A day ride from Black Park to Windsor – Beeches Cycleway
Includes segments in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
0.55 mi in total
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Amy planned a bike ride.
February 13, 2021
From Langley station, your ride begins along a spur of the Grand Union Canal, cycling past quaint canal boats before veering north along the NCN 61. Quiet lanes lead you past Langley Country Park, a historic estate with sprawling green parklands.
Take care riding along Uxbridge Road, a busy A road, and turn onto a lane that leads to the official start point of Beeches Cycleway in Black Park. The first leg traces peaceful roads, flanked by luscious trees and farmland, with Black Park to your right.
Next, skirt around Fulmer, which is often described as the prettiest village in South Buckinghamshire, and continue to Stoke Common. If your tyre tread is thick enough, you could explore the gravel tracks through this vibrant heathland – they’re great fun but can be boggy.
Keep pedaling along the road under the shade of the trees to Farnham Common, a village with a few pubs, shops, and cafes. Farnham Common adjoins Burnham Beeches – your next destination.
With thick woodland and an array of wildlife, Burnham Beeches is a wonderful nature spot to discover on two wheels. A woodland has probably existed here since the last Ice Age! There are many paths leading through the forest if you want to go deeper into the landscape.
Next, a residential stretch brings you between the outskirts of Burnham village and Slough. You then cross over the Jubilee River and the mighty Thames and skirt around Maidenhead. Here, you join the NCN 4 past Braywick Nature Reserve and ride through Bray, a wonderful village on the banks of the Thames with two three Michelin-starred restaurants.
From Bray, you cross the Thames once more and arrive at Dorney Olympic rowing lake which marks the end of the official Beeches Cycleway. The cycleway was closed here during summer 2020, but it is now reopened allowing you to soak up the atmosphere of this sporty lake.
The remainder of this Tour takes you along the banks of the River Thames, through the red-brick town of Eton to Windsor. Famed for its royal connections and magnificent castle, Windsor has many historical sites to explore. From here, you can conveniently hop on a train to London with your bike.
February 16, 2021
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