fields and hills near Ivinghoe Beacon
The Grand Union Canal at Wilstone
Bluebells at Ashridge
Wendover Woods
Aston Hill nature reserve
The Thames Path in Berkshire
Bridgewater Monument at Ashridge near Tring in Herts
The Chess valley near Chorleywood in Herts
Wendover Woods in Bucks
walkers on Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire
looking towards Ivinghoe Beacon on the Ridgeway footpath

The Chilterns


A guide to the countryside, some of towns and villages and places to visit and things to do in the Chilterns.


The Chilterns are an unspoilt area of gently rolling chalk hills covered with beautiful beechwoods full of wildlife, quiet valleys and charming brick and flint villages with welcoming pubs, inns and hotels. The Chilterns lie only a few miles to the north west of London, a beautiful, unspoilt corner of England with a very rural character. The highest point of 267 m (876 ft) is at Haddington Hill in Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire.  The Chilterns begin in Hertfordshire near Hitchin and stretch south-west through Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and on through Oxfordshire, Berkshire and the Thames Valley. In 1965, 833 square kilometres of the Chilterns were designated by the government as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), in recognition that the landscape is amongst the finest in the country.

The Chilterns are crossed by ancient byways including the Roman roads, Upper and Lower Icknield Way and Akeman Street and Englands oldest road The Ridgeway, an official National Trail, which runs from one end of the Chilterns escarpment to the other. Along with a miriad of other easily accessible footpaths, the Chilterns offer superb, easy walking or 'real' hiking for the more experienced or adventurous and only half an hour from north London!  There are over 1200 miles of routes for cycling, walking and horse riding.  There are also many well-established countryside sites. Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire is the location of The Chilterns Gateway Centre, the National Trust Ashridge Estate with its stunning bluebell display in May, Wendover Woods in Buckinghamshire and the Warburg Wildlife Reserve in Oxfordshire are all attractive and popular sites. The Grand Union Canal, starting in London, also runs through the Chilterns via Berkhamsted and Tring and is fed at its highest point by the Tring Reservoirs Red Kites can be seen in most parts of the Chilterns - visit this Red Kite website to check out the best places to see these beautiful birds. 

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The Chilterns are also very popular with TV and film companies. Aldbury in Hertfordshire was a location for the Bridget Jones films, and Tring has featured on Eastenders! Turville in Buckinghamshire was the location for The Vicar of Dibley, and The Lee near Great Missenden and other villages nearby are used as locations for Midsomer Murders

Visit towns and villages such as Henley, Princes Risborough, Wendover, or Old Amersham all of which offer plenty of opportunities to do some shopping or eat at a good restaurant or pub. The Chilterns are easily accessible from the larger towns of Milton Keynes, Reading and Oxford and London is less than an hour's journey away. The M40, M25 and M1 are close by and Heathrow and Luton airports also less than an hour away. Chiltern Railways are the main rail travel provider for the area.

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Last Updated: 8 Mar 2016

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