Stage 7: Chinnor to Dunstable — Greater Ridgeway Trail
Includes segments in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
0.81 mi in total
Includes very steep uphill segments
You may need to push your bike.
0.34 mi in total
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Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.
March 24, 2021
Start the Icknield Way Trail section of your Greater Ridgeway Trail adventure from the village of Chinnor in South Oxfordshire. From the village, you’re straight up into the hills as you climb a trail around the lower slopes of Chinnor Hill on singletrack. A short stretch of quiet lane later and you’re back passing through Princes Risborough, skirting around the south of this urban area.
Up into the hills again you go, around The Hangings forest on a steep singletrack climb, then over to Pulpit Wood before the thrilling bridleway descent to Missenden Road. Don’t forget to take in the views at the top of these climbs, which on a clear day can be very impressive indeed.
Follow the Icknield Way Trail up into Chisley Wood, over Little Hampden Common and down through Dunsmore to the edge of Wendover. A short stretch along Hale Lane leads you to a steep climb through Wendover Woods, and then along the tops to Gadmore Lane. Riding through the gorgeous woodland next to Tring Park, you then descend into Wiggington, and further down to cross the Grand Union Canal and the trainline.
The next section heads north to Paul’s Knob, next to Ivinghoe Beacon where the walking section of the Ridgeway officially ends. Back through the Ashridge Estate and over Berkhamsted Common, there are many trails to explore both over grassland and in the woods.
There are some lanes up next to aid progress, through Great Gaddesden and Hudnall, where you’ll rejoin a singletrack trail to climb up to Whipsnade. Your last treat of the day is to cross the glorious Dunstable Downs, which lead you to the edge of Dunstable town. Here you’ll find plentiful local services and places to stay overnight.
April 8, 2021