Welcome to the Naturally Outstanding Chilterns

Why Choose the Chilterns? 

Why should you visit the quintessential, 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.

It's not surprising that bluebells are one of the nation's best-loved wild flowers, the carpets of intense blue under the opening tree canopy is one of our greatest springtime woodland spectacles and they can be enjoyed in the Chilterns. Find your perfect bluebell escape here.

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


Getting here

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. 

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Chilterns Walking Festival

Coleshill Fox-Trot

Exploring the Chiltern Way

Join us for a 5 mile walk in the beautiful countryside around Amersham, led by an expert guide from the Chiltern Society. Return to Fox's Outdoor, our Festival sponsor, for refreshments, hospitality and discounted shopping.

Boat and Walking Tour

on the majestic River Thames

This special event combines cruising and gentle walking along the River Thames from Henley, following the historic international regatta course.  This is a beautiful stretch of the River Thames, with much historic interest and wonderful views of the wooded Chiltern hills.

Midsomer Murders in Watlington!

Murder in a Market Town

Walk through spectacular countryside with views, information on local history and wildlife, as well as a tour of Watlington’s Midsomer Murders filming locations. Includes a coffee stop in Watlington. The walk can be done with or without poles.

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Interactive Map of the Chilterns

Interactive map featuring a host of things to do and places to visit

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