Having spent much of the summer riding sections of the Chilterns Cycleway in the central Chilterns, it was time to venture further afield to see what the rest of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire had to offer.
Starting at Tring train station on the London Midland line between London Euston and Birmingham New Street, this 75 mile route follows the Chilterns Cycleway to the east of the M1 corridor and explores the northern tip of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including Sundon Hills and Sharpenhoe Clappers.
The actual Chilterns Cycleway route uses three short sections of bridleway in this section – a very short trip through Ashridge Estate, a couple of bridleways near Pirton and the 4 mile section of disused railway known as the Nickey Line from Harpenden to Redbourne. It’s easy to miss out the Ashridge section if you want to stick to roads, but not quite so easy to avoid the other sections although we have created a suggested road only route too.
If 75 miles is a bit too far, either of these routes can be cut down to around 55 miles by not crossing over the A505 just outside Luton. Instead, just before going over the bridge, there’s a small lane signposted for Great Offley which will take you straight into the centre of the village to rejoin the Chilterns Cycleway and cut off 20 miles.