I wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the (newish) Chiltern Gateway Centre. The eco-building is cleverly done, and the wind catcher ventilation system is both eye-catching and fascinating. The centre provides excellent views and a welcome shelter from the elements, as well as info about the surrounding area and habitat.
The cream tea was a little disappointing - the scone was very, very dry - but with outdoor temps of about 29C the day we visited, and it being late in the day I guess that's not really a surprise.
Parking is free for NT members. Unlike most NT places, there is no free guide map to show you where to go or what to do. There are boards showing suggested trails, or you can purchase a guide leaflet for £1. There is no entry fee, just the parking charge for non-members.
We were just passing through on this particular visit, but look forward to returning another day and enjoying some of the walks. You can walk from there to Whipsnade Tree Cathedral (also NT).The centre is wheelchair accessible from the car park and there are some wheelchair/buggy friendly paths around the main centre out along the edge of the downs. I love the way the National Trust is trying so hard to make it possible for everyone to enjoy their properties.
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