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.

Summer is perfect to spend time in the emerging greening woodlands, to enjoy the blossom and birdsong. College Lake in the summer really comes alive with visiting migratory birds who will simply stop off for the obligatory refuel, wash and brush-up before continuing their journey.

June is the best time to enjoy a speciality of the Chilterns chalk downlands, and since the fields at Sharpenhoe Clappers have been in meadow restoration, there are now over 5,000 flower spikes of pyramidal orchids that will be at their best.. 

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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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....
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.
Buckmoreend 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!


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.
Saturday 25th June

E Nesbitt's classic story of three children whose lives are changed forever by the mysterious disappearance of their father. Enjoy your picnic and Chapterhouse outdoor theatre in the amazing setting of West Wycombe Park overlooking its lake. Booking essentail.

Until 4 June 2016
Beyond Words is the first contemporary art exhibition in the 129 year history of Milton’s Cottage. "Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them... they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon’s teeth". – Milton, Areopagitica. Six artists take inspiration from the collection at Milton’s Cottage – only surviving home of the visionary poet, parliamentarian and political writer, John Milton. Displayed alongside the books, paintings and prints that inspired them,
Until the 5th June
In this intimate exhibition, the River and Rowing Museum explores the early work of David Hockney, one of the most influential British artists of the modern era. Famous for his representations of Californian pools, celebrities and most recently i-Pad landscapes, his creative output is diverse and long-standing. David Hockney: from the beginning explores Hockney’s early years – and features works from the collection with the collections of the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal College of Art and the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre.  Works include his evocative We Two Boys Together Clinging, 1961 and the 1974 film A Bigger Splash.
23rd June

Behind the Scenes at Tring.

23 June   45-minute tour at 11.00 and 15.00

Tickets £10 (advance booking required), most suitable for adults.

Step into one of our collections areas to discover what's behind the scenes at the Museum and learn how our world-renowned bird collection is used.  Join egg curator Douglas Russell to learn about Captain Scott's fateful last expedition, where his team collected some of the Museum's most famous specimens.

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.

Friday 27th May to Sunday 5th June

Amersham Museum is offering a fun filled programme of family activities this half-term holiday. Bring your children to hunt for the toys in the Museum and get creative and make your own toy and game during our regular Wednesday family craft session.

Come and explore some of the museum’s collection of real and replica toys that children throughout the ages would have played with and complete the Toy Hunt (£1) to get a prize. The trail runs from Friday 27th May through to Sunday 5th June every day except for Tuesday.  

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