Sunday, 1 August 2010

Chilterns beauty

start: Oxford, Marston [SP530079]
finish: Oxford, Marston
distance: 112 km

So far my favourite bicycle route in the Chilterns. The first 30 km are an easy warm-up. Then there's the beautiful long climb following the old A40 up the Chilterns escarpment. A few kms past Christmas Common you dive down again on a narrow road to Britwell Salome. You can easily reach a speed of 60 km/h or more on this descent. After Ewelme it goes back up again and this part of the route, past Cookley Green and Russell's Water is particularly pretty. The climb to Bix is very steep and after that it's another 45 kms of rolling hills taking you back to Oxford.

Route map:
Chilterns beauty, elevation profile This route is also published on MapMyRide


Janvanansem said...

Thanks for this great route. I did 50 miles of it and loved it. Lots of quiet roads through beautiful Oxfordshire / Chilterns. Nice climbs and not too demanding. I'm looking forward doing the full length soon.

RAJMAC said...

Thanks for this site. A group of us used it for our Lands End to John O'Groats training, and the routes undoubtedly helped get us ready, as well as being really lovely. Especial thanks for the Chilterns Beauty.

lunaman said...

A great route thanks - the roads around Ewelme, and the stretch from Bix onwards in particular were just so quiet!