Difference between revisions of "Buckinghamshire"
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Bucks is a middle-size county, stretching from West London, near Heathrow Airport, to the outer reach of the Midlands. It borders, going clockwise from London, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London. It is home to about 712,000 people with substantial residential growth in the centre. It is known as Leafy Bucks to some, due to the idyllic rolling hills and vast woodlands but also contains several large towns, mainly High Wycombe (pop. 118,000), Milton Keynes (184,000) and Aylesbury (pop. 65,000) which all have great tourist attractions as well as shopping opertunities. Bucks is also home to Chequers Court, the Prime Ministers country residence and Pinewood Studios where many world famous films and television shows are filmed. It has homed many famous people including Roald Dahl, the childrens author, who lived (and died) in Bucks for 30 years.
The nearest international airport is London Heathrow, just outside Bucks in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Other international airports within reach include London Gatwick, London Luton and London Stanstead as well as London City Airport. Smaller airports and airfields are dotted around the county.
Most rail services in Bucks radiate out from London. The north of the county (Milton Keynes) is served by the West Coast Main line with services to London Euston and north to Scotland. The middle and south of the county are served by Chiltern Railways' two main lines: one between London Marylebone and Aylesbury, and the other between London Marylebone and Birmingham/Stratford-upon-Avon calling at High Wycombe. There are plans to extend the Aylesbury line north to meet the West Coast Main line at Milton Keynes and possibly even further north to Rugby and Leicester using the old trackbed of the Great Central Main line, which closed in 1966. The very southern tip of the county is served by the Great Western Main line, although only two stations (Taplow and Iver) are in Bucks, with services to London Paddington and west to Reading.
Four motorways venture into Buckinghamshire, although only two run in the county for a reasonable distance:
Other notable roads include:
Arriva and Carousel run most bus services in the south and centre of the county. Milton Keynes has its own bus company.
The large areas of countryside include many country pubs, serving excellent food. Restaurants are also found in rural areas but are more common in the urban areas.
Like most of England, almost every village in Bucks has a local pub, larger ones having more.