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.

Among the places the locals love the most are Wendover Woods, Coombe Hill, Ivinghoe Beacon and West Wycombe, which we agree offer rar-reaching views, walking trails, historic attractions and plenty of things to do for locals and visitors alike.

Enjoy your stay!

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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. 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

Explore Wallingford this July!
Explore Wallingford this July!

Familiar to millions as the original Causton of Midsomer Murders, Wallingford grew up in the 9th century on a wide stretch of the Thames. Its layout has changed little since then and the town still boasts extensive Saxon earthworks and remains of the 11th century castle in meadows beside the River Thames. The old Corn Exchange in the Market Square, antique shops, the museum and heritage trains on the Bunk Line railway to Cholsey give a still-unhurried air.

Below are some ideas........for more detailed information visit Wallingford

Choose a Cycle Ride into the Chiltern Hills.
Choose a Cycle Ride into the Chiltern Hills.

The Tour of Britain will be coming through Wallingford on Friday 12th September as it enters the Chilterns.  There is some great cycling in the Chilerns and plenty of great rides to choose from. Download details of three on-road cycle rides, ranging from 11–25 miles. All rides start at the Town Hall in Wallingford and head to the Chiltern Hills, taking you on quiet and scenic country lanes with wonderful views. Click here to download routes.

Exploring by foot
Exploring by foot

Wallingford has many ancient connections and interesting buildings which are best explored on foot - click here to download the Wallingford Historical Town Walk. For a longer walk along the River Thames, follow the 3-mile circular Wallingford-Benson walk. Enjoy the water meadows with their wild flowers and watch the boats cruising by. 

Speciality Shopping
Speciality Shopping

Wallingford has lots of speciality shops and outdoor markets. If you are interested in antiques, the Lamb Arcade is a fascinating historic building, divided into over 40 shops and showcases offering a wide selection of antiques.

Midsomer Murders in Wallingford
Midsomer Murders in Wallingford
Wallingford is not all that it seems. This most respectable riverside town is, in fact, at the very heart of Midsomer Murders country. Download a leaflet on The Wallingford Connections to find out what has featured where and when.
Family-friendly Wallingford
Family-friendly Wallingford
In good weather take a picnic to Castle Meadows or the meadows by the River Thames where you can paddle in the shallow water and watch the boats go past. There is an outdoor pool and splash park by Wallingford Bridge. The Cholsey & Wallingford Railway is a popular choice for families as well as the Wallingford Museum.
Where to Stay
Where to Stay

Wallingford has a wide variety of accommodation. Bridge Villa Camping & Caravan Site is close to the River Thames and is a popular choice, especially with families. The George Hotel is a traditional hotel right in the centre of Wallingford, or try Fyfield Manor B&B just 3 miles from Wallingford which offers hotel equivalent accommodation combined with history and architecture spanning 8 centuries.


25th July
Glow Worm Walk at Aston Rowant Nature Reserve near Stokenchurch
Take a walk on a summer evening to see the mysterious and magical glow worm on the grassy slopes of Aston Rowant Nature Reserve near Watlington. An expert will help you discover these amazing animals! Click here for more information.
21st to 26th July
Henley Fringe Festival

No need to go to Edinburgh now!! The Henley Fringe offers drama, comedy, stand-up, musical, new writing and film in interesting venues from cafes to theatres. This year includes a 3 day FILM FESTIVAL in conjunction with The Picture House.

23rd August
Brewery Tours in Prestwood

Get closer to the traditional processes and the finest natural
ingredients used in British brewing at Malt The Brewery at Collings Hanger Farm in Prestwood. Enjoy a tasting session at the brewery Tasting Bar followed by a 45 minute tour of the brewing process. Tours finish with a pint of Malt Ale at the Tasting Bar. You'll also receive a souvenir Malt Ales pint glass. The experience lasts about 1.5 hours. Tours are on the fourth Saturday of every month at 3pm. 

Various dates from 6th to 17th August
Outdoor Shakespeare at Pendley Manor, Tring
In 1949, Dorian Williams founded the Pendley Shakespeare Festival amid the Victorian finery of his magnificent ancestral home. The tradition continues in the beautiful grounds of the Pendley Manor Hotel.
Until 2nd November 2014
Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham - summer exhibition
The Stanley Spencer Gallery is devoted to the work of one of Britain’s greatest painters, Sir Stanley Spencer. The Gallery has been named by ArtFund in 2014 as one of five most ’unmissable’ Art Galleries in the UK. This year’s Summer Exhibition, ’Paradise Regained’ tells the story of how World War 1 experiences affected Spencer’s work. Cookham village is delightful, enjoy walks along the River Thames to get the full Cookham experience!
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

Charlie weekends: throughout the year
As part of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s 50th anniversary, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre will be running themed weekends to celebrate the children that met sticky ends in the book. Decide who your favourite is and then don’t miss Veruca Salt on Saturday on 19 July, Beauregarde Bonanza on 4 and 5 October and Mike Teavee weekend on 15 and 16 November. They will all feature exciting workshops (some incur an additional charge), trails, activities and surprises!
29,30 and 31st August

On the banks of the Thames in South Oxfordshire, Wallingford BunkFest is a free-access community festival providing a unique, family friendly celebration.

This year, BunkFest celebrates its 13th year - starting from a small marquee in a pub car park to filling the KineCroft and providing entertainment throughout Wallingford, on the River Thames and on the Bunk Railway line.

Most events are free - you only need to purchase tickets for the boat trips, train trips, workshops and also for camping. Information on the website listed above.

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