Chiltern, Chiltern, Bang, Bang: 200km audax

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A mix of Chiltern Hills, some ‘banging’ flat sections, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ locations and the sound of gunfire!

Start 8.15am Ruislip Monday 1st May 2017

Riding through seven counties, the ride is named in reference to the fact it passes through the Chilterns, has some ‘banging’ flat sections and passes places used in the making of the film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. The windmill at Ibstone was used as the Potts family’s home whilst the film was made at Pinewood Studios, where a giant set of the Bavarian castle at Neuschwanstein was constructed during production. Heatherden Hall, within the studios grounds, was used too. The village of Hambledon, between Ibstone and Henley also features in the film.

Entry

Entries may be made through the Audax UK website here.

Cobstone Windmill, Ibstone

Other film locations are not directly on the route but are within reach for anyone wishing to detour. Ilmer, North West of Princes Risborough for example, where the railway bridge scene was shot. Russells Water is where the duckpond scenes were filmed and would involve a detour, missing Hambledon and then dropping down to Henley via Pishill (not recommended). At Iver, there is a scene with an old bridge reached by continuing on at the Red Lion through Iver village where the house and bridge can be seen on the left just before the M25. The 100km version ‘Chiltern Roalds, Take Me Home’ follows the route to Wendover Woods then, shortly afterwards, turns home via Great Missenden where the Roald Dahl Museum is situated. Dahl lived in Great Missenden and wrote the screenplay for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

And, you should definitely hear some ‘Bang, Bang’ as you pass the National rifle Ranges at Bisley!

A ‘Truly Scrumptious’ route, designed for ‘characters, pots’ of tea at the one cafe control, one control needing a ‘Chitty’, four info controls that won’t have riders suffering the ‘old bamboo’zlement, passing them ‘tout de suite’ and smelling the ‘Roses of Success’ as they head through the shires.

Near, Far, on the handlebars

Oh what happy time we’ll spend

Bang, Bang, Chiltern, Chiltern, Bang Bang

Our fine ride this weekend

Bang, Bang, Chiltern, Chiltern, Bang Bang

Our fine ride this weekend

Route

  • Seven Counties ridden: Middlesex, Herts, Bucks, Oxon, Berks, Hants, Surrey
  • A mix of hills and fast flat roads with a few minor inclines thrown in
  • 3 main climbs at Berkhamsted, Wendover Woods and Aston Hill (Stokenchurch)
  • 2,037 metres of ascent over the route

 

Chiltern Chiltern Bang Bang route map
Chiltern Chiltern Bang Bang route map
Chiltern Chiltern Bang Bang - profile
Chiltern Chiltern Bang Bang elevation profile
 

Sightseeing 

  • Berkhamsted Castle
  • Ashridge Estate
  • Ivinghoe Beacon (National Trust) – view of Whipsnade Zoo and chalk carving on hillside.
  • Ibstone – Windmill used in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Film below, in the valley below, is Turville which was the setting for the Vicar of Dibley TV Series
  • Hambledon – used in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Henley – home of the Henley Regatta
  • Bisley – National Rifle Ranges
  • Pinewood Studios – UK’s premier film and TV studios, from 007 to 8 out of 10 Cats, Carry Ons to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Food stops 

The following controls are most suited to a bite to eat en route:

  • Ruislip – Start with Bacon, Sausage or Egg Roll plus Tea or Coffee provided.
  • Wendover – Cafe in the Woods – Good selection of cakes etc
  • Yateley – Co-Op, Petrol Stations, Tesco Express
  • Ruislip – The clubhouse bar at the finish will be open.

En route there are several garden centres and other tea shop/cafes that may be worth a stop if needed as alternative eating places if the timings don’t suit.

Shops at Berkhamsted, Henley, Chobham, Englefield Green as well as other individual outlets and petrol stations.

Start venue

Grosvenor Vale Ruislip – Wealdstone Football Club

Parking at the venue – please follow any instructions on the day and only park in designated areas

Alternatives

  • Street Parking: Ruislip is a residential suburb and has plentiful street parking, however you will find restrictions near shops and tube stations.
  • Kingsend South Car Park, Wood lane (Waitrose): Long Term Parking on the left £5.50 all day (less for London Borough of Hillingdon residents)
  • Ruislip Maor Car Park Linden Road (near Ruislip Manor tube Station): free on Sundays
  • Pembroke Road: Near Ruislip Manor opposite Kwik Fit
Start venue
Start venue
Getting there

From London

Take the A40 Western Avenue to the Polish War Memorial exit (SP RUISLIP) take the third exit off the roundabout and follow West End Road past Ruislip Gardens Tube Station and continue on until you reach a sharp left hand bend, with a right turn in to Grosvenor Vale. Turn right and The Football Club Ground is straight ahead through the gates.

From the North, South and West

The most straightforward route is to take the M25 to the intersection with the M40 (Junction 16) and head towards London. Take the fourth exit after passing Northolt Airport (SP POLISH WAR MEMORIAL / Ruislip) and follow West End Road past Ruislip Gardens Tube Station and continue on until you reach a sharp left hand bend, with a right turn in to Grosvenor Vale. Turn right and The Football Club Ground is straight ahead through the gates.

Alternatives can be shorter, for example from the North via Watford (Bushey Arches) through Northwood or Northwood Hills, or via Chorleywood and Rickmansworth from the M25. You can also take the second or third exits off the M40/A40 and travel via Swakeleys Road/Long Lane. From the South, Heathrow and the M4 (junction 3) it is possible to take A312 (The parkway) northwards to the Polish War Memorial then follow the directions from London (see above).

By Train

Please check Bank Holiday timetables and engineering work closures in advance!

  • Ruislip Gardens Station – Central Line Tube from central London (Nearest Central Line Station
  • West Ruislip Station or South Ruislip Station – Central Line Tube from central London and Chiltern Line from London Marylebone or High Wycombe and further afield. It is recommended that you check the timetable as many Chiltern Line trains stop at one or the other, but not both stations!
  • Ruislip or Ruislip Manor – Metropolitan Line and Piccadilly line from Central London or Uxbridge

Note: bikes are not allowed on London’s deep tunnel sections of the tube. The Metropolitan Line is not deep tunnel and can accommodate bikes throughout. However the Central Line to West Ruislip can only accommodate bikes from White City outwards, and the Piccadilly line from Barons Court outwards. 

Hotels

Premier Inn Ruislip (about 20 rooms) – 10 minutes from start

Barn Hotel – nearest hotel to the start

Ramada South Ruislip – Station Approach by South Ruislip tube station

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