Route no: 1 West Wycombe / Radnage – Beauty rating: 5/5 – Length: 15 miles – Difficulty rating: 3/5
This route is gloriously beautiful and diverse. The first half is easy traffic free cycling along the valley, the second half is more challenging with ups and downs through the hidden treasure of Radnage.
1 Park in the car park of the West Wycombe Garden Centre. Leave the car park and turn left onto Chorley Road for approximately 1 mile, then take a right down Slough Lane.
2 Continue on Slough Lane for roughly 1 1/2 miles until a sharp right by the farmhouse where you turn left onto the bridleway marked Deanfield.
3 At road junction go straight over onto lane and follow. At Lodge Hill Farm continue onto the unmade track by the hedge.
4 Continue and follow hedge round to the left. At the gap in the hedge on your left take this sharp turn up the grass hill towards the old barn. At the top have a rest, take in the view then continue on through the iron gates and onto the lane. At the lane fork go left to main road.
5 At the main road go straight over onto bridlepath through wooden gate, taking care crossing busy road. Follow bridlepath down (beware this is flinty and steep). At the road turn left past the church. If you want to cut the ride short remain on the road which will lead you back to the garden centre. If you wish to continue take the right up Town End Road and then left up Horseshoe road towards Bennett End. The Three Horseshoe’s Pub will be on the left and is good pub with excellent views from the garden.
6 At the village centre take a right down Grange Farm Road. After 500 yards take a left onto a bridleway up towards the woods. Follow left up a steep hill through woods. Follow on to a tarmac track with a farmhouse to your left and follow round to left. At road junction turn right.
7 After approximately 500 yards take left turn to Water End and follow for 2/3 mile along and down. Take a left signposted dead end. At the dead end go straight on through gate along the bridleway (signposted Bottom Wood). At end of field go through gate into Bottom Wood. At footpath junctions continue on in same directions.
8 When out of the woods go through gate and straight on towards gate 200 yards opposite. At gate follow track towards the road. Follow path behind the farm towards the main road, then at the main road turn left using the path adjacent to the road. Follow on back to West Wycombe and the garden centre.