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.

This website is not a confusing listing of places to go and things to see. We have spent time exploring the area and attempt to share our favourites with you as we know what makes the Chilterns so special. That includes the odd ghost story or three! 

Among the places the locals love the most are Wendover Woods, Coombe Hill, Ivinghoe Beacon and West Wycombe, which we agree offer far-reaching views, walking trails, cycling, 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 Amersham and the Chess Valley this September!
Explore Amersham and the Chess Valley this September!

Its broad High Street with half-timbered houses, cottages and the handsome Market House makes Old Amersham one of the most-photographed of Chiltern valley towns. The choice of restaurants and pubs is excellent and there's a very tempting cluster of elegant shops selling mainly clothes, with some antiques, jewellery and food. There's more browsing nearby, close to the station at Amersham-on-the-Hill. Amersham itself is 39 minutes by mainline rail to Central London and is also on the London Underground Tube network.

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

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

There is some great cycling in the Chilerns and plenty of great rides to choose from. The Chiltern Heritage Trail signposts a circular route, mainly on quiet roads, around Chesham, Amersham, Chorleywood,Gerrards Cross and Seer Green. A family friendly short-cut is also signposted.

Amersham Museum
Amersham Museum

Amersham Museum, located in the Tudor hall house in Old Amersham High Street. The Museum tells the story of local events, places and people, with exhibits and information covering an intriguing range of topics from Amersham's religious martyrs to Dinky Toys. Guided walks of the Old Town and its surroundings take place on selected dates. The Museum website will have the details.

Exploring by foot
Exploring by foot

Follow this Short Walk from Old Amersham for an instant taste of the countryside. It's a circular 2½ mile walk, suitable in good weather for a small pushchair. Or a Five Mile Walk from Old Amersham – the circular route takes you up into the hills to the south of the town.

Local Food & Drink
Local Food & Drink

Here in the Old Town, picturesque pubs rub shoulders with chic or contemporary eating places, such as Gilbeys restaurant in the 17th century former grammar school or Seasons Café Deli, rated one of the Top Coffee Shops in the country (The Independent 2010) and one of the Best Delicatessens in the Country (The Independent 2011).

Where to Stay
Where to Stay

The Kings Arms Hotel Amersham is a 34 bedroom Inn dating from the 1400's and has been refurbished to offer all modern amenities whilst maintaining the historical character of the building.The hotel has been used extensively in TV and Film productions including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Miss Marple and the TV series Midsomer Murders. It has also hosted many famous guests such as Oliver Cromwell.The Kings Arms is in the heart of the historical Old Amersham village with its boutiques, antique shops and wide selection of pubs and restaurants.


September 14th - October 6th

To launch the North Chiltern Trail and as part of the Chiltern Society’s campaign to raise awareness of the opportunities for walking and other activities in the north Chilterns, we are holding a mini outdoor festival between 14 September and 6 October 2014.

A range of FREE events have been organised to run alongside the launch of this new trail. These include:

A chance to walk the entire trail over four consecutive Sundays
Circular guided walks 
Cycle rides around the North Chilterns
Nordic Walking taster sessions
Horse riding taster sessions
Guided walks with Trevor Tween
A guided walk with the Chiltern Society’s walks designer, Andrew Clark
‘Pathfinder’ map reading course.

29th September - 5th October

150 talks, interviews and performances and their biggest line-up of children’s events yet including river readings! The beautiful venues used within the town in previous years have included, The Quince Tree, The Kenton Theatre, Phyllis Court and The Hibernia create a very intimate setting for visitors.

16th to 19th October
Thame Art and Literary Festival
Celebrate the written word, meet authors and talk about books plus workshops, exhibitions and a complete children’s festival over 3 days in Thame. With 30 events crammed into three days, the  Festival covers plays, music, and poetry. With a wide range of plays, poetry readings and author visits, you will be spoilt for choice.  There's something for everyone including a Singalong Frozen performance at the Thame Players Theatre.
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!
Saturday 25 October 6.30pm to 8pm
Lantern Walk in the Woods, near Aston Rowant
A lantern lit adventure through the woods along the Aston Rowant Talking Trail. Activities are based on autumn and night-time wildlife.
27th to 31st October
Half-term and Haloween activities at the National Trust

Drop-in autumn arts and crafts at Greys Court near Henley-on-Thames, Tues 28th Oct to Sat 1st Nov 12 noon to 3pm

Nuffield Place near Henley-on-Thames: use natural objects from the gardens to make some really wild art.

Cliveden's Halloween Trail 25th Oct to 2nd Nov: get dresssed up in your scariest outfit and complete the tricky trail.

Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe: 25th Oct to 2nd Nov: pumpkin carving and a spooky childrens trail until 31st Oct then autumn crafts.

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