Health Rides – get fit, have fun

**UPDATE** 04/09/14 – Health Rides will now take place every Wednesday until the clocks go back and it gets a bit dark. We do recommend lights if you have them from this point, just in case. If you haven’t got any, please let us know.

Finally the summer has arrived so it’s time to get back in the saddle and get fit! Starting at the end of May our series of health rides will help you do exactly that.

All of the routes will be carefully chosen to be suitable for beginners and will include a mixture of bridleways, traffic free tracks, country lanes and quiet roads and be 8-10 miles long. The group will travel at the pace of the slowest rider so there’s no need to worry about being left behind. The emphasis is on fun and socialising and enjoying riding a bike again.

“By running this series of gentle rides, I’m hoping to encourage people to get back on their bikes and enjoy the wonderful Chiltern countryside around Great Missenden and Prestwood. I often hear people saying they’ve lost their confidence on a bike because they haven’t ridden for so long and feel the roads are too busy and dangerous; riding in a small group with an experienced ride leader can help give people the boost they need.” Helen Biggerstaff, Ride Leader for Cycle Chilterns.

The first set of rides will start from Great Missenden station at 5pm and last for around an hour. The rides are for adults and everyone from 18-100 is welcome, (and over 100 if you’re still fit enough to ride! Ed.) no matter what you’re current level of fitness or ability on a bike.

  • Wednesday 21st May 2014
  • Wednesday 28th May 2014
  • Wednesday 4th June 2014
  • Wednesday 11th June 2014
  • Wednesday 18th June 2014
  • Wednesday 2nd July 2014
  • Wednesday 9th July 2014
  • Wednesday 16th July 2014
  • Wednesday 23rd July 2014
  • Wednesday 30th July 2014

More dates have also been added, starting from Prestwood Clock Tower at 6pm. If 6pm isn’t a convenient time for you, please get in touch and we might be able to arrange a later meeting time.

  • ​​Wednesday 6th Aug
  • Wednesday 13th Aug
  • Wednesday 20th Aug
  • Wednesday 21st Aug
  • Wednesday 3rd Sept
  • more dates coming soon…


How fit do I need to be? If you haven’t exercised for some time you should seek advice from your doctor before you start, as with any new activitiy. Rides will last an hour, covering a relatively short distance at a very steady pace. There will be some hills involved (this is the Chilterns!) some will be long and steady, some short and steep. Walking up hills is fine and you’ll soon see improvements!

What sort of bike do I need? We’d recommend something with slightly wider tyres, not just a standard road bike. Some of the tracks and trails will be offroad and the surfaces could be gravel, stone, dirt, even some mud in places depending on the weather.

Erm, I don’t have a bike? No problem! Just get in touch, we have a fleet of hire bikes and electric bikes available for you to use, free of charge.

What do I wear? Whatever you’re comfortable in – lycra is not a prerequisite, normal clothes are fine. Dress for the weather but make sure you can take a layer off if you get too hot or add one if it starts to get cold. If you’re wearing trousers, make sure the bottoms are quite tight fitting or put a band around them so they don’t flap around and get caught in the chain.

How do I book? Each ride is limited to 8 people so booking is essential. Contact the ride leader, Helen Biggerstaff, directly on 07795030847 or email

More questions? Helen will be more than happy to help out and give you some advice – there’s no such thing as a silly question.

A health ride for you…

  • If you live or work in one of our Gateway towns and you’d like to see a health ride in the area, or at a different time or on a different day, tell us!
  • Busy during June but wouldn’t mind joining some rides in July or August? Make sure we know so we can organise some more.
  • Got a group of friends that would like to start cycling together? We can help.
  • Want to start riding to work but don’t have the confidence? Maybe we could help you organise a ‘Cycle-Train’.

We’re here to help people get back out on their bikes so tell us how we can help you and we will try our best! We can only cater to your needs if you tell us what your needs are.


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