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Access to the Countryside

The Chilterns AONB is one of the best places in the UK to go for a walk or bike ride. With 2000km of well-signposted footpaths and bridleways you can explore every part of this beautiful area on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. With easy access to paths from most of the local railway stations it’s simple to enjoy a day out without the car. Walk through bluebell woods in spring or the blaze of leaves which carpet the beechwoods in the autumn. Enjoy open hillsides covered in spring and summer flowers and watch out for red kites overhead. The Walks and Rides section provides details of a huge range of promoted walking, cycling and horse-riding routes and there are downloadable leaflets for many of them.
walkers near Mill End, Henley
In this section you can learn more about how the Conservation Board and its partners are working to make the countryside accessible to as many people as possible. The work includes a variety of Access for All projects and Health Walks programmes. There is also information on the Open Access rights which have opened up some new areas to the public. If you want to find out how to reach and travel around the Chilterns by public transport visit our Getting Here page.


Chilterns Access Conference

Every year professionals and volunteers involved in making the countryside more accessible to everyone gather to discuss the latest projects in the Chilterns, current issues and trends and improvements to rights of way. For more information on the event, contact Annette Venters, Strategic Access Officer at the Chilterns Conservation Board, via aweiss@chilternsaonb.org


Presentations from 2014 Conference


Bob Fenton, Hertfordshire County Council

Access for all and the Equality Act - thinking about access improvements in the Chilterns?

Jim Burt, Natural England

Engaging People in the Natural Environment - who is missing?

Rob Fairbanks, Surrey Hills AONB

Managing the Growth of Cyclists in the Surrey Hills

Sara Randle, Cycle Chilterns

Cycle Chilterns update and thoughts on Cycle Management

Annette Venters, Chilterns Conservation Board

Maximising the Potential of Promoted Routes in the Chilterns

Chilterns Map

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