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.
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.