The Chilterns an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be found a few miles North West of London. The Chilterns begin in Oxfordshire in the Thames Valley and stretch north-east through Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire. They comprise of chalk hills covered with beautiful beech woods, wildflowers, orchids (during summer months) and a variety of wildlife including red kites.
Within the quite valleys you will find pretty flint and brick cottages, National Trust properties, country pubs, b&b’s and guest houses.
The Chilterns are crossed by prehistoric byways which include the oldest road “The Ridgeway” and the Iron Age Hill Forts that can be found scattered along the hills. The Chiltern Way is very popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders and covers miles of beautiful countryside.
On your visit to the Chilterns you will have plenty of places to visit. There is the Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire. Wendover Woods in Buckinghamshire. Warburg Wildlife Reserve in Oxfordshire and the Grand Union Canal which starts in London and runs through to the Chilterns via Berkhamsted and Tring.
The Chilterns offers plenty of options outdoor pursuits including golf, fishing, mountain biking, bird watching, ballooning and gliding.
The Chilterns are easily accessible from the larger towns of Milton Keynes, Oxford, Reading and London with Heathrow and Luton airports less than an hour’s drive away. Chiltern Railways is the main provider for the area and the M40, M25 and M1 are close by.
Villages and towns within reach of the Chilterns include Princes Risborough, Henley, Wendover and Old Amersham where you will find a variety of shops for retail therapy and many good eating establishments from country pubs to quality restaurants.
The Chilterns are ideal for a short break or a relaxing holiday.