Rides For All

Rides For All commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the formation of SPOKES and has been created and is being maintained by its members.  It includes rides from SPOKES’ previous publications, the Blue and Yellow Books, as well as new rides.  Its objective is to offer rides that are family friendly, suitable for new cyclists as they build up confidence on longer rides and for experienced cyclists new to the area, to show off the lovely countryside available to them.  SPOKES exists to encourage and campaign for cycling, and if you would like to support its work you can join the group.

The guidance provided with these rides represents the opinion of the ride creator, and the information included was believed to be accurate at the time the ride was created.  If you choose to follow a ride, the responsibility for your safety and that of any riders with you, remains with you.

Use the tick boxes below to set the criteria for the rides you are interested in. Read the notes after the tick boxes to ensure you get the rides you want.  You will see the rides that meet all of the criteria you have selected and these may be spread over over several pages. Use the NEWER ENTRIES and OLDER ENTRIES boxes at the bottom of the page to navigate between pages. Click on RidewithGPS below the map for a ride for a detailed map, more information about that ride and the options to download a GPS file or printed directions to guide you on the ride.  Please read the information and guidance provided, and if you are relying on the availability of any of the refreshment stops mentioned, please contact the establishment before you ride.

You can also view a map of the area with all of the rides overlaid. You can choose rides from this map and you’ll also see a full list of all the rides.

You will gain much more from SPOKES Rides For All if you are familiar with what information is available for each ride.  Please read How To Use The Rides For All Maps for more details, including instructions on how to obtain the correct format of GPS file and printed directions.

We’d love to receive your feedback on our rides. If you find any errors or have suggestions for improvements in any of the existing rides, have suggestions for a new ride that you would like to share or just want to comment on a ride, please see here.

Select routes by feature

Choose one or more features and press “show rides“:

Notes:

  1. Only rides that meet ALL of the criteria you select will be shown. Therefore if you select VISIT: Alban Way and VISIT: Ebury Way, only rides that go through both locations will be shown. In most cases you will only want to select one option from each type – one area or start location, one distance, one type and one location visited. You don’t have to make a selection from every type, you could just select the distance you are interested in or the distance and the area.
  2. Family friendly – show rides where we don’t expect you will ride with fast moving traffic or with very challenging hills.  You may have to cross busy roads and use cycle paths alongside busier roads and some of these rides use the canal towpath. Families include riders with a range of ages and capabilities. For example, a family ride may not be suitable for a 6 year old who has only just learnt to ride and has not ridden on roads. Please read the ride information to check that the ride is suitable for your family.
  3. Confidence builder – show rides that we believe a new cyclist can use and will feel safe on as they gain experience.  Please check the ride information, as the length and type of ride you will feel comfortable on, will change as you gain experience.
  4. On road – show rides on surfaced roads and cycle paths, or where any unsurfaced sections are suitable for bikes with thin tyres.
  5. Thin Tyres – show rides which we believe are suitable for a bike with thin tyres.
  6. Checked – show only rides that have been checked out by Spokes’ members. Rides that have not been fully checked out will have NOT CHECKED at the start of the ride description. We would welcome any feedback on these rides.

Route list

078: Caddington

NOT CHECKED A 41 mile ride, all on road, to Caddington through lovely Chilterns scenery.

074: Hatfield House

NOT CHECKED A 34 mile ride to Hatfield, with nearly 7 miles traffic free.

075: Little Berkhamsted

A lovely, challenging 40 mile ride to the east of Watford on bridlepaths, tracks and Read more

073: Brookmans Park

NOT CHECKED Explore some lovely countryside and villages to the east of Watford with this Read more

042: Ley Hill

A 23 mile ride into the Chilterns on quiet lanes and a few bridleways.

033: To Bedmond

NOT CHECKED Back streets and lanes 13 miles ride to Bedmond.

031: Sarratt

NOT CHECKED A 14 mile ride into the Chilterns on quiet lanes.

014: Watford Green Ring

See how green Watford is on a mostly traffic free 7 mile ride with gentle Read more

039: London Ride

NOT CHECKED Not all the way to London but a pleasant 19 miles excursion on Read more

018: Up The River Gade To Hunton Bridge

NOT CHECKED An 8 mile easy ride mainly on quiet roads, cycle paths and canal Read more

055: Round Bricket Wood

NOT CHECKED A 4 mile ride, mostly on quiet lanes and cycle paths with some Read more

022: West Watford Cycle Routes

NOT CHECKED A 7 miles ride on quiet roads and off-road exploring some of the Read more

013: Whippendell Wood

NOT CHECKED A mostly traffic free, 4 mile off-road ride with a short section on Read more

048: Gorhambury

NOT CHECKED A not too hilly 17 miles ride into classic English estate landscape, mostly Read more

041: Chiltern Open Air Museum

With this 19 mile ride, step back in time onto some ancient bridleways that take Read more

058: Burnham Beeches

NOT CHECKED A pleasant 29 miles ride, mostly through countryside, to Burnham Beeches, not too Read more

047: Bedmond

NOT CKECKED Up the hills to Bedmond with a 22 mile ride on quiet streets Read more

072: Chipperfield Via Sarratt

A lovely 14 mile ride from Cassiobury Park to Chipperfield Common mainly on quiet roads, Read more

026: Rickmansworth on the Ebury Way and Canal Towpath

A flat and almost totally traffic free 7 mile ride to Batchworth Lock and back Read more

021: Patchetts Green

A 6 mile ride into the countryside that defies the M1, both on and off-road.

038: East Of Watford

A 16 mile ride through the green belt between Watford and Radlett/Borehamwood.

040: Bayhurst Wood Country Park

A surprising 18 mile excursion down the Colne River Valley, through the rural hinterlands of Read more

017: Chandlers Cross Past The Grove

A 7 mile route mainly on quiet roads, a bridleway and canal towpath.

016: Chandlers Cross Through Whippendell Wood

A 5 mile ride mostly on quiet wooded lanes but with a slightly busier section Read more

015: Croxley Green

A lovely 12 mile ride on quiet lanes. All on road.

027: Chipperfield

A 13 mile ride on quiet lanes and canal towpath.

030: Around Croxley Green

A surprisingly rural, 5 mile ride around Croxley on canal towpath, tracks and quiet lanes Read more

060: Chipperfield Common

A lovely 12 mile ride on quiet lanes. All on road.

059: Ivinghoe Beacon

Picturesque 30 miles road ride to Ivinghoe Beacon taking in Ashridge.

056: Wendover

A 33 mile challenging ride into the Chilterns on a road route to Wendover Woods.

057: Chipperfield Common from Whippendell Woods

An all on road 9 mile scenic ride to Chipperfield.

054: Nickey Line to Harpenden

A flat, easy, 14 miles ride on the Nickey Line and quiet roads to Harpenden.

053: Nickey Line to Redbourn

A flat, easy, traffic free 7 mile ride on the Nickey Line to Redbourn.

052: Hughenden Valley

A scenic challenging 34 mile road ride into the Chilterns exploring some of the valleys Read more

051: Emily’s by Rail, Road and Trail

A 34 mile trip to Emily’s Tea Shop in Whitwell with a mix of lovely Read more

050: Colney Street

A 21 mile ride into the green belt to the east of Watford, mostly quiet Read more

049: Water End

A challenging and pleasant 30 mile ride along the Alban Way to Water End using Read more

046: Redbournbury Mill

A 22 mile pleasant ride on country lanes through farm land but with a few Read more

045: Great Gaddesden

A 31 mile ride into the Chilterns on mainly quiet lanes and canal towpath.

004: To Shenley and Ridge

A 24 miles ride, mostly on quiet, lovely country lanes and enjoyable off-road sections, and Read more

036: The Eastern Triangle

A lovely 34 mile ride, no challenging hills and just under 3/4 of the route Read more

044: Flaunden

A 17 mile ride into the Chilterns on quiet lanes.

043: Little Chalfont

A scenic and enjoyable, though hilly, 18 mile ride exploring quiet country lanes with a Read more

032: Harpenden Highfield Oval

A 26 mile ride to the Highfield Oval in Harpenden mostly on quiet lanes, bridleways Read more

025: Oxhey and Moor Park

A pleasant 12 mile suburban meander, mostly on road.

020: To Bricket Wood

A 7 mile ride, mostly on quiet lanes and cycle paths, with some side streets Read more

019: To Abbots Langley

An easy 11 mile ride through back streets and cycle paths to “lang leah” granted Read more

012: Bricket Wood

An 11 mile ride on quiet streets and lanes, and lovely off-road sections with one Read more

011: Chandlers Cross

Quiet lanes and a bridleway on this 7 mile ride to the North West of Read more

010: Aldenham

A short 9 miles ride into the countryside that defies the M1, mostly off-road tracks Read more

009: Merry Hill Greenway

A flat, easy 8 mile ride, with traffic free sections that shows how close the Read more

008: Loudwater

To lanes north west of Rickmansworth a 9 mile ride, mostly on quiet roads with Read more

007: Heronsgate

An unusual 9 mile route from Rickmansworth to Heronsgate, including off-road and canal towpath sections.

006: Along The River Colne

Fairly flat 21 mile ride, quiet streets and lanes with some busy sections of road Read more

005: All Around Herts

A 47 mile ride linking dismantled railways, cycle paths and canal towpaths, with over 35 Read more

003: Aquadrome from Watford Cycle Hub

A traffic free and flat 6.5 mile ride to the Rickmansworth Aquadrome and back using Read more

002: Ebury Way from Aquadrome

A traffic free and flat 6.8 mile ride from the Aquadrome to the Watford Cycle Read more

001: Ebury Way from Watford Cycle Hub

A flat and traffic free 5.7 mile ride to Batchworth Lock and back using the Read more