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This page details most of the cafes locally that are used on AVC club runs. This page is still work in progress, over time links to the Strava routes that are used will be added. Where there is a link to the Strava route you can then visit this route on Strava and either 'star' the route or duplicate it, both options then save it to your route library in Strava. You can then export/download the route for your Garmin/computer or use the route in the Strava phone app as you ride. For a map of all cafes both locally and in the UK have a look at the Cafe Network Map

The routes are categorised by direction from Ampthill, this will help you plan a route based on wind conditions if you wish to come home with a tail wind!

Each route is tagged with a distance marker where

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  Ampthill

Firstly, if you're visiting Ampthill, perhaps for a mide ride coffee stop, a visit from Centre Parcs or in need of a post-ride coffee a popular spot is The Hide & Bar Lounge. 50m up Woburn Street from the town centre, it's bike friendly and serves a great coffee (or beer!)

Ampthill    The Hide Bar and Lounge

2B Woburn St, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2HP    01525 837007

Friendly service, family feel. Great home made cakes and a good coffee. Great for a post ride stop back in Ampthill.

CENTRAL Website     Google it    

  North

Bedford    Bromham Mill

Bridge End, Bromham, Bedford MK43 8LP    01234 824330

Small and cosy inside with a few tables. Few cakes on offer. Good for a quick stop if in need of caffeine

NORTH SHORT MEDIUM LONG Website     Google it    

Harrold Odell    Teazels @ Harrold Odell Country Park

Carlton Rd, Harrold, Bedford, MK43 7DS    01234 721525

Guaranteed a friendly welcome at Tea-zels cafe, set alongside the park lake. Can get busy at times with space indoors at a premium during colder months

NORTH MEDIUM LONG Website     Google it    

Medium route [  60.2km   493m ]   MEDIUM

Cranfield, Newton Blossomville, Turvey
View on Strava (Out and back)

Long route [  101km   785m ]   LONG

Clophill, Haynes, Great Barford, Bolnhurst, Odell, Pavenham, Wootton, Millbrook
View on Strava (Circular)

Olney    Olney Pancake Parlour

24-25 Market Pl, Olney MK46 4BP    01234 713152

Old AVC favourite recently reopened as Olney Pancake Parlour. Good cakes and hot food. Can be tricky to find a place to leave bikes (bring a lock)

NORTH MEDIUM LONG Website     Google it    

Tugby    Café Ventoux

Tugby Orchards, Wood Ln, Tugby LE7 9WE    0116 259 8063

Needs no introduction! Fantastic destination for an epic trip out. Great cycle stop where people travel from afar to visit.

NORTH EPIC Website     Google it    

  North East

Willington    Danish Camp

Chapel Lane, Willington, Bedford MK44 3QG    01234 838709

Set next to the River Ouse, bike friendly and lots of outdoor seating

NORTH-EAST SHORT MEDIUM Website     Google it    

St.Neots    Café Nero

50-52 Market Square, Saint Neots PE19 2AA    01480 210890

Set on the lively market square. Can get busy, likey to bump in to St.Neots CC riders to say hello to

NORTH-EAST LONG Website     Google it    

St.Ives    River Tea Rooms

1 and 2 Manor Mews, Bridge St, Saint Ives PE27 5UW    01480 464921

Quaint tea tooms in a picturesque setting next to the river. Great cakes. Room to sit inside and outside

NORTH-EAST LONG EPIC Website     Google it    

  East

Southill    Southill Tea Rooms

55 High St, Southill SG18 9JB    01462 817430

Fairly compact and quaint. Can sometimes get busy so pays to book ahead if you're planning a stop here.

EAST SHORT Website     Google it    

Broom    Jordan's Mill

Langford Rd, Langford, Biggleswade SG18 9JY    01767 603940

Popular location for many AVCers. Cycle friendly, lots of space inside and out. Bike racks. Great cakes and hot food.

EAST SHORT MEDIUM Website     Google it    

Ardeley    Church Farm

Church Farm, Stevenage SG2 7AH    01438 861447

Another AVC favourite. Great rolling roads on the way out. Cycle friendly, plenty of outdoor seating.

EAST LONG Website     Google it    

Saffron Walden    Bicicletta

1-2 Market Row, Saffron Walden CB10 1JZ    01799 522814

Perfect cafe for cycle lovers. Lots of outdoor bike storage (cable locks provided!). Fab coffee. Has a small shop also. Worth a long trip here in the summer!

EAST EPIC Website     Google it    

  South East

Whitwell    Emily's Tea Shop

The Valley, Whitwell, Hitchin SG4 8BN    01438 871928

Quaint tea shop

SOUTH-EAST MEDIUM LONG Website     Google it    

Hitchin    Starbucks

6-7 Market Pl, Hitchin SG5 1DR    01462 453109

Standard Starbucks affair in the market square.

SOUTH-EAST LONG Website     Google it    

Stevenage    Costello's Cafe at Fairlands Valley Park

Six Hills Way, Stevenage SG2 0BL    01438 748458

Decent sized cafe in a nice setting next to the park lake

SOUTH-EAST LONG Website     Google it    

  South

Redbourn    The Hub Coffee and Bikes

22 High St, Redbourn, St Albans AL3 7LL    01582 792 389

Very popular cycling focused cafe. Limited seating inside, outside seating. Great selection of cakes, friendly staff. Worth a visit.

SOUTH LONG Website     Google it    

Dunstable    Dunstable Downs Visitor Centre

Chiltern Hills AONB, Dunstable Road, Whipsnade LU6 2GY    01582 500920

Lots of room inside and out. Gets busy in summer months. Spectacular views.

SOUTH LONG Website     Google it    

  South West

Heath and Reach    TreetTops Cafe at Rushmere Park

Brickhill Rd, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0BA    01525 237760

Large seating area, plenty of fresh cakes.

SOUTH-WEST SHORT MEDIUM Website     Google it    

Leighton Buzzard    Costa Coffee

23B High St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1DN    01525 850777

Standard Costa on the high street. Can be tricky to park bikes, take a lock.

SOUTH-WEST MEDIUM LONG Website     Google it    

Tring    The Cog Cafe

1 Parsonage Pl, Tring HP23 5BN    01442 826146

Very popular cycling cafe. Fairly tight inside and a few tables outside. Can be tricky to find bike parking and is sometimes closed without notice. Best to call ahead.

SOUTH-WEST LONG Website     Google it    

Tring    The Akeman pub

9 Akeman St, Tring HP23 6AA    01442 826027

Fantastic alternative to The Cog. Space for bikes in the yard, lots of seating inside and out. Cyclist friendly.

SOUTH-WEST LONG Website     Google it    

Quainton    George and Dragon

32 The Green, Quainton, Aylesbury HP22 4AR    01296 655436

Pub, Restaurant and Coffee Shop in Quainton. A picturesque village in the heart of the Aylesbury Vale. Cyclist friendly, home baked cakes and fresh tea.

SOUTH-WEST LONG Website     Google it    

  West

Woburn Sands    The Stripes Bicycle Company

62 Station Rd, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes MK17 8RZ    01908 587956

New addition to the reputable Stripes bike shop.

WEST SHORT MEDIUM Website     Google it    

Middle Claydon    Green Dragon Eco Centre

Claydon Road, Hogshaw MK18 3LA    01296 670444

WEST LONG Website     Google it    

Banbury    Little Amsterdam

13-14 N Bar St, Banbury OX16 0TF    01295 279140

Great little Dutch themed cafe serving pancakes and waffle. Very friendly and extremely tasty food! Worth a big summer ride

WEST EPIC Website     Google it    

Chipping Norton    The Old Mill Coffee House

7 West St, Chipping Norton OX7 5LH    01608 646005

Fantastic coffee stop choice on eastern edge of the Cotswolds. Huge range of tasty cakes, good breakfast menu

WEST EPIC Website     Google it    

  North West

Bourne End (Cranfield)    The Bike Bus

The Bus, Astwood Road, Bourne End - Milton Keynes    -

Popular stop with cyclists for a coffee and cake

NORTH-WEST SHORT MEDIUM Website     Google it    

Cranfield    OSO Coffee and Cake

119B High St, Cranfield, Bedford MK43 0BS    01234 750325

Great little cafe, nice seating area at the front, room inside and amazing cakes!

NORTH-WEST SHORT MEDIUM Website     Google it    

Salcey Forest    The Forest Cafe

Quinton Road, Salcey Forest, Northampton NN7 2HX    07834 765590

Always a good stop at Salcey. Bike friendly, plenty of open space and a good selection of cakes.

NORTH-WEST LONG Website     Google it    

Castle Ashby    The Buttery

The Farmyard, Castle Ashby Est, Northampton NN7 1LF    01604 696728

Picteresque courtyard setting, always a friendly welcome. Great breakfast menu and tasty cakes. Great mid stop option.

NORTH-WEST LONG Website     Google it