The best way to see Midsomer is to get outdoors, and this area is criss-crossed with National Trails and stunning walks through Midsomer villages, woodland, hills and valleys. Fans can now walk, hike, or stroll through Buckinghamshire’s Midsomer with a new trail that gets you out into the open and enjoying this beautiful countryside.
ITV’s longest-running contemporary detective series, Midsomer Murders, reveals some of England’s most stunning countryside, as scenic landscapes of farming, woodland, valleys and far-reaching views continue to attract location managers of the show. This new trail suggests three areas with great walks that get you out into the open. Enjoy short and long walk options, hilly or flat, and those accessible for wheelchairs and buggies.
Enjoy a walk on The Ridgeway, a 87 mile long National Trail which connects to the Chiltern Way and Icknield Way; in and around the quaint market town of Princes Risborough and surrounding villages. Well connected by direct rail and bus links, you can be in the countryside in minutes. Experience the natural delights of native box woodland, orchids, red kites, animals grazing, large beechwood forests, a Nature Reserve and a hill fort. A great way to take a rest between walks, is a trip to Holm Junction via a ride on Chinnor and Princess Risborough Steam Railway.
If you are looking for a more genteel walk, then the Thames Path National Trail follows the River Thames through 2 Midsomer towns, 11 Midsomer villages and over 50 filming locations. Enjoy the route from Henley to Cliveden, taking in the Hambleden Valley and the picturesque riverside town of Marlow, with plenty of circular walks, pubs walks, a vineyard and town trails to enjoy along the way, this area has been filmed regularly since the first episode in 1997.
The last walk runs from NT West Wycombe Park, built by Sir Francis Dashwood (1700s) and occupied by his descendants today; to NT Hughenden Manor, home to Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister to Queen Victoria. Not a Midsomer Murders filming area but an area where you may come across riders on horseback, vicars on bicycles and pubs with colourful characters! A walk to St Lawrence Church, with its infamous ‘Golden Ball’ at the top of West Wycombe Hill, sets the scene with 270-degree views. As you stand here, allow your mind to imagine its past of pagan temples, Roman settlement and bubonic plague! Hughenden Estate is 660 acres and many walks are published criss-crossing this well-maintained landscape.
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Take a look at the other self-guided and group tours you can do, Buckinghamshire’s Midsomer Murder locations and lots more on our Midsomer page >