Wendover is a lovely little market town, on the edge of the Chilterns, with all sorts of nooks and crannies to explore. It’s just under a 30 minute drive from HP10, on the A413 to Aylesbury. Wendover has it’s own train station on the Chiltern Railways line from London Marylebone to Aylesbury.
The high street is full of lovely independent shops perfect for an afternoon mooch. With gift shops, a sugarcraft specialist, a chocolate deli, antique shops and art galleries there is something for everyone. One shop I particularly liked was St. Mary’s, a fair trade shop run entirely by volunteers raising funds for the local church; they had some great birthday cards.
There are plenty of cafes and restaurants and a beautiful 16th Century coaching inn, the Red Lion Hotel, which has a secluded terrace. Market day is on Thursdays.
Advertised as Wendover’s Best Kept Secret, the Aces High Aviation Gallery is a must-see for all. Situated in a 16th century building with creaking floors and low ceilings the Dambusters music plays in the background.
I was shown around the gallery by a very enthusiast Darren who explained that the paintings are generally of actual events in WWII, and most of them have been autographed by participants of those events. They claim to be the World’s leading specialist in aviation and military art and I can well believe it. Famous all around the world, and visited by enthusiasts from countries far and wide, I wonder how many Bucks residents have taken the time to visit. I can highly recommend it, even if you aren’t a WWII enthusiast. Visit www.aces-high.com for more info.
At the bottom of the high street, just before the bell tower, is an alleyway which takes you past the cricket pitch to St. Marys Church.
It’s a lovely tree shaded path, beside a crystal clear stream, and is part of the Ridgeway National Trail*. The Forestry Commision’s Wendover Woods are just 3 miles from Wendover where there are endless forest walks and a family cycle trail too. Plus the very popular Go Ape Adventures is located here which will certainly keep the kids entertained. For more information visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/wendoverwoods and http://goape.co.uk/days-out/wendover
*The Ridgeway National Trail a walking route in a surprisingly remote part of southern central England. It travels in a northeasterly direction for 87 miles from its start in the World Heritage Site of Avebury. As Britain’s oldest road The Ridgeway still follows the same route over the high ground used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers.