Best Local Parks and Gardens around Aylesbury

Take in fresh air on your next outing with a senior within the local parks and gardens around Aylesbury

As we age, mobility becomes more challenging due to the influence of many factors that we can not control. One of them is missing physical activity in our daily routines. Whether we like it or not, being physically active is a key of healthy aging.  Maintaining an active lifestyle has a positive impact on our health, it straightens our joints and muscles, decreases the chances of having high blood pressure and more. Being physically active improves our mental health and it’s a great way for socialising as well.

We advise including daily or weekly walks in senior’s lifestyle. It’s an easy and effective way to keep their physical health in check.

Aylesbury has some great places to offer, here is a list of locations where our Care Professionals and clients go for a walk.

Waddesdon Manor

Located in the village of Waddesdon, owned by National Trust and managed by Rothschild Foundation, it is one of the most visited properties of National Trust. The house and grounds were created as a weekend residence to surprise and entertain the small circle of Baron Ferdinand’s friends.

The house was built over a century ago, mostly in Neo-Renaissance style and individual features of French chateaux. Today Waddesdon Manor is visited by thousands of visitors who come to appreciate the extraordinary architecture, art collections, gardens of beauty and calm, grounds lined with delightful blooms, trees, historical sculptures, fountains.

Limited mobility and Blue Badge holders in visitor car park, accessible toilet and changing facility on the ground floor of the manor, lift, ramped access/slopes (please note that the grounds are partly accessible), available wheelchairs, level access to food outlet and shop, plenty of seating available.

From breath taking, colourful gardens and grounds to the stunning house adventure makes this destination a perfect day out throughout the whole year.

Find Directions to Waddesdon Manor.

Weston Turville Reservoir

Calm and beautiful place for a walk in Buckinghamshire surrounded by incredible countryside. Built in 1797 to supply water to the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal, located south of Weston Turville. Ideal for people who love to be surrounded by the nature. Home of waterbirds, such us Teals, Water Reail, Shoveler, Mute swan, House martin, Swallow, Tufted duck and more. The reservoir is wheelchair friendly, but bare in mind that only 60% of the paths are surfaced. There is one steep ramp, soft patches, kissing gates and steps.

Free car park can be found in a long lay-by on Worlds End Lane. There are no places to eat or toilets in the reservoir, the nearest place you can find restaurant and toilet facilities is Dobbies Garden Centre.

Wendover woods

Beautiful place situated on the Chilterns, with many forest trails and stunning views, offering a great day out despite your age. Whether you prefer walking, cycling, or running, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Take a stroll on the trails, relax in the woods or enjoy a picnic. Level access from the car park to the picnic area and available tables with wheelchair space. There are many places where you can pause and see the magnificent views over Chilterns Hills. You can also find an easy-access walking trail with surfaced path, suitable for wheelchairs. You can spot birds of many different species, including the rare Firecrest.

You will find the brand-new Wendover Café, accessible toilets, and an extended Car park with a brand-new exit road to prevent traffic from the main visitor’s area. You can access Wendover woods by Public Transport or by car. Find more information here.

Hartwell House

This Stunning place, only 2 miles from Aylesbury town, is Grade I listed house, built between 1570 and 1617 by Sir Alexander Hamden. Hartwell House is surrounded by 18th century landscape park, lake and woodland. The garden was designed in a formal style with ellees and building such as: statuary, temples, an obelisk, columns, canals and yew tree exedra.

You can also find a spring garden. The path leading to the canal is surrounded by thousands of daffodils. Varieties of apples in the orchard as well as apricot, pear, plum trees and peach can be found in the former kitchen garden.

The kitchen garden is located west of the house, within an area of pleasure grounds called Hothouse Piece, isolated by its own section of park wall. You can find another way to approach the kitchen garden from south by a tunnel through a rustic bridge with Rustic arches built at either end. The western half of Hothouse Piece is woodland, enclosed by bowling green, at the east edge of which you can find the Bowling Green Pavilion.

Ascott House and Gardens

Ascott House and Gardens is a country house, dated from early 17th century. A historical place where you can see outstanding art collections, natural and formal gardens, and breath-taking views around Aylesbury Vale.

The original farmhouse was renovated in 1874 to form “Ascott Cottage”, but it was expanded to make a fully fledged hunting lodge. Later on was further enlarged to Edwardian country house. Further changes been made in 1937-1938, when the house was remodelled. 37 rooms were removed to create it’s present appearance.

Ascott Park is a large area of mown grass, including trees like fine oaks, cedars and large horse chestnuts. In the spring you can see a beautiful display of daffodils. Formal and informal gardens include The Sundial Garden – ‘Light and Shade by turn, but Love always’, The Sunken Garden, The Madeira Walk, Richard Long’s Slate Circle, The Lynn Garden, The Lily Pond, The Venus Garden, The entrance Court.

Grounds are partly accessible. There are few steep slopes, steps, as well as uneven gravel paths, grass pathways and terraces. However, many of the paths are level and you can enjoy the beautiful views over the Aylesbury Vale. Accessible route – team is always happy to recommend the best routes to get around the gardens. You can find Accessible toilet by the Main Gate cark park, near the Pavilion Tea Room.

Double check their website for opening times and bookings. Find Directions to Ascott House and Gardens here.

Being outdoors for a walk is an amazing way to improve anyone’s physical health and well-being. No matter how intense the activity is, even the smallest steps that elderly people take will keep their bodies fit and healthy.

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