For a lot of us December can be very indulgent, so a new year is when the majority of us decide its time to climb back on the wagon. But being healthy doesn’t have to be boring or a drag, there are lots of activities that can get us out in the fresh air and feel good. Here are 10 things you can do in Bucks & The Chilterns to continue with your health kick plus, most of them are free!
On ya’ bike!
We are so lucky to have such fantastic cycling and walking routes around the county. Especially as the Chilterns is an area of outstanding beauty means we are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a route.
1. Wendover Woods
Wendover Woods has a 8 mile cycle route which all the family can enjoy, with climbs and descents that wind through beautiful vast woodland. A simple route to follow using the markers that have green and white bicycles on them. Afterwards shelter from the winter weather and head to the Café in The Woods where you can warm up with a hot chocolate or homemade soup – you would of earned it!
2. The Phoenix Trail
The Phoenix Trail is another perfect cycle trail for those wanting something easy and traffic free. You can choose from different distances on the trail but our favourite is Princes Risborough to Thame. Start in Princes Risborough and cycle 5 miles to the town of Thame, where you can stop for lunch before returning back again. This sounds like a perfect Sunday trip out to us!
3. The Carter Company
If you are wanting a helping hand when it comes to picking your cycle or walking route then the Carter Company can do just that. The Carter Company specialise in cycling and walking tours which offer a fun and unique way to discover Buckinghamshire and its hidden gems. With a variety of different tours to choose from they offer something for everyone.
4. Go Ape!
Another unique experience is the heart racing Go Ape! Enjoy spectacular views of Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns landscape as you swing through the tree tops. Go Ape is a great activity to spend with family or friends of all ages. Enjoy zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. Visit Go Ape in Wendover or Go Ape at Black Park.
5. Tennis at Stoke Park
Instead of giving up something in January how about starting something new! There isn’t a more ideal setting to play tennis then at Stoke Park, the home of Boodles Tennis competition this is a perfect place to pick up the racket again. Whether you are a beginner or not, Stoke Park offer both individual and group tuition seven days a week for all abilities. Afterwards you can relax at their spa or enjoy something healthy on their menu as a post-tennis match reward.
6. Black Park Country Park Activities
Black Park Country Park is open 365 days a year with a long list of events all year round, check out our Whats On section. Start by walking through the impressive woodland or around the extensive lake. There is also a range of outdoor activities that all ages can choose from, try fishing, cycling or even go ape!
7. Aylesbury Park Runs
Are you wanting to get fit this year or fancy taking up running? Luckily Aylesbury host free park runs every Saturday from 9am. This is a fantastic event if you are someone who needs some group motivation plus, it doesn’t cost a thing!
8. Roald Dahl Trails
Great Missenden was the home of Roald Dahl for 36 years until his death in 1990. So as you can imagine many of his stories are based in and around the village.
Explore the area and see key sights that relate to his stories and life on either the Roald Dahl village trail or countryside trail. Head to the Roald Dahl Museum or their website to pick up a leaflet and download activities that you can take part in along both trails.
9. Misbourne Valley Walks
Great Missenden is full of brilliant walking routes, Misbourne Valley Walks have a series of walks in and around the town. You can choose from 3 different circular routes to suit your ability and discover the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire.
10. National Trust Gardens
If you are someone who wants to ease themselves in when it comes to walking then head to one of Buckinghamshire’s wonderful National Trust houses instead. Each of these have fabulous gardens and grounds that you can walk in and around.
January to March Waddesdon Manor have their Winter Weekends which allows you to discover the gardens in all their winter beauty!