An undulating route through Chiltern woodland, with a wide variety of refreshment options.
This is one of a number of routes published by Goring Gap Cycling.
Carpets of bluebells in the spring
Golden beech woods in the autumn
Long freewheel through the woods from Stoke Row towards Sonning Common.
Crossings of the A4074, often busy with high-speed traffic. Visibility at both junctions with this route is good.
Stoke Row Village Store and Café, just 200 m off-route to the west in Stoke Row.
Cherry Tree pub in Stoke Row.
Unicorn pub in Peppard Common
Sonning Common Herb Farm, which does indeed grow and sell herbs as well as having a good café.
An alternative café is Sonning Common Bakery in Wood Lane, just off-route. There is also a supermarket near the café.
This is a handy route if the weather forecast looks bad, as there are a number of options to cut it short and return to Goring en route.
There’s a steep climb up “Furniture Hill” after 4.5 miles, so called by local cyclists because it passes the workshop of master craftsman Philip Koomen, who designs and makes amazing furniture with locally-sourced wood.