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2017 Events

Saturday 8th April – Saddle Safari Electric Demo Day

Saturday 13th May – Saddle Safari Ice Trike Demo Day

Here are some local rides you may wish to get involved in, in 2016.

Sun 19th March 

The Chilterns Cycle Challenge. 10km or 35, 75 mile routes. Starting and finishing in Kingsbury Square, Aylesbury. Chilterns Cycle Challenge 

 Sat 22nd April

“Ridgeway Rouler” Departing from the Kassam Stadium, home of Oxford United FC, the Ridgeway Rouleur offers the best of Oxfordshire’s stunning rolling countryside, passing through picturesque villages filled with quaint cottages and impressive manor houses.  Ridgeway Rouler

Sun 18th Jun

The Legendary London to Brighton. 54 miles over the north and south downs.  London to Brighton

Sunday 16th Jul

Chiltern 100 sportive. 76 or 110 miles routes available. Start and finish at Bovingdon Airfield. Chiltern 100

Sun 30th Jul

Prudential Ride London – Surrey. 20,000 cyclists in a 100 mile challenge through the closed roads of London to the Surrey hills. Ride London

Sat 5th Aug

Chilterns Classic Sportive. 45,80,100 mile routes available. Starting and finishing in Adams Park, High Wycombe. Chilterns Classic

Sun 20th Aug 

Rowers Revenge – The classic local event organised by marlow rowing club is back. A rowing, running and cycling triathlon held in Higginson park. Rowers Revenge

Sun 3rd Sept

London to Windsor bike ride. 29, 37, 59 mile routes starting in Richmond and finishing in Alexandra Gardens– Windsor.  www.bike-events.com

Sun 3rd Sept

Marlow Red Kite Ride. Starts and finishes in Marlow with different routes to choose from. Please visit the website to check the date of this event– subject to change. www.marlowredkiteride.co.uk

16th – 17th Sept 

Henley Highway sportive or a full duathlon over two days, the choice is yours. The bike section is a fun ride into the Chiltern Hills. The Henley Highwayman

 

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Road Routes

Each routes in this section is downloadable to most popular smartphones and GPS devices. Simply click on the route you want and choose the compatible format for your device from the dropdown bar, then hit OK.

Once downloaded just plug in your device then drag and drop the file into the appropriate folder.

For example: (Garmin device)

Download route as GPX Track format from the website.

Plug in your device then open the Garmin folder followed by the New File folder.

Then simply drag and drop the GPX Track route from your computers downloads into the Garmin’s New File folder.

Hey presto! You’re ready to roll! You’ll find your new routes on in the Garmin’s courses section.

 

 

 

Route 1: Berks, Bucks & Oxon (30 miles)

 

 

 

 

 

Route 2: Marlow to beyond the Chiltern ridge and back (40.9 miles)

 

 

 

 

 

Route 3: Marlow, Hambleden quick loop (15.3 miles)

 

 

 

 

 

Route 4: Wycombe to Chequres loop (23.5 miles)

 

 

 

 

 

Route 5: Beaconsfield to Gerrards Cross via Burnham Beeches (18 miles)

 

 

 

 

 

Route 6: Beaconsfield, Little Missenenden, Chesham Bois, Chalfont (22.3 mile)

 

 

 

 

 

Route 7: Henley to Wallingford loop (31 miles)

 

 

 

 

 

Route 8: Henley, Sonning, White Waltham (25.4 miles)

 

 

 

 

 

Route 9: Maidenhead to Windsor Great Park (28 miles)

 

 

 

 

 

Route 10: Maidenhead to Fulmer (24 miles)

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Local Clubs

Many people who join a cycling club find that riding with others can really help improve their riding skills. They allow you to experience more of the good riding your local area has to offer and also helps you meet new like minded people.

Below you will find some great local clubs, catering for many different styles of riding.

 


 

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Cynergy Aventura

Cynergy Aventura is a friendly cycling club for beginner and intermediate riders. They are based in Fawley, near Henley.

At Cynergy we provide a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for people new to group cycling, with varied ability and experience. we offer support and guidance to those who want to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle, with a focus on cycling and adventure.

http://www.cynergyaventura.co.uk/

 


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Marlow Riders

Our fast expanding, friendly club is based upon sociable cycling for all. We welcome all levels of cyclists to join us.. you will not be left behind. We start together and finish together and on the way we may enjoy the odd “cuppa”.

Our regular rides are on Saturday mornings. We go out in groups at different speeds, all with a group leader. These are a good opportunity to come along and meet the club. At present our fastest Cheetah group and one Leopard group leave at 08:00 and other groups meet at 08.15 for 08.30 departure. The weekly updates section has more details of groups and ride times, and check website page on Friday for any changes announced for the coming weekend.

Visit www.marlowriders.org.uk for more info!


 

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  Henley Junior Triathlon Club

Tri Henley is a Junior Triathlon Club.   Our aim is to provide coaching, training and competition in Triathlon.  The Club  is targeted at 11 to 16 year olds from Henley and the surrounding area who wish to progress their performance in running, biking and swim in a safe and fun environment.  We are a brand new Club, and will grow and develop just as fast as the enthusiasm of the juniors and parents who join us.   The Club is not-for-profit and being set up by two sport-crazy former Henley Scout leaders and an ex cross channel swimmer.

The Club is affiliated to Triathlon England – the home nation for the British Triathlon Federation (see attached) – affording insurance for coached sessions, and access to resources and expertise in Triathlon.   Tri Henley Club members will train once a week with a qualified Triathlon Coach and enter bi-weekly competitions across the region, from Triathlons, Duathlons and Aquathons, to Cross-Country, Cycling Sportives and Openwater Swimming.

Visit  http://m.trihenley.org/ for more info


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Beaconsfield Cycling Club

Welcome to Beaconsfiled Cycling Club. A new club created for social rides around the Chitterns. Or more appropriately rides up and down the Chilterns. Group rides are early on a Saturday morning and usually last 3-4 hours. Guests are welcome to join one of our rides but please get in touch before doing so that we know to wait for you. One of us can even pick you up on route to the start point.

Visit  www.beaconsfieldcyclingclub.co.uk/home/4586435176 for more info!

 


Bucks MTB

BucksMTB caters for everything Mountain Biking in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and beyond.
BucksMTB is an officially registered Mountain Bike Club and is affiliated to the CTC and BikeClub.

Visit www.bucksmtb.co.uk for more info!


High Wycombe Cycling Club

High Wycombe Cycling Club was founded in 1924 and has produced many accomplished cyclists across many disciplines. The club has over 200 members participating in road racing, time trialing, cyclo cross, track cycling and mountain bike racing as well as cyclosport events, social rides, touring, club runs, training and trips abroad. On Wednesday all year the club meets at West Wycombe village hall from 7:30pm for keep-fit, core training, turbo training sessions and then afterwards just for a chat and a drink.

Visit www.highwycombecc.org for more info!


Summit MTB Club

Summit is a friendly mountain biking club in the Chiltern Hills. We have over 100 members and run rides and activities for all ages. The club is here to encourage you to ride your bike regularly and to show you the best trails in the area. There are three or four rides arranged every week on a very active forum. Rides are typically 15 to 20 miles, taking 2 to 3 hours. We also organise overnight and weekend trips to the best riding in the UK.

If you’d like to make some new friends, get a bit fitter, or just ride your bike more often, then join us and let Summit show you the best trails in the Chilterns.

Visit www.summitmtb.co.uk for more info!


Maidenhead and District Cycling Club

Formed in 1881, Maidenhead and District Cycling Club are based in the town of Maidenhead in Berkshire, attracting members from the local area, including Windsor, Slough, Bracknell, Marlow, Reading, and Henley-on-Thames. We have over 70 members of all ages and experience, catering for all forms of road cycling, and are a very friendly club who welcome both experienced cyclists and those new to the sport.

Although a significant proportion of our membership ride purely for leisure, our members organise and participate in various forms of cycle racing including time trials, road races, and track events. The club’s racing history is firmly time trialling and each year the club organises over 30 time trial races that are open to club members and those of other clubs in the area.

As well as weekly race meetings from April to September we hold a social clubnight twice a month throughout the year. This gives new members a chance to get to know other club members and also to seek advice on all aspects of the sport. However some members just turn up for a cup of tea and a chat!

As a club we actively promote cycling for young people by hosting coached activities as part of British Cycling’s go-ride programme, run by our four qualified coaches. Our coaches also organise training sessions to meet our club members’ needs and are always happy to give coaching advice if asked.

Visit www.maidenheadcc.org.uk for more info!


 

If you run or know of any other local cycling clubs please contact us at: info@saddlesafari.co.uk

 

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Local Routes & Guide books

Saddle Safari Cycles have produced several guide books showing off the local area to recreational, touring and family cyclists.
To purchase the books pop in to our store and ask a member of staff.

Some of the routes are available here, on the website with maps, directions and downloadable files for your GPS or navigational device such as the latest range of Garmin units which will be availble in store soon.

Road Routes

View all Road Routes in and around the Chilterns click here … or click on an individual route from the choice below …

Off Road Routes

To see all the off-road routes click here… or select an individual route from the selection below….

Family Rides

 

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Marlow Cookham Hurley• Off Road Route


Route no: 9 – Marlow, Cookham Dean, Burchetts Green, Hurley – Beauty Rating: 4/5 – Length: 18 miles – Difficulty Rating: 4/5

This is an epic off road adventure with well over half the route away from roads. The journey enjoys diverse countryside and good views and refreshment stops throughout. Route finding is tricky especially around Cookham Dean, a map (OS Explorer 172) is essential.


1 From Marlow High Street head towards Marlow Bridge with the church on your left. Once over the bridge take the first left sign posted to Longridge Scout Camp. This takes you under the flyover bridge then over a smaller brick bridge over a stream.

2 Immediately after the brick bridge turn left into Quarry Wood Road. Continue along this road parallel to the river until Quarry Wood Hall (Cardboard Castle). At the castle take right hand fork up lane towards private house (no through road). At Quarry Clyffe House take path on the right, this eventually becomes a gravel track then lane. Continue on past large white house upwards to 5 Point Lane junction at the top.

3 Turn right for 1/3 mile (good views over Marlow) then take left down Startins Lane. At the bottom at the junction go straight across up Cookham Dean Bottom then left up Popes Lane. At the top bear right to Pinkneys Green.

4 Take right hand turn by the Jolly Farmer Pub, follow on past the School and Post Office taking the left hand gravel lane marked Bedwins Lane. Follow for 200 yards then at clearing go straight over onto road marked as dead end. Go up small hill to the start of the woods with tennis court on your right. Follow bridlepath on into the woods then onto Cookham Dean Common. Follow this bumpy track skirting the edge of the woods, then go through woods at the end of the Common until road junction.

5 At the junction go straight over on road towards Maidenhead. After 1/2 mile turn right down Golden Ball Lane. At road junction turn left then immediately right onto gravel drive taking you onto Pinkneys Green. Cross the green diagonally towards the white walled house on Lee Lane. Go down Bix Lane, at the tiny road go straight across following path through wide clearing with white timber framed house on your right. Follow until you meet another road.

6 At the road go straight over onto path marked with a horseshoe and follow down under the A404. As soon as you exit the tunnel take left up stepped path. Follow this round to the right towards the Lodge then taking wide left hand path into the thicket. Take first wide right hand path through the woods, just before the end of the woods (50 yards before the road) take bridleway to the right by wooden fence. Follow for a short while to a minor road. Turn right and follow for 1 mile until the Crown Pub. Turn left and after 450 yards turn right to Dew Drop Inn (signposted cycle route). Follow this undulating road for approximately 1 mile. As you exit the wood the road bears right but continue straight on. After 300 yards turn right to Dew Drop Inn.

7 At pub take bridleway to the left of the pub. At bridleway junction go left. Follow on through fields until next junction. Turn right then as path goes up take left alongside fields. Follow on through a gate into woods, go down through the woods to the right and continue downwards. This track will lead you to the Black Boy Pub but take care as it is fast singletrack and the road approaches with no warning.

8 Take the road to the left of the pub to Frogmill Farm and the River Thames. Follow the towpath to the right for 1 mile taking you into Hurley. Always give way to pedestrians on the towpath.

9 At the centre of village take left hand turn by the phone box (to boatyard). Take the next right by Hurleyford Farm Caravan Park which will lead you around to the left onto bridlepath. Follow this through the fields over cattle grids, then through the gate at the end of the fields.

10 Once out of the wooded area take a left hand path through a tunnel. It is best to dismount this short section as it is a footpath and the tunnel is low. This leads you into Temple Village. Continue on in same direction on the road skirting the pitches of Bisham Abbey. At the road junction turn left passing through Bisham Village, this road will lead you back over Marlow Bridge and the High Street.

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National Routes

Ridgeway Adventure

The Ridgeway is a National trail of some 87 miles and spans both the Wessex Downs and Chilterns from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in the North Chilterns.The western half from the start to Goring and streatley is the best for mountain biking it contains an almost unbroken 43 mile stretch of off road.It generally runs on the top of the downs and so is well drained and gives expansive views over the vale of white horse.Look at the website for details www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/

SouthDowns

The SouthDowns Way adventure-the South Downs way is again a National Trail and spans over 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne. The entire length can be transverse by bike with wonderful views over the downs with the highlight of coastal views toward the end. It can be completed by the casual cyclist in 3 to 4 days whilst the fitter rider can be expected to do it in 2 or even a day for those really up for a challenge. It is best to do both the Ridgeway and SouthDowns way in May, June or September when the weather is drier avoiding the summer holidays when pressures on accommodation are greater. Website www.nationaltrail.co.uk/southdowns/

Wales

Coed y Brenin, North Wales-hailed as the birthplace of modern mountain bike centers, this cycling oasis offers a café, bike hire, changing rooms and six trails, from the easy to the very challenging. Click on Coed y Brenin at www.mbwales.com

Coed llandegla, North Wales-a stunning private wood with many fine trails that include a teasing 12km beginners ride. After a gentle uphill section comes the joy of downhill, with taster jumps offering excitement. .www.coedllandegla.com

 

Cumbria

Grizedale, Cumbria-the North Face Trail at Grizedale Forest in Cumbria sounds worrying ,but its 11 mile offers much of what mountain biking is all about: fabulous views, testing climbs and technical excitement. Search “challenge trails” at the International Mountain Biking Associations website on www.imba.org.uk

 

Scotland

Fort William, Scotland-The mountains surrounding this Fort William host the annual Mountain Bike downhill cup. Try the 11 mile Witches trail, starting from the Nevis range ski centre car park and climbing towards fast and rocky descent sections www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk

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Our Books

Where Can You Ride With Small Children? (Route Book)

By Andrew Rackstraw

This is the perfect guide to child friendly local rides. Created following the huge success of our original Local Bike Adventures book. This book contains 9 great traffic free rides where your child can build their confidence and strength up in a stress free environment. Each route offers stops for refreshment and gives information on parking and getting to the to the start.

Price:

£3.50 from the Shop

 

 


Local Bike Adventures (Route Book)

By Andrew Rackstraw

This book will take you and your bike on adventures into the most beautiful countryside this special region has to offer. All the rides are packed into a compact area so a truly ‘local’ and easily accessible. The 20 circular rides give a varied choice of rides for any ability. There are traffic free flat rides for the family in places such as Bracknell Forest, Windsor Great Park and the river, whilst the mountain biker will find challenging rides in the Chilterns. All the routes are graded by difficulty and beauty so choosing is easy. These routes will take you on expeditions from castle to windmill, river to forest with a few dozen pubs along the way for good measure!

 Price:

£4.50 from the Shop

 


 

Routes for Road Bikes (Route Book)

By Andrew Rackstraw

This book is an ideal companion for cyclists new to road biking and the hardened roadie alike. 10 great circular rides leaving from the towns of Marlow, Henley, Wycombe, Maidenhead, and Beaconsfield. All routes are circular and take the rider on adventures from 15 to41 mileson the quickest roads possible. All the routes are downloadable on our website for your GPS or phone. Each route is divided into sections showing distance travelled and height climbed, together with elevation profile, and beauty rating.

Price:

£4.50 from the Shop

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West Wycombe , Radnage and Beacon’s Bottom • Off Road Route


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.

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Wendover Forest & Bracknell Forest


Bracknell forest (Swinley forest) – the perfect starting place for a beginner though there are some more challenging trails for the more experienced.
There is an excellent network of trails in this 2600 acre pine forest that is easy to get to with good parking.
See www.bracknellforest.gov.uk

For details:  Riding permits £ 2 per day available from the lookout centre.


Wendover Forest-Situated on the edge of the Chiltern escarpment Wendover woods is the highest Point of the Chilterns at almost 900ft,and enjoys spectacular views across the vale of Aylesbury.It is owned and managed by the forestry commission with gentle family routes and more challenging rides..It is most well known for its downhill course which descends the length of the hill.This is managed by a the “firecrest mountain bike club” although anyone can ride the trails.Cost to ride all day on the downhill course is £5 or £3 in the evening.It is open every weekend throught the year and evenings depending on the season.
Look at the website for up to date opening times- .www.rideastonhill.co.uk

 

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Marlow, Chrisbridge Cross, Booker and Marlow Bottom • Off Road Route


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.

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