This Chilterns travel blog is only about the naturally outstanding Chiltern Hills.
The Chilterns are not a place name you’d perhaps recognise, despite being located in the distinctive green space between London’s Metroland and Oxford. And therein lies the appeal; having the place to myself most days…well almost!
I have spent almost two years capturing local moods, including the magnificent and the mundane, searching for what makes this Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty distinctive and special. I never go for the obvious. Instead, I look to capture a moment that will most likely be gone the next time I visit. I delight in the fact that I keep discovering new and wonderful things about the Chilterns. No two visits are the same. I visit historic landscapes, busy town centres, castles, country houses, quiet graveyards and tucked-away churches. A masterplan there is not, only to listen, look and share the stories that are all around us.
What makes the Chilterns distinctive?
The heritage, culture, the great, quirky, holy relics, and unique traditions like swan upping, a school master and his three books, even hellfire on a hill!
Produce and industry – watercress, windmills, arts and crafts
The weather, of course. Words, dialect, local sayings, mythes and legends, jokes and quirky anecdotes, love these!
Natural landscape features and man-made stuff; a musical encounter, cricket pitches the Chilterns in miniature, quarries, Chilterns churches, airports and one of my favourites, the almshouses.
I have presented the content by season and highlighting the quirky stuff, which you will find under the season tabs above. This travel blog will most likely never be completed, I’ll keep on adding to it as I visit new and revisit familiar and favourite places. These are my views, my photographs (unless otherwise stated), my adventures and copyright of Mary Tebje.