Chiltern Hills
Bikes Etc|February 2017

We head to the rolling hinterlands west of London for a winter warmer.

It’s easy to forget, given the vast expanse of the London metropolis, that with in easy reach of the capital are some of the most fantastic areas for riding a bike, with stunning roads and scenic views. While the delights of the South Downs and the Surrey Hills are well known, this month we head west to the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) since 1965.

The chalky escarpment might not have huge mountains, with the highest point at just 267m above sea level, but the area is awash with small, quiet country lanes that crisscross the land, making it easy to rack up a big ride within a relatively small area.

We start our ride from High Wycombe, which is (as you might expect) outside the AONB boundary, but just off the M4. With great rail links to London, yet at the same time very close to the countryside and hills, it’s a great starting point – especially on a crisp, cold December morning, with the temperature hovering just above freezing, when we want to get out to the interesting bits as quickly as possible.

1 Starting from High Wycombe station, head north out of town on the A4128 towards Speen, where the roads become much quieter. In Speen, turn right onto Hampden Road, then right onto Missenden Road and continue to Great Missenden.

2 From Great Missenden, take the B485 up Frith Hill and on to Chesham. Continue through the town centre and head north on Vale Road through Cholesbury to Tring.

3 As you come into Tring, turn left onto Duckmore Lane and head back south on the narrow lanes through Dancers End to St Leonards, where you turn back northwards and head towards Wendover.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM BIKES ETCView All

‘I've Been Through Hell - But Cycling Saved Me!'

The horrors of war left Dave Bickel mentally scarred and teetering on the brink – until the day he discovered the simple joy of riding a bike…

10+ mins read
Bikes Etc
April 2017

Furka Pass

Chocolate-box scenery, sweeping hairpins and punishing gradients.

3 mins read
Bikes Etc
April 2017

Lincoln GP Sportive

Try your hand (and feet!) on the route of one of Britain’s top pro races.

3 mins read
Bikes Etc
April 2017

Unleash Your Inner Power Climber

Short,steep and savage–power climbs are the bane of many British cyclists’ rides. Master them, though, and you’ll supercharge your roadriding prowess…

7 mins read
Bikes Etc
March 2017

Sex And The Saddle

How does cycling affect the sex lives of those who get their kicks by doing it? Our investigation looks at the pros and cons of spending long hours in the saddle and reveals how you can improve your, erm, all round performance…

6 mins read
Bikes Etc
March 2017

How To Prevent Post-Ride Pain

From headaches to sore paws, our guide will keep you from getting sick and tired in the saddle…

7 mins read
Bikes Etc
March 2017

The Ultra Man

How endurance athlete Jason Lane over came life-altering surgery, being run over and profound sleep deprivation to ride the race of his life.

10+ mins read
Bikes Etc
February 2017

The Good Cyclist's Guide To Bad-Weather Riding

When the skies turn dark and unleash their worst, here’s how to keep on riding – as safely and comfortably as possible…

8 mins read
Bikes Etc
February 2017

How to... Avoid Crashing

Nobody likes a trip to A&E, sohere are some dos and don’ts for avoiding disaster on a bike.

3 mins read
Bikes Etc
February 2017

Chiltern Hills

We head to the rolling hinterlands west of London for a winter warmer.

4 mins read
Bikes Etc
February 2017
RELATED STORIES

New York City Made the Office

And the office, in turn, made modern New York.

10+ mins read
New York magazine
April 26 - May 9, 2021

Brawl Games

Kingpins and wannabes barrel through the London underworld.

5 mins read
New York magazine
April 12-25, 2021

Back on the Road

We all know travel can be a pain, but when it hits below the belt you need to know there’s something you can do about it

3 mins read
Business Traveler
April/May 2021

GET YOUR FRONT ROW SEAT TO VIRTUAL FASHION SHOWS

It’s hard to remember now, but it was during the fall ready-to-wear shows last February that the fashion world first became aware of the coronavirus, even before it had been declared a global pandemic.

5 mins read
MODEL WORLD MAGAZINE
March - April 2021

AMAZON OPENS FIRST UK CHECKOUT-FREE GROCERY STORE IN LONDON

Amazon has opened a cashier-free supermarket in London, its first bricks and mortar expansion outside the U.S. as the company bets on strong demand for its contactless shops.

1 min read
Techlife News
Techlife News #488

Extremely Online and Wildly Out of Control

Patricia Lockwood’s debut novel explores the mind, and heart, of an internet-addled protagonist.

10+ mins read
The Atlantic
March 2021

LONDON TEA PARTY

HOW JOE BONAMASSA DECAMPED TO ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS WITH BERNIE MARSDEN AND FORMER CREAM LYRICIST PETE BROWN TO WRITE AND RECORD ROYAL TEA, AN ALBUM THAT’S BURSTING WITH THAT BRITISH BLUES BOOM

7 mins read
Guitar World
January 2021

UBER GETS 18-MONTH LONDON LICENSE AFTER WINNING COURT APPEAL

Uber can keep operating in London for another year and a half after winning its appeal of a decision by the British capital’s transit regulator not to renew its license.

2 mins read
AppleMagazine
AppleMagazine #466

DEPP'S NEW FLICK ANOTHER DUD!

He’s no longer a sure thing at the box office, sources dished

1 min read
National Enquirer
September 07, 2020

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY GOODNESS

The Lake Havasu Gem & Mineral Society (LHGMS) is one of those fortunate clubs across the country that recently passed the 50-year threshold of servicing its local rockhounding, lapidary, gem and jewelry-loving community. It takes a lot of dedication and commitment by a lot of members and energetic and visionary leadership over many years, to ensure the continuing success of a gem and mineral society.

8 mins read
Rock&Gem Magazine
September 2020