The Chiltern Hills or, as they are known locally and historically, the Chilterns, form a chalk escarpment across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and Bedfordshire. In 1965, a large part of the Chilterns was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty .
The Chilterns Hills are northwest of London. They cover an area of 322 square miles stretching 45 miles in a southwest to a northeast diagonal from Goring-on-Thames to Hitchin, and are 12 miles at their widest.
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