Explore the quintessentially English Buckinghamshire countryside

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 Chiltern Rangers. The countryside is accessible for all, for wheelchair users and those with mobility scooters and buggies.

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