rowing regatta best viewed from the riverside enclosure in Higginson Park. The enclosure has 200 pre-purchased picnic pitches along with a riverside bar, food stalls, charity stalls and musical entertainment. Entry to the enclosure is by Regatta Badge and there is a smart dress code to adhere too. Sunday’s festival day is free and more informal with the excitement of dragon boat racing on the river and plenty of fun family entertainment. www.marlowtownregatta.org
In July Marlow also plays host to the 12th century ceremony ‘Swan Upping’. Six wooden skiffs, led by the crested flag of the Queen’s Swan Marker proceed along the Thames from Sunbury Lock to Abingdon. Traditionally to mark the swans as property of the Queen but today it has two other goals: conservation and education. In 2017 it will take place from Monday 17th July. www.royal.gov.uk/swan-upping
Kop Hill Climb is now a major event on the historic motorsport calendar which takes place over one weekend in September. As one of the oldest hill climb venues in the country with races first recorded in 1910 the event was revived in 2009 and today is one of Princes Risborough’s biggest events. This year’s event held on the 16th and 17th September will celebrate exotic cars with a selection of post war Lamborghinis and Ferraris roaring up the hill, of course joined by the usual array of cars from the last century. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day. www.kophillclimb.org
TV and Film
Locations in the Wycombe district have been the setting for many classic films and TV programmes, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Vicar of Dibley, Midsomer Murders, Gosford Park and most recently Bridget Jones's Baby.