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.

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.



The Swan at Streatley

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Places to Visit

Explore Goring and the Thames this March!
Explore Goring and the Thames this March!
Catch the Thames at its most dramatic here, as it carves its way through a deep gap between the Chiltern Hills and North Wessex Downs. The two attractive little towns of Goring and Streatley face each other across the river, linked by the bridge which spans a small wooded island and the pretty lock and weir. A natural magnet for photographers. There are lots of walks and rides along the Thames, pretty riverside villages and country pubs. Click here for ideas.
Views of the Thames Walks
Views of the Thames Walks

Download details of these circular walks, where distances range from 4 to 10 miles. From Goring the walks lead out through wildflower meadows to the top of the North Wessex Downs, with amazing views of the Chiltern Hills and Thames Valley.

Basildon Park
Basildon Park

Familiar to TV viewers as a location for the BBC's popular adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Basildon Park is the very model of a dignified Georgian mansion in expansive parkland. Owned by the National Trust, there is a regular programme of activities.

Where to eat
Where to eat
There are several pubs in Goring and Streatley, with the Swan offering riverside views in both the Riverside restaurant and the Boathouse cafe. Pierrepont Cafe is located right by the bridge and serves delicious, original food in a casual quirky setting. Or why not explore some of the pubs further along the Thames, in beautiful riverside villages, such as the Perch & Pike in South Stoke.
Where to Stay
Where to Stay

The Swan at Streatley is an intimate country hotel with 39 ensuite bedrooms, offering informal luxury, a warm welcome, delicious food and tip-top service.  The breath-taking river frontage provides ever changing views from the Riverside Restaurant and Bar, Terrace and Boat House Deli & Café.


March and April

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. 

During April 2015 the Great Missenden Bike Hub are running a special electric bike hire offer – a session will cost just £5 or free with a valid train, bus or season ticket. Contact the Bike Hub directly for more details and to book your ride.
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April
Hyde End Easter Craft Show, Great Missenden
This year's art show will house even more quality artisan makers of distinction than before. This 4 day extravaganza has an excellent reputation of uniqueness and variety. There will be a vast array of traditional and contemporary products and  artisan skills on display to include: pottery, knitwear, art, woodwork, sculpture, glasswork, jewellery, decoupage, Windsor chair making, leather work.
3, 4, 5, 6th April
Great Missenden Easter Food Festival
The festival features up to 120 exhibitors featuring regionally produced and internationally acclaimed artisan food and drink alongside cookery demonstrations, master classes and lots more. For the younger foodies we have the Children's Cookery School and Food Lab where children of all ages can get hands on combining ingredients to create great simple bakes or edible slime!
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.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 2015
The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is particularly well endowed with mills situated near inland waterways, in busy market towns or on a windy bluff that once provided a particular service to local communities that farmed grains to be milled, sheep to be washed or silk to be spun. Many are now only remembered in archives, others have found new purpose and functions whilst the best have been lovingly and painstakingly restored by enthusiastic volunteers and can be visited at certain times of the year.
National Mills Weekend is your opportunity to explore these local treasures, and you plan your visit on the National Mills Weekend website above. 
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!

6th to 21st June 2015
Bucks Open Studio

Bucks Open Studios, the largest visual arts events in the county, will be celebrating its 30th birthday!  Over 600 artists and makers including glass blowers, basket weavers, metal workers, wood turners, jewellery makers, book artists, print makers, potters and silk painters will be opening their studios to the public for free and showcasing their talent through demonstrations, exhibitions and workshops. Go behind the scenes, talk to artists and see work in progress.

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