Setting out: an extract from The Country of Larks

Gail Simmons recalls her journey following in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, almost 150 years after he first alighted from the train at High Wycombe station.

Six reasons to visit the Chilterns & the Thames Valley

From literary and historical heritage to stunning landscapes and wildlife, the Chilterns & the Thames Valley offers plenty of reasons for you to visit.

A grand day out: the best historic houses in the Chilterns

The Chilterns is home to some of England’s oldest and most spectacular historic houses, all of which boast famous residents and visitors.

Getting outdoors in the Chilterns & the Thames Valley

Here are some of the best features of the great outdoors you can find in the Chilterns and the Thames Valley.

England’s most unusual events

From cheese rolling to worm charming and just about everything in between, England has its fair share of unusual events.

From space to syrup – a natural success

This local Chilterns producer is well-known for her range of unique fruit syrups.

A peachy new business for Victoria

Pastry chef Victoria experiments with all sorts of flavours to produce her handmade fudge.

Thinking inside the (chocolate) box

This ethical chocolate business sells beautiful handmade treats out of their shop in Chesham.

A true family Christmas

Based in the Chilterns, this family-run pudding producer learned its tricks from Nanna.

England’s best heritage railways

Very few people aren’t moved to a wistful nostalgia at the sight and sound of an old locomotive in full steam – here are some of the most popular places in England to enjoy the experience. All aboard!