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Enjoy a day exploring the peaceful woody lanes and picturesque towns and villages of the Buckinghamshire Chilterns. This is Midsomer Murders territory. Discover some ancient wall paintings, visit the historic Friends Meeting House at Jordans and the Hughenden and Chequers Valley and sit together for morning coffee and lunch included in the tour fee.

Meet the guide at 10.30am for morning refreshments at a country pub near Beaconsfield. We’ll be coming back for lunch but first a scenic route through the Chiltern Hills. There’s a wealth of grand country houses - from high in the coach it’s like flicking through the pages of Country Life magazine. We drive through the beautiful Chequers Valley where the Prime Minister’s country retreat is hidden in hundreds of acres of mellow parkland.

We hear of the Bodgers who worked in the woods and see the grave of Benjamin Disraeli in the magnificent Hughenden Valley. Look out for the Red Kites, magnificent birds with wingspans of more than five feet which have flourished locally after their reintroduction in recent years. We’ll also stop to discover some rare wall paintings from the 13th century.

Back to the pub for cottage pie served with vegetables and gravy or a vegetarian alternative included in the tour fee. You can leave it to individuals to choose and pay for desserts and coffees as desired on the day.

In the afternoon we visit Jordans Meeting House built in 1688 after King James II gave the Quakers the freedom to have their own meeting houses. Outside there are simple graves in the Quaker fashion including that of William Penn the founder of Pennsylvania and nearby is the Mayflower Barn said to be built from timbers of the Mayflower ship that took the Pilgrim Fathers to America.

We will stay here for tea and biscuits which is included in the tour fee along with a small donation for the upkeep of the property. You will be ready to head home from here by 4.45pm.

Adults & Seniors: £32

The tour is available weekdays only throughout the year. The price includes morning coffee with biscuits, a one-course lunch and afternoon tea with biscuits.

Price Valid to 31 March 2021

45 miles