This 'Steady Plus' route is mainly along quiet, picturesque country lanes, with a few busier ones. There'll be some rolling hills, but no whoppers, with 208m / 682 feet of climbing in total. We are offering this ride at a slower pace, aiming to average 8-10 mph over the route, in order to enable more people to take it on, by taking the pace pressure off. :) This will be a brilliant ride for you if you want to increase your distance and take on some rolling hills in a relaxed, supportive group.
The route takes us out through Chandlers Cross to Belsize and onto the verge of Bovingdon Green before heading back along the 'Holly Hedges Cut Thru' and returning via Sarratt and Loudwater.
Please wear layers to cope with the Winter temperatures and a rucksack so you can take off / put on layers as you need. Gloves are highly recommended. You may also need lights and a hi-vis top depending on the weather conditions.
We will stop at a pub for social time over refreshments or a light lunch, though bringing a drink & a snack with you for the ride is good practice.
Your bike should be in good working order for this ride, e.g. both brakes working & tyres pumped to pressure – though we can help you get your tyres to the correct pressure if you arrive 15 minutes before the ride start.
Please bring a couple of spare inner tubes – as if you have a puncture, changing the inner tube is the quickest way to fix it.
Should you need to buy a spare inner tube, Watford Cycle Hub sell recycled ones at 50p (patched); £1 (unpatched); & from £4 new. We are Not-for-Profit, do free bike assessments and will give you an honest price if your bike needs servicing.
This 'Steady Plus' route is mainly along quiet, picturesque country lanes, with a few busier ones. There'll be some rolling hills with 208m / 682 feet of climbing in total.
On road, mostly country lanes.