Chilterns

Cycle Chilterns MTB Rides

At Bridgman Cycles we believe that it's all about getting on the bike and having a blast, So every Saturday at 9.30am we encourage all you mountain bikers to meet us at the shop and get out for a guided ride, exploring local trails.

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Aston Hill Pumptrack Off to a Flying Start

Aston Hill Bike Park celebrated 16 years as one of the South’s Premier Mountain Bike destinations with a day’s racing on the Parks infamous Black Run Downhill and the opening of a new Pumptrack funded by Cycle Chilterns.
4yr Old Frankie Morehouse was the first rider on Aston Hill's new Pumptrack

The new Pumptrack compliments the 5 downhill trails, a 4X track and the 5 mile Cross-Country Trails already on Aston Hill providing a much needed facility for younger riders visiting Aston Hill to get into mountain biking. That’s not to say that the Pumptrack is just for kids and it was great to see riders of all ages and abilities putting in laps of the track on the opening evening.

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Fifty gloriumptious miles around Great Missenden

Making the most of the good weather, Cycle Chilterns’ Sara Randle explores some unknown sections of the Chilterns Cycleway on an unexpectedly tough 50 mile road ride with a beastly trio of climbs.
A steady incline on quiet roads in the Chilterns

The great thing about a 170 mile fully signposted cycle route is that it makes it easy to explore areas of the Chilterns without the hassle of maps, route cards or staring at a tiny GPS screen. All you have to do is find the little brown signs and follow them for a while. So on a summer afternoon I set off with two friends to an area we hadn’t ridden in before - the central Chilterns.

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A busy end to summer in the Chilterns

22 August 2013
There are events, events and more events coming up over the next couple of months and Cycle Chilterns will be supporting lots of them!
Riders enjoying Shoretrax at Oxford & Thame Show

It's a packed end to the cycling season with a number of local club events in the calendar. Cycle Chilterns will be supporting these in a number of ways, as well as attending a variety of other local events offering a range of activities.

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Family cycling at Ashridge Estate

For a fun outing for all the family, explore the beautiful Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns.
Family cycling on Ashridge Estate

Set in the heart of the Chilterns is National Trust site, Ashridge Estate. Boasting a huge area of woodlands and downland, it’s free to explore and a great place for cycling with the whole family.  You can enjoy bluebells in the spring, beautiful golden colours in the autumn, or spot a fallow deer and other wildlife.

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Summer Bikeability Training in the Chilterns

Get your child road-savvy on their bikes this summer. Free Bikeability training is being made available for children in the Chilterns.
Children's Bikeability training in the Chilterns

The week long course is being offered by Cycle Chilterns, a project encouraging everyone to cycle more in the area. It is a great opportunity for your child to take part especially if they have missed out on Bikeability in the past.

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Blazing Saddles for Cycle Chilterns at Oxfordshire County and Thame Show

The one day Oxfordshire County and Thame Show sizzled away under bright blue skies as the temperature climbed into the 30s. A great excuse for a day out and a busy show meant lots of visitors coming to find out more about Cycle Chilterns and have a go on the Shoretrax Portable Timber Trail.
Riders of all ages enjoyed riding on the Shoretrax

CTC’s Sara Randle, Cycle Chilterns project manager, says, “With lots of information to give out to visitors, it was a very busy day for the project staff. Cycle Chilterns is in its first year and sees these shows as a great way to get to meet people and tell them about the exciting opportunities for cycling that we are promoting across the Chilterns.

"There are so many superb places in the Chilterns to enjoy on your own, with the family or with friends and going by bike is a brilliant way of exploring it all.”

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Chilterns Cycle Rides For All

Come along and enjoy free led rides in the Chilterns this summer!
Chiltern cyclists

Cycle Chilterns have organised a series of led rides this summer open to all. In particular, they are great for families, people getting back into cycling or those who just prefer to ride in a group.

Led by qualified and experienced ride leaders, the rides will follow many of the local quiet country lanes, catering to the needs of the group, so no-one is left behind. The group usually stops for a relaxed coffee and there's always time to chat while cycling. The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment!

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Sparkling launch for Henley Electric Bike Network

The sun shone for the launch of a new CTC initiative in Henley this week as we linked up with the Electric Bicycle Network to bring you cycling, but not as we usually know it.
Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery become hire point for the Electric Bikes

The Henley Electric Bicycle Network is a new project set up to get more people, both residents and visitors, cycling in the Chilterns.

The Cycle Chilterns project has funding from the Department for Transport and is developing lots of plans to make cycling easier and more accessible across the Chiltern Hills.

Electric bikes provide up to 70% battery assistance making light work of hills. They are ideal for those who don’t feel fit or confident enough to tackle a hilly route through leg-power alone, and it opens up cycling to a much wider audience.

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The Henley-on-Thames 'Short Cycle' Route

A short scenic route from Henley-on-Thames, around some of the more famous scenes in the Chilterns, and back to the riverside town to indulge in one of their finest cafes.
Ride start in Henley

Henley-on-Thames is a wonderful place to start and finish a bike ride. Not only is it a beautiful place to walk along the river or cycle around the black and white buildings, but it is full to the brim with restaurants and cafes to feed you up for a bike ride. It is also has a train station in the very heart of it.

Once you’ve cycled out from Henley-on-Thames, it doesn’t take long before you’re out of traffic and surrounded by countryside. The roads are reasonably quiet and tend to meander around cottages and farmland.  

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