In the past, people were attracted to live near the River Wye as it offered a source of food, water, transport and eventually, power. By 1816, there were more than 30 mills found along the Wye, used for making flour, 'fulling' (cleaning and thickening) cloth, making paper as well as sawing wood from the Chilterns, the Wye provided employment for thousands of people.
Water in the River Wye has often been polluted by industrialisation and development, however much has been done to improve the water quality from the recognition that the Wye holds international importance as a chalk stream. Today, it provides an environment for people to enjoy and learn about the area's heritage as well as being an important habitat for local wildlife.
This easy walk will reveal some of our shared history and provides a chance to celebrate this special feature of High Wycombe, along with celebrating 25 years of the Chilterns Chalk Stream Project, which has been committed to conserving the chalk stream environment.
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