Walking in the Chilterns
Walks in the Chilterns, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Chiltern Hills are a beautiful, unspoilt corner of England, lying just to the north and north-west of London but miles from the hustle and bussle. The Chilterns begin in Oxfordshire in the Thames Valley and stretch north-east through Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire and contain literally hundreds of miles of easliy accessible footpaths and trails criss croosing beautiful open countryside.
The Chilterns are easily accessible from London. The London Underground Metropolitan Line and Chiltern Railways reach out to towns and villages such as Chorleywood, Chesham, Wendover, Great Missenden and Amersham from where a short walk will take you to truly rural spots. Midland Railways will whisk you from London Euston to towns such as Berkhamsted and Tring in a little over 30 minutes. At Tring you can literally step out of the station onto the Ridgeway footpath. First Great Western railways will take you from London Paddington to Henley on Thames and Marlow.
There are two main websites you can visit that will provide you with a huge choice of countryside walks in the Chilterns. The Chilterns AONB website, details many types of walks on a superb interactive map, including family walks, walks without styles, walks from railway stations, short, medium and long walks and walks suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users.
Or check out The Chilterns Society website, see link below, which details the route of The Chiltern Way, a circular walking route of around 200 km (125 miles) - you don't have to walk the whole thing!! The Chiltern Society also have a dedicated page on their website detailing an ever increasing number of walks around the Chilterns, mapped and tested by Chiltern Society volunteers. Maps of the routes can be downloaded for free! Go to the Chiltern Society Free Walks page - see linkbelow.
And don't forget to stop off for refreshments and food at a delightful and welcoming Chilterns pub!
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Last Updated: 8 Sep 2015