Whether you are a nature lover wanting to get out and watch the Red Kites soaring above the rolling hills, walk stunning scenic trails or looking for something more active, there is so much to explore in quintessentially English, beautiful Buckinghamshire.
Over a third of the county is covered by the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stretching right across the southern part of Buckinghamshire whilst the north is equally as rural from rolling hills to wide open vales, from lush wooded valleys to meandering rivers.
There are over 2,500 miles of public rights of way including National Trails, such as the Thames Path which follows the River Thames or the ancient Ridgeway, part of the ‘oldest road in Britain’. On your way, stop off at the Coombe Hill War Memorial or the gigantic Whiteleaf Cross, carved into the chalk, both with stunning panoramic views of the Vale of Aylesbury. Cycle through leafy lanes and slumbering villages using the many pleasant cycle routes and sustrans that criss-cross the county.
Experience the rich wildlife of Buckinghamshire by visiting one of the many nature reserves or County Parks; enjoy the ancient oak woodland and prehistoric geological landforms at Stockgrove Country Park, or head to Bacombe Hill noted for its orchid and butterflies. Haddenham Snakemore Nature Trail offers a pleasant walk through ever changing fauna and flora and birdwatchers should visit Boughton Lake. The Woodland Trust and Forest Enterprise also have areas open to the public.
The majestic meandering River Thames cuts through the heart of the Chilterns and one of its most attractive stretches flows past Marlow. There is something for everyone here – from the rigours of rowing to the peace and tranquillity of a few hours on the tow path.
Explore the 11 mile network of locks, towpaths and trails of the 200 year old Grand Union Canal and discover boating bliss and historical engineering. Bring your boots, bikes or fishing rods and enjoy these manmade beauties or visit the Tring Reservoirs, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to a wealth of wildlife and water birds.
Enjoy walking and outdoor experiences with Walkfree Breakfree or volunteer for a day on a conservation project with the Wycombe District Woodland Service. The countryside is accessible for all, for wheelchair users and those with mobility scooters and buggies.
Aylesbury and District Ramblers
The Aylesbury Ramblers promote, encourage and facilitiate walking in the countryside and the villages of Aylesbury Vale within Buckinghamshire. There are 14 guides about routes in the Aylesbury Vale area, as well as a 'Best Views' leaflet. Information can be found at local tourist information centres and by clicking here. A new long distance route has been launched, the Outer Aylesbury Ring.
Itineraries for those new to the area, exploring the best bits of what the River Thames has to...
The Chiltern Hills, a nationally-protected area containing some of the finest countryside in the UK...
Location: Aylesbury, but also from Milton Keynes through Tring and beyond to London.
The Grand Union Canal runs from London to Birmingham crossing straight through Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns.
Ivinghoe Beacon, Coombe Hill and Whiteleaf Cross are prominent landmarks of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire; perfect spots to have a picnic, see for miles or watch the sun go down. Seemingly remote but actually very close to a good meal or drink after a long walk, these sites provide fantastic views across the vast flats of Aylesbury Vale.