Books & guides

Browse and order beautifully illustrated books, guides and other publications on the Chilterns, its wildlife and special features. All purchases help the conservation of the Chilterns countryside.

Understanding the Chilterns in Place and Time

A cross-curricular resource pack for Key Stage 2 local studies in geography and history. It contains a wealth of materials and ideas to help promote pupils’ understanding of the unique landscapes in their local area.

Each of the 10 units highlights a different element of the Chilterns AONB and poses a key enquiry question. This question is backed up by suggested activities, task sheets and supporting resources on the CD which accompanies the pack.

Produced by the Chilterns Conservation Board and the Buckinghamshire School Improvement Service.

 

Order printed copy: £25.00

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Famous people of the Chilterns

Many famous and notorious people have lived in the Chilterns over the centuries, and you can read about some of the most interesting and quirky of them in this colourful attractive booklet. Find out what connections Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth I, Charles de Gaulle, Dusty Springfield and many others have with the Chilterns and what you can visit today that’s connected to them.

48 pages, full colour, with over 90 photos including stunning images of the Chilterns countryside and historic attractions.

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Chilterns Cycleway Guidebook

The Chilterns Cycleway Guidebook is a must for anyone planning to do all or part of the Cycleway. The Guidebook contains 23 pages of full colour 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey mapping for the 173 mile route so that you should not have to purchase any additional maps. There is also lots of information on pubs, cafes and attractions around the route.

Please note that the free postage and packing applies to the UK only.  To send copies elsewhere, please contact us on office@chilternsaonb.org for the postal costs.

PRICE: £4.99

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Chilterns Buildings Design Guide

This second edition of the Design Guide, produced by the Chilterns Conservation Board, contains a wealth of detail about the vernacular architecture of the Chilterns and the building techniques used to create the unique built environment of the area. The 60 pages are fully-illustrated throughout and contain many helpful tips. This is an essential guide for anyone designing and building new properties in the Chilterns, or converting, restoring or extending existing properties. It has been endorsed by most of the planning authorities across the Chilterns and is regularly referred to by planning officers when considering applications.

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PRICE: £20:00

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Chilterns Buildings Design Guide: Chilterns Roofing Materials

This technical note on the use of roofing materials augments the Chilterns Buildings Design Guide which has been adopted by many planning authorities in the area. Its aim is to inform and help all those involved in the development process by providing additional, more detailed guidance.

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Printed copy: £14.00

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Chilterns Buildings Design Guide: Chilterns Brick

This technical note on the use of brick augments the Chilterns Buildings Design Guide which has been adopted by many planning authorities in the area. Its aim is to inform and help all those involved in the development process by providing additional, more detailed guidance.

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Printed copy: £14.00

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Chilterns Buildings Design Guide: Chilterns Flint

This technical note on the use of flint augments the Chilterns Buildings Design Guide which has been adopted by many planning authorities in the area. Its aim is to inform and help all those involved in the development process by providing additional, more detailed guidance.

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Printed copy: £14.00

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The Making of the Chilterns Landscape

The Chilterns is a landscape which has been shaped by mankind over several thousand years giving it a special historic character. Today we experience an environment shaped by prehistoric farmers, medieval lords and peasants, the gentry’s garden designers and Victorian surveyors. The Chilterns Historic Landscape Characterisation project has for the first time mapped changes across the whole of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty providing information to enrich our appreciation of the area’s special character.

This report summarises the study’s approach and its findings, and also shows how information can be used to care for this wonderful asset for the benefit of current and future generations. We urge all organisations and individuals with a responsibility for the Chilterns landscape to take heed of this study when planning for the future.

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Printed copy: £10.00

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The Cultural Heritage of Chiltern Woods

**NEW REDUCED PRICE – £5 OFF!**

This book is a well-written and beautifully illustrated guide to the fascinating story of woodland history in the Chilterns, and to what all the mysterious hollows and banks to be found there actually mean.

Lots of photos show the great variety of historic features to be found. There is a wealth of information for both the interested layman and the professional wanting more technical detail, with useful bibliography and list of relevant websites.

The author is John Morris, Director of the Chiltern Woodlands Project, and an expert on the history of Chilterns’ woods.

PRICE: £6.44

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Chilterns AONB Management Plan 2019-2024

The Chilterns AONB Management Plan 2019–2024: Caring for the Chilterns forever and for everyone was produced by the Chilterns Conservation Board following a review of the 2008 – 2013 Plan and wide public consultation.

It contains a comprehensive summary of the key issues facing the AONB and the management actions needed to conserve this special place.

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Printed copy: £20:00

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Red Kite pin badge

Beautiful enamelled metal pin badge of a flying red kite, the iconic wildlife symbol of the Chilterns. Exclusive to the Chilterns Conservation Board.

Size: 4cm x 2.5cm

PRICE: £2:00

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Featured walks

A selection of some of the best walks in the Chilterns, from short easy strolls to all day walks, and all through beautiful scenery. The best way to shake off the cobwebs, enjoy tranquil surroundings and burn a few calories!