The River Wye used to run with some force through the valley. There used to be some 35 mills: for grinding corn, fulling cloth and later making paper. Most of these are now long gone - remembered only in the name of business premises or housing.
Pann Mill is an old water mill that has been lovingly restored by the High Wycombe Society.
There are occasional open days during the year when the mill will be working and grinding wholemeal flour, water levels permitting.
It is located on the main A40 road into Wycombe from London, adjacent to the Rye.
- Historical Travel
The High Wycombe Cemetary, at the end of Shrubbery Rd (off Amersham Hill) is a peaceful place to chill out and relax. It is built on a slope and from the top you can see the whole of Wycombe (not so pretty), otherwise it is just an interesting place to wander around. Also a good shortcut from town to the top of Amersham Hill.
This should have been an absolute must see..
The finest TV comedy of all time is of course "Fawlty Towers". The actual building used in the series was not in fact a dodgy hotel in Torquay (with a sea view of course), but was actually just outside Wycombe (and you would have to use a very powerful telescope to see the sea from there!)
The buliding was located in a village called Woburn Green, near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and operated as the Woburn Grange Country Club. According to "The British Location Guide" the house was an Indian restaurant, then a nightclub called "Basil's" (oh, wonderfully original).
In an incident worthy of the great Basil fawlty himself the structure was damaged by fire some years ago and was subsequently demolished. Today the location is occupied by eight houses - so not exactly worth visiting unless you are the most hard-core Fawlty towers fan on the planet.
- Arts and Culture
Unfortunately, Wycombe (like most of Britain) is prone to stinking like dog excrement ... A serious problem if you like walking for exercise. However this short walk through the woods is quite pleasant, and less smelly than most areas in the Wycombe region. Start at the laneway which runs along the graveyard at Priory Road, once the boneyard ends cross the main road and follow the dirt path through the woods. You end up around the back of Royal Grammar School. It isn't the best walk in the world - but it beats walking up and down Amersham Hill all the time.