The Chiltern Society

The Chilterns, located north west of London, covers 650 square miles and is defined by its long line of iconic rolling hills stretching from Hitchin in north Hertfordshire to Goring-on-Thames in south Oxfordshire. Almost half of the Chilterns is an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The countryside is renowned for its sweeping chalk grasslands and wild flowers, its magnificent beechwoods, sparkling chalk streams, deeply wooded valleys and quiet lanes perfect for walkers.

Visitors can enjoy swathes of bluebells in spring or the autumn woodland colour. There is an abundance of wildlife, with red kites wheeling overhead in many areas, thousands of miles of footpaths and several nature reserves to visit.

With over 7000 membersand 500 volunteers we…

Maintain footpaths and cyclepaths for the enjoyment of walkers, cyclists and horseriders

Maintain and improve woodlands, nature reserves, rivers and streams

Campaign to protect the area from overbearing development and promote high standards of planning

Preserve Chilterns heritage and historical buildings

Encourage people of all ages to love the outdoors with our programmes of walks, cycle rides and countryside activities

Promote Chilterns based business

Provide safe havens for local wildlife

Maintain footpaths and cyclepaths for the enjoyment of walkers, cyclists and horseriders

Maintain and improve woodlands, nature reserves, rivers and streams

Preserve Chilterns heritage and historical buildings

Encourage people of all ages to love the outdoors with our programmes of walks, cycle rides and countryside activities

Campaign to protect the area from overbearing development and promote high standards of planning

Promote Chilterns based business

Provide safe havens for local wildlife

Covering over 650 square miles of woodlands, hillsides and valleys, we are the only voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving, celebrating and caring for all of the Chilterns’ unique landscape.