Whiteleaf is a picturesque village east of the Aylesbury Road between Princes Risborough and Cadsden. The name of this village is reputed to derive from Whitecliffe as it is situated on rising ground under the Chiltern escarpment and immediately below the White Cross carved in a clearing at the top of the hill. The Icknield Way leads through Whiteleaf village, where again thatch and flint delight, before bringing us back to look over Risborough Gap, described by John Nash the artist, and F.C. Parsons the historian, as the finest view in the south of England. The houses in Whiteleaf command extensive panoramic views across the Vale of Aylesbury towards Oxford and the southwest. Just above the village and approached by Golf Club Lane (Thorns Lane) is Whiteleaf Golf Course. This is a nine-hole golf course set in a fold in the hills with marvellous views over the Vale towards Aylesbury. Adjacent to the golf course is Monks Risborough Cricket Club, which celebrated its centenary in 1993 and is reputed to have a square with ‘views second to none’. Whiteleaf Fields, comprising three acres opposite the lay-by near the church of St. Dunstan, Monks Risborough, and two acres along Icknield Way, were vested to the National Trust in 1925. Covenants protect a further fifty-eight acres of adjoining land.
The Whiteleaf and Cadsden Residents Association website contains historical photos and documents relating to Whiteleaf – it can be accessed here.