Sunday 24th March 2019 10:00am

Starting from - The Cha Cafe, 3 Cassiobury Park, Watford, Hertfordshire

Nearest Tube Station: Watford Metropolitan

Tel. 01923 223994
Please arrive at 9.45am, to be ready to leave at 10.00am.
If you are running late or cannot attend on the day, please call Watford Cycle Hub on the number above to let us know.

Nearest Car Park:
Cassiobury Park Car Park
off Gade Avenue,
WD18 7LG.

It's free for 6 hours but you need to take a ticket and display

For notice of our upcoming rides join our Watford Cycle Hub Rides Group! :)
https://www.letsride.co.uk/groups/watford-cycle-hub-social-rides, WD18 7HY

This Watford Cycle Hub Rides ride is open for anyone to join

  • 18.4 miles
  • Mountain Bike
  • 3 hr 40 mins
  • Challenging
  • Watford
  • Adults 16+ only

Starting point




Hertfordshire
WD18 7HF

One for the Mountain Bikers! This is a Challenging Route in terms of the amount of climbing, but we'll take it on at a Steady Pace, averaging 8-9 mph over the route. Cycling off-road is like running on sand - you'll need to have the fitness level of cycling a Challenging Road Route to take this one on.

So the route itself! We will cut through Whippendell Woods & enjoy a road descent to the Grand Union Canal. After a brief roll along the towpath we cut up through the public bridleways traversing the grounds of The Grove Hotel. At Langleybury we off-road it through some picturesque farmland where we then have our first real challenge with a descent on loose gravel. Following the valley we then take on a challenging off-road climb heading up & over via Penman's Green to Belsize. Then it's a lovely country lane section along to Flaunden where we cut off-road again and descend down to the Chess Valley - the descent through the woods is exhilarating and the last bit on chalk is a good challenge. We follow a bridleway along by the River Chess, climb to Chenies on road, then descend to Sarratt Bottom to the idyllic Crestyl Watercress Farm for ice cream! :) We then face the challenging Dawes Common Climb up to Sarratt Green before cutting back off-road down a gravel descent back to Chandlers Cross, Whippendell Woods and The Cha Cafe. All in all, hopefully an exhilarating ride with lovely scenery right on your doorstep! :)

Please bring two spare inner tubes with you & money for the Café/Pub if you want anything. Changing an inner tube is faster than getting out the rubber glue, should anyone suffer a puncture on the day & our Ride Leader team are happy to help fix it should you need it.

If your bike might need a little more TLC or hasn't been ridden for a while, you can always bring it in for a free assessment; we're Not-For-Profit and promise to give you an honest price if your bike needs fixing, fine tuning or a full service. :)

Watford Cycle Hub: 01923 223994
https://www.watfordcyclehub.org.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/WatfordCycleHub/

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One for the Mountain Bikers! This is a Challenging Route in terms of the amount of climbing, but we'll take it on at a Steady Pace, averaging 8-9 mph over the route. Cycling off-road is like running on sand - you'll need to have the fitness level of cycling a Challenging Road Route to take this one on.

On road, off road, tow path, cycle paths, fields and bridleways

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    Ride Leader

Ian Barber

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