Set in the heart of rural England Buckinghamshire is a small county with many attractions. The famous Chiltern Hills provide excellent walking both in the hillsides and also along the Vale of Aylesbury, and is located on the Ridgeway walking route. Buckinghamshire has many stately homes open to the public including Hughendon Manor and Cliveden.
The Rothschild Treasure of Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury is a popular home to visit. Buckinghamshire has several literary connections and visitors can see the home of Jon Milton at Chalfont St Giles and visit the Roald Dahl Visitor Centre at Great Missenden with its connections to a number of well known children’s stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The intrigue of secret code breaking from World War Two can be seen at Bletchley Park, and the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre also has steam trains and artifacts from a bygone age. Relax with a gentle walk around the magnificent gardens at Stowe or shop for local produce in any of the small market towns such as Princes Risborough. The Georgian town of Marlow on the River Thames is one of the most picturesque and famous for its Swan Upping Festival when the Queen’s swans are tagged each year. Medmenham is a delightful village with many historic connections including the Hellfire Club.
The Chilterns are an area of outstanding natural beauty and are well known for bird watching including observing red kites, and have many good horse riding trails. The area is often used for filming and includes Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Turville, and for the Midsomer Murders at Old Amersham. Dorney Lake is a 2012 Olympic site and Stoke Mandeville the birthplace of the Paralympics movement. Buckinghamshire has well preserved historic villages and towns that are a real delight to explore and give a holiday feel to the whole area.