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No 10: ‘The Government Way’ from Kings Ash to Chivery
cycleroute 10 By Rudi Kalveks

This short route may interest those who have been following the Ridgeway paths discussion in recent Newsletters and remain  curious to follow Jack and Jill up the new motorways through Hale Wood and part of  Wendover Woods.

I suggest the new paths be renamed The Government Way as a reminder of how our government imposes ‘improvements’ regardless of local views, common sense and arguably even property rights.

Route finding:
  1. Start at the Cock & Rabbit PH. Take the road past Pipers.

  2. Turn right into Kings Lane. Stop to admire the unrestricted speed limit signs newly placed on this quiet lane used by walkers, riders and cyclists.

  3. On reaching Kings Ash turn left into Chesham Lane and then after 100 yards right onto the track towards Concord. The bridleway forks to  the left just before Concord and leads to an interesting descent.

  4. Just before leaving Barn Wood turn sharp right and follow the Ridgeway bridleway signs (blue arrow and acorn) to join the new cinder track. A long climb leads to a long flat section through Hale Wood, with several wide sections caused by the turning circles of the unsuitable earthmoving equipment used.

  5. Emerge by Uphill Lodge where this section of The Government Way ends. Turn left and follow Hale Lane downhill to The Hale.

  6. Just past Hale Farm turn right up onto the grass verge and follow the narrow bridleway, signed The Icknield Way, uphill. The lower section can become overgrown. Halfway up the hill the pretty forest path is transformed into a further stretch of new cinder track.

  7. Emerge from this second section of The Government Way and turn right onto the road through Chivery.

  8. Turn right by Coppice Farm into Taylors Lane. Another new unrestricted speed limit sign blighting a quiet lane! Follow the lane downhill turning left at the T-junction.

  9. At a second T-junction turn right uphill by a signpost to The Lee – 2 miles.

  10. Follow this lane through Swan Bottom and then continue straight over the cross roads with Chesham Lane to return to The Lee.
Total distance: 8 miles.                                                           Allow 1 hour or so.
Main climbs 200 ft through Hale Woods and 250 ft through Wendover Woods.

Don’t forget: Helmet, puncture repair kit, water, go slow for horses.
Recommended: 1:25,000 O/S Map: Chiltern Hills North - Explorer 181.

Good cycling!
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