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.
And Hannah Cross should know; she lives locally and has written this lovely poem to celebrate what she loves best about the Chilterns:
The Chilterns are Beautiful
Thames, the glistening waters snaking through our countryside, hire a boat in Marlow and enjoy the ride
High Wycombe, hilly ol’ High Wycombe with its hustle and bustle
Explore our steep slopes, wonderful woodlands and vibrant villages…but let me tempt you some more…
Chesham is home to markets and stores, a large open park and scenery galore
Hughenden – the historic house, home of Disraeli, World War Two secrets and plenty of activities for all the family
Ivinghoe Beacon, the pillar of the hills, absorb all the views but don’t catch a chill
Learn about our history and traditions at Wycombe Museum, why do we weigh our mayor, and who are the Chairboys?
Tickle your taste buds with tantalising treats or try a tasty tipple at the Chilterns Brewery
Explore! There is so much to see, believe me. Take pictures, make memories and tell all your friends
Red Kites swooping and squealing through the air. Noisy? They don’t care!
Nettlebed and Rotten Row may sound like a fright, but please do visit them, they’re certainly a delight
Sunrise or sunset, whichever is the best, be sure to catch the days beginning or end atop the hills
Aylesbury offers a mixture of historic cobbled streets and modern shops, a canal, a new theatre and so much more
Relax in a spa, from Champneys to Danesfield, sit back, enjoy and let your mind drift afar
Easily accessible; drive here, catch the train or even land a plane!
Busy Beaconsfield, brimming with beautiful boutiques and bountiful restaurants
Embark on a journey along the Chiltern Way, see beautiful sights which make for a memorable day
Architectural delights and historical insights at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
Underground explorers will marvel at West Wycombe caves, home to many secrets, including some raves!
Team up with the Twits or sample a Swishwiffler at the mysterious museum dedicated to Roald Dahl
If you require a bed for the night, our accommodation choices are a delight
Fly through the trees in Wendover Woods, stop for a Beechdean ice cream afterwards you should!
Unlimited scenery, fresh air and space to roam
Love this beautiful area that we are proud to call home
Thank you Hannah, we couldn't have put it better ourselves!
Among the other 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.
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.