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.

Winter is the perfect time to see the rolling Chilterns’ fields glisten with crunchy frost and mist drifting through the trees in Ashridge Forest, or rising on the River Thames at Marlow. 

This website is not a confusing listing of places to go and things to see. Despite knowing the area really well, we spend time exploring and walking familiar routes, looking for the unexpected that will delight our friends and visitors. We want 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 and please share your experiences with us @VisitChilterns on Twitter and #TheChilterns on Instagram.

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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

The Big Chilterns Weekend Giveaway!
The Big Chilterns Weekend Giveaway!
Local businesses are once again giving Chilterns’ residents the fantastic opportunity to explore and experience what is right on their doorstep.
 
To celebrate English Tourism Week, the Chilterns Tourism Network has organised the third Big Chilterns Weekend, taking place during this popular National English Tourism event, right across the Chilterns from the 14th - 22nd March.
 
The Big Chilterns Weekend intends to show off what makes the Chilterns an outstanding place to live, work and play - something the locals have always known. All you need do is to tell us what you love about the naturally outstanding Chilterns using either words or a photo and you could win one of these prizes below.
 
Send an email to info@visitchilterns.co.uk by midnight 6th March 2015. Please include your name and address so we know where to contact you if you are lucky enough to be a winner. Winners will be notified by email by Saturday 14th March 2015.

Click here for further details on how to enter the Big Chilterns Weekend Competition and for terms & conditions.

Photo Book of The Ridgeway National Trail
Photo Book of The Ridgeway National Trail

Win a glossy coffee-table book featuring stunning images of The Ridgeway National Trail from Goring on Thames to Ivinghoe Beacon. Photographer Chris spent two years creating the book which includes photographs to, from and along the path, together with interesting information about the locations.

Ridgeway Lodge Prize

Win one night’s B&B at the delightful Ridgeway Lodge located in Saunderton Princes Risbourgh, where your host Miv Hughs will make you feel right at home.


Membership of the Chiltern Society Prize

Win Chiltern Society membership which gives you free entry to Lacey Green Windmill and Ewelme Watercress Beds, and generous discounts at a large number of local visitor attractions, pubs, restaurants and retailers throughout the Chilterns. As a member you are also eligible to participate in a large number of walks, talks and activities.

Wendover Woods Discovery Pass Prize
Wendover woods is packed with activities to be enjoyed all year round with a Discovery Pass that includes your ticket to have a BBQ in one of four secluded BBQ glades in the beautiful Wendover Woods.
A Golden Ticket to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre Prize
Win a Golden Ticket to the Flushbunkingly Glorious Roald Dahl museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, home of the great writer and favourite of children the world over. 

Hill Farm and Orchard Prize

Win one night for two in a unique and luxurious en-suite wigwam on Hill Farm and Orchard, a working farm, family run since 1888 and home to a suckler beef herd including pedigree Limousins, a commercial flock of sheep, and one of the oldest Wiltshire Horn sheep flocks in the country.

National Trust Cliveden Prize

Win a family day visit pass to explore National Trust Cliveden, set high above the Thames with far-reaching views, Cliveden’s impressive gardens and majestic woodlands capture the grandeur of a bygone age.

Roald Dahl Children's Gallery Prize
Roald Dahl is such a big attraction, there are two experiences to win including a family ticket to the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery in Aylesbury.
Didcot Railway Centre Prize

We have five family tickets to give away to explore the unique 1930’s engine shed that form the focus of the extensive Great Western Railway steam engines collection at Didcot.

Amersham Museum Prize
We have 10 pairs of tickets to enjoy Amersham Museum, a real Chilterns gem, located in a 15th century building in the heart of old Amersham. The tickets are combined museum admission and guided walks.
Wycombe Museum Prize

Join in a lively afternoon of scientific fun and activities for the curious and inquisitive at Wycombe Museum and enjoy free admission plus tea and cake.

Ewelme Watercress Beds Tour Prize
Win a guided tour with the Chiltern Society to the Ewelme Watercress beds, a site of historical interest and rumoured to be place where King Henry Vlll bathed in the healing waters. Ewelme Brook, the source of water for the watercress beds, once powered a mill in the village and at least two more a couple of miles downstream at Benson, before flowing into the Thames there.
Free Bike Hire Prize
Your chance to try out an electric bike! Cycle Chilterns is offering 5 lots of free bike hire (electric bike or standard bike) for yourself and up to 3 others, from the Bicycle Workshop at Great Missenden. What better way to explore the beautiful countryside and attractions of the central Chilterns.

Events

14th - 22nd March 2015
Big Chilterns Weekend
Full details of our celebration of all things Chilterns during English Tourism Week - full details in the adjoining column.
Sunday 22nd March 11am to 2pm
Wendover Woods Discovery Day

Celebrate Forest Discovery Day at Wendover Woods. Meet Forestry Commission staff at Wendover Woods and get involved in… Horse Logging, Face Painting, Sawmill demonstrations, Scavenger Hunt, Den building, Natural activities and so much more! Event starts 11am to 2pm on the viewpoint near the Cafe in the Woods. All activities are free. Car park charges apply.

From Saturday 14th February

The gardens at Cliveden will be open daily from Saturday 14 February, 10am – 5.30pm. As spring arrives in the garden, there’ll be a new free trail for families to seek out welcome signs of spring including; snowdrops and daffodils as well spring wildlife such as nesting birds and frogspawn. Available every day, simply pick up a copy from the Information Centre on arrival. 

For further details, including admission prices please call 01628 605 069. 

3 -6 April 2015, 10am to 5pm
Easter Egg Trail at the Ashridge Estate, near Tring

Whatever the weather come along to our annual Easter egg trail sponsored by Cadburys. Eggsplore the secrets of the woodland at Ashridge, answer questions along the way and collect your delicious Cadbury Easter egg at the end. No need to book, just come along. There are also Spring Trails at the Ashridge Estate from 16th Feb to 30th May. Click here for all events info.

From Saturday February 14th
Go Ape Wendover re-opens its ladders on Saturday 14th February.  The perfect place for a 'something different' Valentines day or an adventure for the whole tribe.
 
The first brief is at 9am and sessions run every half hour until 13:30. The price for a swing through the trees is £33 for over 16’s and £25 for 10-15’s. Under 15’s must be accompanied by an over 18.  
All participants must be over 1.4m and under 130kg.
Sunday 15th March 2 to 4pm
Hands-on Science at the Wycombe Museum

A lively afternoon of scientific fun and activities for the curious and inquisitive, what ever your age! Free, drop-in session, tel 01494 421895.

  • Join Dr. C to discover the science of fairies and elves.

  • Make fairy dust, investigate bubbles, glowing potions and flying objects! (You could even come dressed as a fairy or elf)

  • Meet the experts, from astronomers to nature enthusiasts

  • Free tea and cake for mums to celebrate Mothers' day!

16 May 2015

This year’s Enchanted Museum theme at the Chilterns Open Air Museum is ‘Once Upon a Time’. Part of Culture 24’s Museums at Night, characters from well known stories and fairytales will be at the museum. You are encouraged to get creative and dress at your favourite storybook character. Prizes awarded for the best costumes!

7 March 2015

Why not combine a refreshing winter bike ride through the Chilterns with a refreshing free pint (or soft drink) when you get back? 

How it works - turn up at the Red Squirrel Brewery Shop between 10 - 11am and pick up a free beer voucher, plus a map of a self-guided circular route from the shop - long or short loops will be available. Or you can ride your own route of course. When you get back from the ride exchange your voucher for a free pint or other drink. Simple!

 

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