Triada MTB – Paltinis – Traseul Lung – 2018

Triada MTB – Paltinis – Traseul Lung – 2018

A rolling mtb route in the mountains above historic Sibiu, among beautiful forested hills at Paltinis.

This natural trail is taken from the 2018 Triada MTB Series, one of the very best in Romania, and it’s an awesome adventure along the beautiful and technical mountain biking trails that lie in the Carpathian mountains.

Cycling in Romania is a delight. There is so much history around you and the beautiful landscapes. Sibiu is at the heart of cycling in Transylvania and Romania, sitting beneath the Carpathian Mountains, it has some of the best road cycling and best mountain biking in Romania and indeed in Europe.


Paltinis MTB Routes

Distance & Ascent: 70 km & 3100 metres of climbing

Facilities: Limited at Paltinis, but ample in nearby historic Sibiu. Airbnb have a great selection of properties to choose from,all exceptional value. Choosing Sibiu as a cycling destination is something that you all should do.

Route

  1. Start near Paltinis near the tourist and ski area. Head into the forest trails and start some steady descending for 5 km, before the trail turns left and begins a long and winding climb to the 15 km point.
  2. Descend through the forest on excellent trails, before taking the track junction on the right, which eventually leaves the forest, weaving across the high meadows. Take the track to the left, which continues to climb, before an indistinct track comes off on the left and leads you to the summit (at 26.6km).
  3. Roll down through the forested hills, joining the Steaza River in the valley and turning left to follow its banks.
  4. The track then leaves the river as you continue climbing for 8 km, before the land drops you down to the ski lifts area at Arena Platos and the start.
  5. Time for  coffee and cake.
  6. Now head back into historic Sibiu and enjoy the evening 🙂
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Triada MTB – Paltinis – Traseul Scurt – 2018

Triada MTB – Paltinis – Traseul Scurt – 2018

A rolling mtb route in the mountains above historic Sibiu, among beautiful forested hills at Paltinis.

This natural trail is taken from the 2018 Triada MTB Series, one of the very best in Romania, and it’s an awesome introduction to mountain biking in the Carpathian mountains.

Cycling in Romania is a delight. There is so much history around you and the beautiful landscapes. Sibiu is at the heart of cycling in Transylvania and Romania, sitting beneath the Carpathian Mountains, it has some of the best road cycling and best mountain biking in Romania and indeed in Europe.


Paltinis MTB Routes

Distance & Ascent: 37 km & 1508 metres of climbing

Facilities: Limited at Paltinis, but ample in nearby historic Sibiu

Route

  1. Start near Paltinis near the tourist and ski area. Head into the forest trails and start some steady descending for 5 km, before the trail turns left and begins a long and winding climb.
  2. Open meadows at the high point bring you expansive views of these beautiful mountains, before you start a long and winding descent, back to the trees and down towards Paltinis.
  3. A final 6km climb through the forests leads near to the top of the ski lift, and eventually eases as you twist the trails back down to the ski station for coffee and cake.
  4. Now head back into historic Sibiu and enjoy the evening 🙂
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Sibiu and North East Hills

Sibiu and the North East Hills

A tough but rewarding and extremely scenic ride around the hills surrounding historic Sibiu. A very worthy 100km ride in the amazing Romanian hills.

Cycling in Romania is a delight. There is so much history around you and the beautiful landscapes. Sibiu is at the heart of cycling in Transylvania and Romania, sitting beneath the Carpathian Mountains, it has some of the best road cycling and best mountain biking in Romania and indeed in Europe.


Sibiu Road Cycling

Distance and ascent: 67 km and 843 metres of climbing

Route

  1. Head north from Sibiu and climb through Sura Mare and Sarba.
  2. Continue on the route 14 to Slimric. At Sieca Mare turn off the 14 onto the minor rural road 141A towards Metis, where the road steepens as you climb to the high point of the ride.
  3. Descend to the road junction with the A106, turning right, through Altana and roll through beautiful countryside and meadows back towards Sibiu.
  4. There’s one finalshort climb near Bavaria Stadt before you descend back to Sibiu and coffee.
  5. Now head back into historic Sibiu and enjoy the evening 🙂
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Sibiu and its Parks

Sibiu and its Parks

 This is a superb evening or morning ride around the outskirts of this historic city, taking in the beautiful city park.

Cycling in Romania is a delight. There is so much history around you and the beautiful landscapes. Sibiu is at the heart of cycling in Transylvania and Romania, sitting beneath the Carpathian Mountains, it has some of the best road cycling and best mountain biking in Romania and indeed in Europe.

Sibiu Road Cycling

Distance and ascent: 37km and 416 metres of climbing

Route

  1. Start from the centre of town and ride to Aleea Calaretilor and through towards the Zoological Gardens and park.
  2. Ride along before joining the road at the 106A, then turn right and ride to Poplaca, before heading back towards Sibiu and again into the park.
  3. Repeat part of the circuit, before turning off the road on the 106D towards Cisnadioara.
  4. Ride through Piata Noua and back to Sibiu via Sevis.
  5. Now head back to historic Sibiu and enjoy the evening 🙂
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London to Rye

London to Rye

Route Information

Stats:  75 miles and 4713 feet of ascent (each way)

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Refreshments

Groombridge Place Tea Rooms near Ashurst. Cafe on the Quay at Rye

Character

A ride out through the Sussex countryside, to Rye on the beautiful Sussex Coast. Take a train back, or stay over and return the following day.


Route

  1.  Follow the gpx file out of London via Dulwich and Crystal Palace. At Beckenham turn south direct on the A202 and head towards Biggin Hill and some steady climbs.
  2. Continue on quiet roads and lanes, crossing the M25 and heading through Brasted, then turning right onto New road and continuing south towards Ide Hill and Chiddingstone National Trust village.
  3. From here, head off down Wellers Town Road towards Chiddingstone Hoath and onto Groombridge, where you can rest for coffee and cake.
  4. The route then weaves through tree lined countryside and rolling lanes to Durgates, where you pick up the B2009 towards Shover’s green, turning off here right towards Stonegate.
  5. From Stonegate weave through Etchingham and onto Roberts Bridge, before quiet lanes lend their way towards the coast and Winchelsea.
  6. Follow the coast to Rye


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London to Oxford

London to Oxford

Route Information

Stats:  67 miles and 2408 feet of ascent (each way)

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Refreshments

Chocolate Cafe at Henley on Thames, then lots of choice in Oxford.

Character

A long ride out to Oxford, with either a train journey home, or a night in Oxford before cycling back to London. A beautiful Thames valley ride.


Route

  1.  Follow the gpx file out of London via Uxbridge to Slough. From Slough head towards East Burnham, passing Dorneywood House and quiet lanes to the edge of Woodburn, skirting south of it and riding to Bourne End.
  2. At Bourne End, cross the Thames and follow the path south towards Cookham. At Cookham turn right, then right again onto Terry’s Lane, then join the Winter Hill to the junction with Dean Lane.
  3. Turn right at Dean lane, and then very soon take a left onto Grubwood Lane.
  4. At Hocket Lane turn right and then shortly afterwards turn left onto Winter Hill Road itself, following this to the junction of the A308.Turn left towards Pinkneys Green.
  5. Turn right onto Pinkneys Drive and follow this, passing the car park on the right and then turning right onto Henley Road. Ride to Henley and take a break for refreshments.
  6. Ride out of Henley on the A4130 towards Nettlebed. Continue on the road until a junction right is signed for RAF Benson – take this and cycle through and around the lanes to Berrick Prior, Newington and onto Cowley and Oxford.
  7. Ride into town and finish by the Cathedral – rest, eat enjoy before deciding if it’s a train or an overnight stay.

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Putney to Windsor Castle

Putney to Windsor Castle

Route Information

Stats:  32 miles and 622 feet of ascent (each way)

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Refreshments

Cinnamon Cafe Windsor and The Dynamo Cafe in Putney on the way back.

Character

This is one of the Time Out magazine rides, which we think is a great ‘there and back’ riverside ride -and you get to see a castle!


Route

  1.  Go along to towpath passing boat houses and rowing clubs, taking the road at Hammersmith Bridge and heading up to Roehampton Gate at Richmond Park.
  2. Exit the park and follow the road (A307) towards Kingston, picking up the river again and passing the Boaters Inn (good food on return leg).
  3. Cross Kingston Bridge and stay alongside the river, Barge Walk to Hampton Court Palace.
  4. Head south over Hampton Court Bridge and find the towpath again, leaving the river at Weybridge and joining the A317 towards Windsor fora short while.
  5. Turn off right at Chertsey Fire Station, following National Cycle Network signs to Chertsey Bridge, cross both the river and the M3 and stay alongside the river on Thames Side to Staines. As you ride with meadows and trees either side, you will turn off left to stay alongside this riverside road.
  6. At Laleham it becomes a path and continues along the Thames.
  7. Cross over at Staines and follow the A308 into Windsor and to the castle.


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London to Box Hill Circular

London to Box Hill Circular

Route Information

Stats:  85 miles and 4072 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Box Hill Cafe and The Dynamo Cafe in Putney on the way back.

Character

We’ve tried to keep this to the easier traffic roads in and around London, taking in the River Thames Cycling Superhighway, and putting a detour to The Albert Memorial on the way home – one of our favourite spots in London. Oh, and you climb Box Hill of course!


Route

  1. From the Tate Gallery, follow the Thames and pick up the Fulham Road. Cross Putney Bridge and head to Roehampton Gate via Upper Richmond Road and Pirory Lane.
  2. Exit the park at Ham Gate Avenue and follow Richmond Road to Kingston.
  3. Cross the Thames and ride around the edge of Hampton Court Palace, crossing the Thames and riding to Esher.
  4. From Esher take the Portsmouth road, crossing the A3 and dropping down Fairmile Lane, before turning right onto Leigh Hill Road. At the main junction with Stoke Road turn right into Cobham, then turning left at Cobham into Downside Bridge Road.
  5. Turn off right at the pub and cross the M25, through Martyr’s Green and Ockham, heading down to East Clandon.
  6. Cross over the Epson Road onto Staple Lane, cross the A25, ride through Shere and down to Ewhurst.
  7. At Ewhurst turn left towards Forest Green, and then shortly after the village turn off left to Leith Hill.
  8. Climb Leith Hill and then ride to Westhumble and onto Box Hill for a rest.
  9. Leave Box Hill towards Pebble Coombe, before turning left and heading north towards Headley. Cross the M25 and pass Ashead Park, before turning right at the main road on the Dorking-Epson Road into Epsom.
  10. Head out of Epson towards Oxshott and after the second roundabout turn off right on the lane towards West Ewell, then heading to Chessington and picking up the A243 Hook Road (right turn). Next junction go straight over towards Surbiton and then back towards Kingston along the river.
  11. Time to ride back through Richmond Park, skirting the top edge and dropping to Barnes and Hammersmith before crossing the river.
  12. Ride to Hyde Park and the Albert Memorial, before dropping back down to Kensington and via Chelsea to the river. Head back now to the Tate and Millbank. Time for cake and art.


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London & The Home Counties Cycling Routes

London & The Home Counties

With so much focus on cycling over recent years, London and the Home Counties is a great place to go riding. There are even great cycle lanes along the Thames in Central London, with families riding in the city.

We want to expand our UK routes database, bringing tried and tested routes for you in London and the Home Counties. As it grows, we’ll hopefully help you to choose some great cycle route ideas in and around London.


RICHMOND & THE THAMES  – EASY 15 MILES


An easy afternoon or evening ride from Richmond to Hampton Court, along a lovely stretch of the River Thames.

TATE GALLERY TO BOX HILL  – HARD 85 MILES


A classic ride out to the hills from Central London, with both Leith Hill and Box Hill along the way. A great weekend ride for London cycling friends.

PUTNEY BRIDGE TO WINDSOR  – MEDIUM 32 MILES


A riverside ride to Windsor Castle via Hampton Court. A great ‘there and back’ route for a weekend afternoon.

LONDON TO OXFORD  – HARD 67 MILES


A ride to Oxford, through the Chilterns and some beautiful countryside. We recommend an overnight in the city of spires, before heading back to London.

LONDON TO RYE  – HARD 75 MILES


A trip through the beautiful Sussex countryside from London, and onto the coast and historic Rye.

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Richmond to Hampton Court Thames Ride

Richmond to Hampton Court

Route Information

Stats:  15 miles and 320 feet of ascent (flat)

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Refreshments

You’re in Richmond in London, so there’s lots to choose from, both in the town and along the river.

Character

Quiet ride along the River Thames from Richmond Park, with a little bit of road riding along the way. Great ride for an afternoon or evening.


Route

1. From Richmond Green ride down Old Palace Lane to the Thames and follow the Thames path all the way to Kingston.

2. At Kingston, cross the river by Kingston Bridge and turn into the park on the opposite side. Take the path that follows the river, before exiting it by the Mute Swan Public House.

3. Take the second exit of the roundabout (A308) and follow this as it circumnavigates the walled palace and begins to look almost rural, with trees either side.

4. Returning you to roundabout near Kingston Bridge, now ride and leave at the first exit onto the A310 for a short while and then turn right onto Lower Teddington Road by the pub and follow this quiet road until rejoining the A310(turn right onto this).

5. At traffic lights by shops, bare right and stay on this road. After 100 metres turn right down the one way street (Water Lane) and follow ‘Embankment’ and ‘Riverside’ until you can pickup the path along the river.

6. Follow the river back to Richmond, crossing at bridge and riding back to Richmond Park.



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