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Beautiful hills far and wide – ride the Chilterns Cycleway

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Beautiful hills far and wide – ride the Chilterns Cycleway

Bike Touring Collection by Amy

7

Tours

19:21 h

184 mi

9,975 ft

With gently undulating hills, swooping red kites, ancient beech forests, and grand stately homes, it comes as no surprise that the Chilterns inspired one of the UK’s most beloved authors, Roald Dahl. This Collection guides you along the Chilterns Cycleway through the region’s spectacular sites which will inspire you, too.

The Chilterns Cycleway is 183-mile (296 km) circular loop starting and finishing in Henley-on-Thames. We have broken the route down into seven sections ranging in length from 21 to 32 miles (35 - 53 km) which can easily be combined if you are looking for a bigger challenge. Each section ends in a town or village with plenty of accommodation options to ensure you have a comfortable adventure. As the route is well-signed, you can ride it in both directions.

This adventure takes you over the magnificent Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known for its spectacular landscape and an impressive selection of pubs. You climb a total of 9,842 feet (3,000 m) that reward you with amazing views at every turn.

The route follows country lanes as they wind through the countryside, occasionally joining former railway lines, towpaths, or bridleways. Although the country lanes are usually quiet, they can become busier during rush hours.

You not only find green nature as you cycle the Chiltern Cycleway; the region is steeped in fascinating history. This Collection takes you to regal country estates, crumbling castle ruins, medieval villages, and museums where you can learn about times gone by.

Your journey begins in Henley-on-Thames, a quintessentially English town known for its regatta and riverfront. With its independent shops, charming cafes and lively pubs, Henley is worth exploring before setting off.

You can travel to and from Henley-on-Thames by train. The town has links to London via Slough and Twyford. There are various bike rental shops in Henley if you don't want to travel with your bike.

All that is left is to pack your panniers and get riding – an inspiring journey through time and nature awaits!

For more information about visiting the Chilterns, visit: chilternsaonb.org
For train tickets and timetables, visit: thetrainline.com/stations/henley-on-thames

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    02:35
    25.3 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Mighty rivers winding through picturesque towns, ruined castles on hilltops and picture-book villages set amongst rolling countryside – your first day of cycling the Chilterns Cycleway is an epic introduction …

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  • Difficult
    03:49
    33.2 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Bluebells blanket forest floors, colourful wild meadows sway in the breeze beneath, and layers upon layers of soft hills stretch into the horizon – the second stage of the Chilterns …

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    Amy
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  • Intermediate
    01:59
    21.7 mi
    10.9 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Beginning in Wendover, stage 3 of the Chilterns Cycleway leads you 21 miles (35 km) over gentle hills to Markyate, a pretty Hertfordshire village on the edges of Bedfordshire and …

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    25.5 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Picturesque country parks, fascinating ruined castles and magnificent stately homes – stage 4 of the Chilterns Cycleway takes you deep into British history and spectacular nature. Today you ride 25 …

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    Amy
  • Difficult
    03:37
    30.2 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, you ride 30 miles (48 km) from Harlington to Harpenden. With 1,541 feet (470 m) of elevation gain, stage 5 is one of the hillier sections as you climb …

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  • Intermediate
    02:02
    24.1 mi
    11.8 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Stage 6 of adventure takes you 24 miles (39 km) from Harpenden to Amersham. Today, you can expect relaxing parklands, cycling cafes, quiet countryside and fascinating museums.

    You leave Harpenden …

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    23.7 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The final stage of the Chilterns Cycleway takes you 24 miles (38 km) from Amersham to Henley-on-Thames. With 1,541 feet (470 m) of downhill, today is a relatively easy ride. …

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    Amy

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    184 mi
  • Duration
    19:21 h
  • Elevation
    9,975 ft

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Beautiful hills far and wide – ride the Chilterns Cycleway