Explore the Chiltern Hills countryside
18 November 2020
An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the beautiful sweeping hills of the Chilterns stretch across four South East counties, from Oxfordshire through Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. From heavy woodlands and vast farmland to chalk streams that are distinct to the region, there’s so much to discover in the Chilterns.
Our Wharf Lane community is situated in one of Buckinghamshire’s gateways to the Chilterns, so owners have a wealth of stunning countryside to explore on their doorstep.
Great Kimble Box Woodland
Across the Chilterns, there are a handful of ancient Box woodlands, which were once habitats, dating as far back as the Neolithic period. During this era, Boxwood was used as a tool for digging as well as charcoal for fires. Today, there are three recognised native Box woodlands in the UK, the largest of which is the Great Kimble Box Woodland in Buckinghamshire.
There are three notable walking routes which incorporate the Great Kimble Box Woodland, ranging from three to six miles, which allow walkers to witness these beautiful, ancient trees as well as a variety of flora and fauna. Winter is a particularly opportune time to visit the Great Kimble Box Woodland, when other trees have lost their leaves and Box are easier to recognise.
Wendover Woods in Aylesbury is 325 hectares of sprawling woodland, providing year-round opportunities for walking. From beautiful displays of bluebells in spring to trees with gold and amber leaves during autumn, the scenery in Wendover Woods is truly spectacular. Those who find themselves in quieter areas of the woods may be lucky enough to spot a deer.
There are four main walking trails at Wendover Woods including a short, easy access trail on level ground, which is suitable for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs. For those feeling adventurous, Wendover Woods is also one of the few places in the UK which offers Nordic Walking; suitable for all ages and abilities, Nordic Walking is a fun way to get fit whilst enjoying the beauty of the woods.
Recognised as a designated Local Wildlife Site because of its unique flora and fauna, Marlow Common is a spectacular nature reserve home to ancient Oak trees, an abundance of heather and deep clay pits which provide a habitat for a variety of moss and fungi. Clay from these pits was once used to create high-quality ceramic tiles in the late 19th century. Keen twitchers can sight a number of different birds at Marlow Common including treecreepers, nuthatches and lesser spotted woodpeckers, which feed on green tortrix moths found on the Oak trees. There are lots of straightforward trails around Marlow Common which take in all that it has to offer.
With such fantastic countryside on your doorstep, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to live at our beautiful Wharf End community. To find out more about our contemporary apartments, call the sales team on 01628 918 145 or email [email protected].