Chilterns – is it mud 'till springtime now?
Yep – I’d say so.
I found to my detriment last year that it can be very slippery and with a largely chalk and flint base (with the odd set of wet roots thrown in for fun), particularly good at taking chunks out of knees/shins.
Nonetheless, there’s a lot of fun to be had out there – get out there and enjoy it.
DanPosted 5 years agodeadkennySubscriber
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I’ve still not been to Woburn, it might be calling… I’m in Pangbourne so it’s a bit more of a slog. Swinley is always there for an escape though!
The Downs hold up OK for XC stuff if you stay off the byways, but it’s generally far from “technical” riding…
Swinley has it’s own Bog Factor Index, though it does dry out reasonably well if there are enough weeks of no rain. Frankly, despite the amount of rain this year, I’ve seen Swinley far worse than it’s been this year.
If you’re round south of London though, Surrey Hills holds up pretty well. Tourist trails get boggy (except BKB which drains well), but the rest of the better stuff are usually fine and the place is excellent to ride through winter. More so on hardened frosty trails. Plenty of technical. Just keep off Ranmore when wet – clay.Posted 5 years ago
Strava’s been useful just to chat to people who ride the same stuff (I live in West Reading, so Sulham/Pangbourne/Whitchurch/Woodcote/Mapledurham is my local patch).
I dunno what RATZ are up to these days… to my mind they always seemed a bit racing focused for my liking (this was an impression and might have been wrong).
Edit: http://www.ratmbc.co.uk/ is all about racing rather than social rides.Posted 5 years agoPJM1974Member
I’m in the south east and aside from a brief couple of weeks in March when the ground was slightly moist to the touch, it’s been bogville right up until the beginning of September when it dried out for a while.
It’s now back to being bogville again and I expect it to stay this way until at least April.
Summer sucks.Posted 5 years ago
There are some beards, but as there are singlespeeds that is to be expected 🙂
There is a full range of experience, though it can depend on exactly who turns up. There are some who are Strava addicts, and some who are just happy to have a nice ride in the countryside. Last night we probably did about 17 miles to the pub in about 2 hrs ish on our ‘fast’ ride, the other ride a bit less. Sunday would probably be a bit over 20 to lunch at this time of year. We stay off road as much we can so it’s all a bit approximate.
Once a month there is a shorter ride on a Sunday that is quite a good introduction, I imagine you’d fine that too short but might be good for your other half if she’s unsure? The rides are listed here.Posted 5 years agoRioSubscriber
Just got back from a largely sunny ride in the Chilterns and it’s not at all boggy yet. Not as good as last Saturday when the trails were still dusty but pretty good. Normally it doesn’t get really bad until after the trees drop their leaves and stop soaking up the surface water.Posted 5 years agoTrimixMember
I ride the Chilterns almost all year – in the winter you have to be very careful where you ride. There are some bits that are OK, some I avoid. Less used cheeky stuff thats not destroyed by horses is not too bad and avoid valley bottoms.
You just need local knowledge, but even then, chalk and roots are entertaining in the wet.
Woburn is fine even for XC, all year round.Posted 5 years agoampthillSubscriber
Yeh I might go have a spin round Woburn. Is there enough there for the XC types among us? My wheels arent leaving the ground thanks vm.
yes plenty.Carry £3 for the permit man
Its a complex place so a local guide is handy. 2 hours non stop easy probably more. Even more if you add local bridleways and say take in Rushmere as well.
Sadly I’m off the bike with a frozen shoulder but I’m sure some one will show you round
Oh forgot to say its ace. In some ways at its best during or after a horendous down pour as it stays fast and gets quite driftyPosted 5 years ago
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