A week­end in the Chilterns

Bliss­ful walk­ing in the beau­ti­ful beech­woods of Buck­ing­hamshire.

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Contents - WO R D S : S U S I E K E A R L E Y

AT THE FOOT of the Chiltern Hills, Wendover is a hand­some mar­ket town with pic­turesque coun­try­side on its doorstep. Shrouded by Wendover Woods, the Chiltern Hills reach their high­est point here (267m), at the sum­mit of Hadding­ton Hill. Fall­ing just seven me­tres shy, nearby Coombe Hill of­fers ex­pan­sive views over the Vale of Ayles­bury. The town it­self is full of char­ac­ter and charm, home to an eclec­tic mix of boutique shops, pubs and old build­ings, in­clud­ing a 14th­cen­tury par­ish church and a 16th-cen­tury coach­ing inn. Garbed in au­tum­nal colours, the Chilterns are a de­light to ex­plore at this time of year.

AU­TUM­NAL BLAZE An av­enue of beech trees

(top left), the Coombe Hill mon­u­ment (top right), and the view of Bea­con Hill’s fi­fi­fiery slopes (bot­tom).

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