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Marlow, Cookham Dean, Burchetts Green, Hurley • Off Road Route


Route no: 9 • Marlow / Cookham Dean / Burchetts Green – 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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Frieth, Southend and Ibstone • Off Road Route


Route no: 11 Frieth, Southend and Ibstone – Beauty rating: 5/5 – Length: 13 miles – Difficulty: 4/5 This is a ride with stunning views through lovely villages of the Hambleden valley with many good pubs. All off road segments are downhill with 2 very steep road climbs


1 Start at Frieth – car parks at the school, Yew Tree and alongside road. Go up high street bearing left to Hambleden and Henley at the top. After 1/3 mile take right hand bridleway marked St Benedicts. Continue on as path leaves the tarmac – great views. In the distance you can see Luxters vineyard which you will be passing in 2 1/2 miles. Stay on the obvious middle path. Beware of loose flint and tree roots. At road go left into village and left again towards Hambleden.

2After 2/3 mile take right road (sign posted Chiltern Valley Winery). This is a steep climb up to Luxters where you can visit the winery, shop and taste their wares. Continue on the road as it flattens out and meanders through the magnificent beech woods. At junction go straight across (ignoring left to Fawley and Henley). Although you are 600ft up this part of the route is surprisingly flat. Take next road right to Southend (the village not the seaside resort!). Keep an eye out for deer in woods to your left. Keep straight on road with village to your right.

3 At junction go left towards Northend. After 300 yards at the crossroads take 1st right on narrow tarmac lane to Turville Grange (opposite Rose Farmhouse sign). At the Grange turn left along track. Stay on track as it bears right to become bridlepath between hedges. This path looses 300ft in 1/2 mile, you may wish to dismount the initial section, as it is very steep and very flinty. Stay on the obvious path as it ascends slightly and meets the road. Go right and follow down for half a mile turning left up the road by the Thames Water booster.

4 This road up to Ibstone starts gently then climbs sharply. At last the road bears round to right and flattens out. At Ibstone turn left for 100 yards then take right hand bridlepath by Ibstone School. Stay on main path it travels down past the house and enters forest on wide easy path. At bottom do not go through gate into Harecramp Estate but take right hand path into wood (path nearest the gate). Stay on this path ignoring wider, muddier track to your right. View on the way to Luxters.

5 At gate go straight on. This path is well used by horses and is subsequently extremely muddy in winter. Follow this path along valley bottom for 2/3 mile. At end of bridlepath go through metal gates onto road. Turn right, after 1/2 mile you enter Fingest and the Chequers pub. Turn left at the pub, after 2/3 mile turn right towards Frieth. After almost a mile you come across the Prince Albert pub on your right. Take tiny road alongside pub garden, then the next left to return to Frieth and start of the ride.

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1. Marlow –Berks,Bucks and Oxon 30 mile Loop

1.Marlow –Berks,Bucks and Oxon 30 mile Loop

Start: Marlow town centre

Distance: 29.2 miles

Roads: Almost all rural lanes, only a few short busier stretches.

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult. Three  significant hills.

Total climb: 1795 feet

Beauty rating: 4/5

This routes links the riverside towns of Marlow and Henley via a beautiful 30 mile loop avoiding the busy main roads normally linking the towns. The three counties of Berks, Bucks and Oxon are spanned with some terrific views along the way. There a 3 sharp climbs to experience each one increasing in severity. The route begins at Marlow with Winter Hill, then after Henley you climb quickly up to 600 ft at Fawley , lastly battling up Colstrope Hill which is the toughest of the lot. There are lots of opportunities for stops including the ever popular Flowerpot Pub at Aston which is halfway.

1 . Marlow (101ft) to Pinkneys Green (210ft)        4.25 miles

From Marlow High Street go south crossing its famous suspension bridge. Once over the Thames go left by the Compleat Angler hotel towards Cookham Dean on Quarry Woods Road. Follow road passing Longridge centre then under the A404 bridge. The roads really starts to climb now as you tackle Winter Hill. The hill is at its steepest as you round the sharp bend ,the climbing of which is always a rite of passage to any new Marlow cyclist. At the top of the hill turn right onto Grubwood Lane. Pass the Copas turkey farm on your left and follow road as it bears right then left to Pinkneys Green . Go past the lovely orchard then Cookham Dean common. At the junction turn right onto Winter Hill road. Follow for just over a mile until the junction where you turn left to Maidenhead then take first right down Pinkneys Green Drive. Follow road as it passes cricket club and Stag and Hounds pub.

2.Pinkneys Green(210ft)  to  Knowl Hill (223 ft)      6.05 miles

Continue as road crosses Pinkneys Green Common . At the junction turn left to Reading on the Henley road and follow this straight road to the roundabout. This is a busy roundabout so take care as you go straight across onto Common Lane to White Waltham. Follow under the A404 and keep straight on as you pass the Thatched cottage pub and go under the railway. At the roundabout turn right to White Waltham. Follow past White Waltham airfield then into the village where you turn right onto Butchers Lane by the War memorial. Follow this quiet lane as it crosses the railway and meanders gently up to Knowl Hill.

 

3. Knowl Hill (223ft) to Henley(128ft)          6.97 mile.

At the A4 take great care as you go left then go to the middle of the road to turn right to Warren Row and Cockpole Green. You now unofficially re-enter the Chiltern Hills again as you climb up. Follow as it bears left and goes through Warren Row past the tin Chapel and the Old House pub. Keep follow the road to Cockpole Green.

 

At  Cockpole Green keep straight on to Remenham Hill .This primarily flat lane will lead you to the main A4130 Henley/Maidenhead road. Go left then next right down Aston Lane towards the Flowerpot Pub. Follow downward to the bottom where you will find the Flowerpot pub(lovely pub with great garden and lots of stuffed animals!).  At the pub turn left down Remenham Lane .

There is  often a lot of stones and debris on the road on Remenham lane but the it does gives terrific views of the river, Temple island and hills beyond. You pass the  beautiful  Remenham Church and continue running alongside the Thames until you reach the Little angel pub and main Henley to Maidenhead road. Turn right to cross over Henley bridge .

4.Henley (128ft) to Luxters Vineyard( 543ft)   5.30 miles

On the other side of the bridge go straight over at the lights up the High Street. At the next set of lights turn right down Bell Street towards Marlow/Wallingford. At the two mini roundabouts go straight over then towards Wallingford and Nettlebed on the Straight Mile. You follow this dead straight road for exactly a mile (hence the name straight mile!). Turn right to the Assendons  just before the dual carriage way begins. Take the first right to Fawley  following the brown Chiltern Cycleway signs. Prepare to climb as you are about to ascend very quickly. Follow as the lane meanders round , then left at the top following  Fawley signs at the junction. Travel through Fawley passing the church and the pond. Keep straight on to Southend and Turville Heath passing the derelict Walnut tree pub, then follow as it descends then climbs again with impressive high level views to your left. At the sharp left in the road go right onto the singletrack road follow the cycleway signs. Follow lane retaining your height as you travel through the glorious Gusset woods until you reach Luxters Vineyard and brewery.

5. Luxters Vineyard(543ft) to  Marlow(101ft)  6.8 miles

After the vineyard you descend very quickly by 300 feet in ½ mile. However  this is a downhill to be savoured  as the views are stunning and amongst the best in the Chilterns. Take your time and look out for deer in the large field to your left. At the bottom turn right following cycleway signs , and travel for ½ mile turning left to Colstrope on Colstrope lane, again following cycleway signs. Follow round to the left past Colstrope House and farm then follow upwards keeping straight on through the woods. This is a hellish climb and the hardest today climbing over 300 ft in under a mile. At the top by the red phone box turn left still following signs. At St Katherines convent turn right towards Marlow. Keep straight on following Marlow signs. At junction turn left to Marlow passing Chisbridge farm and descend to junction at the bottom. Turn right here and follow road for 3 miles to Marlow passing Bovingdon Green and the Royal Oak pub .From the pub you descend into town via Chalkpit lane and the Oxford road.

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2. Marlow-River to beyond the ridge and back

2. Marlow-River to beyond the ridge and back.

Start: Marlow town centre

Distance: 40.9 miles

Roads : The vast majority on quiet low traffic lanes

Difficulty: Tough-Moderate.  A good long ride with three good climbs .

Total climb: 2900 feet

Beauty rating: 5/5 –diverse and wonderful

This route transverses the Chilterns from river to ridge. It then drops you down to the very different world of the vale of Aylesbury where the lanes are flatter, the farms less manicured and the atmosphere altogether different. After a few miles the ridge looms again at Chinnor and your heart pumps hard as you climb back into the hills . Your efforts are rewarded as you enjoy what is in my opinion is the best stretch of cycling in the Chilterns . The 5 miles of quiet lane descent  from Spriggs Alley to West Wycombe is glorious with stunning far reaching views throughout .

1.Marlow (109ft) to Skirmitt(229ft)       7.95 miles

From Marlow town centre go west towards Henley on West Street , turning right by Platts garage up Oxford Road. Follow as it exits the town and climbs up Chalkpit lane. Pass the Royal Oak pub and continue on until you turn left to Marlow common and Lower Woodend. Follow for ½ mile then turn left by ChiffChaffs house. Follow through Marlow common noting the first world war training trenches to your right. At the fork in the road go right and follow down through the woods only to climb back  steeply  the other side. Keep on this lovely quiet lane as you pass the sleepy hamlet of Bockmer End ,then on as it travel through a forest. At the top where you reach a junction turn right and follow as it meanders for ¾ mile. Take the next left to Henley .At the fork in the lane go right then right again to Frieth.  Follow until red phone box where you go left down Colstrope Hill. This is a very steep downhill . At the bottom you pass Little Colstrope with its lovely yew hedges and Colstrope Farm . Follow lane over the stream to the road where you turn right to Skirmitt. Follow for ½ mile bearing left through the village towards Fingest.

2.Skirmitt(229ft)-Christmas Common(787ft)-Watlington(350ft)   6.55 miles

Pass the excellent Frog at Skirmitt pub climbing up as you exit the village. Turn left to Skirmitt just as you enter Fingest. Follow through the iconic Turville(or Dibley if you prefer) passing the picture postcard Bull and Butcher pub and Church. Continue on as it passes through the woods (covered in bluebells in spring) and then starts to ascend. It climbs for almost a mile through the woods with occasional glimpses of the valley to your right. At the junction at Northend  pond  go right to Christmas Common. Follow this high altitude road for a mile. At the junction at Christmas common turn right to Stokenchurch/Chinnor then immediately left to Watlington. Follow road downwards with Watlington hill to your left , enjoying the expansive views over the Vale of Aylesbury and towards Oxford. As you enter Watlington bear left by the Carriers Arms and follow road round to right. At the junction go right to Oxford/Benson then next right again to Lewknor/Chinnor down Couching Street. Ride to the centre of this unspoilt town to the Town Hall where you go straight over onto Shirburn Street.

3.Watlington(350ft) to Postcombe(351ft)   6.7 miles

Follow the B4009 for ¼ mile turning left to Pyrton. Pass through this lovely village passing Pyrton Manor and St Marys Church. The road then climbs up until the junction where you turn right to Stoke Talmage. Enjoy this lovely road with views of the ridge to your right and the vale and  foothills to your left. This expansive countryside is a pleasant contrast to those used to Chiltern riding. Follow past turning to Stoke Talmage until you turn right to Adwell and South Weston. Follow this blissfully peaceful lane as it bears left then right. About 200 yards before South Weston Church turn left towards Postcombe and the motorway , visable in the distance. Follow under the M40.

4.Postcombe(351ft)-Crowell Hill(797ft)-Radnage(494ft)   7.6 miles

At the junction turn go right to Stokenchurch then immediately left to Chalford/Sydenham. Follow this flat straight road into Sydenham village passing the attractive Crown pub and St Marys church. Continue on until the junction by the Inn at Emmington where you go right on the busier B4445 to Chinnor. Follow for over a mile into Chinnor. At the roundabout  go straight over onto Oakley road with the Crown pub to your left. Go up over the Risborough/Chinnor railway and at the roundabout go straight across to Bledlow Ridge. You can see the barrier to re-enter the Chilterns of Chinnor and Crowell Hill ahead of you. Cross over the Ridgeway as the hills starts to bite. The 300ft of ascent is not as bad as it looks with a steady but manageable climb .Follow up to the top with views of the cement works to your right. Continue straight on to Radnage and Spriggs alley. Follow as it bears right and travels through Spriggs Alley passing the Charles Napier restaurant. Once out on the open you are treated to great views of Bledlow ridge to your left and towards Stokenchurch to your right. The next few miles of descent are to be savoured as they are among the best you can experience. As you descend there are good views over Radnage and Town End Church.

5.Radnage(494ft)-Lane End(565ft)   6.2 miles

As you enter Radnage keep on road as it bears left on Horseshoe road. At the junction go right to Stokenchurch then take the next left to West Wycombe on Bottom Road. This lane is beautiful as it runs above the valley floor giving the most wonderful vista over this unique valley. Look behind you as you progress  for an equally impressive view. You would never guess you are only 4 miles away from Wycombe town centre. At the bottom junction turn right to West Wycombe on Chorley Road with lovely views over West Wycombe Hill with the Golden Ball and St Lawrence Church. As you pass the garden centre turn right  to  Stokenchurch following the Chiltern Cycleway signs. Go along the A40 for ½ mile turning left following the Cycleway signs onto Bullocks Farm Lane .This is quite a hard climb but worth it as you look behind you at the top for fantastic views over West Wycombe Hill . Keep on as you pass over Wheeler End Common as the lane dips down then up  again . You pass the Chequers  pub then cross the M40 .

6. Lane End(565ft)- Marlow(109ft)    5.6 miles

At the junction go right into Lane End and climb up past the pond following the road round to the right. Turn right at the junction then immediately left to Frieth on  Church Road. Follow down past the church and through Moor Common woods. At the bottom crossroads turn left to Marlow. You stay on this road all the way to back to Marlow which is an enjoyable descent apart from a minor climb up to Shillingride Park and a couple of hillocks. You pick up speed as you pass Bovingdon Green and the Royal Oak pub again . Travel down Chalkpit lane to re-enter Marlow.

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3. Marlow, Hambleden quick loop

3. Marlow, Hambleden quick loop.

Start: Marlow town centre

Distance: 15.3 miles

Roads: Rural roads, no heavy traffic

Difficulty: Moderate. A  couple of sharp climbs out of Marlow then again up to Rotton Row.

Total Climb: 1136 feet

Beauty rating:  5/5

This is a very simple quick loop from Marlow which can be completed easily within an hour. Ideal  for  a swift ride when time is short before or after work,  passing three picture perfect Chiltern villages. It is a long but relatively  easy  4 mile climb up to Frieth crossroads where you then enjoy a speedy continual descent  for 3 miles , passing the villages of Fingest and  Skirmitt. The route brings you into Hambleden from where you climb sharply up to the hamlets of Rotten Row and Bockmer End on lovely quiet roads. Some great views throughout.

1.Marlow (101ft) to Frieth crossroads  (458ft)         4.07 miles

Leave Marlow on West Street as if going to Henley. Go immediately right up Oxford Road by Platts garage. Follow as it leaves the town and climbs upwards on Chalkpit lane. You soon pass the Royal Oak pub and Bovingdon Green. Remain on this road for another 3 miles as you gently climb. Pleasant views can be seen to your right over Shillingridge wood and the valley. At Frieth Crossroads go straight over.

2.Frieth Crossroads (458ft) to Hambleden (149ft)     5.4 miles

You pass the tiny and unspoilt Prince Albert pub on your left. Carry on as the road speeds down past Mousells Wood . At the junction turn left to Fingest . Pass through the village with the Chequers Pub and its  12th century Norman Church. Stay on the road as it bears sharply to the left towards Skirmitt. There is a short climb followed by  a opportunity to get some speed up as you descend into Skirmitt. You pass the consistently good Frog at Skirmitt and then bear right over the tiny bridge ,then following the road as it goes left following the valley bottom. There is a  slight climb then follow for a mile until you  take  a turning to your left signposted “Chiltern Cycleway” on Colstrope Lane. Pass Colstrope Farm and the yew hedges of Colstrope Manor. Do not ascend up the hill but take the next right following the valley. This is a lovely lane giving great views over the Hambleden valley to your right. When you get to the junction turn right and follow the road into Hambleden  village . At the junction in the centre( the timeless Stag and Huntsman is to your left) go right passing St Marys Church(cream teas in Summer) and the shop to your right.

3. Hambleden  (149ft) to Rotten Row (441ft) to Marlow (101ft)       5.83 miles

Go over the bridge over the often dry Hamble Brook. At the junction turn left .Once past the car park take the next left towards Rotten Row. As you enter the woods the road really starts to climb and it is it quite a tug up through North Cot Wood. Once at the top follow lane until you reach Rotten Row . The lane goes sharp left as the pond is to your right. Once you have left the hamlet take the next right to Bockmer End . The lane goes sharply to the right and gives high level views over the Thames valley to your right. The lane passes through Homefield wood .Keep straight on as you pass through Bockmer End and its distinctive cottages. You now experience a sharp drop downwards followed by an  immediate climb back up through the beautiful Marlow Common woods. Keep to the right at the junction in the woods. Follow for  ½ miles until you reach the Henley road. Turn left to Marlow (take care as this is a busier road) passing the Hare and Hounds as you quickly speed back down into town. As the road flattens out you pass the Hand in Flowers to return to West St and the town centre.

 

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4.Wycombe to Chequers loop

4.Wycombe to Chequers loop

Route: Wycombe to Chequers

Start: High Wycombe town centre

Distance: 23.5 miles

Terrain: Hilly-a high Altitude extravaganza with some great climbs- especially Whiteleaf Hill up to 771 ft

Roads: primarily quiet roads but with some busier whilst exiting and entering Wycombe.

Total Climb:  1643 feet

Beauty Rating: 4/5

Again this is a tremendous Chiltern trek with loads of interest including Hampden House, Chequers ,Coombe Hill  and Lacey Green Windmill. You will experience a relatively  gentle but continual climb to Hampden, then dropping down out of the Chilterns only to climb back again via Whiteleaf Hill -which is amongst the steepest in the Chilterns. If you require refreshment this route is blest with great rural pubs every few miles.

1.High Wycombe Town(240ft) to Great Hampden(684ft)  5.9 miles.

From the town centre head north along the Hughenden Valley passing  Morrisons  Supermarket ,and following signs for Hughenden Manor. Continue straight on along the valley for 3 miles passing Hughenden park  and  Church on the left until you reach the Harrow pub. At the Harrow  go right to Bryants Bottom on Warren Dene Lane.  In just under  ½ mile bear left to Bryants Bottom. In a mile you pass the Gate pub (if you like birds there is an aviary in the pub garden!). Keep climbing  gently for another  1 ½ miles through the lovely Hampden Common woods . At the junction  at the clearing in the woods bear right. Climb up then at the junction turn right passing the Hampden Arms .

2.Gt Hampden (684ft) to Hampden bottom(521ft) to Chequers(646ft)     3.61 miles

Follow road as it meanders for a mile or so .  After  the sharp right turn ,passing the entrance to Hampden House take the left hand turn at the crossroads following the brown “Chiltern Cycleway” signs. Enjoy the fast descent to Hampden bottom. Turn left at the junction , then continue on the valley road for 1 mile following  Missenden Road. Follow as it bears sharp right to pass the entrance to Chequers.  The road climbs as  you  skirt the estate grounds and enjoy views of the PM’s house  and Beacon Hill in the background.

3.Chequers (646ft) to Askett(391ft)  3.27 miles

Continue on the road as it descends  loosing  200ft in a mile , enjoying views of Coombe Hill and its Boar war memorial to your right. At Butlers Cross crossroads turn left to Gt Kimble and go through the picturesque  Ellesborough  village and Church. Turn left at the junction joining the main Risborough-Aylesbury road. Climb up past  the  Bernard Arms pub(drinking Haunt of many PM’s and presidents-see photos inside pub). In ¾ miles  you  reach the roundabout at Askett.

4.Askett(391ft) to Lacey Green Windmill(733ft)     4.31 miles

Turn left at the roundabout onto Cadsen Road then next right onto Upper Icknield Way to Whiteleaf village. Pass the Red Lion on your left as the climbing begins. At the junction turn left up Whiteleaf Hill(Peters Lane). This is no easy hill climbing to almost 800ft and is often used as a hill climb challenge by Cycle clubs. Once at the top keep straight on for over a mile retaining all the height you have  gained  with fantastic views to your right. Take right hand turn at junction to Lacey Green then right again. Keep straight on ,passing the Pink and Lily to your left and retaining the high altitude . There are fantastic views over the Vale of Aylesbury to your right and look out for Lacey Green Windmill.

5.Lacey Green Windmill(733ft)-Saunderton(376ft)    2.46 miles

At the Whip Pub turn left keeping on the flat. If you want to visit the Windmill there is a path by the bus shelter and it is open some weekends  in  the  Summer (owned by the Chiltern Society and the restored working were designed by the son of Barnes Wallace!). Pass the Black Horse pub on your right .After approximately  1 mile turn right down the lovely Smalldean Lane. Enjoy this beautiful descent then at the bottom,  at the Golden Cross pub cross over the main road onto Slough Lane.

6.Saunderton(376ft) to Wycombe Town(229ft)      5.45 miles

Slough Lane is a lovely quiet lane with great views and is a great alternative to cycling down  the main Wycombe/Risborough road. Follow for 2 miles turning  left at the end onto Chorley Road towards West Wycombe. Go left through the village .At the Pedestal Garage roundabout turn right along the A40(West Wycombe Road) back to the town centre.

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5. Beaconsfield to Gerrards Cross via Burnham Beeches

5.Beaconsfield to Gerrards Cross via Burnham Beeches .   

Start: Beaconsfield new town.

Distance:  18 miles

Terrain: Relatively easy-the second half undulates nicely but no killer climbs.

Roads: No major roads-nice car free section through the Beeches

Total climb: 672 feet

Beauty rating: 3/5.

This short ride will make an enjoyable excursion of an hour or two . It retains height through the Wooburn and  Littleworth Common area and takes you into the traffic free Burnham Beeches. It then passes the pretty  Hedgerley village , then climbs into Gerrards Cross to take you back into Beaconsfield skirting  Jordans and Seer Green. There are several good pubs along the way and  a café in the Beeches.

1.Beaconsfield Station (335ft) to Littleworth Common (306ft)      4.47 miles

Leave the station and turn left onto the High street .Take the right turn down Burkes Road. Follow for over a mile until you reach the main A40. Go right onto the A40 then left down Broad Lane. Follow for a 1 ½ miles as it crosses the M40 and the pits to your left. Keep on Broad Lane as it bears left then take left turn onto Wooburn Common Road with the excellent Royal Standard pub to your left. Continue on this road for 1 ½ miles . At the junction go left then after 200 yards turn right onto Boveney  Lane(just before the Jolly Woodman pub)

2.Littleworth Common (306ft) to Hedgerley (205ft)      4.41 miles

Continue down this lovely lane( ignoring Abbey Park lane to the left )and follow as it turn sharply to the right. After 2/3 mile turn left into Burnham Beeches on Halse Drive-this is traffic free. Keep straight on as it drops steeply then climbs again through this historic woodland .At Victory Cross turn left passing the toilets and café to your right. As you exit the beeches turn left down Stewarts Drive. Follow this lane as it skirts the Beeches and becomes Egypt Lane .When it joins the main A355 go left then immediate right down Parish Lane. After less than ½ mile turn left down Andrew hill .  At the bottom go right along Kiln lane .  At the junction  go left into Hedgerley village. Enjoy the picturesque Church and the White Horse pub , which is an unspoilt  gem dispensing real ale straight from the barrel.

3.Hedgereley (205ft) to Gerrards Cross (272ft)        3.24 miles.

Continue on this road as it ascends over the M40 .You then lose all the height you have gained as it travels alongside the motorway. You then climb again keeping to Hedgereley  Lane. At the Windsor Road turn left into Gerrards Cross. Continue straight on as it crosses the A40 and through Gerrards Cross common. Ride along the High Street passing the Railway station and Cinema.

4.Gerrards Cross (272ft) to Jordans  Meeting House (254ft)     2.8 miles

Continue on Packhorse Lane past the Ethorpe Hotel then bear left onto Austin Wood lane .Keep straight on as it becomes Goldhill West with the common to your right. Carry on along Grove Lane for 1/3 mile turning left down Welders Lane. Follow this primarily flat lane until the end when it descends sharply to Jordans  Meeting House.

4.Jordans Meeting House (254ft) to Beaconsfield Station (335ft)      2.77 miles

At the junction turn  left then right down Longbottom lane. Follow for 1 ½ miles as it gradually climbs 70ft. At the main Amersham road turn left then immediately right along Ledborough Lane. Follow this to the end going left at the junction to return to the station and the start.

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6. Beaconsfield Little Missenden Chesham

6.Beaconsfield, Little Missenden, Chesham Bois, Chalfont.

Start: Beaconsfield new town

Distance: 22.3 miles

Roads: mainly lanes with one short busy road

Difficulty rating: Moderate-undulating throughout-only one sharp climb

Total Climb: 1293 ft

Beauty rating: 3/5

This route leaves  Beaconsfield , quickly whisking you into beautiful countryside passing the villages of Penn Street and the picture postcard Little Missenden. It then climbs up through Chesham Bois and the outskirts of Amersham  to bring you through the Chess Valley following the river, to then climb sharply back out of the valley. You then  pedal  through  the attractive Chalfont St Giles  and Seer Green to return back to the beginning.

1.Beaconsfield  Station (335ft) to Little Missenden (348ft)      7.1 miles

Turn right from the  station . Continue on the Penn Road as it climbs gently up passing the Red Lion on the left. As you near the top keep on in the same direction taking the Clay Street turning to Penn Street. Enjoy the descent turning left at the bottom along Penn Bottom. Follow along the valley floor for a mile or so turning right to Penn St along New Rd. Climb through the lovely  beechwoods  until you reach Penn Street. At  the  village go left towards  Holmer Green with the Squirrel pub to your right. At the busy Wycombe/Amersham Road take care as you turn left. In ½ mile turn right along Sheepcote Dell Road toward Holmer Green. Follow this road climbing into  Holmer Green .At the junction turn right then immediately right again by the Bat and Ball down  Penfold Lane. Follow this beautiful lane as it descends , affording fantastic views over the Misbourne Valley. The lane turns to the right then left into the village. At the junction by the Church turn right to Amersham . Pass the characterful  Red Lion with the river and duckpond in its garden .A little further up you also pass the Crown which is again an excellent pub.

2 Little Missenden (348ft) to Chesham Bois (545ft)     3.55 miles

Passing through the village you climb up to the busy  A413. Take care crossing directly over following the brown Chiltern Cycleway sign. The Chiltern Cycleway is a 170 mile circular signposted ride along quiet lanes throught the Chiltern area of outstanding beauty-investigate it further at www.chilternsociety.org.

Keep following the signs as you go up Keepers lane .Follow over the railway then at the junction keep on Keepers  Lane . At  next junction go right still following brown cycleway signs. Continue to be guided by the signs as you go to Chesham Bois along Copperkins Lane. Keep on along the flat through this leafy suburb. At the roundabout go right then immediately left down South Road with Guidos Italian to your right. At the junction  go left on Bois Lane.

3.Chesham  Bois  (545ft) to Chalfont St Giles (260ft)     6.74 miles

Follow past the timber framed building and the shops the turning right down Hollow Way Lane. This is a steep descent down under the railway then follow as it goes right .At the junction turn right on the Latimer Road. Follow along the lovely Chess Valley with the river and lakes to  your  left enjoying views of Latimer Park and house along the way. After a couple of miles take the right turn up Stoney lane .This is a steep climb gaining you  155ft in ¼ mile. At the top go straight over onto Church Grove .Follow down under the railway and up the other side and eventually into open countryside. At the junction go straight across to Chalfont St Giles. In ½ miles go left on the quite busy Nightingales Lane to Chalfont St Giles. .At the roundabout  go straight across down Pheasants Hill into the village.

4 Chalfont St Giles (260ft) to Beaconsfield (335ft)      4.66 miles

Travel through this famous village passing Merlins Cave pub and the pond. Climb through the village passing  Miltons Cottage on your left. It continues to climb until you reach the White Hart Inn where you go straight over to Seer Green. Keep on this road as it bears right passing the campsite to your right. Continue on as it bears left and enters  Seer  Green . Pass the Parish Church and the first class Cricketers pub. At the bottom of the hill take the right turn along Long Bottom Lane. Follow for a mile. At the busy junction go left then immediately right along Ledbourough Lane. Follow to the end turning left at the bottom to return to the station.

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7. Henley Wallingford

7.Henley to Wallingford  loop.

 Start: Henley town centre

 Distance: 31 miles

 Roads: Vast majority on quiet lanes .

 Difficulty rating: moderate-tough.

 Total Climb: 1960 ft

 Beauty Rating: 5/5

 This is an absolutely lovely ride. I defy anyone to find a more peaceful and beautiful ride anywhere in the south east of England. Even though this ride starts only 35 miles away from the centre of London it is rural England looking its most magnificant. The route climbs the Chiltern Hills via Stoke Row to its edge, then drops you down to the outskirts of Wallingord. It then travels underneath the Chiltern ridge where the topography feels different and the villages look different. You then climb the imposing  Britwell Hill to re- enter the Hills and return to Henley. Tremendous views abound and thereare  lots of  opportunities  to visit some excellent pubs for refreshment.

 

1.  Henley centre (122ft) to Sonning Common(313ft)    5.26 miles

 From the Parish Church head west along Thameside with the Angel pub on your left. Continue following along the river towards Reading, then as the road  bears  right with the station to your left. At the traffic lights go left towards Reading . Take the right hand turn to Peppard and Harspden by the Three Horshoes pub. Follow up then round past Harpsden Church. Keep on road through Harpsden village and as the road gradually ascends for 2 miles along the valley bottom. You travel past the big satellite dishes of the BBC monitoring station at  Crowsley Park, then the road climbs more steeply up to the junction. Turn right to Sonning Common passing the Butchers Arms to your left.

 

2 .Sonning  Common(313ft) to Stoke Row(565ft)-Wallingord outskirt(180ft)    9.14miles

 At the junction go straight across to Stoke Row on Stoke Row road. Continue on to Stoke Row as road bears right by the Unicorn. The road continues to gradually climb all the way to Stoke Row. At the junction go left towards Checkendon passing the Cherry Tree pub on your right and then Majarajahs Well. It is well worth stopping and reading the unique story of the 370ft deep well and its Indian benefactor. Take the next left down Uxmore Road following the blue(5) cycle route signs .After 1/3 mile take the right turn down the “quiet lane” following the (5) signs. Follow on the same direction until you reach the well hidden and magical Blackhorse pub. The Black horse is an unchanged and unspoilt gem having been in the same family for over 100 years-pass it by if you have no soul!

Once at the junction go straight over following (5) signs. Keep following the signs as you take the next left. The road is a little “rural” for some high end road  bikes  but  a little discomfort is worth it for the stunning view about to unfold. Take in the vista with the Berkshire downs and Didcot powerstation  in the distance .Continue downwards. The lanes here are amongst the quietest and most beautiful you will experience anywhere in the south east. Follow the (5) signs to the  right signposted to the village store. Descend then  ascend following the (5) signs straight across at the crossroads. This is a fast few miles on good roads crossing over the Ridgeway path as you go. The lane then drops more fiercely to the main road .Just before the junction take the right hand cycle path and go right onto the roundabout. If you wanted to visit the riverside town of  Wallingford take the first left,  otherwise take the third exit toward Ewelme.

 

3. Wallingford outskirts(180ft) to Britwell Salome(420ft)  4.7 miles

 The road to Ewelme can get relatively busy so take care as it travel on for 1 ½ miles with views of the Chiltern ridge to your right. At the junction go right then left and left again following signs to Ewelme. Follow the lane downwards enjoying a great view over the village. Go left through this lovely village famed for its watercress beds. Note the difference in architecture from the Chiltern villages and the thatch on the roofs. Take the right hand turn to Brightwell and go up the hill bearing left as it becomes Cat Lane. Follow the hill upwards for 2/3 mile. At the busier B4009 go right towards Watlington. Carry on into Britwell Salome turning right by the Goose pub toward Britwell Hill.

 

4. Britwell Salome(420ft) toBritwell Hill(746ft) to Stoner(295ft)        5.5miles         

 Follow this lane with views of the escalator like Britwell Hill ahead, gateway to re-enter the brick, flint and beechwoods land of the Chilterns .This is a hard climb up to 746ft in half a mile. Once at the top follow on to the junction -turning right. Stay on this road for a short while turning left to Russells Water. Enjoy the fantastic views over the wooded hills beyond  and past the Duck pond(chitty chitty bang bang crashed here in 1968). Continue past the Five Horsehoes pub then skirting Maidensgrove common, continuing onwards as it descends sharply through the cathedral like beechwoods. Slow down to enjoy the views over Stoner house as you lose height. At the junction at the bottom turn right.

 

5. Stoner(295ft) to Bix(433ft) to Henley(122ft)      6 miles

 Follow this road along the valley bottom for almost 2 miles. Just as you reach Middle Assendon take the second right small lane to Bix along White Lane. Continue this longish climb through the woods delivering you onto Bix common at the top. Follow round the edge of the common as it takes you sharply left then past Bix church. At the main road take care as you go straight over to Bix manor. Follow road going right up through the woods. If you get a chance then ride through these woods in bluebell season(2 or 3 weeks in May usually) as Lambridge woods are carpeted with them. At the junction turn right and follow this road for 2 miles past Badgemore golf club back to Henley town centre.

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8. Henley Sonning

8. Henley, Sonning, White Waltham.

Start: Henley town centre

Distance : 25.4 miles

Roads: Mostly quiet lanes, one or two busier sections-one ford!

Difficulty rating: Easy

Total Climb: 1015 ft

Beauty Rating: 2/5

This is a relatively easy ride covering a decent distance. In the majority of the ride you have exited the Chilterns so the terrain is flat and the riding easy, although the views less impressive. However if you do most of your riding in the hills this can make a nice change. The route intentionally meanders in its first few miles to successfully avoid the busier roads .There is a lot to keep your interest including crossing the bridges at Sonning and  fording the stream at Whistley Green. The lanes between Hurst and Knowl Hill are always pleasant and re entering Henley via Aston and Remenham is a pleasing conclusion to the ride.

1. Henley(122ft) – Binfield Heath (315ft)     5.86 miles

From the Parish Church head west along Thameside with the Angel pub on your left. Continue following along the river towards Reading, then as the road  bearings right with the station to your left. At the traffic lights go left towards Reading . Take the right hand turn to Peppard and Harspden by the Three Horshoes pub. Follow up,  then round past Harpsden Church taking the next left up Woodland Road.. Follow this lovely lane up through the woods and as it bears left at the top. Keep on as you leave the wood and the road descends to the junction. Go straight across to Lower Shiplake.  Just before the Baskerville Arms go right down Mill Road. At the end turn  right up Mill lane. At the junction it is a quick left, then right to Binfield Heath. Follow past the school going right at the junction on Shiplake Row. Once in the village go left by the village shop towards Dunsden Green.

 

2.Binfield Heath(315ft)-Hurst (112ft)   6.00 miles            

Continue past the Chapel and village hall through Dunsden Green.(this is the home of Lodden Brewery, just off Church Lane if you wish to visit).Continue on the lane as it goes down past the Crown Inn and the Shoulder of Mutton. At the roundabout go straight over to Sonning. At the next rounabout again follow signs to Sonning. Go past the French Horn, and over the two Sonning backwater bridges passing the Mill. Follow the road through the village as it bears left upwards. At the mini roundabout bear left on Charvill lane. At the busy main roundabout take care as you take the Twyford exit straight ahead. Follow past the “motel” for 200 yards turning right onto park lane. Go straight over at the next roundabout .Follow under the railway then past the Lands End Inn(you have just done Henley to Lands End in under an hour!). As you can see there is now a ford to cross!  This is not a normal obstacle on a road route but it adds a bit of fun. In winter it can get quite high as you can see from the photo which was taken after heavy rain in February .It is best to remove footwear and walk across(take care as it is slippy). There is also the more sensible  option of taking the path just to the right of the pub which leads over a footbridge. Once over follow the stream along the lane and over the stream. At the junction go right and pass the Elephant and Castle pub .In 200 yards turn left down “Whistley Green”. At the busier road go right. Go through the village taking the left down Hinton Road to Ruscombe.

 

3. Hurst( 112ft ) to White Waltham(125ft)      5.1 miles

Follow Hinton road past the Green Man . At the junction turn right to Sherlock Row. Enjoy the next few miles on these flat roads. In approx ½ mile go left down Hungerford Lane .Follow this straight lane(called the straight mile) for a mile into Sherlock Row. At the junction go straight over to Hawthorn Hill. Follow for a mile turning left down Smewins Road to White Waltham. Follow for almost a mile taking the right hand lane down Kiln Hill. At the junction go straight across to White Waltham,  then at next junction go right into the village.

 

4. White Waltham(125ft) to Cockpole Green (285ft)   4.5 miles

Go past the beehive pub taking the next left to Knowl Hill down Butchers Lane. Follow this quiet lane as it crosses the railway and meanders gently up to Knowl Hill. At the A4 take great care as you go left then go to the middle of the road to turn right to Warren Row and Cockpole Green. You now unofficially re-enter the Chiltern Hills again as you climb up. Follow as it bears left and goes through Warren Row past the tin Chapel and the Old House pub. Keep follow the road to Cockpole Green.

 

5.Cockpole Green(285ft) to Henley(122ft)   4.5 miles

At Cockpole Green keep straight on to Remenham Hill .This primarily flat lane will lead you to the main A4130 Henley/Maidenhead road. Go left then next right down Aston Lane towards the Flowerpot Pub. Follow downward to the bottom where you will find the Flowerpot pub(lovely pub with great garden and lots of stuffed animals!). At the pub turn left down Remenham Lane and follow passing Remenham Church enjoying glimpses of the river and the hills beyond. The lane runs parallel  to the Thames reaching the Little Angel pub. At the road junction turn right over Henley bridge back into town.

 

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