Excellent ride with lots of variety and few busy roads. After the initial stretch on the canal the first half is mostly roads to Redbourn; then the second half is a mix of mostly good tracks and quieter roads and good off-road once you reach Ashridge.. Quite a long ride so you won’t get much change out of 3.5 - 4 hours saddle (moving) time so best to allow a whole day
Highlights include the Grand Union Canal, Berkhamsted Castle, the now disused Nickey Line (excellent for cycling), the Hub cycle friendly cafe in Redbourne, Ashridge Forest and Bridgwater Monument.
The toughest hills are the climb out of Berkhamsted near the beginning (on road) but there is another good hill (off-road) before you reach Redbourn for a coffee stop.
The only stretch likely to cause you problems in winter or wet conditions is in the middle of the second half and is shown on the map.
Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.