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What we love about Buckinghamshire: An A to Z guide

PUBLISHED: 09:42 10 March 2017

Old abandoned barn in Buckinghamshire at sunset by Richard Walker (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) via flic.kr/p/mtRKJD

Old abandoned barn in Buckinghamshire at sunset by Richard Walker (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) via flic.kr/p/mtRKJD

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We set ourselves a challenge to name 26 great things about Buckinghamshire on a trip to the countryside, along the rivers and straight from A to Z…

A is for Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beautiful Chiltern Hills run through our county.

B is for Brill. This beautiful village has a pretty cool windmill.

C is for Chalfont. This collection of villages are well worth a visit.

D is for Drinks. There are some fantastic pubs here in Buckinghamshire.

E is for Ellesborough. Quite simply a lovely part of the world.

F is for Famous Faces. A whole plethora of celebrities call Buckinghamshire home.

G is for Great Ouse. This 143 mile river passes through Buckinghamshire.

H is for High Wycombe. Our second largest town, behind Milton Keynes.

I is for Ivinghoe Beacon. One of the most well known locations in the Chilterns.

J is for Jordans. The village is the burial place of William Penn, founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, making it a popular tourist attraction with Americans.

K is for Knotty Green. The Red Lion pub lies at the centre of the hamlet along with the home of Knotty Green Cricket Club and a children’s playground and is the only pub in Knotty Green and is the only remaining commercial entity in the hamlet.

L is for Legends. None other than David Jason lives here.

M is for Marlow. A wonderful food destination, fantastic shops, the River Thames and tourism.

N is for Naomi. Paralympic rower Naomi Riches won gold at London 2012 in the Mixed Coxed Four. There’s a gold post box in Marlow to honour her achievement.

O is for Olney. Famous for its pancake race!

P is for Pinewood. Just where some of the biggest films of all time have been shot. No biggie.

Q is for Quainton. We really do love our windmill’s here in Buckinghamshire.

R is for Rowing. Dorney Lake hosted rowing and canoeing at the 2012 London Olympics.

S is for Silverstone. We may share it with Northamptonshire, but we can’t not claim this historic location.

T is for Thames. One of the most famous rivers in the world flows right through our county.

U is for Universities. Buckinghamshire New University at High Wycombe and The University of Buckingham is the only independent university in the UK.

V is for Vale of Aylesbury. The National Trust own many properties here.

W is for Waddesdon Manor. One of those National Trust properties we were talking about (one of their most visited, too).

X is for… X. There’s a cross carved into the hillside at Whiteleaf Cross.

Y is for Yellow wagtail. Despite being on red status list due to declining numbers it has been seen this year at Claydon Lakes, Hughenden Park, Ivinghoe Aston, Wendover, Marlow and other sites.

Z is for Zoos. OK, so you may have to pop over the border for a proper zoo, but we have many farm and animal parks such as Odds Farm at Woburn Common.

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