Weaving its way through the ever-changing scenery from chalk downland to the famous Beechwoods, the Chilterns Cycleway is an excellent way to explore the 324 square miles of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – history, wildlife and stunning views aplenty. Surely one of the best fully signposted, circular cycle routes in the UK.
The Chilterns Cycleway passes through Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire travelling through some of the finest scenery and landscapes the counties have to offer. Taking in lively market towns, historic villages with country pubs and greens, running alongside crystal clear chalk streams and climbing high up on to the ridges around Ashridge Estate, Whiteleaf Hill, Sharpenhoe Clappers and the Hambleden Valley, with Red Kites circling above. And all of this fantastic cycling is within half an hour of London.
At 170 miles, mostly on road with a few short off road sections, the Cycleway is perfect for a week long cycle tour with plenty of time to stop and enjoy many of the wonderful sites along the route. And with over 180 accommodation providers including camp sites, hostels, B&Bs and 5* hotels within easy reach, there’s an option for every budget.
In the central and southern Chilterns there are plenty of cafés and pubs to stop for lunch or a snack, but they can be few and far between east of the M1 motorway so make sure you’re prepared. Take a look at our Map at the bottom of the page to see facilities along the cycle route and to help plan your days and make the most of your cycling.
Getting to the Chilterns Cycleway
The cycle route can be joined at any one of a number of towns and villages and has excellent rail connections from London (30 mins), the west of England and the north, being served by three major rail operators and the London Underground (Metropolitan line).
Signposted link routes from a number of train stations and towns to the Chilterns Cycleway have also now been added, making it even easier to find your way. Link routes include: Henley-on-Thames, Amersham, Chesham, Great Missenden, Princes Risborough, Berkhamsted, Tring and Wendover.
Interactive Route Map and Guide Book
The Chilterns AONB website has an interactive map of the whole route and have also produced a handy little booklet containing Ordnance Survey maps of each section and extra information about where to stay and eat and what to see along the way.
So now there’s absolutely no excuse to not get out on your bike and go exploring. All the information you need for a great trip is at your fingertips using the links to Chilterns AONB and the Visit Chilterns websites at the bottom of the page.
Reporting any problems
If, while you’re out riding, you happen to come across any Cycleway signs pointing the wrong way or where the route direction may not be clear for some reason, please get in touch with the Chilterns Conservation Board by emailing Annette using AWeiss at chilternsaonb.org
For even more route ideas, suggestions and maps, take a look at our Routes page.