• The Best Cycling Routes in (and around) London: Our 2018 List

    Road, trail, and everything in between.

  • A better way to explore the capital 🚴

    We created this list to help our fellow Londoners find new and unique ways to enjoy the city and its surroundings.

     

    We wanted to include something for everyone - from noiseless lanes for beginner cyclists, to veteran climbs, and even a few off-road tracks for MTB enthusiasts.

     

    For each route, we kept it short, sweet and packed with relevant info.

     

    Here’s what the list includes:

    • 30+ new and popular bike routes in and around London (with more coming soon) ✔️
    • Cycling paths of all lengths & difficulty levels ✔️
    • To-the-point summaries, with must-see landmarks, pub suggestions and more ✔️
    • Google Maps for each route ✔️
    • Downloadable as an Ebook ✔️

    In other words, whether you want to discover London's historic towpaths, bike through tree-lined royal parks, or escape to the open countryside for a day (or three) - our list of cycle routes should have you covered.

    P.S. If you'd like to have all the routes at hand, leave us your email and we'll send you the entire list as an Ebook. We'll also send you all the routes we add to the list in the future.

    Enjoy!

    Cycle Route Index

    To make it easy to read and navigate, we divided the list into 3 pages based on route length:

  • Short Bike Rides

    (5km-50km)

    Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace

    Distance: 6Km

    Type: Trail

    Difficulty: Easy

    Duration: ~30 minutes

    London’s very own ‘countryside’ trail

    The capitol’s longest local nature reserve, ‘Parkland Walk’ traces the historic railway bed between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. With its sumptuous wildlife and some magnificent views of North London, the tree-lined trail is perfect for anyone who’d like to step away from the city madness - without leaving the city. Off-road tires recommended, but not essential.

    Olympic Park & Whitechapel loop

    Distance: 21Km

    Type: Road & Trail

    Difficulty: Easy

    Duration: 1~2 hours

    History on wheels

    Add a nice touch of history to your city ride, as you traverse both the oldest canal (Limehouse Cut) and the oldest public park (Victoria) in London. Conveniently enough, both also double as a hotbed for all sorts of wildlife; with a bit of luck, you could come across anything from swans, ducks and cormorans to noisy moorhens and rummaging deer. It’s not exactly safari, but beats most London journeys by a mile!

    Richmond & Putney Parks loop

    Distance: 22Km

    Type: Road & Trail

    Difficulty: Easy

    Duration: 1~2 hours

    Calling all nature (and beer) enthusiasts

    Exploring the scenic gems of Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common and Richmond park, this gratifying nature trail accommodates cyclists of all skill levels. From Putney’s abundant woodlands to rolling dirt trails and resident deer of Richmond Park, and several solid pubs in between, there’s something for everyone!

    Greenwich & Cator Park loop

    Distance: 22Km

    Type: Road & Trail

    Difficulty: Easy

    Duration: 1~2 hours

    Open spaces and quiet places

    Follow the popular ‘Waterlink Way’ (part of the National Cycle Network) from Cator Park to Greenwich, through a medley of noiseless lanes and traffic-free paths along the River Ravensbourne. While at Greenwich, treat yourself to arguably the best views of London from the park’s vantage points, or recharge at the recently refurbished Pavilion Cafe.

    Richmond to Weybridge

    Distance: 25Km

    Type: Road & Trail

    Difficulty: Easy

    Duration: 1~2 hours

    Traffic? What traffic?

    Trade the rush hour gridlock for this colorful river-bound trail, which traces the Thames Path ‘till the very end. Pass the famed Hampton Court Palace (or make a day out of it!), then head on down the quiet streets and beginner-friendly slopes to the historic town of Weybridge in Surrey.

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    Olympic Park & Canary Wharf loop

    Distance: 26Km

    Type: Road & Trail

    Difficulty: Easy

    Duration: 1~2 hours

    Athletes, Pilots and Bankers

    Take a leisurely ride along a medley of mix-use roads and tracks. See the Olympic stadium, City airport, Thames riverside, pillars of finance, and even Britain’s only floating towpath (it’s cooler than it sounds, I promise!). Then finish it off with some lovely coffee and cake at the popular View Tube cafe.

    Tower Bridge & Forest Hill loop

    Distance: 30Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Easy

    Duration: 1~2 hours

    Come for the sights, stay for the giant walrus

    Chart the Thames from the Tower Bridge all the way to Greenwich Park, before heading south towards Forest Hill. True to its name, the artsy district features some of London’s steepest roads, making this a fairly challenging ride for its length. If you’ve never been, a visit to the local Horniman Museum is a must, with panoramic views of Central London and the city’s biggest (and only?) taxidermy walrus!

    Putney Village & Hampton Court loop

    Distance: 30Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Easy

    Duration: 1~2 hours

    Not out of the woods yet!

    Encircling not one, but two royal parks (plus the charming woodlands of Ham Common), this route is green through and through. Shadow the main pathways of Richmond Park, then follow the (virtually traffic-free) riverside trail to Hampton Court Palace and Bushy Park, renowned for its gardens and roaming deer herds!

    Olympic Park & Hooksmarsh loop

    Distance: 49Km

    Type: Road & Trail

    Difficulty: Easy

    Duration: 3~4 hours

    Where the wild things are

    Discover the vibrant wildlife of a 10000-acre long Lee Valley Regional Park, as you navigate the towpaths of River Lee through parks, infinite marshes and nearby islands. Head on back once you’ve hit Hooks Marsh, or stick around and join the local otter discovery trail!

    Greenwich & North Downs loop

    Distance: 50Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Hard

    Duration: 3~4 hours

    Here’s where things get a bit tricky...

    Fancy a challenge but find yourself short on time? This hilly route to rural Kent and back can be done in a couple of hours and will put your hamstrings to the test, but shies away from the area’s more demanding climbs. And if you do get tired, why not stop by the old home of Charles Darwin in Downe - it’s on the way!

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  • Get ALL The Routes

    Download our 'Routebook' for free, and enjoy all the rides on the fly. If you have any suggestions or rides you'd like to see included, please let us know.

     

    We'll keep updating the routebook, so make sure to leave your contact info!

    Credit & Thanks

    Thanks to the following sites and their amazing contributors for inspiring us with great bike routes, trails and paths to ride and curate:

    strava.com

    letsride.co.uk

    uclucyclingclub.com

    bikely.com

    plotaroute.com

    london.cyclestreets.net

    justgoride.co.uk

    mapmyride.com

    routeyou.com

    sustrans.org.uk

    Stay tuned...more London cycle routes coming soon!

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    See you on the road! 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️

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