The U.K. has been lucky these past couple of weeks, with unusually warm weather and fabulous sunshine making it feel like Summer is finally here, and we are hoping it’s here to stay! If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy the heat then head to Buckinghamshire, which is home to some of the finest green spaces and parks in the country. Whether you want a relaxing picnic, adventurous dog walk, or somewhere to keep the little ones entertained during the holidays, there is something for everyone in the Bucks countryside:
This stunning country park offers 530 acres of woodland, grassland and heath land that surround a beautiful lake. The surfaced tracks and paths make it the perfect place for a bike ride or rollerblading trip, and trails through the woods are great for exploring off the beaten track. There is plenty to do at Black Park, with an adventure playground, tree house, duck pond and lakeside cafe. The park is open daily from 8am to 8pm, whilst picnics are welcome, BBQs and fires are prohibited.
Part of the Colne Valley Regional Park, Langley Park is a great place to get up close and personal with some wildlife. A wide variety of habitats including heath land, wood pasture and grass land mean the area is crawling with creatures such as wildfowl, butterflies and rabbits. Throughout the year the park is bursting with colour, especially in the Summer months when the rhododendrons in the Temple Gardens are in bloom.
These impressive gardens and majestic woodlands are set high above the Thames with spectacular views. A series of gardens each offer their own unique charm, and the Storybook Play Den is perfect for younger visitors. The park also features the Cliveden Maze, an impressive 500 metres that is a challenging escape for all ages. Throughout July the park is running a ‘Big Camp’ on selected dates, a chance to get the family together to camp out for the night and enjoy a crackling fire, hot chocolate and classic storytelling tales.
Ray Mill Island
Ray Mill Island is a small island in the River Thames, located just a stone’s throw from Buckinghamshire in nearby Maidenhead. Access to the island is available from the Boulters Lock pedestrian bridge, and it is a firm favourite with local children. Featuring an aviary and guinea pig enclosure, children’s playground, and cafe; Ray Mill Island is a great trip out for a Summers day.
Whichever Buckinghamshire park you head to this Summer, be sure to pop in to the Bull Hotel for a bite to eat or pint of real ale in the Jack Shrimpton Bar. Why not plan a relaxing Sunday in the park followed by a delicious roast dinner in the Beeches Restaurant? Every Sunday our traditional carvery is served, accompanied by live Jazz from the Nigel Fox Trio. Book a table online or call us on 01753 202919 to make a reservation.
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