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Walking in the Chilterns

There are many public footpaths around for walking in the local countryside. The Chiltern Hills are a beautiful, unspoilt corner of England that lie only a few miles to the north-west of London and yet have a very rural character. The Chilterns begin in Oxfordshire in the Thames Valley and stretch north-east through Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire to Hertfordshire.

Gipsy Garden House

The former home of writer Roald Dahl, where he wrote his famous children's stories, is open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme. As well as the attractive gardens themselves, you can see the hut where Dahl actually produced his writing, and there is also a 'children's maze', where the paving slabs have quotations from Dahl's writing, including; "Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?"