What it's like
Northern Buckinghamshire, with its picturesque villages interconnected by quiet lanes moving between working farmsteads over a landscape rich in history and heritage provides attractive walking. But it is the South, dominated by the Chilterns, which must provide the focus for your first visit.
Here is the quintisentially English countryside set in gently rolling hills which support lush woodedvalleys. A countryside where densely wooded forest gives way to vibrant heathland where signs of ancient civilisations are almost stumbled on.
Down in the valleys and open vales are the villages of television and film. Places caught in aspic – almost designed for the many dramas for which they provide the backdrop.
And circling in the skys above – in the corridor stretching from Wendover to Stokenchurch, you are almost certain to see the marvellous Red Kites who will precosciousley display for the walker below.
Besides the numerous walks described in the recently updated selection produced Buckinghamshire County Council, two National Trails pass through the county. One the Ridgeway, following the same route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers, passes through the Chilterns. Whilst the Thames Path winds its gentle way passing through peaceful water meadows from Marlow to Stanley Spencer’s Cookham.
The county is rich in history and celbrity; its tranch of writers ranging from Milton to Blyton and its famous (and infamous) past inhabitants from Cromwell to Dashwood, ensure that museums and country houses abound.
Buckinghamshire is well served by the motorway network and has good train and bus connections
- Walk from Turville Heath through attractive rolling countryside where villages snuggle in pasture-lined valleys. Although, on visiting Turville, you will enter the environment of the Vicar of Dibley and, high up on the hill, see the windmill which featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; the main prize will be the numbers of Red Kite circling overhead.
- Stop at Hambledon and wander around one of the most perfect villages in Britain and then able down to Hambledon Mill on the edge of the Thames and stand on the vast and noisy weir
- Try a circular walk from West Wycombe to the preserved village of Bradenham with its church, green and manor house arranged like a film set. Return on the other side of the valley with the chance to visit the church, caves, and mausoleum of Sir Francis Dashwood, the renowned18th Century Devil Worshipper and Libertine.
Must see and do
- Visit the Chiltern Sculpture Trail near Chinnor www.chilternsculpturetrail.co.uk/
- Visit the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre at Great Missenden www.roalddahlmuseum.org/
- Spend a day in the stunning landscape gardens at Stowe amongst the statues and folies www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-stowegardens/
Destination County : Buckinghamshire