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.

But don't leave the Chilterns without a walk through the beautiful countryside followed a lovely meal in one of our friendly local pubs.

Come and enjoy a Big Friendly Summer at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, who are taking a year-long journey exploring the master storyteller's life and books, with themed activity weeks and weekends throughout the year.

The Summer holidays will be packed with Big Friendly Fun. Activities take place every day (closed Mondays), including storytelling and BFG-themed crafts, author visits, swishwiffling sessions with the Museum’s Storyteller in Residence, Sandra Agard, behind the scenes archive tours, clue trails and special events.

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.

Enjoy your stay and please share your experiences with us @VisitChilterns on Twitter and #TheChilterns on Instagram.

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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. 

 

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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.

Places to Visit

 Chilterns Food and Drink

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. Here's a pick of the best....

Dog Friendly Pubs
Across the Chilterns

Dog-friendly pubs are in demand as well behaved walkers look to finding somewhere they can rest up and enjoy a pint with their pooch. Our favourites have been suggested by the locals, so they must be good!

Book your Chilterns Brewery Tour
Dates through 2016

BOOK YOUR BREWERY TOUR HERE FOR 2016 AND BE TRANSPORTED TO THE OLDEST INDEPENDENT BREWERY IN THE CHILTERN HILLS.

Our tours include an introduction to the art of craft brewing, a brief history of the Chiltern Brewery, a tour of the Brew House and a tutored beer and food tasting session with a delicious selection of our locally made chandlery.

The Alford Arms Re-opens!
Monday 22nd August

Yes, the rumours are true! The popular Alford Arms will be re-opening their doors on Monday 22nd August 2016. "What, no party?" we hear you cry! We know, we know - it would have been amazing to have had all our locals and regulars in for a knees-up first, but unfortunately (surely that's not the right word?) there are too many of you and the village would possibly sink under the strain".

Auberge Du Chocolat

Auberge Du Chocolat is the joint passion of Anne and Ian, both behind this successful artisan business that thrives on sharing the joys (and there are many), of sampling, producing, learning or just enjoying chocolates, ice-cream and fabulous fudge. Their children’s chocolate workshops are very popular!

 Tring Brewery Saturday Morning Tours
Tring Brewery Saturday Morning Tours

Beer on a Saturday morning. Why not? This popular tour is designed for groups of all sizes. They are run twice a month and provide you with an opportunity to discover more about Tring brewery, our beers and how we make them. Included in the price are samples to taste during the tour or a bottle to take home with you. Time 11.00am to 12.30pm, Price £5 per person.

Buckmoorend Farm Shop

Buckmoorend Farm Shop is a welcome addition to the Chilterns foodie scene. It is a small, family run farm surrounded by natural woodland that just happens to be a part of the Chequers Estate, and can be reached very easily from the Ridgeway National Trail that runs right past the shop door. Perfect for that gelato break or better still, for that summer BBQ, as their free-range lamb tastes of the Chilterns

 Chiltern Valley Winery

TripAdvisor’s top rated visitor attraction in Henley on Thames is Chiltern Valley Winery, who will be celebrating English Wine Week with tours & tastings of three new 2015 vintage wines. The marvellous behind the scenes tours includes the winery, brewery, press and bottling hall. And sampling of course. Too good to leave? They do B&B too!

Events

Saturday 17 September 11am to 5pm 

Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday in his village of Great Missenden.
The Museum will be packed with exciting and unexpected surprises. Smell your way around the Museum on the SCENTenary Trail, write your own lines for the Big Birthday Poem, meet Storyteller in Residence Sandra Agard and join in with special Roald Dahl 100 art activities! Explore the village on our guided walks and enjoy face painting, balloon modelling, magic and archive talks throughout the day.

At 3pm, there’s a one-off opportunity to watch a special scratch ‘n’ sniff screening of the 1996 film Matilda (PG) at Great Missenden’s Blue Door Cinema. (Book via www.bluedoorcinema.org ). Visitors on the day can also join in with activities at Great Missenden Library (which was the inspiration for Matilda’s library).

Sunday 4th September

Taste of Berkhamsted is a food festival in its second year, which showcases our finest local eateries, producers and food suppliers in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Food tastings, demos, a marketplace, children’s entertainment and live music all come together for a delightfully delicious day

21st July - 4th September

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden is taking a year-long journey exploring the master storyteller's life and books, with themed activity weeks and weekends throughout the year.

Friday 28th October

The Murder Mystery nights so far have proved to be a fantastic and unique way to spend a Friday night; with a sparkling glass on arrival before being invited to enjoy a 3 course dinner as the murder mystery unfolds.

MIDSOMER MURDERS Top Ten Chilterns locations!

New on-line guide now available to the Chiltern's Top Ten Midsomer Murders locations! Public guided tours of Henley and its Midsomer Murders locations will take place every Saturday from 12 March to 15 October @ 10.30am. The Tour lasts one hour. Bookings here.

Dates through to November 2016
Supper Talks at St Katherine's country house, near Henley-on-Thames

St Katherine's is an historic house and retreat standing in 12 acres of grounds at the top of the Chiltern hills, run by the Sue Ryder Prayer Fellowship charity. They are hosting a series of supper talks (£17.50 including a two-course supper). Pre-booking essential 01494 881037.

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