The Chilterns AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), is a range of chalk hills north-west of London,
stretching from the River Thames in Oxfordshire through
Buckinghamshire to Hertfordshire,
plus a smaller area north of Luton.
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Several railway lines have stations in the Chilterns so it is an easy area to visit by public transport, especially if you are starting from central London. The London Undergound Metropolitan line even reaches as far as the Chilterns, serving Chorleywood, Chalfont & Latimer, Amersham and Chesham. See below for a map plus links to stations and attractions in the Chilterns.
The Chilterns area is popular for walking with beautiful countryside, picturesque villages and great views. There's an excellent network of public footpaths throughout the Chilterns so there are many opportunities for walks of various lengths and difficulty. Several long-distance paths cross the area, including the Chiltern Way and the Ridgeway National Trail. The Chiltern Society has a good selection of free walks leaflets to download.
To find your way I recommend the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 Explorer maps as these are perfect for walking. They show great detail including footpaths, roads, towns and villages. Three maps cover the area.
Many people visit the Chilterns on day trips from London but the area is a good place to stay for a walking holiday or exploring the countryside by public transport.
For the eastern Chilterns the historic Red Lion in Wendover is an old coaching inn and a great place to stay. Hills rise on both sides of the attractive town and there are trains to other stations in the Chilterns, plus Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway for exploring further afield, including the National Trust's Waddesdon Manor.
For the western Chilterns I recommend staying in the towns of Marlow and Henley-on-Thames or the villages of Goring & Streatley and Pangbourne. All are on the Thames so they are great for walking the Thames Path too.
Amersham Beaconsfield Berkhamsted Bourne End Chalfont & Latimer Cholsey Chorleywood Gerrards Cross Goring & Streatley Great Missenden Henley-on-Thames High Wycombe Marlow Pangbourne Princes Risborough Seer Green Tring Wendover
The map below shows railway lines and stations in and near the Chilterns:
Amersham Museum Chiltern Open Air Museum Marlow Museum Milton's House Museum River & Rowing Museum Roald Dahl Museum Tring Local History Museum Tring Natural History Museum Wallingford Museum Wycombe Museum
Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve Ashridge Estate NT Beale Park Cholsey Marsh Nature Reserve College Lake Visitor Centre Coombe Hill NT Hartslock Nature Reserve Hodgemoor Woods Philipshill Wood Tring Park Tring Reservoirs Warburg Nature Reserve Wendover Woods