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Grantley Hall Cycling Routes

Cycling routes from Grantley Hall



Grantley Hall is based within some of the most spectacular and beautiful countryside in the U.K. and has a wealth of great cycling routes from the door. On both road and mountain bike, there is so much to explore and see.

We’ve put together a few routes for you to make the most of your day on the bike, with breathtaking scenery, lots of history and some useful stops for  cake too 😉



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Grantley to Greenhow Hill


A world class ride that takes in the famous Greenhow Hill and other classic steep Yorkshire road climbs in beautiful Nidderdale


Grantley and rolling lanes to Ripon


Ride the  quiet rolling lanes on the edges of the Dales, with a stop at Ripon to see the Cathedral  and Fountains Abbey


Grantley and the Vale


Ride along easy lanes that skirt the Vale of  York, through scenic villages to historic Boroughbridge before heading back


Grantley in the Dales


It’s time to head into the Yorkshire Dales National Park, on this ride that explores hidden gems to give you the most scenic of rides


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.

Click here for train information about bikes




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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.

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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Col Du Dallowgill

Col du Dallowgill

Route Information

Stats: 32 miles and  2300 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Fountains Abbey visitor centre is ideal, and has a great restaurant for post ride meals and snacks.

Character

This route takes in the winding lanes on the dge of the Dales to hidden places with superb climbing.


Route

  1. Head out of Fountains, down through the Deer Park and to the main Pateley Bridge Road. Turn right towards Ripon and then turn left after 300 metres, towards Galthay.
  2. Go past the Inn and down to the T junction. Turn left and ride the rolling climbs to High Grantley.Just before the village,take the road to the right towards Skelding. Follow this winding lane to the T junction on the moors road.
  3. Turn right on this road towards Laverton and Dallowgill. Ride over the cattle grid and after the tight and narrow twisting lane take the minor road on the left signed to Dallowgill.
  4. Twist and climb this awesome country lane, as it guides you to the Col at Dallowgill, with spectacular views.
  5. Follow the long and rolling road, with testing climbs to the edge of Kirkby Malzeard. Ride the short Laverton Loop  before crossing the junction in Kirkby Malzeard and riding to Grewelthorpe.
  6. At Grewelthorpe take the road towards Ripon for 1 mile before turning left and descending Mickley Bank.
  7. After the village of Mickley, climb up and turn right onto the narrow lane. At its end turn left and shortly afterwards turn right onto a lane that brings you to the Ripon Road.
  8. Turn left and ride into Ripon and back to Fountains Abbey.



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Kendal Eight

Kendal Eight

Route Information

Stats:  21 miles and 1765 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Spoilt for choice in Kendal

Character

The wedge of land between the Lakes and Dales is an inexplicably quiet backwater. It would merit the phrase “best-kept secret” if that weren’t so obviously oxymoronic. Even when the proposed extensions to the National Parks take place, the area of this ride is likely to remain resolutely overlooked. And long may it remain so.

The majority of the route is down narrow country lanes that you’re likely to have to yourself. The first part of the ride shadows the M6 but you wouldn’t know it’s there as it’s hidden from sight and the sound (at least while the wind is in the western quadrant) isn’t an issue. The only road noise is from the A590 down near Tewitfield.

The start point is described from a motorist’s point-of-view but the route passes Oxenholme station so it would be perfectly possible to approach it by rail.


Route

1. From the layby, set off on the A65 north, towards Kendal for ¼mile, passing under the motorway.

2. Turn right into a narrow lane signed “Friends’ Meeting House, Goose Green“

3. Follow this for around three miles until you meet the B6254 at Old Hutton. Turn Left.

4. Follow the B road past Oxenholme station down towards Kendal.

5. Rejoin the A65 at a set of traffic lights and continue into the town.

6. At the big roundabout, take the third exit into Lound Road. The River Kent is on your left.

7. With the museum on your left, turn right at some lights into Park Side Road.

8. Climb to the A684 and turn right towards Sedbergh. Keep climbing, past a transmission mast.

9. Just after the brow, turn right into a tiny road called Hawkrigg Lane.

10. Drop down this, swinging right (look out for mud on the road) until you reach Beehive Lane.

11. Turn left, and go down to the B6254 again. Turn right. If things look oddly familiar, that’s because they are.

12. This time, you’re looking for a ludicrously well-hidden left turn. It is completely unmarked, doubles back and looks more like a farm track than part of the public highway. But trust me on this. It’s as you’re climbing, just after the sign warning of horse-riders.

13. Follow this lane, skirting the low ridge of The Helm, then dropping to the A65 at the Punch Bowl Inn.

14. With all due care, cross the A65 into the lane opposite.
15. Turn left at the next junction, ignoring the National Cycle Route 6 going right.

16. Head sound on a charming lane. Watch out for a crossroads (No Give Way sign) by a small graveyard. Try not to join them, yes? Go straight over, past Crosscrake Primary School.

17. Go over the small humpback bridge round the terminus of the canal.

18. Keep heading SSE, parallel to the A590. When you reach the B6385, turn left. At the A65, turn right to return to the start.




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Biehler Syndicate Rides

Biehler Syndicate Rides

Along with our friends at Biehler Cycling from Germany, we’ve devised some superb routes that take in elements of the 2019 UCi World Road Cycling Championships, and parts of the 2014 Tour de France route.

Check out the Biehler website for dates when we will be riding these routes ourselves, and why not come along and join us. In the meantime, have a great ride!


BIEHLER SYNDICATE RIDE 1

2019 UCI TT ROUTE


A 61 km ride taking in elements of the 2019 UCI World Road Cycling TT route, and a section of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart.