Welcome to the Chilterns

The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is everything you would like it to be.

Choose the Chilterns for activity and exploration, peace and quiet, entertainment or indulgence: this lovely countryside on London’s doorstep has all you need for a really memorable break.

In 324 square miles of superb scenery, intriguing attractions, tucked-away villages and market towns, there’s always something more to be discovered.

This spring, why not explore the locals’ favourites including; Wendover Woods, with trails, bridleways, picnic and BBQ spots, birdlife and lovely views across the Vale of Aylesbury, nearby Coombe Hill or, at the end of the Ridgeway, Ivinghoe Beacon. 

Enjoy your stay!

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Getting here

Just 40 minutes by train from central London, and 30 minutes from Oxford, the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of the most accessible areas of countryside in the UK. The area has excellent rail and bus links, it is served by four main rail lines and the London Underground Metropolitan line, with frequent trains and a journey time of less than an hour from London.

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Places to Visit

Explore Tring this March!
Explore Tring this March!

Tring is a small market town situated in a gap in the Chiltern hills. Just 30 miles north-west of London, it was the Romans who added the first connection to the capital along Akeman street, now the High Street.  You won’t find any of the high street chains here - lots of local shops selling goods sourced or made locally. Accessible by train from London Euston to the south and Birmingham in the north, or by water, along the Grand Union canal, a weekend in Tring won’t disappoint.

Below are some ideas for your Tring adventures........for more detailed information visit Tring

Ashridge Drovers Walk
Ashridge Drovers Walk

Ashridge Drovers' Walk – starting at Tring Railway Station, the walk follows a choice of a 4 or 6 mile circular walk through farmland, woodland and commonland and past the National Trust Ashridge Estate.

Natural History Museum in Tring
Natural History Museum in Tring

Originally known as the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum, the Natural History Museum in Tring is a delightful peek inside a Victorian treasure chest with the finest collections of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles and insects in the UK. There are lots of other things to do in this delightful market town, you can visit Tring Park, walk the Ridgeway or check out the weekly auction house- click here for further information and ideas.

Tring Brewery

Tring Brewery – committed to the art of traditional brewing with only the finest ingredients, the brewery has gone from strength to strength since its opening in 1992. Home-grown ingredients combine with Tring's hard water to create the perfect formula for classic ales. Tours are available and there is an excellent brewery shop.

Shop till you Drop!
Shop till you Drop!

Tring has lots of speciality shops and an auction house which is one of the best known provincial salerooms in the Home Counties. They have fine art Sales, antique furnishings, paintings and ceramics and lots more. If you need a break from the shopping try Beechwood Fine Foods or the Akeman for refreshments and relaxation.

Where to Stay
Where to Stay

Pendley Manor  is a beautiful Chilterns hotel and the perfect retreat. This grade II listed hotel is set in 35 acres of beautifully landscaped and wooded parkland close to the picturesque town of Tring. The hotel is little more than an hour from Central London, very close to the M1 and M25 motorways.

Events

Easter Activities with the National Trust
Explore the Chilterns with the National Trust

There are some spectacular National Trust houses, gardens and countryside sites in the Chilterns, and many of them have now re-opened. Check out the following:

  • Greys Court near Henley-on-Thames,  a 16th-century mansion and tranquil gardens with walled gardens, a maze and childrens play area. Beautiful setting with choice of walks.
  • Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe offers a vivid insight into the charismatic personality and colourful private life of the Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. Explore the house, formal gardens and surrounding park and woods. There are lots of waymarked trails.
  • Waddeston Manor near Aylesbury is a magnificent 1870s Renaissance-style chateau built by Baron de Rothschild. Furniture and portraits, mature gardens, aviary. There is an adventure playground and lots of activities for children.
  • Ashridge Estate near Berkhamsted covers 6 square miles of woodlands, commons, downland and farmland in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Walks galore, visitor centre with exhibition, tea room/shop and regular activities.
Tuesday 15th April
Wildlife Train Rides, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

The Chilterns Conservation Board and Hobbs of Henley invite you to enjoy the wildlife of the River Thames from the luxury of a pleasure craft. The Hibernia or the Waterman will take you on a voyage of discovery to spot the hidden natural treasures of the river. An expert volunteer guide will help you identify what you see on a 75-minute trip between Henley and Hambledon. Click here for more information or call 01491 572 035.

Tuesday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April, 2pm
Cliveden Garden Tours

Explore the unfolding delights of the magnificent gardens in spring. Enjoy a free guided tour, and find out about the latest goings-on.  Led by enthusiastic staff and volunteers, these walks are very popular, so arrive early to ensure you secure a place. Normal admission charges apply. No booking required.

Saturday 18th to Monday 21st April, 10am to 5pm
Great Missenden Food Festival
A great family day out, showcasing some of the best local producers, with over 120 exhibitors. There are lots of demonstrations, workshops and masterclasses, from pasta-making and cheese-making to childrens cookery school. There is also a crafts and gifts area. Family tickets £10, click here for further info.
26th April to 10th May
Tring Spring Fayre

An action packed programme of seasoal events for all the family, with the launch event on Saturday 26th April 10.30am to 2.30pm. Treasure trails, carriage rides in Tring Park, petting zoo and lots of childrens activities.

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