The Golden Valley

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David Lowe

23 Oct 2022

A beautiful circular ride around Nettleden and Golden Valley Farm

This is an iideal stamina building ride that only takes about 1 to 1.5 hours.

Starting and finishing at Ashridge House it takes in some stunning scnery on a sunny day overlooking Golden Valley Farm.

Coming down the cut built by the Earl of Bridgewater to hide the cattle and farm cart traffic from the view from Ashridge House, it comes out into the middle of Nettleden. The cut is downhill on this route over damp very stoney ground best tackled at speed.

It then also includes a brutal climb up Pipers Hill ideal for practicing hill climbing technique and building up stamina. There's no shame in getting off and walking some of this stretch.