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. 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.
Use the menu at the top of the page to discover your next Chilterns experience; history and heritage, cycling, walking breaks, food and drink, and places to stay.
The new Chilterns Walking festival runs from 15th – 29th May 2017 and covers guided walks and events, cherished seasonal highlights like woodland bluebell trails, and new themed walks on local food and drink, heritage, Hillforts and popular culture such as film locations. Event details are here
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 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 local establishments as we can! From 25th March - 2nd April, you too can indulge and join in the new Celebration of Chilterns Food & Drink Festival, event details are here.
Below we have highlighted some of the events that will be available for you to book during the Festival week. Spaces are limited, so please don't leave it too late to book.
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, 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 Euston and Marylebone stations.
The Chilterns is a living, working area of beautiful countryside whose character has been shaped by agriculture, industry and the people who have lived and worked here over the centuries. Once the larder of London, the historic market towns, tucked-away villages, pubs, farmland, chalk-fed streams and ancient woods all hint at the growing, trading and of course, enjoyment of good local food and drink.This March, during the new Chilterns Festival of Food & Drink, you are invited to sample some of the delicious local fare that is produced with love, skill and an attention to detail that reflects what is of the Chilterns; quality, distinctiveness and great taste.
Pitching camp on the boundary between classic and contemporary gins, Campfire Gin is produced in small batches. Ten carefully selected botanicals, including rich coffee cherry, sweet, fresh orange, hazelnut and piney juniper are distilled with the finest UK wheat spirit. The result is a gin that leads with a citrus nose and juniper palate, has a rich middle and sweet end that builds, sip, after sip.
Book a two hour event at the distillery which includes two drinks from our gin menu, a talk about the distillery and the distilling process plus a chance to ask questions and socialise.
Auberge du Chocolat is a unique artisan family business with a passion for chocolate, ice cream and fudge. All our hand made products are created with individual care and we love to share our passion with our customers; encouraging them to get involved in making chocolate. We are a "Fairtrade Independant" and are committed to sourcing products in a sustainable and ethical way.
If you thought all chocolate tastes the same, think again! Book a workshop to discover how to eat chocolate before embarking on a tasting adventure of chocolate from around the world.
A fabulous opportunity to spend a day close to nature in a beautiful Chilterns woodland - throughout the day you will be building campfires and cooking up all manner of tasty meals. Eating al fresco is such a treat and when you’ve cooked it over a campfire that just adds to the fun. On this Fire and Feast course you will be baking breads, roasting meat and cooking fish over your campfire.
Book on a Fire and Feast cookery day, or the Campfire Bread baking day
On the Metropolitan Line, Chesham market town's local produce market is open on the fourth Saturday of every month selling high quality food, drink and crafts produced within a 10-mile radius of Chesham. Located in Market Square and the upper end of the High Street between 10am and 2pm this is a fantastic opportunity to try the renowned Chilterns produce.
Select your goodies for your picnic lunch before heading off on the Chesham Food Trail.
Since opening in 2010, Beechwood Fine Foods has been supplying the best of British and Chilterns' produce at their farm shop located in the historic market town of Tring.
Come and meet the producer of Beechwood Country Preserves; their own high quality jams, chutneys and preserves all made by Sarah, joint owner of Beechwood Fine Foods. Discover too, the widest range of British cheeses in the town, which also includes other local favourites they support such as Kirsty’s free range scotch eggs and Ashridge honey.