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Short Breaks

There are sections of the Cycleway that make a really good two day break, staying overnight in B&B accommodation and providing a chance to sample some of the excellent food available in local pubs and restaurants.

For other short break itineraries and further tourist information, including what to see and do in the Chilterns market towns, visit our Chilterns Tourism Website.


Chilterns Cycleway Southern Loop (2 days, 45 miles)

Day 1: Princes Risborough to Henley on Thames via Stokenchurch 25 miles (40km)

Day 2: Henley on Thames to Princes Risborough via West Wycombe 20 miles (32km)

A two-day 45 mile cycling break based on the southern section of the Chilterns Cycleway. This is a challenging route with some steep climbs. It passes through spectacular scenery giving you a chance to enjoy quiet woodlands, rolling chalk hills and some wonderful open views. You will pass through picturesque villages with traditional inns and past several larger attractions which are well worth exploring, from National Trust properties and West Wycombe Caves to the River and Rowing Museum in Henley.

Princes Risborough is an attractive market town which makes a perfect start/end point. Princes Risborough Station is served by Chiltern Railways (up to 4 trains an hour to London, 50 minute journey time). There is bike hire available in town. Follow the route to Henley-on-Thames where you can stay overnight and enjoy the beautiful riverside settings and wide range of eateries and shop before continuing round the loop to finish at Princes Risborough the following day.

Download PDF of Chilterns Cycleway Southern Loop map (560kb)

 Download PDF of Chilterns Cycleway Southern Loop itinerary(450kb)

Here are some photos showing some of the landscapes and points of interest along the way:

Chilterns Cycleway Central Loop (2 days 58 or 68 miles)

A two-day break starting in either Amersham or Great Missenden and staying over in Wendover or Tring.

This route passes through the wooded Ashridge Estate, over Coombe Hill with its stunning views and along the Grand Union Canal. You will pass numerous small villages, market towns and attractions, from Berkhamsted Castle and Cholesbury Iron Age fort to some of the villages where episodes of Midsomer Murders were filmed.

Amersham and Great Missenden are attractive market towns with good rail links, which make the perfect start points. Stay overnight in the charming market towns of Wendover or Tring with their speciality shops, cafes and eateries.

Download PDF of Chilterns Cycleway Central Loop map (550kb)

Download PDF of Chilterns Cycleway Central Loop itinerary (450kb)

Chilterns Cycleway Northern Loop (2 days, 46 miles)

A two-day break taking in the best of the northern Chilterns, starting in Harlington and stopping over in Harpenden.

Starting in Harlington, which is on the rail line out of London St. Pancras, this route passes through Bedfordshire's gently rolling downland with wide open views, sleepy villages, traditional country pubs and interesting churches en route to Harpenden. The chalkdownland nature reserves and Whitwell Watercress Beds are highlights along the way.

Harpenden is a picturesque and lively town with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy after a day's pedalling. From Harpenden the route winds through some lovely Hertfordshire countryside, rural in feel despite its proximity to Luton. The route is undulating with a few steep climbs; it is less challenging than the Southern and Central Chilterns loops.

Download PDF of Chilterns Cycleway Northern Loop map (550kb)

Download PDF of Chilterns Cycleway Northern Loop itinerary (450kb)

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Chilterns Cycleway guide book
The Chilterns Cycleway guide book is a must for anyone planning to cycle the route. It contains 23 pages of 1:50,000 ordnance survey mapping for the 173 mile route.

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