Windmill Cycle Club Route Library

We've ridden hundreds of trails around the Hitchin area and further afield. Here you'll find most of our favourite routes, with links through to their full profile on Plotaroute.

Please feel free to use the route library, download the GPX file from Plotaroute and go for a ride. If you find something's wrong, either with the route while you're out riding it (a change to the bridleway etc), or you experience any problems accessing the GPX, do please let us know via our Contact page.

The WCC Index

The WCC Index is a general 'rule of thumb' for the ride difficulty. The lower the number, the easier the ride. It's simply a case of dividing the total ascent by the total distance. If you find a 5.8 is really easy, then try a 10.2 and let us know what you think. Don't forget, it's not based on anyone's ability, so your 10.2 may be some else's 15.5 or vice versa. It's just a guide.

Local Routes. Shortest to longest.

New – Cheeky Tuesday Route

Something different to the Sunday or Thursday rides. "Cheeky Tuesdays" are ridden a little (lot) quicker, with less stops (unless we have a mechanical) meaning you need to either be match-fit, or at least darn determined to keep up. Same route every time so you can compare how you did. The route offers a fine mix of open bridleway and twisty single track over 17 miles, with just 1220ft of climbing and descent. Always an extra to the weekly TNR, Cheeky Tuesday’s offer a chance to get a bit more saddle time in while the weather's on side. Keep an eye on Facebook for a Cheeky Tuesday shout!

WGC to Hitchin the Wiggly Way!

Distance: 18.0 miles
Ascent: 1328 ft
WCC Index: 7.3
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Gnarly Greenway Loop

Distance: 15 miles
Ascent: 666 ft
WCC Index: 4.4
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Summer First Hurrah

Distance: 18.7 miles
Ascent: 1374 ft
WCC Index: 7.3
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In Search Of Barton Spring

Distance: 18.3 miles
Ascent: 1017 ft
WCC Index: 5.5
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The Longest Day

Distance: 22.4 miles
Ascent: 1220 ft
WCC Index: 5.4
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Stevenage Cycleways

Distance: 21.6 miles
Ascent: 1204 ft
WCC Index: 5.5
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Out To Baldock

Distance: 21.6 miles
Ascent: 1299 ft
WCC Index: 6.1
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5 Star to Codicote

Distance: 21.7 miles
Ascent: 1433 ft
WCC Index: 6.6
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Knebworth To Hitchin

Distance: 23.5 miles
Ascent: 1272 ft
WCC Index: 5.4
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Thetford Forest Loop

Distance: 16.3 miles
Ascent: 967 ft
WCC Index: 5.9
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Hitchin To Cambridge

Distance: 37.6 miles
Ascent: 1519 ft
WCC Index: 4.3
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Epping Forest

Distance: 15.4 miles
Ascent: 1033 ft
WCC Index: 6.7
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Start Location:
Charlton
Distance:
17 miles
Ascent/Descent:
767 ft
Suitability:
All year
WCC Index:
4.5
Start Location:
Charlton
Distance:
18.3 miles
Ascent/Descent:
1017 ft
Suitability:
Summer
WCC Index:
5.5
Start Location:
Charlton
Distance:
18.8 miles
Ascent/Descent:
1374 ft
Suitability:
Spring/Summer
WCC Index:
7.3
Start Location:
Charlton
Distance:
19 miles
Ascent/Descent:
1200 ft
Suitability:
Spring/Summer
WCC Index:
6.3
Start Location:
Charlton
Distance:
19.5 miles
Ascent/Descent:
1141 ft
Suitability:
Summer
WCC Index:
5.8
Start Location:
Charlton
Distance:
21.6 miles
Ascent/Descent:
1148 ft
Suitability:
Summer
WCC Index:
5.3
Start Location:
Charlton
Distance:
23 miles
Ascent/Descent:
1420 ft
Suitability:
Spring/Summer
WCC Index:
6.1
Start Location:
Charlton
Distance:
27.3 miles
Ascent/Descent:
1702 ft
Suitability:
All year
WCC Index:
6.2
Start Location:
Charlton
Distance:
27.5 miles
Ascent/Descent:
1679 ft
Suitability:
Spring/Summer
WCC Index:
6.1

Routes further afield. Shortest to longest.

Start Location:
Swinley Car Park
Distance:
3.6 miles
Ascent/Descent:
180 ft
Suitability:
All year
WCC Index:
5.0
Start Location:
Barnet Station
Distance:
30 miles
Ascent/Descent:
1227 ft
Suitability:
All year
WCC Index:
4.1
Start Location:
Greenwich
Distance:
30.4 miles
Ascent/Descent:
1062 ft
Suitability:
Spring/Summer
WCC Index:
3.5
Start Location:
Middleton
Distance:
733 Miles
Ascent/Descent:
68,320 ft
Suitability:
All year
WCC Index:
9.3
Whilst we make every effort to ensure the routes are suitable for all levels of rider, the Windmill Cycle Club is not responsible for your safety. You should familiarise yourself with the details of the route before setting off. Use of the routes in the WCC Route Library is at your own risk.