Welcome to the Naturally Outstanding 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.

Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly the best known regatta in the world and is both one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar and the English social season. Don't worry if you are not a sport enthusiast, you can soak in the Chilterns charm as Henley is the jewel in our crown. 

Come and enjoy a Big Friendly Summer at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, who are taking a year-long journey exploring the master storyteller's life and books, with themed activity weeks and weekends throughout the year.

The Summer holidays will be packed with Big Friendly Fun. Activities take place every day (closed Mondays), including storytelling and BFG-themed crafts, author visits, swishwiffling sessions with the Museum’s Storyteller in Residence, Sandra Agard, behind the scenes archive tours, clue trails and special events.

Good taste comes naturally in the Chilterns, where so much local produce is enjoyed fresh from the farm to your plate, picnic hamper or glass. There's temptation around over every hill, but not to worry, we have done some of the hard work for you by making it our business to try out as many of these establishments as we can! Combine a walk in the Chilterns with lunch in an outstanding country pub, enjoying local specialities including craft beer and fine food.

A new on-line guide to the Chilterns Top Ten Midsomer Murders locations features some of the area's best loved villages and market towns.

Enjoy your stay and please share your experiences with us @VisitChilterns on Twitter and #TheChilterns on Instagram.

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Getting here

From central London train to Chilterns trail in just 40 minutes and 30 minutes from Oxford, the Naturally Outstanding Chilterns is one of the most accessible areas of countryside in the UK. From train to trail, the area has excellent rail and bus 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.

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I want to ride my bicycle....I want to ride my E-Bike all the way up Ivinghoe Beacon. The Chilterns have great cycling appeal, and if you like to stop and enjoy the sights, enjoy a meal or explore a museum along the way, then take a look at E-Bikes here.

Places to Visit

 Chilterns Food and Drink

Good taste comes naturally in the Chilterns, where so much local produce is enjoyed fresh from the farm to your plate, picnic hamper or glass. Here's a pick of the best....

Club to Henley Pub Swim
23 July
Club to Henley Pub Swim

The Club to Pub Swim returns for a third year on 23 July with an anticipated field of 700 swimmers - a leap up from the 300 who participated last year, reflecting the event's growing popularity. Competitors who complete the 1.5k course up and then down the Thames will be rewarded with an after-party at the finishing point, the Angel on the Bridge, and a bottle of Two Bells, the beer brewed at Brakspear's Bell Street Brewery in Henley to commemorate the event.

No. 2 Pound Street, Wendover
Saturday 23rd July 10am - 4pm

Wine shop and deli with wine club and events. Join the summer celebration of food and drink in the market square in Wendover 23rd July 10 - 4pm. This event is set to bring together flavours and producers from all over the region - the Chilterns has seen a passionate renaissance of food and drink in recent times, come along and enjoy!

 Food and Drink events at Frithsden Vineyard
Food and Drink events at Frithsden Vineyard

Frithsden Vineyard is a boutique English vineyard and winery set in the foothills of the Chilterns. There are tasty events right through the season from pop-up kitchens, tours, tastings and a Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 16th July

 Tring Brewery Saturday Morning Tours
Tring Brewery Saturday Morning Tours

Beer on a Saturday morning. Why not? This popular tour is designed for groups of all sizes. They are run twice a month and provide you with an opportunity to discover more about Tring brewery, our beers and how we make them. Included in the price are samples to taste during the tour or a bottle to take home with you. Time 11.00am to 12.30pm, Price £5 per person.

Buckmoorend Farm Shop

Buckmoorend Farm Shop is a welcome addition to the Chilterns foodie scene. It is a small, family run farm surrounded by natural woodland that just happens to be a part of the Chequers Estate, and can be reached very easily from the Ridgeway National Trail that runs right past the shop door. Perfect for that gelato break or better still, for that summer BBQ, as their free-range lamb tastes of the Chilterns

 Chiltern Valley Winery

TripAdvisor’s top rated visitor attraction in Henley on Thames is Chiltern Valley Winery, who will be celebrating English Wine Week with tours & tastings of three new 2015 vintage wines. The marvellous behind the scenes tours includes the winery, brewery, press and bottling hall. And sampling of course. Too good to leave? They do B&B too!

Auberge Du Chocolat

Auberge Du Chocolat is the joint passion of Anne and Ian, both behind this successful artisan business that thrives on sharing the joys (and there are many), of sampling, producing, learning or just enjoying chocolates, ice-cream and fabulous fudge. Their children’s chocolate workshops are very popular!

Events

21st July - 4th September

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden is taking a year-long journey exploring the master storyteller's life and books, with themed activity weeks and weekends throughout the year.

Saturday July 2nd
Roald Dahl Festival Fun Day and new exhibition

A phizzpopping day of FREE activities at the Bucks County Museum as part of the Roald Dahl Festival in Aylesbury, including crafts to take home and a wondercump trail. Look out for the giant and the Queen. You can also explore Roald Dahl’s Chilterns' connections, the source of inspiration for many of his fabulous stories. Using the County Museum’s vibrant collections and images from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre archives, visitors can discover the people and places behind Roald Dahl’s stories in an enchanting woodland setting. A special exhibition celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th anniversary. Free admission.

MIDSOMER MURDERS Top Ten Chilterns locations!

New on-line guide now available to the Chiltern's Top Ten Midsomer Murders locations! Public guided tours of Henley and its Midsomer Murders locations will take place every Saturday from 12 March to 15 October @ 10.30am. The Tour lasts one hour. Bookings here.

Dates through to November 2016
Supper Talks at St Katherine's country house, near Henley-on-Thames

St Katherine's is an historic house and retreat standing in 12 acres of grounds at the top of the Chiltern hills, run by the Sue Ryder Prayer Fellowship charity. They are hosting a series of supper talks (£17.50 including a two-course supper). Pre-booking essential 01494 881037.

Sunday 17th July

Join more than 70 exhibitors from around the country showing their rare and exceptional plants, in exceptional surroundings, with gardening advice from Daily Telegraph columnist Helen Yemm.

Saturday 23rd July 2016 -7pm start

Are you up for a challenge? A summer 1.5km evening swim will be taking place in the heart of Henley-upon-Thames. Starting from Henley Rowing Club, and finishing at the Historic Angel on the Bridge (dating back to 1728).

The first 400m from Henley rowing club will head upstream towards Marsh lock, turning at 2 large marker buoys, and hugging the Mill meadow bank all the way back down to the Angel on the Bridge.The swim’s challenge is to complete the course within the hour and before the chiming of the clock tower bells.

29th June - 3rd July

Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly the best known regatta in the world and is both one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar and the social season.

It attracts thousands of visitors over a 5-day period and spectators will be thrilled by over 200 races of an international standard, including Olympians and crews new to the event.

England is full of quaint customs - some funny and others frankly bizarre. Some with origins lost or simply re-invigorated to suit modern tastes and bank holidays. Swan Upping is neither. Firmly routed in the 12th century, it is both necessary for conservation of mute swans and acts as a gentle reminder of just who owns them.

This year, Swan Upping starts on Monday 18th July from Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex and will finish on Friday 22nd July at Abingdon Bridge, Oxfordshire.

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