Stage 6: Harpenden to Amersham – The Chilterns Cycleway
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July 16, 2021
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 via the Nickey Line footpath and cycleway. This former railway line stretches for 9 miles (14 km) through wooded countryside. Although the path's surface is usually good, it can become muddy after rain.
Follow the Nickey Line as it passes through Redbourn village before arriving in Church End, where the route merges into country lanes. Soon, you pass through Berkhamsted Common, a beautiful patch of nature owned by the National Trust. Look out for the ancient Frithsden Beeches that date back to medieval times.
The route then leads through Berkhamsted, a thriving town with an interesting history. It was here that William the Conqueror was given the Crown of England in 1066. Today, you find plenty of cafes, shops and pubs to refuel.
From Berkhamsted, the route traverses undulating hills passing through Hockeridge Woods and country pubs in quiet villages.
After 20 miles (33 km), you will arrive in Chesham, a historic town set in the Chess Valley surrounded by luscious farmland. From here, you have a short ride to Amersham, the neighbouring town, and final destination of stage 6. Set in the valley of the River Misbourne, Amersham is a historic town dating back as early as 1086. The town has all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay including a railway station.