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Things to do in Lavendon, Buckinghamshire

St Michael's Church Lavendon
St Michael's Church Lavendon © Nigel Stickells [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Lavendon is perhaps not a typical Home Counties village, although it is in Buckinghamshire; reportedly the most northerly village in that county.

Lavendon's position on the border with Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire puts it in the middle, between the South and the Midlands. This probably gives it a special mix between country and town.

The Village Street Lavendon
The Village Street Lavendon © Nigel Stickells [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Looking first at the surrounding countryside, its pleasant meadows and woodlands give good walking, cycling and horse riding. Right on the edge of Three Shires Wood, there are bridleways going for miles into neighbouring Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. Walking is easy and pleasant, and there are a number of good village pubs just an hour or so walk away.

The village itself is small but well served. The two pubs Green Man and Three Horseshoes both offer real ale and good food.

Uphoe Manor Farmhouse Lavendon
Uphoe Manor Farmhouse Lavendon © Nigel Stickells [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

There is a shop/post office, a school, a village hall and a very old, picturesque church. There are regular buses to the nearby towns.

Olney is the nearest of these, two miles away, and is easily accessible on foot or by bus so you don't need to get out of the car. It has good restaurants, pubs, antique shops and a weekly market.

Three Shire Bridleway near Lavendon
Three Shire Bridleway near Lavendon © Nigel Stickells [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

There are plenty of activities here in the summer, including the Duck Race, Raft Race, Cherry Fair and others. In Winter, Dickens of a Christmas has recently become well established.

Lavendon's largest neighbour is the new city of Milton Keynes, with its striking architecture and town planning, excellent shops, indoor ski slope, theatre and other entertainments.

Tollgate Cottages near Lavendon
Tollgate Cottages near Lavendon © Nigel Stickells [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Other towns nearby are Northampton, Bedford and Wellingborough, each offering different facilities and attractions.

All in all Lavendon is a nice spot, with rural activities mixing well with easy access to a selection of nearby towns and villages, all offering a good day out.

Description by Linn Rafferty

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