The village of Tring is located on the main railway line between London Euston and Birmingham New Street. With fast trains running in and out of the city and good road links it’s an easy place to access for a fast blast. This ride will lead you out through the picturesque village of Aldbury up into the Ashridge Estate and across to Dunstable Downs via Whipsnade Zoo. You will then descend on to the edge of Aylesbury Vale, cutting through small villages and back towards Ivinghoe. Here you start to ascend Ivinghoe Beacon, a road frequently used in the Tour of Britain and local classics.
From Tring railway station head east into the village of Aldbury and climb up Toms Hill. Continue through the Ashbridge Estate to the village of Ringshall and head over open farmland until you arrive at the undulating road below Whipsnade Down. Follow this road past the zoo (stopping off for a few hours with the lions if you like) heading towards Bison Hill and the village of Kensworth. Passing by the Whipsnade Common, begin the climb to the top of Dunstable Downs. Here you will be afforded stunning views over Aylesbury Vale and out towards Ivinghoe Beacon.
A fast descent will bring you out just outside Dunstable. Cycle along Totternhoe Road until you arrive at the village of Totternhoe and continue on through the villages of Eaton Bray, Edlesborough, Billington, Slapton and into Ivinghoe.
Start point: Tring railway station
Grid reference: SP 95047 12251
Postcode: HP23 5QR
Total distance: 53.8km
Total elevation: 717m
Max elevation: 247km
To see a rough map of this route, click here.