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Aylesbury Vale

Aylesbury Vale is a patchwork of tree-fringed fields and meadows interspersed with wooded copses and winding river valleys. It includes the village of Edlesborough which lies alongside the northern border of the Chilterns at the eye-catching point where it merges into the gently rolling chalk hills of the Dunstable Downs.

The views from the Dunstable Downs are spectacular. On a clear day the wooded farmland of Oxfordshire, some 35 miles away, can be seen across the Aylesbury Vale. Much of this area is managed by the National Trust and there are beautiful walks, bike rides and horse trails through the woodlands and along the ancient Icknield Way, Britain’s oldest road, as it passes just south of the village.

The chalk grasslands support a wide variety of wildlife, including rare wild flowers such as the Bee Orchid and butterflies that include the Duke of Burgundy. Catch a glimpse of a Red Kite making the most of the warm air thermals or the elusive migrant Ring Ouzel as you immerse yourself in nature. The 5,000 acre Ashridge Estate, a National Trust property, is criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways; fallow deer are an integral part of its landscape.

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