The longest spoke takes you through suburbs from West Ruislip* to Uxbridge, along Grand Union towpath, then NCN61 lanes and paths, through landscaped park (Langley), forest (Black Park), a lovely village beneath M40/M25 (Fulmer) and woodland (Burnham Beeches) before more conventional lanes to Arc 10. It’s not direct (the M25/M40 junction has to be avoided), but a constantly changing landscape and good cycling conditions make the journey rewarding. The family friendly sections are within the three featured parks - Langley, Black and Burnham Beeches.
From Swakeley’s Park 0.9 off-road over A40 to Uxbridge Common 2.4. After Uxbridge town centre 3.1 the Grand Union canal 3.5 takes you S to Iver Lane 4.9. A R turn take care at 5.2, over the M25 5.4 and immediately R (loose gravel surface) then follow NCN61 signage until Langley Country Park 7.7 (L for Spoke 8 links).
Skirt (or walk through) the Temple Gardens to reach busy A412 8.7 - cross with care. Black Park takes over – and could not be more contrasted; this is mature evergreen forest and you may ride on a bed of pine needles. The northbound route involves zigzagging until Fulmer Common Road is reached 10.2.
It’s possible to stay on this, but it is worth another change of landscape by turning R on Cherry Tree Lane 10.3 to drop down to charming Fulmer 11.4 and back up to Stoke Common Rd 11.7. Follow Beeches Way to – guess where? – Burnham Beeches 14.3. The roads through Burnham have been closed to cars since 2000 so this is a Cycle Orbital highlight (despite redundant speed bumps) and the subsequent Park Lane 15.4 is very quiet to Littleworth Common. After Littleworth a fork in the road 17.1: R for Wooburn Common and Arc 10 northbound, L for Cliveden and Arc 10 southbound.
*As well as Chiltern Railway connections, cycles can be taken on Central Line tube trains from Shepherd’s Bush to West Ruislip. And for railway buffs, there is a single weekday “ghost train” Chilterns service to/from West Ruislip and Paddington…