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This 12 hectare (30 acre) Local Nature Reserve forms part of the Chiltern Escarpment close to Whiteleaf hill and it’s famous chalk cross. Consisting of chalk grassland, scrub and woodland habitats this”Open Access” site plays hosts to a large diversity of flora and fauna and is a lovely place to have a picnic and enjoy the views. The site specialties are Glow-worms, Violet Helleborine and Ravens. Pick up a Brush Hill leaflet from the Information Centre for a map of Brush Hill.
Red Kites were re-introduced into the Chilterns in the 1980’s and they can be seen flying over the Princes Risborough area on a daily basis, often in large numbers. Graceful in the sky and with a distinctive cry, you never tire of watching them. Brush Hill is a good place to see a red kites.
Based in Speen the Horses Trust has been running for 125 years and provides a home for retired working horses and ponies. It also provides a home for horses, ponies and donkeys who have suffered cruelty and neglect. As well as all the horses to see, there is a museum, tea room and gift shop.
The Bucks Goat Centre is a friendly open farm situated in Stoke Mandeville. Pet and feed our clean and friendly farm animals in a child friendly environment and vist The Tea Cup Cafe for lovely home made cakes. Open 10.00am – 4.00pm everyday except Monday and Tuesday.
Part of the Carrington Estate The Lyde Garden is open to the public free of charge. Found in Bledlow the garden is planted with primulas, astilbes, gunnera and hostas on a site that was originally watercress beds.
St Tigglewinkles is a very busy wildlife hospital treating, hedgehogs, badgers, foxes, deer, wild birds, reptiles and amphibians. Take the educational trail around the gardens and ponds to the deer paddock and then get a close up of red kites at the Red Kite Flight Aviaries and Education Centre. There is also a gift shop, children’s play area and a gift shop.
Walking and Cycling
The Phoenix Trail is a non motor vehicle route between Princes Risborough and Thame suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. There sculptures to see along the route and there are great views of the Chitern Hills and it is also a good place to spot red kites.
Grangelands and Pulpit Hill
An Open access chalk grassland and woodland with great views. In the summer there are orchids and other chalk downland flowers. There are the remains of an ancient hill fort on Pulpit Hill. The Ridgeway National Trail passes through the site.
Princes Risborough Walking Festival
The Princes Risborough Walking Festival is held every June and consists of five days of walks for families, local historians, wildlife enthusiasts or serious ramblers. You choose the walk from a choice of stile free, easy short walks, morning afternoon or all day walks and children’s themed walks. Local experts will join you as guides while you explore this beautiful area.
Whiteleaf Hill Walk
A short walk through woodland to the Whiteleaf Cross and lovely views. This walk is suitable for those with impaired mobility, pushchairs, wheelchair users and mobility scooters.
More information on these walks can be found at The Chilterns website
The ladies at The Information Centre, Horns Lane Princes Risborough Tel. 01844 274795 will be happy to help with any more information regarding things to see and do in our area.