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.
It’s the skylarks and snowdrops that increases the heart rate and knowledge that spring is here. It is the season when the world is renewed, we shake off the gloom of winter and head out to enjoy the gardens at Cliveden, listen out for a cuckoo, poking around a charming National Trust country house or go heading off searching for bluebells to the woods. Read about our favourite springtime adventures here.
Chiltern people past and present have given us plenty to be proud of; from opulent mansions of the rich and famous, beautiful villages and hamlets, to the new Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour, local culture, quirks and industry of generations are presented in entertaining and memorable ways. Choose model villages, vintage trains or iconic cars, homes and gardens of poets and politicians and secret places for revels, rituals or cracking codes. Dip into the rich assortment of Chiltern treasures to find the things that will make your stay.
Use the menu at the top of the page to discover your next Chilterns experience, chosen by the locals; history and heritage, cycling, walking breaks, food and drink, and places to stay.
The next Chilterns Walking festival will take place in the spring and will again include guided walks and events, cherished seasonal highlights, local food and drink and heritage. As soon as the programme has been finalised, all Event details will be included here
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.
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.