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.
Use the menu at the top of the page to explore and discover your next Chilterns experience; history and heritage, cycling, walking breaks, food and drink, and places to stay.
If you stop a while, look and listen, you will uncover the weird, wonderful and quirky traditions that make the Chilterns so special; swan upping, ley lines, witches, ghosts, ancient crosses carved into the hillsides...we have selected just a few, but be sure to let us know if you hear of any others.
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.
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.
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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.