There are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the Chilterns chalk streams for yourself.

Tackle a trail

Ver Valley Walks

A series of eight circular walks and a linear River Ver Trail (a 17km walk from the source to the...

Chess Valley Walk

The Chess Valley has some of the most attractive countryside in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is...

Berkhamsted Waterways Walk

Take a walk along the waterways of Berkhamsted, with these three circular walks.

What's on

From guided walks, expert talks and family workshops, to getting involved at a volunteering events, there are many events held thoughout the year.

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Perfect Picnics

For less energetic souls (or those with small children in tow) there are lots of places you can access the rivers easily for a play and a picnic. Popular spots include Denham Country Park on the Misbourne and The Box Moor Trust, Hemel Hempstead on the River Gade.

Wildlife Wonders

Chalk Streams are great places to spot wildlife. There are a number of riverside nature reserves in the Chilterns. Try Frogmore Meadows on the river Chess, managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

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Step Back in time

Once chalk streams in the Chilterns were working rivers. Learn more about the once thriving watercress growing industry with a visit to historic Ewelme watercress beds or visit one of the many old mills that can be found on all Chiltern Rivers – Pann Mill, High Wycombe and Redbournbury Mill on the River Ver are both still working today.


There are nine major chalk streams which rise in the Chilterns AONB. Find out what makes these rivers so special by watching our short film.

Each of the nine rivers has their own history and special qualities. Take a deeper look at each of the nine Chilterns streams to uncover the story of each river.

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Upcoming events

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