Stage 7: Amersham to Henley-on-Thames – The Chilterns Cycleway
Bike Touring Highlight
Amy planned a bike ride.
July 16, 2021
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.
From Amersham, you head into the countryside and cross the River Misbourne as it flows through Little Missenden. This pretty village has two great pubs on the river, a local shop and a historic watermill. Here, you may want to consider a 3-mile (5 km) detour along the river to Great Missenden, a lovely small town with a museum dedicated to Roald Dahl who lived in the village.
Next, you cycle through Great Kingshill (take care when crossing the busy A4182), before riding into idyllic rural life complete with green fields, pretty villages, and rolling hills.
This section runs through many historic villages which are worth visiting such as West Wycombe. This National Trust-owned village has a pleasant coffee shop, garden centre and farm shop. Just outside the village, you can also visit the Hell Fire Caves and West Wycombe Park country estate.
The final leg of the Chilterns Cycleway leads through breathtaking scenery of hillsides, wide commons and the Hambleden Valley. You also pass plenty of picturesque villages such as Lane End and Freith.
When you reach Henley-on-Thames, you have completed the loop of the Chilterns Cycleway. Give yourself a pat on the back and relax on the banks of the River Thames. You can easily return home by train – the town has direct links to London.
For more train tickets and timetables, visit: thetrainline.com/train-times/henley-on-thames-to-london-paddington