Touring holidays in The Chilterns

The Chilterns are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty formed of chalk hills, and appear as an escarpment about 30 miles northwest of London. They include many hidden and very pretty dry valleys and chalk streams as well as the Thames river, which has cut its way dramatically through this landscape. Essentially a rural area, there are attractive villages and inns nestled in the hills and valleys as well as ancient towns. Above all the Chilterns are known for their numerous ancient beech woods and the red kites that fly high up in the hills.

The Carter Company is based here and so well placed to create a tailor made touring itinerary for you. And touring is the way to go around here with its plethora of tiny back lanes, dotted settlements and rural landscape. Searching out excellent accommodation is a challenge be it a boutique hotel or country inn, but we have it sorted. One of the joys of the area, is it’s not well visited or populated and yet we think it is as beautiful as the Cotswolds and so close to London that a weekend trip here is a dream.

Our Chilterns highlights

Red Kites

Since their re introduction in the mid-1900’s these majestic and distinctive birds have become synonymous with the area.

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Hambleden Village

Midsomer Murders fans will want to visit the picturesque Hambleden Valley, as there are many villages nearby that have played host to a murder mystery!

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The chalk downlands and beech woods are home to millions of blue bells in April and May – the sight and scent make your heart soar!

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Our favourite chocolate shop Beautiful hand made chocolates and cafes in Wendover and Thame serving coffee and cake, lovely lunches and of course chocolate!

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Chenies Manor

Chenies Manor House is one of the UK’s finest Tudor Mansion Houses with award winning gardens and original 13th Century features.

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Stoke Row

A beautiful, unpretentious country pub, the Crooked Billet is famous for its cooking, inglenooks, crackling log fires, flagstone floors and friendly atmosphere.

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