The Chilterns

County: The Chilterns

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Chilterns are just as lovely as the better-known Cotswolds, but not as 'touristy'.


Closer to Heathrow and Windsor than the Cotswolds, for some reason the Chilterns is not as well-known as its limestone cousin, and I don't know why. The Chilterns and its villages are just as beautiful, but in a different, more individual way. If you've watched Midsomer Murders you will recognise the quintessential English villages with their idyllic rose-covered cottages and patchwork fields. I think there is more variety of architecture and sights within the Chilterns, and you may well see a windmill or two, have lunch in a country pub, peer into a mausoleum and church (open on Sundays) sitting atop some haunted man-made caves, or sit back and watch the boats go by on the River Thames.

The Chilterns have provided the back-drop for several TV programmes including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Vicar of Dibley as well as the afore-mentioned Midsomer Murders. It has been the home of literary giants such as Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. And the delightful river-side town of Marlow hosted none less than the Shelleys, TS Eliot and Isaak Walton in its time.

With all this, and a reasonable commute to London for work, it's no surprise that the Chilterns have become one of the most expensive areas outside of London in which to buy a house. But for your tour, you won't need to break the bank to enjoy some English scenery at its finest.

Need to know:

  • This is possible as a long layover tour.
  • Any admissions / meals not included
  • Tour duration varies between 5 - 10 hours depending on tour.