“Cycling is not an individual sport”; a phrase used by many a world class cyclist over the years. And for many cyclists the social aspect of cycling – café stops, post-ride pints, club nights out – are just as important as the health and fitness benefits of regularly riding a bike.
Here at Cycle Chilterns, we promote cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle, with “a little of what you fancy does you good” and “everything in moderation” thrown in for good measure. As a result we have teamed up with local breweries to offer you some excellent destination rides with cycle routes based around the breweries.
These routes originally formed part of the popular brewery ride events in winter 2015 – a series of organised rides where people who arrived at the brewery by bike would received a free pint.
Maps, gpx files and links to all of the routes on Map My Ride are available.
Haresfoot Brewery, Berkhamsted
We’ll also have some A4 route maps available with short (18 miles) and long (28 miles) routes shown with options. Or you can ride your own route, on or off road, it’s up to your where you ride.
A suggested 12 mile off road route is available on Map My Ride or take a quick look at the pdf produced by Haresfoot Brewery. This route is very muddy at the moment and can be tricky to follow.
Travelling by train: Berkhamsted train station is on the main London Euston (30 mins) to Milton Keynes (25 mins) and Birmingham line run by London Midland. The brewery is just minutes from the station.
Car parking: Plenty at the brewery during weekends, busier during the week. Car parks in the town.
Red Squirrel Brewery Shop, Chesham
We’ll also have some A4 route maps available with short and long route shown. Or you can ride your own route, on or off road, it’s up to your where you ride. We have a lovely suggested 30 mile route through Cholesbury, Penn Wood, the Chalfonts and returning through Chess Valley. The shorter route is a classic little Pednor Bottom loop and back through Hyde Heath.
Travelling by train: Chesham tube station is at the end of the Metropolitan line and is easily accessed from North London. Chiltern Railways serves Amersham station, change there for the Met line. The shop is a 5 minute roll down the hill into the town centre’s pedestrianised area.
Car parking: A number of public car parks in Chesham, all Pay and Display. View the Chesham car parks location map.
Red Squirrel Brewery, Potten End nr Hemel Hempstead
10am-11am: Pick up your ‘beer voucher’ at the brewery. We’ll also have some A4 route maps available with short and long route shown. Or you can ride your own route, on or off road, it’s up to your where you ride.
We’ve gone for something a little bit different for these routes with a quirky little start around the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead through Piccotts End before climbing up to Gaddesden Row.
The short route (16.5 miles) then heads off to Flamstead before looping around along Gaddesdon Row and back through Potten End.
Download Red Squirrel Brewery short road route gpx file
The long routes head out east underneath the M1 and then along Redbourn High Street out towards Kinsbourne Green before joining the Chilterns Cycleway back through Markyate all the way to Studham where you have two options:
Long A route (24.4. miles, elevation 1,289ft) – turns left along Gaddesden Rown and returns via Red Lion Lane and Potten End.
Download Red Squirrel Brewery Long A road route gpx file
Long B route (27.7 miles, elevation 1,487ft) – is slightly longer than Long A with a couple more hills. The route drops down into Dagnall and then climbs up to Ringshall and back via Nettleden and Potten End.
Download Red Squirrel Brewery Long B road route gpx file
Travelling by train: Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead train stations are both within easy riding distance of the brewery.
Car parking: Quite a lot on site thanks to the rural setting.