LondonWalesLondon takes you from the west of London to Chepstow and back.  We supply you with a turn by turn route sheet and a GPS file shortly before the ride.

You’ll be cycling through the Chilterns and the Cotswolds and beyond, seeing some inspiring scenery and attempting a couple of great (but benign) climbs.  However, audax routes are only advisory – you’ll just need to call at a number of set points to guarantee that you’ve covered the distance.

If you choose to avoid some of the tougher climbs and take a slightly longer route you’re welcome to do so.

The suggested route covers (italicised bold names are compulsory calling points – how you get between them is up to you if you don’t want to follow the suggested route):

  • Chalfont St Peter (Depart)
  • Thame
  • Woodstock (compulsory control point)
  • Stow on the Wold
  • Guiting Power
  • Winchcombe
  • Tewkesbury (compulsory control point)
  • Newent
  • Walford (compulsory control point)
  • Yat Rock
  • Chepstow (compulsory control point)
  • Severn Bridge
  • Somerset Monument
  • Hawkesbury Upton
  • Malmesbury
  • Wroughton
  • Lambourn (compulsory control point)
  • Hampstead Norreys
  • Sonning Common
  • Henley (compulsory control point)
  • Marlow
  • Chalfont St Peter (Arrivee)

Audax routes are not way marked – before the advent of GPS, being able to navigate was a big part of the challenge!  Typically, riders now spend a little time understanding the route which is designed to avoid busy roads as much as possible; if you try to navigate from town to town on your own it is likely that you’ll miss some of the more peaceful roads that make up the suggested route.

You will have up to 27 hours to complete the course.  This will include your rest stops – the final control closes at 0900 on Sunday Morning. We don’t publish riders’ times because that is not the point of an audax; the only thing that matters is getting around at a pace that suits you and the people you meet on the ride.

And if you’re wondering, the name is a tongue in cheek nod to rides like Paris-Roubaix and Paris Brest Paris.  Check out where they start from!


Picture credits Matthew Scholes and Gavin Peacock