The Chiltern Society is the only registered charity exclusively dedicated to conserving, celebrating & caring for the Chilterns landscape.
With the support of 7,000 members and 500 volunteers, the charity has been working hard for over fifty years to maintain ancient woodlands and nature reserves, improve the condition of thousands of miles of pathways for walkers and cyclists, preserve important local heritage sites, create safe havens for wildlife populations, and campaign to protect the area from damaging development.
The Chilterns is a special place that needs preserving. By becoming a member of the Chiltern Society, you’ll become a guardian of the Chilterns landscape, helping to protect it now and for future generations. With a huge variety of exciting events and a large selection of exclusive member discounts at local shops, restaurants and attractions, your membership will help you to discover the very best that the Chilterns has to offer.
Covering over 650 square miles of woodlands, hillsides and valleys, The Chilterns 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.