Outdoor Activities For All The Family

Get ready to get muddy on your next trip to the Chilterns!

Whilst the Chilterns is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a relaxing weekend break, there’s more than enough to satisfy the appetites of outdoor enthusiasts too.

By all means, come to the Chilterns to relax in an indulgent five-star hotel or take a load off at one of our many excellent pubs – but why not earn your pub lunch first?

Now you should be warned that these activities are more than likely to get you a little muddy. You’ll find that there won’t be too many laundromats in the Chilterns area, as setting up a cleaning business in the area has proven to be a challenge that not many entrepreneurs are up for taking on. So, before you jump headfirst into an activity it’s best to make sure that you’ve got a spare set of clothes at the ready and that wherever your staying has some sort of laundry facility.

These outdoor activities might get you muddy, but they’re also guaranteed to get your heart beating and build an appetite:

Chilterns Walking Festival

Each year the volunteers behind the Chilterns Walking Festival offer visitors the opportunity to take part in a wide programme of hikes and guided tours. You can either make some new friends by joining up with a group of walkers or set off by yourself on one of over 200 planned routes.

Discover the filming locations of the iconic Midsomer Murders in the Henley area or find your way onto a trail that takes you past one of our iconic chalk streams.

Go Ape

Coniferous and broadleaved trees make up the woodland near Wendover, you’ll have plenty time to admire the foliage whilst you’re tackling the high ropes, climbing walls and scrambling nets that Go Ape have to offer at one of their largest locations in the UK.

This is the only Go Ape site in the UK to offer an ‘Extreme’ route, so for those looking to live dangerously this might just be the ticket. With platforms reaching up to dizzying 13.5 metres and a total length of 685 metres, this is a great way to get a grips with lush woodland that the Chilterns has to offer.

Aston Hill Bike Park

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It should be noted that a handful of the routes at this acclaimed mountain bike park might be a little too gnarly for young ones, but considering that it only costs £7 to work up your courage for a whole day you might be surprised by the hairy down-hill routes that your kids are taking on by the end of the day.

You will need to bring all the necessary equipment with you that means mountain bikes and helmets.It’s worth thinking about bringing body armour too if you really fancy pushing your limits on one of the more extreme routes.

Chiltern Society Volunteering

Although you might only be visiting for a few days, there’s no reason why can’t try and make the Chilterns a better place whilst you’re here. The Chiltern Society are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand with litter picking, maintaining the box and repairing fences.

Doing outdoors DIY is not exactly what most people would consider a fun way of spending their spare time, but it’s a great way to give back and also meet some like minded people!