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.

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

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 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 local establishments as we can! From 25th March - 2nd April, you too can indulge and join in the new Celebration of Chilterns Food & Drink Festival, event details are here. 

Below we have highlighted some of the events that will be available for you to book during the Festival week. Spaces are limited, so please don't leave it too late to book.

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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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New Celebration of Chilterns Food & Drink Festival March 25 - April 2

Food & Drink Festival

A celebration of Chilterns-inspired food and drink

The Chilterns is a living, working area of beautiful countryside whose character has been shaped by agriculture, industry and the people who have lived and worked here over the centuries. Once the larder of London, the historic market towns, tucked-away villages, pubs, farmland, chalk-fed streams and ancient woods all hint at the growing, trading and of course, enjoyment of good local food and drink.This March, during the new Chilterns Festival of Food & Drink, you are invited to sample some of the delicious local fare that is produced with love, skill and an attention to detail that reflects what is of the Chilterns; quality, distinctiveness and great taste.

Daws Hill Vineyard in the beautiful Radnage Valley

Winery Tour and Tasting - Sunday 26th March 2-3pm

Daws Hill Vineyard (near West Wycombe) is a small Chilterns vineyard and winery, proud to grow and produce everything on site; from hand pruning each vine to hand picking the grapes, small batch fermenting and bottling to labelling by hand. Each bottle is aged for a minimum of 3 years in our converted stables. Join us for a tour and wine tasting on Sunday 26th March at 2-3pm FREE as part of the Chilterns Food and Drink Festival but booking essential. To book call the vineyard on 07833 462597 or visit http://www.dawshillvineyard.co.uk/

One Foot in the Chilterns

A walking tour of Chilterns' culinary delights

On Wednesday March 29th, meet at the one of the oldest vineyards in the Chilterns, Old Luxters - a fitting place to start this walk that will take in the Beechwoods and quintessential Chilterns village of Turville, whose church has a beautiful stained glass window by John Piper before tucking into lunch at the Turville barn - accessible by four legs or two only - this 'no car cafe' in a traditional barn where host Robin will prepare a meal from local produce. Click on the link for further information on how to book and to see the festival programme.

Fire and Feast

Campfire cookery skills

A fabulous opportunity to spend a day close to nature in a beautiful Chilterns woodland - throughout the day you will be building campfires and cooking up all manner of tasty meals. Eating al fresco is such a treat and when you’ve cooked it over a campfire that just adds to the fun. On this Fire and Feast course you will be baking breads, roasting meat and cooking fish over your campfire. Book on a Fire and Feast cookery day, or the Campfire Bread baking day

Take a Vineyard eTour

A guided eBike food tour

The latest electric bike models can tame the steepest of Chiltern Hills, allowing cyclists to admire panoramic views that typically the only red kites have enjoyed. Choose this guided Vineyard Tour with friends and family that takes you on an easy cycle through areas of outstanding natural beauty through ancient woodlands, pretty villages, before indulging in a tasty Chilterns-inspired picnic lunch. Click on the link for further information on how to book and to see the festival programme.

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