Visit London Asks: What’s Your Favourite Cycle Route in London?

London’s long-anticipated Cycle Hire Scheme launched on Friday. Have you signed up yet? Tell us about your maiden voyage!

Whether you’ve joined the Cycle Hire Scheme or not, Visit London wants to know where you enjoy riding in London. Do you like to cycle by London’s waterways, are you an urban road rider, or do you take advantage of the bike paths of London’s many parks and open spaces?

Tell us about your favourite cycle routes in London.

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  1. LazyLondon says:

    I haven’t tried it yet but the new CS7 cycling superhighway looks like a very direct route from Clapham into Central London.

  2. Nicholas says:

    I cycle down from Highgate to the River Lee at Tottenham and generally head south along passed the Olympic site in Stratford and Hacknet Marshes (often before they’ve started kicking a ball on the pitches on Sunday!).

    As you hit the canal that flows to the right (can’t remember the name) turn back on yourself and climb the ramp to the bridge to cross over. In the wet it’s more of a struggle with your rear wheel spinning as you stand up and lean forward to get the power down!

    Follow the canal along Victoria Park to where it splits and head south under Roman Rd for about a mile, before peeling off just before the lock and head along Tomlin’s Terrace and following the path round to the left before joining the road and heading straight towards Commercial Road.

    Cross Commercial Road on to the cobble stones passed St Annes Limehouse and follow the road around turning right at the junction with Narrow Roadand follow the road passed The Grapes and round through the park that crosses the Limehouse Link before crossing to Cable St and following the DLR route, using the cycle path to get to Tower Gateway before zigagging along Minories and following the road to Aldgate and round to London Wall before taking the right turn up Moorgate and towards Old Street. From there I bear right just before Moorfields Hospital and head towards Highbury Corner.

    After negotiating the traffic in Highbury I follow the A1 towards Highgate and home, or I might take the back roads passed Emirates Stadium or weave towards Finsbury Park and along the disused railway tracks to Highgate Station.

    All told it is 20 miles and takes around 1 1/2 hours, or about as long as it has taken to type this!

  3. Andreas says:

    I wrote an eBook with 25 London Cycle Routes. (Would you like me to send you a copy for the visit London blog?)

    Anyway – here is one I absolutely adore which is easy to follow and avoids most main roads.

    You basically start off on the North side of Tower Bridge and use the Thames Path where possible to go through St Kathrines Docks and all the way past Canary Wharf to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. Then walk your bike to the other side and explore the park. Following that hop back on your bike and again using the Thames Path where possible head back towards Tower Bridge. Stop off near the Design Museum to look at the quirky shop and have a nice meal with a view of Tower Bridge.

    Great ride, minimum traffic, very relaxed and I’ve done it with lots of people who visit me in London.

    Do ask if you want more details on the London cycle routes eBook:
    http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/routes/london-cycle-routes-book/

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