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. 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 explore and discover your next Chilterns experience; history and heritage, cycling, walking breaks, food and drink, and places to stay.

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.

We are running a 12 Days of Chilterns' Christmas competition from December 1st - 12th, see below for details on how to enter. Good luck! 

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.

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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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Celebrate the 12 Days of a Chilterns’ Christmas and enter our festive competition

This December you could be in with a chance of winning lovely Chilterns’ Christmas products and experiences that include; a cookery experience with Award Winning Michelin Star Chef Stephen Bulmer, entrance tickets and tea for two at Waddesdon Manor, books to inspire you about the naturally outstanding Chilterns, a meal at a local foodie pub, even a Big Red Box of goodies for under your tree!

We will be posting every day, a fun question about a different product or Chilterns experience. Answers to the questions are on the website and keep note of all your answers, until the last post is made on 12th December.

You then have just 4 days to email us your answers for the chance to win a selection of featured products. Answers to be emailed to christmas@VisitChilterns.co.uk with your name, address and contact telephone number.

On the First Day of Christmas

My true love sent me on an indulgent Auberge chocolate-making workshop.

Three hours of chocolate-making heaven could be yours to win as you learn how to temper chocolate, modify and use moulds, even write and decorate in chocolate. Delve into ganaches, roll truffles and make chocolate thins. Discover how to modify interesting recipes into a desert for example. Enjoy a round the world chocolate tasting before taking everything you have made home to impress your family and friends. 

Question: What other Chocolate making courses does Auberge du Chocolat run?

The Second day of Christmas

My true love sent to me a family ticket to the Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chiltern Open Air Museum is a great day out for families, with more than 30 rescued historic buildings nestled in 45 acres of Chilterns' woods and parkland. There are plenty of opportunities to dress up, play with historic toys and games, build models of the barns and lots of space to run around and discover. The Museum hosts a popular event programme including a Traditional Chilterns Christmas event on the 3 – 4 December. 

Question: What can you see at the Chiltern Open Air Museum?

On the Third Day of Christmas

My true love treated me to a taste of the outdoors with a bottle of Campfire Gin

Founded by Ben and Kate Marston, Puddingstone Distillery, located on the outskirts of Tring, opened it’s doors in November to an eagerly awaiting crowd of gin lovers. Their first product, Campfire Gin sold out in the first two days and is currently being served in a number of locations across the Chilterns. Campfire Gin is described as having a bold citrus and juniper nose that leads to a rich warming palate with a long slightly sweet finish.

Question: How many botanicals are used in the making of Campfire Gin?

The Fourth Day of Christmas

My true love treated me to a Cookery Experience with Michelin Star Chef Stephen Bulmer

The Cookery School at Green Dragon Eco Farm is run by Head Chef Stephen Bulmer. Stephen runs a programme of dining events, including restaurant nights and chef’s tables, and cookery courses throughout the year. These hands-on, practical cookery classes are for all ages and ability levels, covering a range of themes and cookery techniques from game to baking and from dishes for entertaining to foraging courses.

Question: In what year was Stephen Bulmer awarded the Best Tutor accolade at the 'Indepenent Cookery School Awards'?

Terms and Conditions  

  • Competition open to UK residents only as deliveries cannot be made overseas.
  • All Visit Chilterns and associated companies’ employees (and their families) are not allowed to enter.
  • You must email all 12 correct answers by midnight on Friday 16th December to be in with a chance of winning. 
  • Answers to be emailed to Christmas@VisitChilterns.co.uk with your name, address and contact telephone number. 
  • All answers can be found within VisitChilterns.co.uk and partner websites.
  • We will contact you for delivery address details if you are successful.
  • The prizes are as stated and no cash alternative will be offered.
  • In the event of a prize being unavailable, we reserve the right to offer a suitable alternative.
  • The organiser of this competition is the Chilterns Tourism Network. 

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