London Weekend – Sat 25 to Mon 27 May

Photos of the ride can now be viewed in our Flickr set.

 DESCRIPTION: This Spring Bank Holiday weekend we are staying two nights at Thameside YHA for a variety of rides and excursions.

Saturday 25th May

Travel to London in the morning.

There are many options here. National Rail were recently doing an Advanced Single for £15.50 on the 08:30 train, and an Advanced Single for the return at 21:45 on Monday 27 May for £10; National Express allow you to bring a folder provided it’s in a padded bag; Travel up by car with bike in back or rack mounted – the free on-street parking is surprisingly good as the YHA is in a quiet, recently developed area; Get a Brompton through Brompton Dock at TempleMeads (see last Winter’s Bristol Cyclist magazine article); Get a Boris Bike; Hire a bike local to hostel.

Afternoon visit to Ice Age Art exhibition at the British Museum from about 2pm onwards

Stay at Thameside YHA, 20 Salter Road, Rotherhithe, SE16 5PR Price for YHA members was recently advertised as £16 for night of 25 May and £12 for night of 26 May. The hostel is bright clean and modern, perfectly sited for our needs, 3.5 miles from Greenwich and 1.5 miles from Tower Bridge.

Sunday 26th May

Day Ride planned to go to Greenwich, past the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory; on to Woolwich Arsenal and from there following the edge of the Thames Estuary through Thamesmead as far as Erith. Return to hostel late afternoon.

This Ride combines two routes in the London Cycling Guide and we will also use the TfL Cycling Guides 7 and 8, provided through the Bristol Sustrans shop.  It is about 35 miles of largely off-road cycleways, has many points of interest en-route (e.g. Thames Barrier, Millennium Dome, Anthony Gormley Sculptures). Most of it is easy flat cycling and the views of the Thames estuary are spectacular.  

Stay at Thameside YHA, 20 Salter Road, Rotherhithe, SE16 5PR.

Monday 27th May (Bank Holiday) 

Short ferry hop from nearby (0.85 miles) Hilton Docklands Pier to Canary Wharf Pier and from there taking a longer 25 minute ferry journey to Woolwich Arsenal.

This was very successful on the recce and worth every penny of the £9.50 total cost. We enjoyed atmospheric views of London from the river, passing under the new Sky Lift cable car and through the iconic Thames Barrier. Bike stands were provided on the boat.

Cross the Thames to North Woolwich either using the Woolwich pedestrian tunnel or via the free Woolwich Ferry.

Cycle through Docklands to ExCel London & coffee stop

Skylift London cable car trip from ExCel to the Millennium Dome.

Cycle to Greenwich, cross the Thames via the Greenwich Tunnel (this follows NCN1) and through Docklands to pick up Barclays Cycle Superhighway 3 to Tower Gateway

Late lunch and final meet up in Central London. Venue to be agreed. Return to Bristol in the evening.

Ride leader Chris is proposing to be very flexible about this trip if people want to do just some of the above itinerary, meet up along the way, or stay at the hostel and do their own thing. If people do NOT want to do various things (eg. ferry boats, tunnels, cable-car etc) then we can agree a Plan B that gives an alternative option in advance that still covers much of the same ground. As there are so many possible permutations for this trip we will have to ask people to make their own bookings for travelling and also for staying at YHA Thameside. As regards travel to and from London don’t forget to make a cycle reservation at the same time as booking your seat. With regard to the accommodation you can either book through the YHA website or make a telephone booking on 0845 371 9756. The British Museum recommends pre-booking any visit to their Ice Age Art exhibition owing to its popularity. Chris will endeavour to make bookings on behalf of other people provided that you give him sufficient notice. 

If you are interested in this trip please let Chris know as soon as possible.

LEADER: Chris Whitlock

CONTACT: 07810 785569 or c/o [email protected]