Berkshire features some very attractive holiday cycle routes. Although densely populated and close to London, it is very well possible to get away from it all. The cycle routes in this area can serve very well for a great mini break or long weekend for those who'd like to take their cycling easy. The reasonably flat terrain in combination with some longer traffic-free trails make this route very suitable for cycling with younger children.
A great area to explore can be found around Windsor and Maidenhead where some short largely traffic-free routes provide great access to famous tourist attractions such as Windsor Castle and Windsor town with its Guidhall and Royal Station shopping areas. Views over the River Thames are at its most idyllic from the Eton bridge and a specially constructed cycle bridge halfway between Windsor and Maidenhead. Around Maidenhead, you can cycle alongside the Rowing Lake of the 2012 London Olympics and explore the forested heights of Bowsey Hill and Warren Row.
Reading provides some great inner-city cycling when following the charming towpath from Sonning on the River Thames, leading onto the Avon & Kennet Canal. This is a great flat traffic-free route ideal for families with easy access to railway stations every couple of miles or so. The canal side pubs of Aldermaston, Woolhampton, Kintbury, Hungerford and Great Bedwyn just dictate a break from the relaxed cycling! With canal barges moving slowly alongside you, the pace of life naturally slows, allowing you to spot various hidden gems and birds wildlife. Newbury is the largest town on the way. We provide you with extra routes here to the famous racecourse and one of the very few campsites in this area.
Our Cycling in Berkshire route contains:
Route: Windsor - Maidenhead - Sonning - Reading - Newbury - Great Bedwyn
Total distance: 57 miles (93 km); cycle paths: 58%, quiet roads: 39%, roads with regular flow or possibly fast moving traffic: 2%, busy main roads with adjacent footpath: 1%
Grading: Generally easy, some short climbs. Traffic-free sections suitable for younger children, all other sections suitable for children who have completed Bikeability Level 2.
Highlights: Windsor, Eton Olympic Rowing Centre, Maidenhead River Bridge, rolling hills Warren Row, Sonning Lock, Avon & Kennet Canal Route, Newbury horse racing course, Hungerford and Great Bedwyn countryside.
Our Cycling in Berkshire route is part of our London-Land's End Cycle Route Book (costs £ 15.99 plus postage). This guide book provides great value for money, includes GPS-tracks and features many more regions other than just Berkshire!
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