Welcome to the Naturally Outstanding Chilterns

Why Choose the Chilterns? 

Why should you visit the quintessential, uncrowded, rolling green English countryside of the Chilterns, with its impressive selection of pubs and restaurants? That question may well have all the answers you need.

You could 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. Short breaks call for a short journey, so visitors from London and Oxford will find the Chilterns hard to beat. Quick to reach by train or by car, and easy to explore with boots, buggies, bikes or boats, no time is wasted in discovering just why this is the last undiscovered Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England.

Chiltern people past and present have given us plenty to be proud of; from opulent mansions of the rich and famous, beautiful villages and hamlets, to the new Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour, local culture, quirks and industry of generations are presented in entertaining and memorable ways. Choose model villages, vintage trains or iconic cars, homes and gardens of poets and politicians and secret places for revels, rituals or cracking codes. Dip into the rich assortment of Chiltern treasures to find the things that will make your stay.

Use the menu at the top of the page to discover your next Chilterns experience, chosen by the locals; history and heritage, cycling, walking breaks, food and drink, and places to stay.

The autumn Chilterns Walking festival will take place 18th September to 1st October and includes guided walks and events, cherished seasonal highlights, and new themed walks on local food and drink, heritage, Hillforts and popular culture such as film locations. Event details are here

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Getting here

Short breaks call for a short journey, so visitors from London, Oxford or those from further afield will find the Chilterns hard to beat. Quick to reach by train or by car, and easy to explore with boots, buggies, bikes or boats, no time is wasted in discovering just why this is the last undiscovered Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England.

From train to Chilterns trail, you can escape from London and be in the countryside in under an hour! Historic Amersham on the Metropolitan Line is a good place to start.

From central London train to Chilterns trail in just 40 minutes and 30 minutes from Oxford, this most accessible areas of English countryside in the UK has excellent rail links, it is served by four main rail lines, the River Thames and the London Underground Metropolitan line, with frequent trains and a journey time of less than an hour from London Euston with London Midland - Berkhamsted and Tring and Marylebone station with Chiltern Railways to Great Missenden, Wendover, Princes Risbourgh and Saunderton stations amongst others. 

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Ramblers Walking Holidays

The autumn Chilterns Walking festival will take place 18th September to 1st October and includes over 70 guided walks and outdoor events throughout the Chilterns. Here is a pick of what's on offer....

A friendly Fox-Trot around Amersham

Join the friendly Bucks Simply Walk group for a sociable 60 or 90 minute walk starting from Amersham and taking in the lovely countryside around. The walks will end at the Fox's of Amersham outdoor store for a welcome drink, a free goodie bag and the opportunity for discounted shopping.

Blows Down Sketching Walk

If you think you can't draw, think again! This sketching walk on  Wed 20th Sep, led by wildlife artist and Countryside Officer Steve Halton will teach you some simple techniques to observe and sketch some of the plants, trees and natural objects in the Chilterns countryside on your doorstep. Steve will lead you up to the beautiful chalk hills of Blow's Downs for some sketching outdoors and to take in the views.

Hellfire Walk - caves, hills and a golden ball!

A stunning 6 mile walk this Saturday 23rd September. Starting in historic West Wycome village we will pass the notorious Hellfire Caves before climbing up to Sir Francis Dashwoods' mausoleum and the Golden Ball, with striking views towards High Wycombe and the Dashwoods historic home of West Wycombe Park. We will then walk through beech woods before descending to Bradenham Manor and returning through Downley Common and finally West Wycombe village.

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