Explore Buckinghamshire's quintessential countryside experience

There is so much to explore in beautiful Buckinghamshire, from nature trails and rolling hills to canals and cycle paths. Dive in and see!

Over a third of the county is covered by the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches across the southern part of Buckinghamshire, with the north equally rural with its rolling hills and wide open vales, lush wooded valleys and meandering rivers.

Walking & cycling

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 which is 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.

Be at one with Buckinghamshire's nature

Experience the rich wildlife of Buckinghamshire by visiting one of the many nature reserves or country parks; enjoy the ancient oak woodland and prehistoric geological landforms at Stockgrove Country Park, or head to Bacombe Hill, noted for its orchids and butterflies. Haddenham's 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. Experience anything from the rigours of rowing to the peace and tranquillity of 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.

Volunteer in the countryside

Why not become a volunteer for a day on a conservation project with Chiltern Rangers. The countryside is accessible for all, including for wheelchair users and those with mobility scooters and buggies.

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