GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

London Cycle Routes

Greater London is an interesting place to cycle with central London becoming more cycle friendly largely thanks to the London Cycling Campaign, Transport for London and the National Cycle Network.
The outskirts offer many attractive routes with Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park and the River Thames offering some pleasant off road cycling opportunities.

The central area is also well served by cycling lanes and signed routes which you can view and download below.

Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Greater London Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Greater London including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Alexandra Park1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle through this popular park in North London. The park covers nearly 200 acres and surrounds the historic entertainment venue of Alexandra Palace. It includes a pretty boating lake where you can enjoy a boat ride or a lakeside snack at the cafe. There is a also a large garden centre with a Victorian style greenhouse, a deer enclosure with a small herd of fallow deer and a 10 hole pitch and putt golf course. You can also climb the park's tree-lined sloping hill where you can enjoy super views over London. View Full Details>>
Barnet to Welwyn Garden City14 miles (22 km)Follow NCN Route 12 from the outskirts of London into Hertfordshire on this fairly easy route View Full Details>>
Battersea Park2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle through this riverside park in London. There's a cycle trail running through the northern end of the park and footpaths taking you around a boating lake, through Sub-Tropical Gardens and along the River Thames. There's 200acres (83-hectare)to explore with a children's zoo, a boating lake, a bandstand and cafe. There's also a 3 hectare nature area with mixed woodland where you can look out for butterflies and birds such asblackcap and bullfinch.Good footpaths take you around the lovely Sub-Tropical Gardens with amixture of exotic plants and then to the Old English Garden with a fountain and pretty hedges and flowers. View Full Details>>
Bayhurst Wood Country Park and Ruislip Woods5 miles (8 km)Bayhurst Wood Country Park and Ruislip Woods are located in the London Borough of Hillingdon and contain numerous walking and cycling trails. Ruislip Woods covers 726 acres and became the first National Nature Reserve in an urban area of England in 1997. The site includes grassland, ponds, streams, marshland and the delightful Ruislip Lido. View Full Details>>
Brent Reservoir1 miles (1.2 km)Brent Reservoir and the Wesh Harp Open space is a popular place for walkers and cyclists. A traffic free path runs long the northern shore of this large lake with views across the water and woodland trails. It's a popular site for bird watching with two bird hides and visitors which includegreat crested grebe,gadwall,shoveler,common pochard,tufted duckandcommon tern. There's also the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre which is a 15 acre woodland site where children can have a hands-on experience with nature. View Full Details>>
Brockwell Park2 miles (2.5 km)This park near Brixton has a cycle path running around the perimeter. There are also good footpaths taking you around the 50 hectare(125 acres) site with its pretty lake and wide lawns. In the park you can climb a small hill and enjoy views of the skyline of thecityandCentral London. Here you will find the early 19th century Brockwell Hall where you can enjoy refreshments in the cafe. There is also a popular open-air swimming pool named Brockwell Lido with a a Grade II listedart deco building and cafe. There are good family facilites with a playground, paddling pool and miniature railway. View Full Details>>
Clapham Common2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a walk around this large open space in South London. The common covers 220 acres (89 hectares) with miles of walking trails taking you to open grassland, three ponds and a Victorian bandstand. Wide trails take you to the flower gardens and around Eagle, Long and Mount Ponds. There's also a cycling trail running through the centre of the park. Facilities include a running track, bowling green, Australian rules football pitches, Tennis courts and a skateboard park. The Windmill Pub at the park's eastern side is a good place for refreshments. View Full Details>>
Colne Valley Trail7 miles (11 km)Follow the Colne Valley Trail from Uxbridge to Rickmansworth and enjoy riverside and canalside walking or cycling. View Full Details>>
Croydon to Petts Wood10 miles (16 km)This route runs from East Croydon railway to Petts Wood along residential roads and off road tracks and paths. The ride includes a stretch along Addiscombe Railway Park - a disused railway path that offers a safe, traffic free ride. You will also visit Norman Park, Ashburton Playing Fields, Bromley Common and the delightful Jubilee Country Park Nature Reserve. The Park consists of 62 acres of grassland and ancient woodland and was purchased by Bromley Council to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977. It is full of wildlife with amphibians, birds, butterflies, insects, mammals, reptiles and wild flowers to look out for. View Full Details>>
Epping Forest19 miles (30 km)This circular route starts at Epping tube station and takes you through the quiet roads in and around Epping Forest.
The route is on road so will suit all types of bike but if you're on an MTB or Hybrid it's well worth exploring the signed off road paths and tracks in the forest. View Full Details>>
Farthing Downs2 miles (2.5 km)This large area of chalk grassland is located near Coulsdon in south London. It is crossed with various walking trails and bisected by National Cycle Network route 20. The area is surrounded by attractive woodland and countryside. As such it's a nice place to go for a short cycle or walk in a large open space in south London. You can start the route from the car park at the southern end of the downs. Use the street view link below to virtually explore the downs from here! View Full Details>>
Greenwich Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk through this large park in London. There's 180 acres of wide lawns, tree lined avenues, orchards and pretty gardens. There's also a beautiful 200m long herbaceous borderand a deer park with Red and Fallow Deer. You can climb to the park's high points for great views of the River Thames, Canary Wharf, theIsle of Dogsand theCity of London. The park also houses The Royal Observatory, the home of Greenwich Mean Time, the Prime Meridian and London's only Planetarium. The observatory played a major role in the history ofastronomyandnavigation. View Full Details>>
Greenwich to Cheshunt21 miles (34 km)Follow National Cycle route 1 on this pleasant ride or walk through north London into Hertfordshire. You start by the Thames at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and crosses to the Isle of Dogs via the Greenwich tunnel. This section gives splendid views of the River Thames and Canary Wharf. View Full Details>>
Greenwich to Croydon16 miles (25 km)This ride follows NCN route 21, taking you through south east London View Full Details>>
Greenwich to Gravesend27 miles (43 km)Starting in Greenwich on the banks of the river Thames follow NCN route 1 to Gravesend via Dartford View Full Details>>
Hainault Forest Country Park4 miles (7 km)This country park contains open space parklands, numerous public footpaths, a large lake, the Hainault Forest Golf Club and Fox Burrow Farm. There are 336 acres to explore with several paths suitable for cyclists so you can bring your bike and enjoy miles of traffic free cycling. View Full Details>>
Hampstead Heath3 miles (5 km)This large London park covers 790 acres and contains miles of well laid out footpaths. You can climb the 98 metre (322ft) high Parliament Hill for terrific views of major London landmarks such as Canary Wharf,the Gherkin,the ShardandSt Paul's Cathedral. Along the eastern edge of the park are the pretty Highgate ponds which include three open-air public swimming pools. At the northern end of the heath you'll find Kenwood House. This former stately home is run by English Heritage and consists of gardens, ancient woodland and sculptures byBarbara Hepworth,Henry MooreandEugene Dodeigne. View Full Details>>
Hampton Court Park2 miles (4 km)This 750 acre park is open to the public and sits next to Hampton Court Palace and Bushy Park in south London. It's great for an afternoon stroll with long tree lined avenues running along the Long Water canal in the centre of the park. At the end of the canal, the Golden Jubilee Fountain shoots spectacular 30 metre jets of water into the air. Deer, descended from Henry VIII's original herd roam around the rest of the park freely.Adjacent to the park you will find Bushy Park which is a great option if you'd like to continue your outing. View Full Details>>
Hertford Union Canal1 miles (1.7 km)Enjoy an easy, waterside walk or cycle along this canal in Tower Hamlets. It runs for about a mile, linking the Regent's Canal and the Lea Valley Walk. You'll pass a series of locks and bridges along the way. It runs alongside Victoria Park so there is scope for continuing your walk through the park or along the Regent's Canal. View Full Details>>
High Elms Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy the woodlands, nature centre, ice well, formal gardens and wildflower meadows in this 250 acre country park in Orpington. You'll also find the Clock House, Grade II listed building and the attractive Yew avenue (created 1896) in this varied and interesting park. View Full Details>>
Hornchurch Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle through this large country park in Havering in the Ingrebourne Valley. Features in the park include the River Ingrebourne, grassland, a fishing lake and woodland paths. The park is also a Local Nature Resrve with marshes containing the largest freshwater reed bed in London. As such it is a great area for birdwatching and wildlife spotting. View Full Details>>
Hyde Park2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle around this famous London Park. There is a cycle path running up from Hyde Park Corner through the park and along the Serpentine Lake. You can cross the Serpentine Bridge and return on the other side of the lake for a nice easy circular cycle ride. The cycle path also extends to Kensington Gardens, passing the Serpentine Gallery and Kensington Palace before finishing at the Diana Memorial Garden near Queensway tube station. View Full Details>>
Ingrebourne Valley3 miles (5 km)This is a nice easy, family cycle ride or walk through the Ingrebourne Valley near Upminster. The route includes a stretch through Hornchurch Country Park with its ponds, lakes and pleasant scenery. You will also visit Ingrebourne Hill which offers brilliant views across the Thames and a variety of wildlife. Finally, there is a lovely stretch along the Ingrebourne River to enjoy, making for a peaceful, varied easy walk or ride. View Full Details>>
Joydens Wood4 miles (6.5 km)Explore these ancient woods near Bexleyheathon this easy walk on the border of London and Kent. The area is historically and archeologically significant with remains found from Roman times. This is represented with a series of impressive wooden sculptures. Look out for the Saxon Warrior and Roman Soldier pieces in particular. There's lots of wildlife to see also. Look out for bats, woodpecker, owl and dormouse all of which are represented by a sculpture. View Full Details>>
Limehouse Cut3 miles (4.5 km)Follow the Limehouse Cut canal on this waterside walk or cycle in East London. It's a nice route for anyone looking for an easy, safe cycle ride or walkers looking for a pleasant stroll in the city. Look out for wildlife including coot, swans, ducks and cormorants on the way. View Full Details>>
London to Box Hill20 miles (32.5 km)Follow National Cycle Network routes from London to the lovely Box Hill Country Park in Surrey. The route starts on the Thames at Wandsworth and travels through outer London and the North Downs to the park. It runs for a distance of just over 20 miles with some traffic free sections and nice countryside views to enjoy on the way. View Full Details>>
London to Brighton65 miles (104 km)Travel from the banks of the River Thames in Greenwich to the South Coast on this popular route along National Cycle Network Routes 21 and 20. The route runs for about 65 miles, using a mixture of minor roads and traffic free paths. View Full Details>>
London to Cambridge81 miles (130 km)This long distance cycle ride takes you from the Thames in London, through Essex and Cambridgeshire, to the Univeristy city of Cambridge. The route uses a mixture of National Cycle Network Routes and Local Cycle Routes to take you between these two great English cities. There's lots of traffic free sections, particularly at the start as you head through London and Lee Valley Park. The route then follows a mixture of country lanes and minor roads to Waltham Abbey, Harlow and Stansted Mountfitchet, before finishing in Cambridge. View Full Details>>
London to Dover99 miles (159 km)This long route travels from London to Dover using National Cycle Network Route 1 to Canterbury and then Regional Route 16 to Dover. It runs for nearly 100 miles using a mixture of quiet roads and signed traffic free paths. View Full Details>>
London to Newhaven99 miles (160 km)Follow a series of signed National Cycle Network paths from London to Newhaven on this long ride to the coast. Newhaven is the town where you can catch the ferry to Dieppe in France and pick up a number of cycle trails to explore the country. View Full Details>>
London to Paris314 miles (506 km)This ride takes you along the proposed route for the Avenue Verte - a traffic-free cycle path, safe enough for a child, linking London and the French capital. View Full Details>>
London to St Albans35 miles (56 km)This ride follows London Cycle Network and National Cycle Network routes from south west London to the Hertfordshire town of St Albans. The route runs for about 35 miles, following signed paths through west London including waterside sections along the River Thames, the Colne Valley and the Grand Union Canal. View Full Details>>
London to Whitstable71 miles (114 km)Travel along signed cycle paths from the city of London to the lovely Kent based resort of Whitstable. The ride runs for just over 70 miles, using a mixture of off road cycle paths and quiet roads. View Full Details>>
London to Windsor39 miles (63 km)This long cycle ride runs along National Cycle Route 4 from West London to Windsor in Berkshire. The route runs for about 40 miles on a series of minor roads, riverside paths with plenty of traffic free sections to enjoy. Highlights on the route include long stretches through Richmond Park and Windsor Great Park. View Full Details>>
Minet Country Park1 miles (1.5 km)This country park in Hillingdon includes ponds, grassland and a variety of wild plants and flowers. There's some nice footpaths to follow around the site which includes picnic areas, meadows and hedgerows. It's also home to the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. The purpose-built road cycling circuit is about 1 mile long and a great place for a leisurely ride. The video below shows the nice wide surfaced path with views over the park. View Full Details>>
Morden Hall Park1 miles (1.5 km)This lovely park in south London is a great place to go for a walk or cycle in the city. The Wandle Trail runs through the park along the River Wandle with pretty bridges across the water and lots of wildlife to look out for. There's also a rushing weir and a restored waterwheel which gives an insight into the industrialhistory of the park. Water loving birds you might see include herons, egrets and kingfishers. Other features in the park include a delightful rose garden with over 2000 roses, wide lawns ideal for picnics and an excellent learning centre housed in the western mill. There are also many interesting buildings on the site including Morden Hall itself, Morden Cottage, an old Snuff Mill and several old farm buildings which are now used as a garden centre and a city farm. View Full Details>>
Olympic Park3 miles (5 km)The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has miles of nice trails on which to explore the expansive venue. It's free to visit every day of the week and includes parkland, waterways, playgrounds and cafes. View Full Details>>
Paddington Canal13 miles (21 km)Follow the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal from Paddington to Hayes, on this waterside walk or cycle through West London. The canal is a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some pleasant scenery. There's tree lined paths, pretty locks, lots of barges and plenty of water loving wildlife to look out for on the way. View Full Details>>
Paddington to Northolt10 miles (16 km)This short easy ride takes you along the Grand Union Canal from Paddington to Northolt. You'll pass through Kensal Green, Stonebridge and Alperton along the towpath of the canal, enjoying some pleasant scenery as you go. View Full Details>>
Pilgrimage Way23 miles (37 km)This is a largely traffic free cycle ride or walk from Barking Abbey to Waltham Abbey via Three Mills, Limehouse Basin and the Olympic Park. View Full Details>>
Putney to Coulsdon16 miles (25 km)Follow National Cycle route 20 through south London on this easy ride View Full Details>>
Putney to Greenwich14 miles (23 km)This route follows National Cycle route 4 and the River Thames from Putney to Greenwich View Full Details>>
Quietway 16 miles (9 km)This is the complete route for London Quietway 1, a new cycle route running from Waterloo to Greenwich through Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich View Full Details>>
Rainham Marshes6 miles (9 km)Explore the RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve on this easy cycle or walk along National Cycle route 13. The route runs mostly along a riverside path by the River Thames from Purfleet to Rainham. The reserve has a variety of regular winged visitors, including peregrines, lapwings and wild ducks. There are also water voles and rare dragonflies to be seen across the boardwalks. Also take time to explore the visitor centre which has a wealth of information about the area. View Full Details>>
Regent's Canal9 miles (14 km)Follow the Regent's canal through Regent's Park and Central London on this pleasant waterside cycling and walking route. View Full Details>>
Richmond Park7 miles (11 km)Enjoy miles of super cycling and walking trails in this large deer park in London. Richmond Park is the largest of London's Royal Parks at 955hectaresor 2,360acres. For cyclists National Cycle Network Route 4 and the Tamsin Trail run through the park on roads and well surfaced off road tracks. View Full Details>>
River Roding6 miles (9 km)This cycling and walking route follows the River Roding from Roding Valley station to Ilford in Greater London. It's a nice trail on mainly traffic free paths so it is suitable for anyone looking for an easy cycle ride or pleasant stroll. View Full Details>>
South Norwood Country Park2 miles (2.5 km)A cycle or walk through this pleasant country park in Croydon. National Cycle Network Route 21 runs around the park on nice traffic free paths. The park includes a pretty lake with lots of wildlife to look out for. View Full Details>>
Thames Valley - London to Oxford96 miles (155 km)Follow the Thames Valley cycle route from the city of London to Oxford on this fantastic long distance bike ride. The route follows National Cycle Network Routes 4 and 5 along minor roads, country lanes and traffic free paths. There's much to enjoy with beautiful parks, riverside paths, lovely countryside and a series of pretty towns and villages. View Full Details>>
Tooting Bec Common2 miles (3 km)This large open space in South London has a cycling trail running through the western side of the park. There's also miles of walking trails taking you to avenues of trees, acid grassland and a small pond with wildlife. The common covers 92 hectares (221 acres) so you can easily spend a couple of hours strolling around. There's also a cafe, tennis courts and an athletics track. A park run takes place every Saturday at 9:00am at the time of writing. Tooting Bec cafe is situated in a historic Victorian building and is a nice place to sit outside and take on some refreshments after your exercise. View Full Details>>
Tower Bridge to Barking11 miles (17 km)Follow NCN route 13 through the London Docklands on this interesting route View Full Details>>
Trent Country Park2 miles (4 km)This country park on the outskirts of London has 413 acres of rolling meadows, brooks, lakes, ancient woodland, and historical sites to explore on foot or by bike. View Full Details>>
Twickenham to Hampton Wick6 miles (10 km)A pleasant, easy cycle route through the London Borough of Richmond. The route begins at Twickenham Rail Station and starts with a lovely traffic free waterside stretch along the River Crane. You then cross Twickenham Golf Course, before a short on road section takes you to the delightful Bushy Park. Passing through the park on the cycle track you will see the resident deer, the Diana Fountain and Heron Pond. View Full Details>>
Uxbridge to Watford12 miles (20 km)This ride takes you along a section of the London Loop that runs along the Grand Union Canal from Uxbridge to Watford.
The canal has some lovely sections at Denham and Harefield and there are also views of Stocker's and Batchworth Lakes near Rickmansworth. View Full Details>>
Victoria Park2 miles (3.2 km)Enjoy over 200 acres of parkland in East London on this short cycle or walk. The park boasts two cafes, a boating lake and several tree lined walkways. National Cycle Network route 1 also runs through the park so you can bring your bike. View Full Details>>
Walthamstow Reservoirs2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along this series of reservoirs in Walthamstow. A traffic free cycle path runs along the River Lea from Walthamstow Marshes to Banbury Reservoir. It follows National Cycle route 1 along the Lea Valley Walk passing Lockwood Reservoir, High Maynard Reservoir, Low Maynard Reservoir, East Warwick Reservoir and West Warwick Reservoir. The route starts at the Lea Valley Springfield Marina and follows the flat path to Tottenham Marshes for about 3 miles. It's a nice easy walk or ride with the option of continuing to Lea Valley Park and the William Girling Reservoir. View Full Details>>
Wandle Trail11 miles (18.5 km)Follow the River Wandle from the River Thames at Wandsworth to Croydon. The trail follows a largely traffic free National Cycle Network route so the paths are well surfaced and signed. View Full Details>>
Wanstead Flats3 miles (5 km)This large area of open grassland near Epping Forest has miles of walking trails to try. With its nice grassy paths, wildflowers and water features it's one of the best open spaces in London. On the flats you will find gorse, broom, woodland and ponds. It's a popular area with dog walkers and bird watchers. View Full Details>>
Waterlink Way7 miles (11.5 km)This largely traffic free bike ride runs along National Cycle Network Route 21 from Beckenham to the Cutty Sark on the Thames. It's about a 7 mile run with waterside sections along the Pool River and Ravensbourne River. As it takes place on mostly traffic free paths, walkers can enjoy most of the route too. It's a nice easy route, suitable for beginners or families. View Full Details>>
Wimbledon Common4 miles (6.5 km)This large area of open space in south west London covers 1,140 acres. It's great for cycling and walking with numerous trails criss crossing the area. View Full Details>>
Windsor to Putney34 miles (55 km)This fabulous cycle ride follows National Cycle route 4 from Windsor to Putney along the River Thames. View Full Details>>
Windsor to St Albans31 miles (50 km)This fairly flat route takes you along National Cycle route 6 from Windsor on the river Thames to the pretty Hertfordshire town of St Albans View Full Details>>

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