A great workout and one of my favourites: but let’s be clear – winter friendly does not mean no mud, it just means you can cycle the whole route – unless you find the off-road climb out of Wendover too tough! Allow 3 hours of cycling time or a bit longer if you do this in the winter. I like to stop at the delicatescence coffee shop in Wendover (No2 Pound Street) which is about 2/3rds of the way around. The route is a mix of quiet roads and generally good tracks.
It starts by following ‘Route 57’ out of Great Missenden and you pick it up again at the end.
When you climb the road into Cholesbury, don’t forget to stop and have a look at the windmill, now converted into a house. Leaving Cholesbury, you may want to detour to see the iron age encampment (the detour is shown on the route map.
The 4km downhill into Wendover is just brilliant – it is worth doing the ride just for that. The route from Wendover to Gt Missenden can be done almost entirely off road, which is my preference and the route shown, but there are road options. In winter and v wet conditions I recommend the road option to Dunsmore. From there the track is flat but in very wet conditions can be heavy going.