London’s Underground meets the Chiltern Hills

Visit Chesham and villages  – easily reached by the Metropolitan line and major routes.
Chesham is the gateway destination to the Chilterns National Landscape and Chess Valley. Its historic heart is shaped by its picturesque Old Town, the pedestrianised High Street with its pleasant mix of shops, eateries and pubs, and the green slopes of Lowndes Park.

The lively cultural community brings events such as the Hats Off Festival, Great Pancake Race and the Chesham Fringe Festival. There’s entertainment at The Elgiva, comedy nights, concerts in village churches or music and art in cobbled yards. Hilltop villages around the town are linked by footpaths through fields and woods with splendid views.

The friendly market town of Chesham and its hilltop villages have plenty to discover and enjoy

The friendly market town of Chesham and its hilltop villages have plenty to discover and enjoy

The friendly market town of Chesham and its hilltop villages have plenty to discover and enjoy.

Explore our history and independent shops.

Walk in glorious countryside and relax in town and country pubs.

View from dungrove towards st marys and pednor

Easily reached by the Metropolitan line, Chesham is the gateway destination to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Chess Valley.

The historic heart of Chesham is shaped by its picturesque Old Town, the pedestrianised High Street with its pleasant mix of shops, eateries and pubs, and the green slopes of Lowndes Park.

Chesham’s lively cultural community means there’s plenty going on. Entertainment at The Elgiva, comedy nights, concerts in village churches or music and art in cobbled yards.

Hilltop villages dotted around the town are linked to Chesham by peaceful footpaths through fields and beechwoods with splendid views.

Easily reached by the Metropolitan Line from London, Chesham is an historic market town and a gateway to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Chess Valley. The pedestrianised High Street has a pleasant mix of shops, eateries, taps and pubs. Adjacent to this is the picturesque Old Town and Lowndes Park. Self-guided trails explore Chesham and the history of its famous 4 Bs: beer, boots, brushes and Baptists.

Always noted for its stubborn sense of nonconformity, Chesham prizes its diversity and strong community spirit. A thriving community of creatives means there’s plenty to enjoy. A hive of culture and entertainment at The Elgiva; church concerts; a budding Film Festival and music and arts in historic yards. Most of the surrounding hilltop villages can be reached from Chesham on foot, following peaceful walks with uplifting views along the way.

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Walks in Chesham and villages

Find Walkers are Welcome routes, town walks, Chess Valley Walk, to pub to pub walks and the Museum Eye Spy trail.
By permission of Walkers are Welcome, Chiltern Society, Chilterns National Landscape and Chesham Museum.

This month’s featured venue – Chesham Moor Gym and Swim

Chesham outdoor pool

This month’s featured venue – The Elgiva

Collage of shows coming up at Elgiva

Explore hilltop villages

Wonderful walks and views in the Chiltern Hills

Villages

The area of the hilltop villages around Chesham spans approximately ten miles, for example from Cholesbury to Chenies. It is in the south-east corner of Buckinghamshire, close to Hertfordshire borders.

Wire sculptures of sheepdog and sheep on a hill overlooking woods and fields

Villages

The area of the hilltop villages around Chesham spans approximately ten miles, for example from Cholesbury to Chenies. It is in the south-east corner of Buckinghamshire, close to Hertfordshire borders.

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Peter Hawkes at the entrance to The Good Earth Gallery
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Interview with Peter Hawkes

We talk to Peter Hawkes of The Good Earth Gallery in Chesham, and for over 30 years a local historian, writer and publisher.
Close up of bluebells, cowcroft Wood, with blurred focus tree trunks behind©Amanda Carroll, Studio Beam Limited
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Time for bluebells

Some suggestions on where to find bluebells around Chesham in the hilltops and woods

English Sinfonia

English Sinfonia, acclaimed chamber orchestra, and Orchestra in Residence at The Elgiva

Destination Chesham and villages

This official destination website for Visit Chesham and villages covers the seven parishes of the Chesham and Villages Community Board.
Chesham, Ashley Green, Chartridge, Chenies, Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards (Hawridge & Cholesbury), Latimer & Ley Hill and The Lee.
We’ve marked Ley Hill and Latimer separately as although in the same parish they are approximately two miles apart.
The market town of Chesham is in Buckinghamshire, approximately 25 miles north-west of London.

The Visit Chesham and Villages website is the official destination website for Chesham and hilltop villages. Funded by a grant from Buckinghamshire Council Chesham and Villages Community Board. A community project initiated and executed by The Chesham Society and Chesham Connect, to attract visitors and encourage local tourism and pride in the area as a destination.

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