Guide to cycling and touring in the Chilterns

Cycling in the Chilterns

Guide to cycling and touring in the Chilterns

Thinking of touring around the South East of England? With good train and bus links to either the Bucks, Herts or Wokingham end of the Chilterns, it's an area well worth exploring. Here's a guide to some of the listed routes around the Chilterns.

Chiltern Heritage Trail

The scenic Chiltern Heritage Cycle Trail links the historic towns and parishes of the Chiltern District, and includes some of the area's most popular tourist attractions and places of historic interest.

The Trail is divided into three loops, each covering approximately 25 miles. The loops are quite distinct in terms of scenery and character, and each is named after a famous historical figure linked to the district.

Cycle trail maps, provided by the Chilterns District Council, are available online:

1.   Chiltern Heritage Trail - Harding Route (Yellow Route) [273kb]

2.   Chiltern Heritage Trail - Milton Route (Green Route) [289kb]

3.   Chiltern Heritage Trail - Hampden Route (Red Route) [332kb]

Whether you are an experienced cyclist or a novice, the routes have been carefully designed with the whole family in mind. Two of them include family-friendly sections and designated cycle paths have been highlighted. Each loop is clearly illustrated and described in a full colour leaflet (downloadable above).

Chiltern Cycleway

The Chilterns Cycleway is a 170-mile circular cycle route through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, taking in the best of Chilterns' scenery. The route is mainly on-road and is signposted throughout.

Browse the interactive map, which includes information about local accommodation and food outlets.

Buckinghamshire County Council

Bucks County Council's website has details about cycle training, women's cycling and route details. Visit Buckinghamshire County Council for more information.


Many sportives and cycle events take place in the Chiltern Hills area, thanks to its outstanding scenery and testing climbs. Keep an eye on Cycling UK's events section to see what's coming up. Sportives range from around £20-£50 depending on the scale of the event or charitable donation - they usually provide waymarked routes, feed stations and mechanical support.

If you fancy exploring in your own time, some sportive organisers will provide you with maps of their routes free of charge. For example, one of the highlights of the area's cycling year is the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival. Click on the 'Maps' button and you can download any of the festival's three routes - 32, 68 or 100 miles - in a variety of formats, including GPX.


The Chilterns is home to a number of stately homes, beautiful market towns, stunning countryside and attractions such as Whipsnade Zoo and a number of National Trust properties. To find out more about these attractions, or how to get to them on bike, take a look at the new Visit Chilterns website.

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