Whiteleaf Hill

About Whiteleaf Hill

Whiteleaf Hill Nature Reserve is located above the historic market town of Princes Risborough and provides fantastic panoramic views of the Chilterns escarpment, across the Vale of Aylesbury and on to the Wessex Downs in the distance. 

Situated adjacent to Brush Hill, our neighbouring nature reserve, both sites boast a diverse range of habitats which support an array of flora and fungi throughout the year, largely thanks to the chalk grassland habitat. Whiteleaf Hill is well known for the 100m high chalk hill figure – The Whiteleaf Cross – on its northern slope but is also home to other interesting archaeological features including a Neolithic barrow and WW1 practice trenches.

Whiteleaf Cross has stood above Princes Risborough for several centuries dominating the local landscape. The first written record of its presence dates from 1742 and although the reason for its creation is unknown, and is subject to speculation and folklore, this emblematic hill figure remains very important to local people. The cross is best viewed from a distance where its sheer scale can be appreciated.

The famous Ridgeway National Trail, an 85 mile linear walking route that is thought to be the oldest road in England, passes directly through the site making it an ideal spot for wildlife enthusiasts, historians and walkers alike!

How to find us

Whiteleaf & Brush Hill is located on Peters Lane, Princes Risborough. To reach Whiteleaf Cross, follow the footpath leading from the information board at the end of the car park. 
Find Whiteleaf Hill on Google Maps and What3Words.

Parking: Whiteleaf Cross car park. Please park responsibly!

Opening times

Free to visit and open all year.

Local walks

Prior to visiting, download our Brush Hill and Whiteleaf Hill Walk and Whiteleaf Walk for local walks.

We also have hundreds of other Chiltern Walks Leaflets for you to enjoy.

Please visit the Chiltern Society Directory for the Site Co-ordinator’s contact details.

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What you can spot…binoculars

Neolithic Barrow
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