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.

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.

This summer 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. Expert volunteer guides will help you to identify the wildlife and other hidden treasure on a 75-minute trip between Henley and Hambleden. The Wildlife on the Move cruises start on Tuesday 25th July and take place every Tuesday in August. See here for details and booking

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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