Route no: 10 Marlow, Chrisbridge Cross, Booker and Marlow Bottom – Beauty Rating: 2/5 – Length: 12 miles – Difficulty Rating: 4/5 This is not one of the easiest routes in the book but has some good off road riding. The majority of the route is on bridlepaths with some hard climbs up and challenging single track downwards. There are some good views along the way.
1 From the centre of Marlow go down Spittal Street. At the Cross Keys roundabout turn left up Dean street past the Police Station on the right. Turn left down Berwick road, leading to Munday Dean Lane. Carry on for approximately 1/2 mile and turn right up bridleway (Chiltern Way). Carry on up this steep bumpy track until you reach the top. On the left there is End Farm House.
2Turn left at the top and head downhill. After 50 yards fork right along a bumpy downhill, then up the bridleway. At the top with the big house on your left carry on up the lane until it forks, take the left down clearly marked bridleway. This flinty track goes downhill round steep banked bends. At the bottom go straight up through Shillingridge Woods, carry on up through woods until you reach the road with Shillingridge Park on your left. Turn right and go along past valley until crossroads. Fork right towards Blueys Farm Estate.
3 Follow round following blueys signs for about 100 yards and then take bridlepath signposted on right. Follow down and at the other side. Turn left inbetween trees. Go up through wooded canopy and follow hedgerows round to the left until you reach the lane. Turn right onto the main road then right again and after about 1/4 mile turn left onto Clay Lane signposted Booker/Wycombe. Follow this road past garden centre up to Booker Dump.
4Turn right into the dump and take pathway on the left adjacent to road, follow this path straight through woods and down through fields. Carry straight down and then up the other side on the track toward old house farm at the top. At the top, turn right and follow the road until a sharp right turn. Go straight down the bridleway (by Chevrons) until you reach the house at the other end.
5 At the house turn right straight down along the path by the side of the house. After about 100 yards fork round to the right and follow the path all the way to Hill Farm House at the bottom. Follow the road down to the junction at the bottom. Turn left then after 20 yards turn right down the bridleway, go all the way up to the top. As you come out of the woods follow the road down bringing you out on Wycombe Road. Turn right then left down Bobmore Lane, and then at the bottom turn right and follow road back into Marlow.