Even though London offers plenty of low-cost transportation options when exploring the city, taking a bike along is a great way to enjoy the fresh air outside of the lines of traffic. Cycling to and from London’s parks is a great excuse to enjoy an afternoon picnic, and you’ll find plenty of places to leave your bike in a secure spot and carry on with your venture. If you’re planning on biking at dusk or night, be sure to wear enough protective gear, and pick up some reflective clothing. While the pedestrian population is fairly safe in London, it can be difficult to navigate in the bustling city center if you’re not easily visible. Here are the best places to track down a cycling trail in London.
You’ll want to start early on the 6-mile route through Richmond Park in London. This one offers a combination of hills and terrains through some of London’s finest forest and woodsy areas, but you’ll need to watch for cars as it crosses through multiple roads as well. This is an ideal trail for flat speed training because you can enjoy mile-long stretches of completely clear trails. You’ll be looping around Richmond Park as well, one of London’s famous public parks.
If you’re looking for a really good workout, the 30-mile stretch from London to Camden town is sure to give you plenty of scenery to take in. You can go through the Regents Canal area for a great view of the barge and the boats for a flat ride, but be prepared fro some challenging hills throughout Hampstead and Finchley if you choose to ride towards Chalk Farm Road.
London’s Hyde Park boasts multiple cycling trails and open spaces ripe for exploration, and you can simply bike alongside the walking trails sanctioned off around the park. This is a great way to take in the season’s foliage, as well as traveling to the band concerts and special events in the park center.
Take a trip along the Thames with a variety of cycling routes (car-free) along the South Bank. Enjoy the 24-mile stretch upstream to Putney, and you’ll be passing through the Royal Botanical Gardens, Hampton Court, and Bushy Park. If you choose to head East instead, you’ll be heading toward Greenwich. The Royal Observatory is just one point of interest on this route, and you’ll eventually reach Woolwich as you cross the river on a ferry.
Hertford Union Canal is ideal for families and kids; you can take this 26-mile stretch towards Hertfordshire, with attractions such as the bird reserve, sports centre, and an ice rink. This one’s a good route for a weekend or a few days of traveling; there are plenty of bed and breakfast’s along the way, and you’ll find more than one place to enjoy a classic picnic.
For a leisurely excursion through London, enjoy any of these top cycling routes and trails in the area. It’s a great way to enjoy the best of the city. . .or squeeze in a much-needed workout during your travels!