Cyclists' Breakfast by Cycle Chilterns
Cycle Chilterns are organising a free breakfast for cyclists that arrive at the Chilterns Countryside Festival by bike. The Festival is organised by Chilterns Conservation Board and is held at the National Trust's Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire.
The first 300 cyclists that arrive at the Cycle Chilterns stand at the festival with their bike between 10am and noon will receive a breakfast voucher to be redeemed at Brownlow's Cafe. The offer is open to cyclists of any age no matter how far they have ridden. Extra cycle parking will be available for the day so bikes aren't left lying on the ground but please bring your own locks if you are concerned for the security of your own bicycle.
National Trust Membership Offer
The National Trust are also doing a special membership offer for the day - anyone that joins using direct debit at the festival will get 3 months membership free. Membership lasts 12 months and grants people free entry into all National Trust properties and free car parking in National Trust car parks. On the day of the festival you will receive a membership pack and a temporary membership card so you can feel the benefits of membership instantly.
A few routes will be waymarked with arrows/signage for the Festival. All of them involve off-road sections and are not suitable for road/racer bikes. Road routes are available from Tring and Berkhamsted train stations, just check the Ashridge Cycling Leaflet.
From Berkhamsted train station: 4.2 miles mostly off-road on bridleways. The route has a steep climb through a housing estate onto a muddy section of bridleway but then improves as it joins Byway 39 with not much more climbing. After the road crossing, Northchurch Common has a solid grass surface and then joins well surfaced gravel tracks to the Countryside Festival.
From Tring train station: 2.2 miles on and off road. A short section of road from the station takes you to a bridleway all the way to Aldbury. There's a steep road climb up Tom's Hill out of the village to join a gravel bridleway to the Countryside Festival.
From Steps Hill car park (grass car park near Ivinghoe Beacon overlooking Whipsnade Zoo): 2 miles all off road on reasonably good surfaces using the Chilterns Cycleway along Duncombe Terrace.
Map and Address
Map and Address