The Chiltern Way

Explore the Chilterns

The Chiltern Way is a 134 miles perambulation of the AONB highlighting the best features of this historic landscape: pretty old villages, downland with extensive views and the characteristic Chiltern patchwork of woods and fields.

Suitable for walkers of all abilities, the route is well signposted and is regularly checked by our volunteers. Whether you want to walk the whole route of sample a section on a circular walk, this page has all the information you need.

Since the route was opened in 2000, three route extensions have been created exploring new areas around the Chilterns and adding a further 90 miles of routes.

Route extensions

There are three extensions to the Chiltern Way:
 The Southern Extension runs from Bix Bottom via Mapledurham on the Thames adding a loop of 31 miles.
 The Berkshire Loop is a 28 mile extension which crosses the Thames twice. tension crossing the Tham
The North Chiltern Trail runs from Sharpenhoe Clappers via the Icknield Way and the outskirts of Hitchin to Peters Green, adding a further 27 miles.

Chiltern Way Updates

The latest information on the Chiltern Way, including updates to the guide and temporary changes to the route.

*HS2 Diversion via Bowood Lane now re-opened*


Explore it for yourself

Own the definitive Chiltern Way and extensions guide by the route’s creator, Nick Moon. £11.99.

Plan your walk

Suggested itineraries and further information about access can be found at:

Distance table and information on pubs, cafes, public transport, parking and accommodation. The link on the laptop above is to an Excel file.

The route and extensions as a GPX file for satellite navigation with a smartphone or dedicated device. The link on the laptop above is to a GPX file.

Basic stage by stage directions are available on OS Maps to navigate with your smartphone and as downloadable leaflets. Click image above.
The Chiltern Way Basic Guide (PDF)

Sample the Chiltern Way

Princes Risborough
Circular Walk

Try this 7 mile circular walk which follows sections of The Ridgeway and the Chiltern Way, and will take you through beautiful Chilterns scenery including some of our very own nature reserves and heritage sites.

Ivinghoe Beacon
Circular Walk

A 10 mile circuit passing through the National Trust Ashridge Estate. You can enjoy the contrasts between the airy ridges on The Ridgeway and the patchwork of woods and fields on the Chiltern Way.

Try the first stage
of the route

Hemel Hempstead to Chalfont St Giles:
Head south through villages, fields and woodland.  Cross the Chess near Sarratt and pass the Chiltern Open Air Museum on the way to Chalfont St Giles

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