Day 3 is the most testing part of the route both in terms of ascent and distance, but you probably won’t mind the extra elevation being surrounded by the beautiful, tranquil landscape of the Chilterns.By the time you reach Wallingford and the ruins of its famous medieval castle, most of the climbing will be done and dusted for the day. OK, there’s another noteworthy climb awaiting up the Wittenham Clumps (a pair of wooded chalk hills) but again, the spectacular vistas will make the effort worthwhile and remember, you’re now less than 20 miles (33 kilometres) from Oxford.If you can manage to wait until this far into the ride, Abingdon, the next town along, is a really nice place for a lunch or cake stop.For the final stretch of the journey into Oxford, it’s time to rejoin the riverside path and to enjoy everything that comes with it - locks, meadows and fabulous views of the college boathouse and rowing crew. But remember, it’s a shared pedestrian and cycle path and it’s narrow at points so just don’t get too distracted.Oxford itself, of course, doesn’t need much introduction. While it is world renowned for its university history (Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world with records of teaching dating back to the 11th century!), it remains a young, vibrant city, home to a thriving cycling culture at its heart. You certainly won’t be stuck for things to do on or off the bike if you have time to stay for another night or two.As mentioned in the Collection intro, if you’re heading back to London, there’s a good train link with journey times into Marylebone or Paddington of around an hour.Enjoy!
January 16, 2020
Having left the banks of the Thames behind, (bar a few river crossings), day 2 starts with a bit of a climb up Cooper’s Hill before the terrain generally becomes more varied.However, this next section still makes for rather gentle pedalling: Less than five miles (eight kilometres) into the ride you will pass through yet another beautiful royal park - Windsor Great Park, where the route leads past the park’s charming village store and post office. Then you continue through the often busy Windsor town centre and Dorney Lake, Eton College’s impressive, purpose-built rowing lake.“With effort comes reward” – should perhaps be the motto for the next section: The route kicks up a bit once more after Maidenhead but in turn you will be rewarded with miles of quiet, picturesque country lanes. I've also included a popular cycling cafe, which is located just off the official route on Warren Row. So if you’ve not had lunch yet or fancy a cake stop and don’t mind a few extra pedal strokes, this could be a definite Highlight.Reading is the final destination of day 2 and offers plenty of choice in terms of accommodation and local amenities.
January 16, 2020
Historic bridges, locks, houseboats, rowing clubs, cafes and modern mansions, immerse yourself in the best the Thames and its banks have to offer as you follow the river out of London and for the most part of day 1. It may be the shortest and flattest part of the trip, but with endless opportunities to get off the bike and explore further (or to simply linger and enjoy the views!) you can easily make a day of it.The first Highlight of the day awaits just a few miles into the ride, where the official route deviates from the river and leads you through one of South London’s treasures — Richmond Park. Enjoy the lush open landscape (you may even spot some deer) and smooth tarmac!If that’s not enough royal opulence for you, you’ll be in for a treat as the route next passes right by the impressive Hampton Court and its gardens.Hang in there for lunch with the perfect spot coming up just over half way into the ride at Shepperton Lock. To get to it you need to cross the river either using the footpath or, arguably the more fun option, by jumping on the ferry.With plenty of options to refuel and stay for the night in and around Staines and Egham, the last section of day 1 is arguably more practical than exciting — but worry not, things will get interesting again in the morning.
January 16, 2020
"Schau, die schöne Welt!"('Look, the beautiful world!' – said my 3-year old self marvelling at a local mountain view.)I look after Collection content here at komoot so you might see me researching and planning all sorts of envy-inducing routes ...and hopefully getting to ride some of them too! I'm originally from Austria but am currently living on England's sunny(ish) South Coast.Whether it's cycling, running or hiking — spending time outdoors is my life therapy! I started cycle commuting when living in London and trying to save money on public transport. However, I found my real passion for cycling a few years later. First by becoming part of a close-knit fixed gear community when I lived in the North West and then through experiencing that amazing sense of freedom when I bought my first road bike in 2013.I currently enjoy a real mix of cycling - road/touring, gravel/bikepacking, a spot of MTBing and pulling my baby son in his trailer.