However, the broad expanses of open chalk downland
and mixed woodland offer plenty of opportunities to lose yourself in nature.
The Chilterns are famous as the home of the red kite and this National Trust chalk downland
site is a great place to spot the birds of prey soaring through the skies.
A classic swathe of chalk downland
sweeps up abruptly in front of me.
nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate) 5,000 acres of woodlands, commons and chalk downland
crisscrossing the Herts/Bucks border along the Chiltern Hills.
It's about what is underneath Britain and in this instance the kind of effects being on chalk downland
has on racing.
Frazer is very excited about this piece of chalk Downland
. "It's just such a beautiful slope," he told me.
There are five way-marked woodland and chalk downland
walks across the estate and you should allow an entire day to take in the beauty of this garden in autumn.
There's also a Temple of Apollo, two Iron Age forts, woodland and chalk downland
walks, gothic ruins, views of King Alfred's Tower and some of the finest follies in Britain.
"His argument is because it's a different type of landscape from the nearby chalk downland
The best-known species, Pulsatilla vulgaris , still grows wild in a few places in Britain on chalk downland
. It is protected but nursery-raised stock can be bought.
It is set in the beautiful Chiltern Hills and boasts 33 miles of footpaths and bridleways leading over the open chalk downland
of Coombe Hill or to the shaded woods of Boddington Hill.