Cycling in London
With many cycle routes offering stunning views of London’s famous landmarks cycling can be a great way to explore and keep active while you’re away on holiday. If you don’t want to bring your own bikes with you cycle hire is available at a range of shops across London providing a range of bikes to hire from kids bikes to trial and mountain bikes also providing helmets, tools and maps to help rookie cyclists in the region. In addition many cycle shops offer coaching, training courses and guided tours for the inexperienced cyclists who still want to enjoy riding in London. It is recommended that all cyclists wear the proper safety equipment due to the busy nature of cycling in London.
There are a range of great cycle routes, here are some ones that we recommend trying in London. If you’re a sporting fan the London sporting sights route will be ideal for you. Passing the football stadiums of Fulham and Chelsea then moving along the River Thames where the famous University boat races are held. Finally the route will end with the chance to cycle along a section of the 2012 Olympic Road Race before culminating at The Oval cricket ground. The second route takes you through the hidden gardens of London including Ladbroke Gr-Holland Park, Kyoto Gardens and Chelsea Physic Garden giving you the chance these hidden gardens overshadowed by the grander tourist destinations. The final route takes you away from the tourist locations to discover another side to the city from ancient burial grounds, to creepy museums, creative coffees and brightly coloured squares London has hidden gems in every corner. To check out these routes and many more click here.
We recommend using Sustrans national cycle network app, which is free on Apple and Android and enables the user access to over 25,000 miles of walking and cycling across the UK. Click here for a range of pubs with rooms catering for cycling holidays.
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