Wendover is a delightful market town with numerous walks leading straight into the wooded hills. The Ridgeway National Trail passes through the town and there's plenty here to fill some gentle mooching time, from antiques to galleries and an excellent monthly local produce market. Stock up with picnic essentials from No 2 Pound Street deli, a hot chocolate at Rumsey's Chocolaterie or afternoon tea at the cosy Lady Grey Tea Room. The nearby Chiltern Brewery is the oldest independent brewery in the Chilterns, offering tours and a shop stuffed full of tempting locally-made goodies.
Amersham is located at the end of the Metropolitan tube line, where train meets Chilterns trail. Picturesque pubs rub shoulders with contemporary eating places, such as Gilbeys restaurant in the 17th century former grammar school and the renowned Artichoke restaurant featuring the best of the seasons’ ingredients, many foraged from the surrounding area. Seasons Café-Deli on the High Street is the perfect reward stop after a scenic Misbourne Valley walk or cycle around the Chilterns Heritage Trail.
Marlow grew up as a river crossing and its greatest landmark is still the 19th century suspension bridge. Famous for its local eateries, diners travel from far and wide to enjoy the fine fare in Marlow and nearby Cookham and Bray. Favourites in Marlow include the outstanding Hand and Flowers (the first pub in Britain to earn two Michelin Stars) and the beautiful woodland setting of the Royal Oak in Bovingdon. A riverside walk followed by afternoon tea is a must with so many tempting options including the Compleat Angler in the heart of riverside Marlow. Beer lovers should head for Rebellion Brewery in Marlow Bottom for great ale and a brewery shop selling local goodies.
Henley-on-Thames is a jewel in the Chilterns crown, with its excellent mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, boating and Thames-side walks. Call in to Lovibonds Brewery shop just off the Market Place to sample and buy local craft beers (Friday-Sunday). During the summer you can take a boat down the Thames to Hambleden lock with Hobbs of Henley. The nearby Hambleden Valley is England at its best - idyllic villages, beautiful countryside and quaint pubs, many used as Midsomer Murders filming locations. Perched on the hill above Hambleden, the Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery offers vineyard tours and tastings, a cellar shop and B&B.