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Adjoining Greater London on the north and west, the five Home Counties of Hertford, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford and Berkshire have withstood population pressures enough to retain a fair share of unspoiled scenery.

Hertfordshlre occupies the northern part of the Thames basin which slopes gently up to the Chiltern escarpment extending from Royston to Tring. The main sights are the Roman relics at St Albans, the castle at Hertford and the stately homes of Gorhambury, Hatfield and Knebworth.

Adjoinging Hertfordshire on the north, Bedfordshire is best known for the broad scenic valley of the Ouse, for which Bedford is a good centre. There are notable churches at Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Eaton, the country houses of Woburn and Luton Hoo and the pretty villages of Chalgrave near Dunstable and Upper Dean near Bedford.

Ivinghoe Beacon, at 904ft the highest point in the Chilterns, is in the southern half of Buckinghamshire. Famed for the beauty of their beech woods, the Chilterns are crossed by two routes for walkers. The North Bucks Way begins near Princes Risborough and ends at Wolverton, and the Ridgeway, which starts at Ivinghoe Beacon, follows the escarpment all the way to Avebury in Wiltshire. In the north is the Vale of Aylesbury, patterned with rivers and streams. Wendover is a pleasant town, and Haddenham, Hambledon and Latimer are attractive villages. Hughenden Manor is one of several interesting country houses to visit.

Buckinghamshire’s neighbour is Berkshire, still threequarters pasture, farmland and woods. Where the Thames flows through the gap at Goring the lush beauty of its valley contrasts with the austerity of the Berkshire Downs on one side and the Chilterns on the other. The Berkshire Ridgeway can still be followed the twenty miles between Thameside Streatley and Ashbury. Windsor Castle is probably the most important building in the county.

Wedged in between Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire is centred on the Thames basin between the Chilterns on the north and the Cotswolds on the west, where the river flows through remote and peaceful water meadows and past riverside pubs – most inviting between Oxford and Lechlade. Other sights in the county are the university buildings of Oxford, the pretty town of Abingdon, the stately home of Blenheim and the delightful villages of Stanton Harcourt, Minster Lovell and Ewelme.

Although it is no longer the largest city in the world, London covers a vast area. The most important buildings are St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Westminster Hall, the Royal Hospital, the fine house of Syon Park and the Tudor palace of Hampton Court.

Campsites in the region are few. The only ones in London itself are invariably crowded and campers and caravanners visiting the capital do so more easily by staying at a campsite on the perimeter and travelling to and in the central area by public transport. Campsites exist at several places along the Thames but there are few elsewhere.

For full details of all parks listed on our website, see the latest edition of Camping Caravanning Britain. Priced at £8.50, the book is available from WHSmith, Waterstone's, Blackwell's and other bookshops; alternatively, to order a copy directly click here.

While every effort has been made to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up-to-date, the publishers can accept no responsibility for errors or omissions. Always phone a park before visiting to check facilities and prices.