Walks, rides & countryside activities
Take a hike or fly a kite, the Chilterns AONB is an adventure playground on the doorstep of our capital.
Peppered with paths, lanes, cycleways, bridleways and waterways, the Chilterns provides endless opportunities for all kinds of activities, for all ages and abilities. The area boasts a huge range of walks and bike rides of all lengths and difficulties, including easy-access routes. There’s also the chance to enjoy outdoor adventures and learn new skills. Discover everything from canoeing to kite flying, photography to stargazing, archery to wine tasting – the choice is yours.
For a slower pace of life, there’s time for reflection in the dappled sunlight of bluebell woods, on the windy chalk download slopes, or on the meandering, gentle rivers. Bring a picnic and take time out in a tranquil green spot where deer, red kites, badgers, butterflies and wildflowers abound.
Use our interactive map to help you choose walks, bike rides and countryside activities
Take time outdoors
Whether you want a gentle amble or a tough challenge, there’s a walk in the Chilterns AONB to suit you.
Cycling is as popular as ever! Discover the quiet lanes, long rides and exciting off-road trails of the Chilterns AONB.
Fancy learning some bushcraft? Want to have a go at wild swimming? Enjoy the great outdoors in your own way.
Limited mobility needn’t mean missing out. Across the AONB, there are sites and paths suitable for people with different needs.
Being outdoors is vital for our health and well-being, and the Chilterns countryside offers a natural tonic for the soul.
A selection of some of the best walks in the Chilterns, from short easy strolls to all day walks, and all through beautiful scenery.
Don’t feed the kites! Why it is important to watch these beautiful birds from a distance
Red kites are an iconic bird of the Chilterns. With their forked tails and large, red wings, they are easily spotted soaring through our skies above woodland, grassland and even gardens. Some people like to leave meat out for red kites in their gardens, attracting them in large numbers and watching them make dramatic swoops to feed. While this is an impressive spectacle, the Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) discourages feeding red kites. It’s far better to enjoy them soaring high above our gardens or in their natural environment on a walk in the Chilterns hills.