To keep you going through the winter we’ve organised a number of rides based around some of the fabulous breweries in the Chilterns. Each ride will either start at a train station and provide a route that includes the brewery, or will start and finish at the brewery itself.
As a reward for getting out on your bike on a cold winter’s day, each rider will receive a free pint (or soft drink). What more could a person ask for? Rides are free and open to everyone, just turn up on the day and collect your beer voucher at the start of the ride. Dates, venues and details that have been confirmed so far:
7th December 2013 – Great Missenden train station to Chiltern Brewery
This has happened. It was good. The weather was kind, the routes varied and we’re pretty sure everyone enjoyed themselves.
25th January 2014 – Tring Brewery
A great day was had by all 50 riders with around a dozen staying on for the free brewery tour. We had great feedback about both of our suggested routes, the maps are available at the brewery or can be downloaded here. The easy route is a flattish 15 mile loop towards Aldbury, Marsworth and returning through the beautiful Tring Reservoirs. A longer, 25 mile route with added hills through Ashridge Estate and up over the Crong is also available.
We will soon be announcing two extra dates for rides later on in the year.
Car Parking: The brewery only has parking for 10-15 cars, extra car parking is also available in the centre of Tring or at the train station.
Travelling by train: Tring train station is just 1.5 miles outside of Tring with a traffic-free cycle route from the station into the centre of Tring.
15th March 2014 – Lovibonds Brewery, Henley-on-Thames
10-11am: Pick up your free beer voucher from the Cycle Chilterns team at Lovibonds Brewery. We’ll also have maps with the two suggested routes on – but you can do your own route if you want.
The suggested route is quite undulating and around 20 miles long heading out of Henley along the Fair Mile on the shared use path to Lower Assendon. It then gradually climbs all the way up to Stoke Row (make sure you pop along to the Maharajah’s Well) and returns via NCN Route 5 and the Chilterns Cycleway. As always there will be some hill options and routes extension.
Car Parking: The brewery is next to the Greys Road car park (3hr stay only) or there is parking at the train station and Meadow Road near the River & Rowing Museum. (all chargeable)
Travelling by train: First Great Western run regular train services to Henley-on-Thames from London Paddington and Reading. The station is less than half a mile from the brewery.
tbc April 2014 – Tring Brewery
Thanks to the huge popularity of the January ride and Tring Brewery’s support of cycling we will be running another ride at the brewery in April. Full details coming soon.
And although there isn’t a free pint waiting for you at the Chiltern or Tring Breweries there is nothing to stop you downloading the route and riding it. We printed some guides and we still have some so send us your address via the contact page and we’ll pop one in the post.