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

Tuesday 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.

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.

Saturday and Sunday 3rd/4th May
1950s Day at the Amersham Museum

At Amersham Museum you can experience life in 1950s Amersham when the Goya perfume factory in Church Street was a major local employer. Listen to oral histories, music, or try on the clothes and play with 1950s toys. The museum also has many photographs and maps from the era helping visitors to see how the town used to look and how shops and residential areas have changed over the last 50 to 60 years. Click here for further info and entry fees.

3rd to 5th May
Mapledurham Annual Crafts Fair

Dedicated to the showing and selling of work from the Country's leading Artists/Craftmakers, the 24th Annual Live Crafts Festival team draws on a wealth of experience to select some of Britain's finest Designers, Artists and Makers to create a unique Festival.

Sat 17 May to Sunday 18 May, 10.30- 17:30
Rickmansworth Canal Festival, Hertfordshire
The annual Rickmansworth Festival combines the traditional Canal Festival with the annual Environment Fair and a festival of musical entertainment.  The Festival will be situated in the Aquadrome and along the Grand Union Canal in Rickmansworth. The top attraction for many is the wonderful array of canal boats from across the country - a terrific spectacle, with at least 100 craft.
Tuesday 27th May
Thames Cruiser Wildlife Trips with Hobbs of Henley
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. For further info, times and prices click here.
7 to 22nd June
Bucks Open Studios
Bucks Open Studios is an annual event held in June every year where artists and makers all over the County open their studios or hold exhibitions and events showcasing and demonstrating their work. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the creativity going on around the County. Bucks Open Studios is run by the Visual Images Group, an alliance of over 600 artists and makers living and working in Buckinghamshire.
14th and 15th June
Gerrards Cross 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. Click here for further information and entre fees.

June and July, various dates
The Tringe 2014, Comedy Festival Tring

The Tringe is back, bigger and better than ever with a fantastic line up of the best names in comedy - all appearing at the Court Theatre and in various pubs in Tring from June and July. Book your tickets here

June 2014
Cliveden Secret Garden!

Cliveden National Trust will unveil a new rose garden in June. Known in recent years as the Secret Garden when the beds displayed very different plants, the intimate circular area has been redesigned to retain the tranquil atmosphere of a hidden garden, whilst creating a spectacular display of 800 repeat flowering roses with phased colours from yellow and oranges through to velvety reds and deep crimsons. Click here for flowering updates, admission prices, opening times or call 01628 605 069.

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