Covered by the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns are characterised by chocolate box villages, historic market towns, ancient woodlands, stunning countryside, glorious gardens, and meandering pathways by the River Thames, which cuts through the heart of the Chilterns.
One of its most attractive stretches flows past Marlow, where you can experience 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. Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns boast an abundance of glorious gardens, including the world famous Capability Brown-designed Stowe Landscapes Gardens, and the formal gardens at Waddesdon Manor created by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 1880’s. Equally charming are the sunken gardens at Chenies Manor, and Ascott House and Gardens in Wing. You can also book a tour of the gardens at Hartwell House.
Marlow is often referred to as the jewel in Buckinghamshire’s crown, but we are blessed with an abundance of market towns, including Aylesbury, Buckingham, Amersham, Beaconsfield, High Wycombe and Wendover. Each has its own distinct character and architecture but it’s the boutique and independent shops, and antique, craft and art galleries that add so much character to the market towns throughout the county.