• Long Bike Routes: London

    (100km-200km)

  • Greenwich to Whitstable

    Distance: 110Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Duration: 6~7 hours

    From country trails to Kentish ales

    Kicking off at Greenwich park, the route sports a hilly profile, though it pales in comparison with some other entries on the list. Jump on the A20 down to Sidcup, before picking up the National Route 1 all the way to Whitstable, passing by myriad unique landmarks, including Dickens’ country home, Rochester Castle as well as Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer. And yes, they do guided tours!

    Mile End & Hertford loop

    Distance: 112Km

    Type: Road & Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Duration: 7~8 hours

    Flora, fauna, muddy fenders

    Lee Valley is quickly becoming one of the best cycling areas north of London, and this route’s no exception. Meadows, marshes, and miles of unobstructed canal path give way to quaint rural lanes as you near the northern end of Lee Valley Regional Park, before heading back via Potters Bar and Barnet. Lots of brilliant small pubs en route!

    Crystal Palace to Rye

    Distance: 113Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Hard

    Duration: 6~7 hours

    Seabound at last!

    This rocky run to the coast cuts straight through High Weald AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), a self-proclaimed ‘cyclist’s mecca’ dotted by patchy farmsteads, quiet meadows and old routeways. The middle chunk turns rather hilly, but it’s smooth sailing the closer you get to the sea.

    Southbank to Oxford

    Distance: 114Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Duration: 6~7 hours

    Our Own ‘University Challenge’ spinoff

    Ditching the Thames Valley trail for the most part, this route breezes past Uxbridge and Slough on its way to southern Oxfordshire. And while it may be trailing behind its academic archfoe of Cambridge when it comes to the overall popularity of cycling, Oxford still feels like a better city to explore on two wheels. Also, if you’re not rushing to catch a train back, alehouses aplenty once you reach the uni.

    Soho & Windsor loop

    Distance: 122Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Duration: 6~7 hours

    Parks and rivers and giant cinnamon buns

    A crowd favorite with local cycling clubs, this route is often used for winter training, though it’s a real doozy any time of the year. Breeze through two royal parks, pass the scenic Surrey countryside and through the Windsor Great Park, then find out what all the fuss is about Cinnamon Café’s massive buns before heading back.

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    Barbican & Chilterns loop

    Distance: 135Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Hard

    Duration: 7~8 hours

    ♫♫ The Hills are Aliveee...! ♫♫

    As a cycling excursion, Chiltern Hills still feel cruelly underrated by many Londoners. Just an hour away from the Big Smoke, you’ll find yourself immersed in an entirely new ecosystem, dominated by plush, rolling hills, thriving wildlife and remote hamlets. That said, getting there ain’t exactly easy: clocking in at 135km, the loop is reasonably taxing, and best tackled with flapjacks in every pocket.

    Soho & Box Hill loop

    Distance: 138Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Hard

    Duration: 7~8 hours

    No medal, but a lifetime of bragging rights

    Ever wanted to feel like a proper olympian? Here’s your chance! Inspired by the London Olympics road race, this route encircles everyone’s favorite Richmond Park, before pitting you against some of Surrey’s most infamous climbs. Snake up Box Hill’s aptly-named Zig Zag Road, just like countless pros before you. End the course back at the luxurious Rapha Club enjoy a coffee whilst staring at signed pro jerseys.

    Shoreditch & Easter loop

    Distance: 140Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Hard

    Duration: 7~8 hours

    The only way is Easter

    Based on an annual Easter Classic sportive by the London Phoenix Cycle Club, this route shows you the side of Essex you’re, erm, less likely to see on ITV. Looping the charming villages of High Easter and Good Easter (hence the name) on placid country lanes, the course is relatively flat, and absolutely worth it. For a group experience, check out: http://www.londonphoenix.co.uk/easter-classic/!

    Balham & Stonegate loop

    Distance: 161Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Hard

    Duration: 8~9 hours

    For long-distance connoisseurs

    Leaving the Victorian townhomes of Balham behind, journey south via Oxted to the open woodlands of High Weald. Living up to its ‘AONB’ (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) demarcation, the Weald is famed for its varied landscape and sloping hills, which are sure to test your tires as well as your resolve. And if you need to recharge while in Stonegate, check out The Great House - a 16th century inn with a stellar selection of ales and wines!

    Putney & Brighton loop

    Distance: 184Km

    Type: Road

    Difficulty: Very Hard

    Duration: 10~12 hours

    There are routes - and then there are routes

    Not for the faint of heart (or legs), this monster run mimics the annual London to Brighton charity course - but rather than let you relax and catch a train once you hit the coast, also has you cycling back. Tackling the notorious Ditchling Beacon on the way to Brighton isn’t impossible, but it’s far from a beginner climb either. Be warned, the ride back is harder than the ride there! Leave this one to the veterans...or the mad.

    Touring rides

    (200+km)

    Greenwich to Bristol

    Distance: 283Km

    Type: Road & Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Duration: 2~3 Days

    Bring a tent, a credit card, and some tools

    Ever get that feeling when riding out of london that you just want to keep on going and not turn back? With this multi-day ride along back roads and canals, now you can! The numerous Pubs, B&Bs and camping spots make this a great way to experience the glory of multi-day touring. Be sure to have puncture repair kit and some basic tools with you, there aren't many bike shops along the way.

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