Going for a bike ride isn’t something you’d normally associate with a visit to central London. Sure, you might be interested in checking out the awesome buildings that our capital is home to, like Buckingham Palace or Big Ben. You might also be visiting London for a weekend of shopping at the multitude of high-end fashion retailers on Oxford Street, or want to give your taste buds something they’ve never experienced before at one of the thousands of foreign food restaurants or street stalls.
The reality is, however, that there are a number of brilliant bike routes near your room at our Hyde Park boutique hotel London to suit cyclists of all experience and fitness levels. Read on for our guide to which ones are the best so you can enjoy a truly bracing winter bike ride during your stay at the Shaftesbury London.
Thames Valley Cycleway
Going for a ride along the Thames Valley Cycleway can make for a fantastic short bike ride or much longer journey over 30 or 40 miles (the route actually stretches all the way to the Welsh coast, but we’re assuming you’re looking to get back to the Hyde Park boutique hotel London before tea!). Starting off at Putney Bridge provides you with a great view of the Thames, which you’ll enjoy until you begin to leave the centre of the city. After this you’ll start to see the high rise buildings of London fall behind. Staying on this route will take you past Richmond Park and Windsor Great Park towards Bath and Bristol.
Tamsin Trail, Richmond Park
Another superb route to venture on if you’re a cycling enthusiast is the Tamsin Trail in Richmond Park. As the route is only 7.5 miles long, this bike ride is ideal for families and beginner cyclists looking to take up the sport for the first time, or even a seasoned veteran who’s taken a break from biking and is looking to blow the cobwebs off.
The Tamsin Trail provides a beautiful scenic tour of Richmond Park, with many stunning spots to stop off at and enjoy a bite to eat or simply rest and take in the surroundings. Richmond Park is also famed for the hundreds of wild deer which roam its grounds, so watch out for them on your travels!
To Hayes and back again
Want to enjoy a cycle ride out of the capital without straying too far? Cycling from the Waterside Café in Little Venice to the town of Hayes in a great getaway that won’t tire you out too much, and will leave you more than fresh enough to complete the return leg of the journey with ease.
The start of the route may be a little busy, but once you’ve made it out of the city centre you’ll pass through the serene settings of Kensal Green Cemetery, Wormwood Scrubs Park and Park Royal before arriving in Hayes. Here you can grab some lunch, take a tour of the town and enjoy a more relaxed setting before hopping back on the bike back towards the hustle and bustle of the capital.