- Start & finish: Starts daily from Tring or Amersham and is circular. By train, Amersham is 35 minutes from London Marylebone and Tring is 45 minutes from London Euston.
- Accommodation: Hand picked accommodation in village inns
- Cycling mileage: 2 or 4 days of 36 to 52 miles (58 -83km) per day.
- Grade: Challenging
- Terrain: Several tough hills each day
- Traffic free: Almost totally on roads but most with low traffic.
Comprised of chalk, these very pretty hills are known for red kites, beech woods, soaring views, idyllic villages and inumerable hidden dry valleys. The cycling is challenging but rewarding and we have found a characterful selection of village inns for you stay.
Our Chiltern Challenge offers 4 days of cycling. And you have several choices as to how you tackle the route. You can cycle the lot over 2 days or over 4 days - starting from Tring. Or you can ride half the route over 2 days and return if you wish to ride the other half over another 2 days - starting from Tring and Amersham. The prices quoted above apply regardless of the distance you are cyling.
Day 1: Arrive Tring. Arrive in Tring and make your way to your overnight stay in a charming village nearby . Your cosy inn for the night, looking over the village green and at the foot of the Chilterns is just one mile from Tring station if you are arriving by train. Parking is available if you are arrrivng by car. Settle in, smell the fresh air and enjoy the delicious food.
Day 2: Tring to Near Harpenden, 38 miles (61km). Today your host will meet you after breakfast and run through your itinerary. The ride runs northwards through the Ashridge estate, skirting Dunstable Downs with many undulating lanes and an essentially farmland landscape dotted with woods, appealing inns and characterful villages. You briefly shortcut the cycleway at its northern tip to avoid a muddy bridleway before arriving at your village inn lying on the outskirts of Harpenden. Your lugagge will be awaiting you!
Day 3: Near Harpenden to Amersham, 36 miles (58 km). There's more variety today with great cycling along a disused railway and a short section of paved Grand Union Canal towpath. Cross the beautiful Chess valley, ride some serious slopes, visit aTudor manor house and enjoy the rural scene as you head for Berkhamsted and Amersham. Those staying the night will land in a hamlet on the River Misbourne close to Amersham where another friendly inn will welcome you. Those of you finishing a 2 night break can hop on the train in Amersham or ride the 10 miles to Tring. If you are starting your 2 night break here, settle in and we will meet you after breakfast in the morning to run through your itinerary.
Day 4: Amersham to the hills above Henley, 36 miles (58 km). Start the day with a long steady climb - you are used to these by now, and head for West Wycombe where the Hell Fire Caves may be what you need. They also sell cream teas and sandwiches. Once over the M40 there are breathtaking views as you freewheel down the Hambleden valley past a winery to Henley, and dip your toe in the River Thames. Your overnight stay lies a little fruther on, back in the wooded hills through narrow sunken lanes to a typical Chiltern village housing an atmospheric inn.
Day 5: The hills above Henley to Tring, 42 miles (67 km). Open countryside with views over the Thames floodplain greet you first as you ride to the ancient village of Ewelme. Beyond, you follow the top of the Chiltern escarpment with a stop on Watlington Hill, a good place to see red kites. With challenging slopes come fantastic scenery, amazing viewpoints and picturesque villages. The ride leads close to Chequers and through the charming market town of Wendover and the rolling countryside beyond to your final destination of Tring. Yes, it's a challenge, but boy what a reward! Those of you finishing a 2 night break with a car in Amersham can ride the 10 miles back there.
- Price: £225 per person for 2 nights or £440 per person for 4 nights based on two people sharing a room.
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