Tourists welcomed back to Bucks

TOURISTS are being welcomed back to the Chilterns as lockdown restrictions start to ease – with the emphasis firmly on enjoying the great outdoors.

The region’s official tourism website Visit Buckinghamshire & The Chilterns is promoting walks, parks, camping and water-based activities as families make plans for their summer holidays.

And The Beyonder has dozens of family days out listed on its What’s On pages, many of them healthy, outdoors – and free.

The Chiltern Conservation Board and the Chiltern Society are promoting more than 20 social distance friendly walks which avoid crowded well-known locations and narrow paths where possible.

Visit Buckinghamshire identifies a number of family friendly walks with guides and fun quizzes included, while The Beyonder has collated a range of nature guides families can use to identify flowers, insects and birds they spot on their wanders.

Lucy Dowson, of Visit Buckinghamshire & The Chilterns, said: “Buckinghamshire is the perfect year-round destination for memorable visits.”

Parks range from Campbell Park in the centre of Milton Keynes with its impressive sculpture to Willen Lake, Black Park, Langley Park and Denham Country Park.

Campsites are slowly re-opening and include Home Farm in Radnage; Shillingridge Glamping; Chadwell Hill Farm, Hedsor Field Camping and Orchard View Farm.

And for water-based fun the The Little Boat Trip starts in the Aylesbury basin and takes you and your family (one household or bubble only at the moment) on a canal boat from the Exchange Theatre through several locks to the Aylesbury marina.

Willen Lake has all sorts of water sports for you to enjoy and the Longridge Activity Centre offers a great range of activities, including canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and dragon boating, while Salters Steamers, which starts at Higginson Park Pier in Marlow, travels down the river to Temple Lock taking in the beautiful Thames scenery.