Currently working in Bicester, been down her for two weeks, Ive been exploring around the Watlington/Stokenchurch parishes and well, Im more than impressed, theres plenty to go at and most of the b/ways seem to be adequately marked, this evening found a few lovely downhill runs just off the A40 at the top of Aston Hill, if Im back next week I may be bringing the bouncy bike down.
The balance of climb > flat > downhill differ from the up or down of East Lancashire and makes a nice change especially with the dry evenings 🙂Posted 2 years agotommyhineSubscriber
That’s my neck of the woods. there’s some really great singletrack if you leave from Wendover and head up the hill towards princes risborough. if you’re savy you can then drop into wendover woods and then hastoe. down towards tring and up the hill into Aston Hill bikepark (you have to pay to ride here) and do the proper downhill runs which are great fun.
If you check you maps it can certainly be a good day long ride if you get a bunch of runs in at Aston.
proper English countryside views as well.Posted 2 years agoadshSubscriber
[I’m near Wallingford. It’s a great area and I love the riding esp for training without traffic but I don’t recognise there being ‘loads of singletrack’. I’d say 99% is double track and non technical.
I really hate the phrase ‘cheeky’. There is enough bridleway in South Oxfordshire that to ride on footpaths is selfish and idiotic.Posted 2 years agojohnnySubscriber
I live to the Southern end of the Chilterns, and yes, it is definitely best ridden on an XC-ish bike; There is plenty of twisty singletrack,especially the Stoke Row/Checkendon/Woodcote end, both bridleway and more ‘creative’ options, but it doesn’t tend to be very technical, apart from wet roots.
North of Henley is very good too- hills are a bit steeper and some great long Bridleway descents.
Cheekyboy- (Or others interested) We have a regular Wednesday night group, loosely affiliated with AW cycles in Reading, as well as some regular riding other nights and weekends. email in profile if anyone isPosted 2 years ago
interested in joining.adshSubscriber
I’ve had my ride today so I’m a bit less uptight. I do however hate trespass who ever does it whatever they ride.
I love Chilterns riding but it’s not exactly Tunnel Hill/Porridgepot. I do know of bits of single track but you generally have to generate quite a bit of speed to make them ‘technical’. Grims Ditch is great but being elevated and with walkers about I give it a fair bit of respect.
I certainly don’t recognise it as being flatPosted 2 years agoThrustyjustMember
Rode from near Newbury to Pangbourne, Goring, woodcote, Caversham on Sunday and until I went over the bridge at Pangbourne was a dusty dry ride. Over the river I have never seen such trail destruction from a big storm that locals told me about , which hit on Saturday evening. Lovely trails but the woods near Woodcote were a bogfest, almost like riding in the winter timePosted 2 years agojohnnySubscriber
Cheekyboy- the top section of Grim’s is footpath, festooned with no cycling signs and is designated as an ancient monument, so should be avoided- (and it’s full of stiles) the bottom section is a ribbon of glorious 12″ wide XC singletrack.Posted 2 years ago
Send me an email and I have GPX. Alternately, we’ll be out tomorrow.AmbroseMember
I was raised in the Chilterns but now have the pleasure of living and riding in Wales. When I returned for a ride a while back I had such a great time at Wendover Hill.
The winter return trip was a bit different though. Slippy claggy clay, slimy chalk and nasty sharp slicy flints. All good fun 🙂Posted 2 years agoinksterMember
This thread’s making me nostalgic. Used to get to ride the chilterns allot visiting family in Wallingford. Haven’t got to ride there for 3 or 4 years.
Grimms Ditch is probably my favorite bit of trail ever and probably my most ridden. Riding it is like playing a 2000 year old playstation game. Nothing too technical and no great elevation but so much flow if you can keep the momentum going. The perfect bit of trail to fine tune bike set up.Posted 2 years ago
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