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 extensions have been created exploring new areas around the Chilterns and adding a further 90 miles of routes.

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Chiltern Way          North Chiltern Trail          Southern Extension          Berkshire Loop

Chiltern Way Updates
The latest information on the Chiltern Way, including updates to the guide and temporary changes to the route – Download PDF

Explore it for yourself…


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

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Sample the Chiltern Way with one of our circular trails.

Princes Risborough
Ridgeway 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
Ridgeway 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.

Circular walks on ViewRanger

A collection of circular walks using the Chiltern Way, free to download on the ViewRanger app.

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 route and extensions as a GPX file for satellite navigation with a smartphone or dedicated device.

Basic stage by stage directions are available on ViewRanger to navigate with your smartphone GPS.

More information

Route extensions

There are now 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 crossing the Thames.
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.