Why Choose the Chilterns?
Why should you visit the quintessential, uncrowded, 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.
The Chilterns is a walkers delight, with a huge network of footpaths and some iconic National Trails. The Chilterns Walking Festival takes place 18th May to 2nd June and offers over 70 walks and events led by local guides with local knowledge who can show you the best of the area. The programme includes Meet the Maker Art & Craft walks, iron age fort walks, nature discovery events, outdoor cooking and more.
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. Tuck into our finest food and drink experiences.
Use the menu at the top of the page to discover your next Chilterns experience, chosen by the locals; history and heritage, arts & crafts, cycling, walking breaks, food and drink, and places to stay.
Short breaks call for a short journey, so visitors from London, Oxford or those from further afield 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.
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.an
From central London train to Chilterns trail in just 40 minutes and 30 minutes from Oxford, this most accessible areas of English countryside in the UK has excellent rail 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 with London Midland - Berkhamsted and Tring and Marylebone station with Chiltern Railways to Great Missenden, Wendover, Princes Risbourgh and Saunderton stations amongst others.