LondonWalesLondon takes you from West 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 scenary 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 names are compulsory calling points):
- Chalfont St Peter (Depart)
- Woodstock (compulsory control point)
- Stow on the Wold
- Guiting Power
- Tewkesbury (compulsory control point)
- Walford (compulsory control point)
- Yat Rock
- Tutshill (compulsory control point at 217km)
- Severn Bridge
- Somerset Monument
- Hawkesbury Upton
- Lambourn (compulsory control point)
- Hampstead Norreys
- Sonning Common
- Chalfont St Peter (Arrivee)
NB. From Lambourn many riders decide to follow the A4 during the night when the road is quieter.
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.
Picture credits Matthew Scholes and Gavin Peacock