Cycling routes for all skill levels across Berkshire and the Chilterns
PUBLISHED: 11:21 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:07 21 March 2018
If you want to get fit, have fun and do something with the whole family, then cycling ticks all the boxes. We discover routes in Berkshire and the Chilterns...
The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has several routes that will take you through superb countryside, with peaceful lanes, stunning views, historical buildings and ancient sites, as well as some of the prettiest villages where you can stop off for lunch. In Berkshire, dedicated cycle routes follow rivers and canals, with peaceful scenery, natural rolling landscape and impressive architecture, and habitats for a diverse range of flora and fauna.
Owned by the National Trust, Ashridge Estate offers a number of routes to suit all ages and levels, from short and flat to long and undulating across thirty miles of bridleways, all starting from the visitor centre at The Duke of Bridgewater Monument. The Chilterns Cycleway passes through the estate.
Located near Wendover, this is one of the South East's premier mountain biking areas with four miles of tracks, all off-road, from medium to hard and difficult terrain. A day pass costs £7 and is available from Forestry Commission rangers or the onsite ticket machines.
Bledlow Circular Ride
This is a mountain bikes only route. Starting in the village of Bledlow, where the Ridgeway crosses Swan's Way, it leads you 10 miles anti-clockwise across scenic countryside along bridleways, byways and quiet lanes. There's lots to see, including ancient churches, a wildlife reserve, Iron Age burial mounds and the delightful 17th century Lion pub in Bledlow itself.
This trail in Bracknell offers both gentle cycling and some of the South-East's best all weather off-road routes and trails. There are 24km of cycle paths through the coniferous forest which covers various terrain.
Chiltern Heritage Trail
There are a choice of three routes here: the Harding Route, Milton Route and Hampden Route. All routes are around 25 miles and cover various elevations (750 feet on the Hampden Route).
Icknield Way Trail
The route is part of the ancient Ridgeway from South West England to the Wash and covers six counties. The Buckinghamshire route runs from Bledlow to Ivinghoe Beacon running through Princes Risborough and Wendover.
The circular route through Eton and Dorney runs for 11 miles and is flat and family-friendly. A superb way to see sights such as Windsor Castle and Eton College. Enjoy the wetlands of Dorney Lake, the River Thames and the Jubilee man-made flood channel between Maidenhead and Windsor. Access from railway stations at Slough, Maidenhead, Eton or Windsor.
Kennet and Avon Cycle Route
This part of the National Cycle Network has a Berkshire stretch between Newbury and Reading, which is a mix of towpath and minor road and ideal for family cycling. It's an excellent way to enjoy a close up view of canal life, including horse drawn barges.
Running from Princes Risborough to Thame (also part of the National Cycle Network) is a five mile stretch along a disused rail line. It's especially good for first timers. There's plenty to see and enjoy along the way including sculptured works of art to sit on and watch the red kites flying overhead.
Owned by the Forestry Commission, Wendover Woods has a dedicated eight-mile family cycle trail, mainly on surfaced track. Full family facilities, activities and events on site including the forest cafe.