The Chilterns is renowned for its stunning countryside, picturesque villages and diverse wildlife. Accessibility is a key focus to ensure that everyone can enjoy its natural treasures.
Accessibility is really important to us and we believe that everyone should be able to have access to and benefit from the wonders of the Chilterns countryside. We’ve been working hard with countryside managers, community groups, nature reserves, landowners and local businesses to support access improvements across the region, and to promote accessible experiences.
Countryside access for all
Accessible walks, rides & countryside sites
Nature for health and wellbeing
Being outdoors is vital for our health and wellbeing, and the Chilterns countryside offers a natural tonic for the soul. In the Chilterns AONB, you can get active outdoors in so many ways and on so many levels: from gentle health walks and mindfulness relaxation, to more challenging climbs and adventurous activities.
Improving Access for All in the Chilterns
Defra Access for All Funding
In 2019, the Landscapes Review, led by Julian Glover, called on the government to ensure our national landscapes could be enjoyed by a much more diverse audience. In response, DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) allocated £14.5 million towards making protected landscapes, National Trails, forests and the wider countryside more accessible for people of all ages, abilities and needs. As part of this, the Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) will receive additional funding of £261,480 from Defra in 2024/25, for capital spend to make our protected landscapes more accessible to people of all ages and abilities and from all backgrounds.