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THE CHILTERNS

"An area of outstanding natural beauty"

Ipsden is located in the Chiltern Hills, an area of rolling hills, flowery meadows and woodland. The perfect place to explore the many walks and cycle routes it has to offer. 

Or take a short drive

to the several near by National Trusts, fun day attractions and historic towns. 

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Local Shops & Pubs:




 

Upon arriving, you will be in a quiet lane accompanied by some beautiful farm houses and cottages.

Blue Tin Produce is a local farm shop and coffee bar just down the road from your location. Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 9am-3pm.

King William IV is also a minute drive or pleasant walk away if you fancy a meal out.

 

A little further out is the rustic pub The Crooked Billet, Beetle and Wedge Boathouse restaurant, The Black Horse, The Swan, and many more to choose from the surrounding towns or villages.

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Places to Visit:

The Ridgeway:

Just a 1/2 mile away for walkers and cyclists, a national trail through the chalky hills and classic countryside

Grey's Court:

A Tudor house and gardens

Basildon Park:

An impressive historic building and large park/gardens

Whittenham Clumps:

Two iconic hills giving panoramic views of The Chilterns, known for the oldest hilltop planted beech trees in England as well as Roman, Bronze and Iron Age history

Cliveden:

Beautiful gardens on a large estate with a grand manor 

 

Highclere Castle:

A historic castle, also known as the film location for Downton Abbey

Hartslock:

Grasslands and hills overlooking the Thames Valley, and known for having rare orchid species 

Wokefield Common:

A tranquil, large area of woodland, pine forest, heather and ponds. 

Watermead:

A reedbed nature reserve around a lake and through woodland and wild flower meadows

Bucklebury Common: 

One of the largest commons in Berkshire, with beautiful walks through old oak forests and heathland

Cholsey Marsh:

A riverside marsh with a variety of water birds and other wildlife

On further ideas for locations to visit, see here: Nature Reserves | Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (bbowt.org.uk)

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Scenic Towns and Villages:

Checkendon:

A peaceful village with beautiful forested walks, close by to the popular Black Horse pub

Wallingford:

A historic town with antique shops, walks by the river and a park and ruins of Wallingford Castle

Goring and Streatley:

A lovely area of two picturesque villages merged together, with shops, activities and scenic riverside walks

Dorchester on Thames:

A quiet old fashioned village, with routes on the Thames Path. You can also walk here to or from Whittenham Clumps.

On further information for walking routes, see here: Spring wanders in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire | National Trust

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Meet Local Wildlife:

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During your stay, you may be fortunate enough to encounter some of the wildlife that have made their home here, so be sure to keep a look out.

Muntjacs and herds of Roe or Sika Deer may graze out on the fields, as well as Hares which you might see darting along the hedgerows or through meadows.

Common sites may also include the Red Kites soaring above, alongside Buzzards and Kestrels often perched and watching from below. And if you are lucky you may even catch the elusive Barn or Tawny Owl.

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