Most weekends Bristol Cycling lead a friendly ride around the city but this Easter we have arranged something special. We have organised 3 days of riding around the capital to see and experience for ourselves some of the new (and some not so new) cycling infrastructure in place around the city of London.
The weekend aims to be sociable, informative and fun, exploring some great trails, new cycling infrastructure, and points of interest. The shorter rides, on Saturday & Monday, will sample the new Cycle Superhighways and cover some outstanding segregated cyclepaths through the heart of London. The Sunday ride will follow canal towpaths and NCN1 to the former Olympic Park with its iconic Velodrome, and then along the Lea Navigation towards Waltham Abbey. Full details below, printable version here.
You will need to organise your own travel to and from London, and your own accommodation, but the rides themselves are free.
Rides are run for members but we welcome newcomers so if you’d like to join us please do get in touch: [email protected].
SATURDAY 15TH APRIL. HALF DAY AFTERNOON RIDE. Ride leader: Nick Davies
Meet 12-45pm for a 1-00pm start at Tower Bridge, beneath the North Tower, pavement to W side.
A ride taking in some of London’s exemplary infrastructure including the East-West Cycle Superhighway, due to open in full this Summer, and a superb ride on the north bank of the Thames that takes in some iconic buildings like Big Ben. The route will circuit Hyde Park and the Serpentine and go on to sample CS5 Pimlico-Oval, before exploring part of the North-South superhighway from Elephant & Castle towards Blackfriars. The Ride will end at the Tate Modern for a coffee break and to look around. Evening meal proposed for 6-30pm at Vapiano, 90 Southwark St, London SE1 0FD.
EASTER SUNDAY 16TH APRIL. FULL DAY RIDE. Ride leader: Chris Whitlock
Meet 09-45am for a 10-00am start at Tower Bridge, beneath the North Tower, pavement to W side.
The ride will follow canal towpaths, quiet roads and Cycle Superhighways to explore the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with its striking new sports buildings, Velodrome, sculpture and wetlands. We will also stop at the ArcelorMittal Orbit (giant Anish Kapoor Sculpture) in the Park at 10-45am as a secondary meet-up point. We follow the Lea Navigation on a leisurely traffic-free route that wends its way through a patchwork of park, marshland and waterways, yet still being an urban route. Pub lunch at 1-30pm, Bakers Arms, Waltham Abbey. Return through the Lea Valley using a mixture of road and cycleway through Hackney as we head towards the City. The Ride will end at the The Dolphin, 165 Mare St, Hackney E8 3RH for a sociable drink. An evening meal is booked for 7pm at Café Rouge, Unit 4, Quayside Road, St Katharine Docks, London E1W 1AN.
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 17TH APRIL. HALF DAY MORNING RIDE Ride leader: Ric Dobson
Meet 09-45am for a 10-00am start at Tower Bridge, beneath the North Tower, pavement to E side.
Tower Bridge to Greenwich Park Riverside Loop. The ride provides unmissable views of the Thames and a variety of parkland, modern housing and numerous points of interest like the Cutty Sark, the Greenwich foot tunnel, and the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe. We will extend the riverside trail to go in search of some quirky London sights including a disused Soviet tank and the Cross Bones Graveyard. The Ride will end at about 2-00pm in a café, and following this we will visit the Brunel Museum.