With lockdown imposed again, we are mainly restricted to walking, cycling or running to get our exercise and dose of fresh air. However, when restrictions lift these organised outdoor activities are a safe and fun way to enjoy our stunning countryside.
All aboard the comfy Boom trike for a tour round the Chilterns. You'll be chauffeured in style and can choose a 2 hour tour or all day one, taking in the scenery and stopping off at one of the area's award-winning distilleries or breweries for a sharpener or heading to one of many lovely options for afternoon tea. A unique and fun way to enjoy the countryside with entertaining pit stops and knowledgable insights from your chauffeur.
An adventurous cycling experience is offered by this new business founded by a father and son team who were professional cyclists. Their range of bikepacking packages include camping and rests at farm shops and local producers with a route to suit every ability from leisurely canalside cruising to challenging road rides. The routes take in some of the best scenery the Chilterns has to offer and you'll return invigorated and refreshed from this submersion in nature that gets your heart racing. Whilst guided rides are paused during lockdown, head to their website for free self-guided rides.
Set in 800 acres of beautiful Bucks countryside that includes activity lakes, off-road courses, woodlands, fields and a very large indoor arena, Experience the Country offers a wide range of experiences from 4x4 off-road driving, segways, air rifles, archery, axe throwing, clay pigeon shooting, team building and more. They're happy to cater for small groups and can also accommodate corporate events (once restrictions are lifted). A great opportunity to try something new in the great outdoors.
If you want to get back to nature, try Backwoods' campfire cooking or plant propagation workshops. Or how about making a willow obelisk, willow or moss wreath or natural Christmas decorations? They're all about trying something new, getting creative and bringing nature in to your home. Axe and knife throwing lessons are also available on request!
Having moved to the Chilterns from a London suburb last year, photographer and wildlife enthusiast Steven Gozdz started a wildlife facebook group where he shared walk information and images of wildlife which led to requests from group members for walks and photography lessons. The combination of Steven's love for walking, expert knowledge of wildlife, wildlife photography expertise, desire to share knowledge and the clear demand in the area meant GG Wildlife Walks was born. There are over 100 walks of varying lengths to choose from, ranging from group scheduled walks to private bespoke 121s as well as specific wildlife photography sessions for amateur photographers.
Swing from the trees in Wendover Woods (or Black Park) and be at one with nature. Zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings, with adaptations for all ages, are on offer plus an extreme route for the really daring. If you'd rather stay at ground level, then hire a segway and enjoy the woods in a unique and thrilling way. They've also introduced sundown sessions where you can climb after dark and with minimum lighting, heighten your senses with a whole new level of excitement.