Classic itinerary day-by-day
1. Day one
Arrive in Tring and make your way to your overnight stay in a charming village nearby. Your cosy inn for the night, looking over the village green and at the foot of the Chilterns is just one mile from Tring station if you are arriving by train. Parking is available if you are arrrivng by car. Settle in, smell the fresh air and enjoy the delicious food.
2. Day two
Tring to Near Welwyn
Today your host will meet you after breakfast and run through your itinerary. The ride runs northwards through the Ashridge estate, skirting Dunstable Downs with many undulating lanes and an essentially farmland landscape dotted with woods, appealing inns and characterful villages. You briefly shortcut the cycleway at its northern tip to avoid a muddy bridleway before arriving at your 14th Century village inn, not far from Welwyn. Your luggage will be awaiting you!
38 miles (61 km)
3. Day three
Near Welwyn to Great Missenden
There's more variety today with great cycling along a disused railway and a short section of paved Grand Union Canal towpath. Cross the beautiful Chess valley, ride some serious slopes, visit a Tudor manor house and gardens and enjoy the rural scene as you head for Berkhamsted and on to Amersham. Beyond lies the village of Great Missenden, once home to Roald Dahl and your stay for the night in an ivy clad inn, proud of its excellent food.
36 miles (58 km)
4. Day four
Great Missenden to the hills above Henley
Start the day with a long steady climb - you are used to these by now, and head for West Wycombe where the Hell Fire Caves may be what you need. They also sell cream teas and sandwiches. Once over the M40 there are breathtaking views as you freewheel down the Hambleden valley past a winery to Henley, and dip your toe in the River Thames. Your overnight stay lies a little further on, back in the wooded hills through narrow sunken lanes to a typical Chiltern village housing an atmospheric inn.
36 miles (58 km)
5. Day five
The hills above Henley to Tring
Open countryside with views over the Thames floodplain greet you first as you ride to the ancient village of Ewelme. Beyond, you follow the top of the Chiltern escarpment with a stop on Watlington Hill, a good place to see red kites. With challenging slopes come fantastic scenery, amazing viewpoints and picturesque villages. The ride leads close to Chequers and through the charming market town of Wendover and the rolling countryside to your final destination of Tring. Yes, it's a challenge, but boy what a reward!
42 miles (67 km)
Cross the beautiful Chess valley, ride some serious slopes and visit a Tudor manor house