Totternhoe Knolls Nature Reserve sits within an important medieval quarrying area. There are a range of promoted walks from Totternhoe including a stile-free route. A number of guided walks are also held each year.
The spoil tips on this common resulting from medieval quarrying are now home to a prolific range of wildflowers and butterflies, best seen during spring/summer months.
This common is the location of a medieval motte and bailey castle known as Eglemont which dates from about 1170. Medieval stone quarries that extracted “Totternhoe Clunch” can also be seen on the common. Totternhoe Clunch is a hard chalk that has been used in the interiors of building such as Westminister Abbey and Woburn Abbey.
The remains of this castle, the mediaeval stone quarries and remains of cultivation terraces are now a scheduled ancient monument and the castle yard is managed as a meadow.
There are many stile-free routes in this area.
Facilities & accessibility
Car park, picnic area and trails. Dog bins are also provided. There are pubs in Totternhoe village.