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 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!