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The Chilterns AONB

The Chiltern Hills are an area of beautiful countryside located just north west of London. It’s so beautiful, that it’s been made official….it’s a designated AONB. Home to some of the most beautiful towns and villages in Britain, rolling green hills, and a little bit of the River Thames.

The Chilterns span across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire…All the shires. As you go further south, the Chilterns merge into the North Wessex AONB.

Walks in the Chilterns

Being that the area is pure countryside, you have plenty of options for walks. Wether you are after hills, woodland, chalk hill figures, country estate, river side walks. You can even do walks to take you from one beautiful quaint town or village to another. 

The Ridgeway National Trail runs through the Chilterns (starting over the other side of North Wessex). It’s the oldest road on Britain, don’t worry, it’s not a road anymore. 


You can easily get into the Chilterns by train from London. The area is serviced by the Thames Link (from London Kingscross), Chiltern Railways (from Marylebone station), West Midlands/North Western Trains (from Euston station), Great Western Railway (from London Paddington), the Elizabeth line (from London Paddington) and the Metropolitan line (the purple underground line).

Confused? No worries, you don’t need to think about any of this, just enter where you want to go on Trainline, and it will tell you where to start from. For every walk I have written a guide on, I tell you where to go.