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North Chiltern Trail

Deacon Hill

Cricket at Lilley

Approaching Barton

On Telegraph Hill towards Pegsdon

The Bright Star at Peters Green

Building on the success of the Chiltern Way – the long distance walking route around the Chilterns, which was established by the Chiltern Society in 2000 – we have created a circular footpath in the north Chilterns.

The North Chiltern Trail is designed to encourage people to explore this lovely area on foot and is being created by combining the original and extended routes of The Chiltern Way footpath in the North Chilterns. This will provide a 67km/42 mile circular walking route through some of the most delightful Chiltern countryside of Bedfordshire and north Hertfordshire, including parts of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

To celebrate the launch we will be holding an outdoor activity festival with opportunities to walk the whole Trail, plus map reading courses, cycle rides and horse-riding.

Starting at Lilley, the Trail takes in the Warden and Galley Hills, Pegsdon Hill and nature reserve, Great Offley, Preston, St Paul’s Walden, Whitwell, Peter’s Green and Breachwood Green. If you are familiar with this part of the Chilterns, you’ll know how attractive the North Chiltern Trail will be. There are extensive views and outstanding landscapes, plenty of wildlife and some intriguing industrial and agricultural archaeology.

As a bonus, the route is handsomely provided with a fine range of country pubs – in fact there are 21 opportunities either on or near the Trail to take refreshment – many more if you include tea shops!

The route can be divided into 9 sections, making it ideal to walk over a series of days and a book North Chiltern Trail, with route maps and descriptions, plus lots of additional information about the Trail, is available in our online Bookshop (in the Shorter Walks section).

The Chiltern Society PhotoGroup have taken many beautiful photographs along the Trail to inspire you to visit, you can see them here.

Visit the Route changes page for the latest information on the North Chiltern Trail.

Point at the map below to see the Trail in more detail. Alternatively, click here to load the image below into this browser window.


Get the GPX file for your satnav or smartphone

The file details the whole of the North Chiltern Trail as a single route, PLUS the 9 individual sections as shown above.

Routes are clockwise (as above), Lilley is the start point and the locations of 21 pubs are also included in the file.

Download the GPX file here.


North Chiltern Trail is signed throughout, look out for the following:
Chilterns Cycleway signs

Further reading

We have a wealth of information focusing on the north Chilterns.

For a deeper insight, click here.

North Chiltern Trail Leaflet

North Chiltern Trail leaflet

The North Chiltern Trail takes in the best countryside in the north Chilterns. Access the information leaflet here (350KB PDF), or click the image above. Note: left click to open it in a new browser window, or right click to download it to your device.


Books & maps

Click on an image below to be taken to the appropriate part of our online shop.

The Chiltern way
The definitive Chiltern Way map showing the complete route of The Way including the Extensions & Berkshire Loop.

The Chiltern way is shown on our Chiltern Society Footpath Maps.

Circular Walks Along The Chiltern Way – Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire (£7.99)

The Chiltern Way is shown on Explorer Ordnance Survey maps: 181, 192, 171, 172, 192 and 193 (recent editions).