It is said that 4 wheels drive the body, two wheels drive the soul. Well, sometimes we all need a breath of fresh air. With your trusty bike, there are no traffic jams or train delays, the rides are amazing, and you’ll enjoy possibly cycling past graffiti infested buildings, exploring stunning countryside and so on.
If you want a hike with scenic rivers paths, well-ridden tracks, and some nasty hill climb, it’s time to get out of the city.
Clip-in and saddle up for these incredible cycle roots;
- From London to Brighton.
Distance: 98 Km (Taking National Cycle Route 20)
Leave the suburbs for the South Downs, and then explore Brighton on this so-loved ride to the sea. Taking the route 20 National Cycle from Wandsworth, it’s almost all flat along the way with a lot of cute villages and amazing Sussex countryside.
At the final hurdle, don’t be fooled by the gruelling face of the Ditchling Beacon. It is truly a formidable challenge.
- The Tamsin trail
Being around Richmond Park is a complete adventure.It’s a lovely loop with a lot of ice cream stops long-the way. It’s the most prominent royal park in London and home to not only acres of land, but also deer and the meddle-aged men, Lycra.
The scenic weekend ride stems its popularity with Richmond Park parameter being the cycling circuit for most of the cyclists.
Get into the Tamsin trail through any entrance gate, then cruise around the off-road tracks, after the Isabella Plantation, Ham House and Pembroke lodge.
The National Cycle Route 4 hill climb got something more challenging for the super active. Here, you’ll also have a sustained view of the royal deer.
- Greenwich to Gravesend
Distance: 43km (using the Thames path)
The route mostly falls along the Thames Path. Jump on the National cycle, route 1, then tick off several riverside landmarks found along the way.
Enjoy working to remove unsightly graffiti on your route as you approach several chemical plants and the abandoned industrial sites that keep everything in this location quite interesting.
Get to Erith; the route now leads to the Darent valet path all along the way to Gravesend. Rides from Greenwich to Gravesend mostly are quiet with the urban landscape being weirdly peaceful.
The highlight in this route is to sport the Antony Gormley’s sculpture ‘Quantum Cloud’ from the Thames banks.
- From Westminster bridge to the Box hill
Distance: 42km (taking Hampton Court Palace)
Whiz out of London through Richmond Park, pass the Hampton Court Palace heading to the greenery of Surrey.
Ride for the Horizon to experience ‘zig-zag’ road in Box Hills. The trail is incredibly amazing, and you possibly enjoy as it climbs for 120m, over a constant 1.6-mile tarmac road with brilliant views.
The highlight in this route is to explore the pretty National Trust Café right at the bottom of the Box Hill.
- From the Olympic Park cycling to Epping Forest
Distance: 25km (using Lee valley towpath)
Looking for enough road cycling? The Olympic Park to Epping Forest could work perfect for you but first, be ready to get muddy and whacked by some low-lying branches. Get on your wheels heading to Northside from Hackney Wick.
Enjoy real happiness at the River lea, after the Canal locks. Switch onto the A110, and then plunge straight towards the most abundant open space in London.
Test the bridleways that cover 40 miles in the forest; both surfaced and unsurfaced. Cycling along leaf-covered riding trails will seem more appealing than London’s traffic Jams.
The highlight in this route is to hunt down the fancy Hunting Lodge, built by Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth’s father.
- Putney Bridge cycling to Windsor Castle
Distance: 48km (taking the Thames Path)
Bounding along the waterside demands attention, and at some time the paths get narrow. From Putney Bridge and after Hampton Court, jump on the Thames path for Palace, all along Route 4 National Cycle. The riverside in this location beautifully-maintained and the tracks head past two different sights; the Runnemede’s rolling meadows and the Thorpe Park’s rollercoasters. Carry on along the river, and you’ll eventually get a clear view of the Windsor Castle.
The highlight is to ride along the waterways watching Thames boat as they come to life.
- Cycling beyond the potter’s Bar
Riding to and from the Potters Bar might be hairy, and a hilly experience, but views of Hertfordshire lanes complement the effort.You’ll begin at Swani’s lane. Follow the High Road to get out of Highgate and turn right heading to Potters Bar right in Chipping Barnet.
Gulp in the fresh air as you of Hertfordshire while spinning your way across the Newgate Street’s comfortable dwellings, Hoddesdon and Epping green. Carry on and finish the loop to Potters Bar. Watch the Cucumber Lane before getting back to the start
The highlight here is to encounter some of the stiff climbs the north of London can offer and possibly do some graffiti removal along the route marking some memorable moments.