Chilterns Cycleway

The Chilterns Cycleway

This 170 mile circular route passes right around the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Over 95% of the route is on-road (mostly following minor roads), with just a few sections following towpaths, surfaced cycle lanes and bridleways.

Not for the faint-hearted

The Chilterns Hills are by definition hilly! The route is undulating with many steep climbs and descents. This, combined with the fact that there are a few busy sections of road along the route, makes it unsuitable for novices. Cyclists will need a reasonable level of fitness and experience of cycling on roads with traffic.

Fancy giving it a try?

The route can be started at any point, but if you are coming from outside the Chilterns we would recommend starting the route at one of the gateway towns which offer an excellent range of facilities for cyclists (railway station, parking, bike shop, accommodation, pubs and shops).

The gateway towns are:

  • Henley-on-Thames
  • Wallingford
  • Princes Risborough
  • Wendover
  • Tring
  • Amersham
  • Harpenden
  • Berkhamsted

The Chilterns Cycleway is marked throughout, look out for the following:


The Chilterns Cycleway official guide tells you everything you need to know if you want to explore the route for yourself; 23 detailed maps, a few suggested short breaks, plus additional route and accommodation information.


Prefer something a little more easy going?

If this sounds like it might be a bit too strenuous, the Chiltern’s AONB website suggests some great alternatives.

Love your countryside


Weekly group rides

If you like the idea of cycling in a group, why not join us one of our regular cycle rides?

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Did you know

to complete the Chilterns Cycleway a bicycle wheel would have to make a total of 114,286 revolutions?