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8 summer walks in Buckinghamshire

8 summer walks in Buckinghamshire

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 6:32pm 9th August 2019.

Here in Buckinghamshire there are some lovely walking spots to enjoy during the warmer weather.

We are spoilt by rolling hills and countryside, from the Chiltern Hills to many National Trust estates.

There are also some hidden gems tucked away, so we're taking a look at the best spots in our county.

Ivinghoe Beacon

Chilterns - Ivinghoe Beacon
Just a small part of our wonderful Chiltern Hills

Ivinghoe and Pitstone Hills are sites of special scientific interest for its very special wildlife.

It's also part of the Ashridge Estate where you have a wonderful views of surrounding countryside. 

Tring Park

Tring Park
With help from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the Woodland Trust has managed to restore the historic park

This area of woodland is one of the largest areas of unimproved chalk grassland in the county, spreading across 264 acres.

It's a Rothschild's gem, off the A41, and just a short walk from the National History Museum in the town.

The Greenway

Waddesdon Greenway Trail
The Greenway trail follows the old Roman Akeman Street to the National Trust property.

Last year Aylesbury saw the opening of a new walking and cycling trail from Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station to Waddesdon Manor.

The 4 kilometre route ends at the Waddesdon estate and is completely traffic free, so you can enjoy the sights of the Vale. 

Bradenham beech woods

One beautiful area, slightly more hidden away is the Bradenham woods, near Saunderton. 

It's 4.4 miles of woodland and farmland taking you from the Chiltern village of Bradenham into the Bradenham Estate - you can even find a war time bunker there.

Ashridge

Ashridge Estate
Ashridge is an area of outstanding natural beauty

The Estate, near Tring, is known for its beautiful bluebells in the Spring and the Bridgewater Monument with spectacular views across Hertfordshire and the Vale.

You can enjoy 5,000 acres of Chiltern Hills and lots of rare butterflies, which conservationists spend lots of time looking after.

A walk recommended by the National Trust is the Bridgewater Monument to Pitstone Windmill circular, which would take you around 3 hours across 7.5 miles. 

Eythrope

A green corridor route that starts along Eythrope Road and continues all the way up to the Waddesdon Estate, is popular among villagers.

It's been identified as an area of attractive landscape in the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan and has proved popular among cyclists, walkers, runners and horse riders in the area.

The route takes you along part of the historic Aylesbury Ring trail, crossing the River Thames, through Eythrope Park up to Waddesdon Hill.

Coombe Hill

Coombe Hill
The hill is 852 feet above sea level

Coombe Hill is the highest viewpoint in the whole of the Chilterns, which once belonged to the Chequers Estate.

It was then handed over to the National Trust in 1918, when Chequers was given to the country as a retreat for our Prime Minister.

With beautiful views across Aylesbury Vale, it certainly makes a wonderful spot for a picnic. 

Wendover Woods

Wendover Woods
This has to be one of the most popular spots for a summer time walk

With four walking trails, a cycling trail and three running routes, Wendover Woods has to be one of the most popular spots here. 

It's also undergoing quite a transformation at the moment with a new cafe building opening soon, which will offer even more spectacular views, and a much bigger car park.

This isn't just an area for a short walk, but somewhere you can spend a full day enjoying the beautiful scenery.

 

 

 

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