A ROYAL RIDE
Windsor route’s a winner
Miles 0037 Scenery Roads
Epic roads which slice their way through towering mountains are wonderful slithers of engineering, and amazing rides too. But they’ve got nothing on a weekend ride which includes tea with the Queen of England at her weekend getaway, Windsor Castle. Well… we can’t promise you’ll actually have tea with Her Majesty, or be anywhere near her, but a dozen quaint tea shops line the promenade just outside the castle walls. Pull up, order an Earl Grey and give a nod to one of the castle’s archery windows. You never know, she might pop down for a crumpet.
After downing your cuppa, head past the guard and into Old Windsor before having a blast through the long straight runway which cuts its way through Runnymede. The watermeadow is where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215, so don’t forget to check out the monuments. Once you’re up to date with the ideals of democracy, limitation of power and equality and freedom under law, hook a right for Virginia Water where a bunch of squiggly switchbacks and sharp corners await. It’s well worth pulling up and taking a stroll through the park, for waterfalls and follies. The road will also take you past the Wentworth Estate, click into second gear and take it slow as you mosey past the houses – see if there are any you fancy buying. It’s the most expensive town in the UK mind, so it’ll cost a pretty penny (or five hundred million of them).
Jump onto London Road and head for the B383 north. This little gem will take you to Legoland, but just keep going past the hordes of kids and then past the hordes of women in ridiculously big hats at the Royal Windsor Race Course. You’ll end up in Eton and riding past the Hogwarts
style college. Get in and out quickly and make your way to Dorney Lake – a 2012 Olympic rowing venue. The road opens up and you can treat yourself by snapping the throttle back for a mad dash. But just before you cross the Jubilee River, pull into the Pineapple pub for a doorstop sandwich bigger than your front door. Once you’ve fuelled up, head towards Burnham Beeches and get lost in its maze of tight turns, fast sweepers and long straights. It’s British countryside riding at its best. The roads are lined with pubs and their car parks are peppered with bikes. After getting your riding fix, it’s straight back to the Castle for one last cup of tea.