The Boxford Alps are a succession of three relatively short climbs where the route takes a cut across the Downs between the Lambourn and Winterbourne valleys. Probably so named by Reading cyclists, they feature frequently in sportives and Audax rides. Although not that high (a total of 250 ft of climbing for the three), they feel like Alps for riders in the latter stages of a long challenge ride.
The feeling of accomplishment when freewheeling down Hook End Lane on the final descent towards Streatley.
Crossing the A4, which has fast traffic, with an uphill approach for the cyclist.
The Pantry café in Yattendon at 17.8 miles.
Pubs in Hermitage (14.5 miles) and Yattendon.
This route can be paired with Goring - Hungerford via Combe Gibbet to give a round trip of 55 miles. Alternatively the train could be used for the outward leg. The route could also be used as the basis for a two-day trip, staying overnight in the beautiful Upper Kennet Valley to the west of Hungerford.