Winter Warmer 2018

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Winter Warmer - Ben & TomThe Westerley Winter Warmer is on Sunday 14th January 2018.

Entry is free for club members, non-members may sign up via Rider HQ using the button below

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There are three versions:

  • The main route is 108km in length with just under 1200m of climbing.
  • Or it is possible to turn left at Great Kingshill, cutting out the farthest loop to do the medium version which is 60km.  This misses out the bigger climbs of the main Chiltern ridge but has the pleasant climb up Hatches Lane from the Hughenden Valley as well as a good few shorter ones.  It has 528m of ascent in total.
  • Finally, the short route turns at Penn to miss out all the big climbs and also the main road sections, giving a 44km route with 440m of climbing.
The main climbs on the 108km route are:
  • Freith Hill
  • Dunsmore
  • Bledlow Ridge
  • Loosley Hill
  • Hatches Lane
All the events are reliability rides which have a target speed range of 12.5mph – 18mph. That equates to about 3½-5 hours for the long ride, 2-3 hours for the medium and 1.5-2.5 hours for the short version.  We expect that there will be some fast riders but, for avoidance of doubt, the events are not races.  Riders will be set off at intervals to reduce the risks from riding in large bunches on narrow lanes.

Winter Warmer - Tim & NicClick here for:

Map and elevation profile
Long route / route sheet
Long route / GPS track

Medium route / route sheet
Medium route / GPS track

Shorter route / route sheet
Shorter route / GPS track

(no premium membership necessary to download GPS tracks)

The routes will also be signposted with numerous orange arrows.  Please note that, occasionally, a couple of the arrows have been taken down by members of the public before some riders got to them so they are best seen as guidance rather than a foolproof way of navigating.

You can enter all three distances via Rider HQ here:


The event takes place on public roads so normal care and attention is required.  However, there are a few specific hazards we’d like to draw your attention to:

1. Turning from the A404 into Sheepcote Dell Road (between Penn Street and Holmer Green).  The surface here is badly cratered and it’s easy to get caught out and not spot it in time: it’s a right turn off a main road so you will be focusing on the oncoming traffic.
2. Descent from the Hale; this is narrow with lots of pot holes and adverse camber towards the bottom.
3. Hatches Lane climb: ‘narrow and mucky’
4. Noakes lane / Crown Lane climb, leading up towards Penn. Again pot holes and mucky.

5. Pauls Hill descent (past the Royal Standard pub) – beware of potholes.

We’ll update this list nearer to the time if there are any other hazards of note.

Club rides in Chiltern lanes

On the day

The HQ for the event is: Chalfont St Peter Scout Hut

Gravel Hill
Chalfont St Peter


It is located right next to the Community Centre.  Click here for a map.

There is plenty of car parking space nearby.  Please use either of the public car parks nearby (free on Sundays) not the one for the Community Centre as other people use the Centre during the day. It’s unlikely but, if they fill up, then there is a very big one a mile or so away by Gerrards Cross railway station.

The HQ will be open from 8:00 with the riders for the longer route off at 9:00 and the shorter routes at 10:00.  There will be tea and coffee available before the ride and a selection of food at the end. All rides close at 3:30pm. We’ll have a hot drink and food waiting for you until then. If you think you are going to be later than that – or if you decide to abandon at any time – please call us on 07909 681 661.

See Simon Oxenham’s great video of the 2016 event here


The event is being run by Westerley CC which is affiliated to the CTC.  This provides Organisers’ Liability insurance as long as the event has no more than 200 riders.  The ride is therefore limited to this number.
We advise all riders to have their own third party liability insurance.  This is intended to cover you should you ever be adjudged to have caused an accident which led to injury or damage to another cyclist, anyone else or their property.  The main cycling organisations (CUK/CTC, BC or LCC) provide this as part of their membership benefits and members of most cycling clubs can join these organisations at affiliate rates.
More information
Any questions, please contact us:
07904 486 525

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  1. Tim Davies
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    Many thanks to Westerley for yet again a well run, signed and supported event. A tough early season ride around your finest landscape. Best Regards, Tim Davies, Icknield RC

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