Whether you’ve lived in London all your life or have just made the move to the capital, cycling is a brilliant way to take in the city, its sights and surroundings. Although London is somewhat infamous in the UK for its heavy traffic and busy streets, there’s actually an array of brilliant bike routes that will take you across the city and provide an appealing alternative to public transport.
Here at Turvec, we’re passionate about cycling and the benefits it can bring to both individuals and communities. This is why we’ve hand picked three of our favourite bike rides across London to help you discover the city in a new way, all whilst giving yourself a workout and some much needed fresh air!
The Tamsin Trail
Riding the Tamsin Trail around Richmond Park is almost like a rite of passage for any keen cyclist living in London. A 12 km loop goes to all corners of the park and includes a few short and sharp inclines, as well some longer, more gradual inclines.
As the route is relatively short in cycling terms, its ideal for beginners or anyone fancying a nice leisurely ride. There are also plenty of places to stop for an ice cream or a cold drink along the way, making it the perfect route for a warm summers day! However, if you want to push yourself – three laps of the 12 km route in one hour is a good challenge for any cyclist. Our favourite part about this route is the viewpoint from Richmond Gate; it looks right over central London and gives you a clear view of both the capital and the countryside.
Battersea Park to Greenwich
This 16 km route is one of the best ways to take in London’s most popular sights and tourist attractions, so its perfect for impressing friends and family who come to visit. Cycling along the Thames, you’ll ride past the London Eye, the Tate Modern, the Globe and Borough Market, to name just a few highlights. The route is relatively easy and a great way to see more of London without having to pay taxi or tube fares from one tourist attraction to the next.
Westminster Bridge to Box Hill
This route is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Cycling just outside of London via Richmond Park and Hampton Court Palace, the rolling hillsides and peaceful countryside of Surrey awaits. The gruelling 42 km route incorporates part of the 2012 Olympic road-cycling route in Box Hill – ‘Zig Zag Road’ – reaching an ascent of over 120 m. But its all worth it when you feel the satisfaction of making it to the top and witnessing some incredible views of Surrey’s countryside – it makes it hard to believe you’re just 30 km south-west of London!
At Turvec, we provide cycle parking solutions across London and beyond. Get in touch with us today to discover how we can help your business with our innovative bike storage solutions!