Distance: 17.8km (11.1 miles) Total climb: 435m (1,427ft) Time: 1-2hrs
The Chiltern Hills form a chalk escarpment north-west of London with stunning scenery, an abundance of wildlife and lots of fast, fun singletrack riding through the beech woodlands.
Chinnor Hill, Hill Road, dirt car park (grid ref SP 760/003, nearest postcode OX39 4BA)
How to get there
Chinnor is north-west of High Wycombe, off the M40. Exit at junction 6 and follow the B4009 to a mini roundabout in Chinnor (by The Crown pub). Turn right (signposted to Bledlow Ridge), keep straight ahead out of the village and look for the (hard to spot) Ridgeway path crossing the road, where there’s dirt track parking on either side.
Maps and useful books
Ordnance Survey Landranger 165: Aylesbury & Leighton Buzzard.
Mountain Bike Rides in & around The Chilterns by Max Darkins (Rough Ride Guide).
There’s no accommodation in Chinnor itself, but some places nearby – contact High Wycombe Tourist Information Centre (www.visitbuckinghamshire.org, 01494 421892). There’s a choice of pubs in Chinnor, as well as the Lotte’s Kitchen cafe (01844 355985). The Three Horseshoes Inn just off the route in Radnage is very nice, but was closed at the time of writing (www.thethreehorseshoes.net, 01494 483273). For spares and repairs, try Cycle Care in High Wycombe (www.cyclecare.co.uk, 01494 447908).
Go north-east on the Ridgeway and follow this good track until it narrows by a house. Keep right here, close to the house, following the Ridgeway, until you reach a three-way road junction. Turn right on the road. When you reach a lay-by after 300m, go through a gate and continue straight ahead, off road.
Keep ahead on this bridleway to the end of the field, then bear right and then left (effectively keeping straight ahead) alongside a hedge. After joining a good track keep ahead, past a farm, to a road. Turn right on this, uphill into Bledlow village.
At the T-junction at the top, turn left and then immediately right on a bridleway. Go downhill to a road at the bottom and turn right on it. Just past some houses, bear right at the fork (by the post box). Shortly afterwards, keep right at the next fork.
When the road heads right, bear off left (signposted to Sprig’s Alley) and follow this road round to the right when it forks shortly afterwards. Continue uphill and bear off to the right on a bridleway just past a house at a grassy triangle. Bear left off this wide track onto a narrow bridleway before Daws Hill Farm.
Keep ahead for 1km to the edge of Sunley Wood. Bear left at the fork and keep ahead for 0.5km to a T-junction at the end of the wood. Turn right here, uphill. Turn right again at/on the road at the top, looking for another bridleway after 150m on the right, back down into the woods.
Turn right and retrace your earlier tracks along the edge of the wood for 0.5km. This time turn left at the T-junction. Go up a steep hill to the road at Sprig’s Alley and turn right on this. After 0.75km, when the road bears sharp right, keep ahead/left on a bridleway.
Follow this steep downhill through the woods to a big track crossing at the bottom. Turn right here, on the Ridgeway. Follow this good, wide, flat track back to the car park.
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