The Parish

Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Parish is set mostly within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Parish includes the villages of Bledlow, Bledlow Ridge and Saunderton with hamlets and scattered housing surrounded mainly by farms, woodland and other open spaces.  The population is approximately 2,500 people living in 1,000 houses spread over an area of about 10½ square miles.

70% of the Parish lies within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is classified as Green Belt. The built environment is one of small villages and hamlets connected by minor roads, with scores of listed buildings, 14 scheduled ancient monuments and an attractive landscape attracting tourists to the area and making the Parish a desirable place to live.

The area attracts many walkers and there is an excellent network of footpaths and bridleways including ancient routes such as The Icknield Way.  Though a rural area, the Parish has three pubs, a village shop, and it is also popular with both cyclists and horse riders.

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