An out­stand­ing idea for mak­ing the most of the Chilterns

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - LIFE & LEISIRE -

SEPTEM­BER has al­ways been an out­stand­ing month in our coun­try­side with har­vests be­ing brought safely home, trees and mead­ows tak­ing on their au­tum­nal colours, skies of­fer­ing a full pal­ette of hues, musky bon­fires lin­ger­ing in the evening air and a more gen­eral wel­com­ing calm­ness for visi­tors.

Septem­ber this year, how­ever, prom­ises to be even more out­stand­ing.

The UK’s Ar­eas of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty have come to­gether to or­gan­ise a 10 day pro­gramme of events to help peo­ple en­joy and be inspired by the coun­try’s AONBs and Chiltern AONB is among those tak­ing part.

Start­ing on Satur­day (Septem­ber 19) and con­tin­u­ing through to Sun­day Septem­ber 27, a list of all the events can be found on www. land­scapes­for­lifeevents.org.uk. So far there are more than 80 and count­ing.

Jill Smith from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for AONBs said: “Ar­eas of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty are some of the most beau­ti­ful and cher­ished land­scapes in the UK.

“They are vi­brant land­scapes which of­fer a wealth of op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­one to en­joy them.

“They are Land­scapes for Life in so many dif­fer­ent ways.

“Out­stand­ing Week is an op­por­tu­nity for you to get in­volved and get out into our AONBs’ out­stand­ing land­scapes to en­joy coun­try shows, dark sky dis­cov­ery nights, walk­ing fes­ti­vals, ar­chae­ol­ogy walks, wood fairs, for­ag­ing and lo­cal food fes­ti­vals, wildlife walks, coastal and marine days, thatch­ing cour­ses, dry­s­tone walling com­pe­ti­tions, char­coal mak­ing, bioblitz, in­spi­ra­tion through art and mu­sic and many, many other ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Events are be­ing or­gan­ised through­out the coun­try so please join us for an Out­stand­ing Week.”

As part of the event Lacey Green Wind­mill near Princes Ris­bor­ough will be hold­ing open af­ter­noons on the next two Sun­days, septem­ber 20 and 27.

Go along and visit the old­est smock mill in the coun­try, re­stored by the Chiltern So­ci­ety over many years.

You can see all the in­ter­nal ma­chin­ery and learn about the history of the mill and the ma­jor pro­ject to re­store it un­der­taken by So­ci­ety vol­un­teers. You may even be lucky enough to see the sails turn­ing.

Open be­tween 2pm and 5pm both days, park­ing is avail­able on Pink Road. Be aware ac­cess be­tween floors in the Mill is by steep steps and lad­ders The event is or­gan­ised by the Chiltern So­ci­ety and costs £2 per adult and £1 per child.

On Satur­day Septem­ber 26 at 2.30pm, Amer­sham Mu­seum will be hold­ing the fi­nal Amer­sham Mar­tyrs guided walk of the sea­son.

The walks are led by guides in Tu­dor cos­tume and tell the story of the six men and one woman from the town who were burnt to death for their be­liefs 500 years ago.

The walk starts from the Amer­sham Mu­seum – 49 High Street, Old Amer­sham – lasts about two hours 15 min­utes and stops at var­i­ous places of rel­e­vance to the story.

It in­cludes a climb (taken slowly!) through the fields to the Mar­tyrs Me­mo­rial. At each stop, visi­tors are told about life in Amer­sham in the early 16th cen­tury – food and drink, fairs and mar­kets, work and cloth­ing – as well as about the ter­ri­ble events that took place.

There is no need to book – sim­ply turn up, what­ever the weather. £2.50 for adults, 50p for chil­dren (fam­ily tick­ets and com­bined mu­seum en­try/ walk tick­ets avail­able).

Fol­low the events of Land­scapes for Life on Twit­ter us­ing the #out­stand­ing­week or fol­low­ing @ naaonb & @aonbfam­ily for new events to en­joy each day.

The Lacey Green wind­mill in 2009

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