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St Mary’s in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire
Set on a chalk hillock with fine views from its churchyard, St Mary’s is impressive inside and out. Inside, it is a treasure house of delights, including medieval woodwork, amazing Victorian wall paintings and stained glass.
The collection of carved medieval misericords is particularly fine – these little ledges, for people to rest on during long prayers, are decorated with fantastical carved creatures. Look out for one of a stern-faced mermaid suckling a lion and a two-headed beast with ferocious claws.
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Maximum Occupancy 8 champers
Rambling and Roaming in Edlesborough
Whipsnade Zoo – ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is a fantastic zoo and safari park located at Whipsnade, near Dunstable. It is one of two zoos that are owned by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. It is home to almost 4000 animals and is the UKs largest zoo. www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo
Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate –
Soar above a breathtaking landscape, sculpted over time, decorated by nature and enjoyed by generations. Stand on top of Dunstable Downs for a view that will simply take your breath away. These Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are designated for the quality of their chalk grasslands. As well as two Scheduled Ancient Monuments (Five Knolls and Medieval Rabbit Warrens) there are many other historical features and the site has much to offer you.
The chalk grasslands of the Downs have miles of footpaths and several circular walks, a fascinating history and an abundance of plants and wildlife. Dunstable Downs is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the highest point in Bedfordshire. The wind-swept ridge provides ideal conditions for a variety of air sports, especially kite flying. On calmer days it’s the ideal site to enjoy the view and a picnic. Click here for more information.