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Stretching some 180 miles The Thames Path will have you dismount multiple times to respect the pedestrian-only areas. Choose the 5.8-mile stretch from Weybridge to Hampton Court, or the National Cycle Route 4 from Hampton Court to Putney to pedal uninterrupted while enjoying the incredible scenery of the river Thames.
A short and speedy 3-mile loop around one of London's most appraised parks. This is the one to bike through without asking for directions – or stopping much – as there aren't many traffic lights here, with some parts completely traffic-free. The loop will lay you the way for as many times as you're eager to cycle it, so take care – and have fun!
When the going gets tough, the tough get going! The Central London path isn't for newbies. Taking its start at Westminster Bridge, the 20-mile-long stretch was included as a part of the 2012 Olympic Cycling Route – just try it out and see why. Then, when you've made it all the way to Box Hill and still feeling cocky – how about to try and ride your way up? On a windy day, you may find it quite a tricky task to accomplish so it's best if you have weather on your side. The climb stretches a little over 1.5 miles, so you will be feeling where your muscles are, there's no doubt about that.
This cute riverside park in the southwest London offers both a cycling trail in its northern part and a biking loop of 1.7 miles. You can pedal around non-stop all day – or, say, hit the trail with your buddies and then check out the zoo and the boating lake. Definitely consider this one as a spot of choice if you want something nice and laid back.
How awesome is it to ride in Hampstead Heath and enjoy the swimming ponds and broad views of London! Getting to North London via the bike-friendly London Overground is also very convenient. Even though there are some nice looking shops and pubs around Hampstead Heath you might want to put your meal off until the end of the trail, as there are a couple of pretty steep hills here in the park. There are also pedestrian-only areas and speed limits here and there, but perhaps none of it will bother you much if you think of it as a great opportunity to relax and chill out while in nature. Ride on!
Hit the facilities at Lee Valley to do some tennis, boating or rafting – or simply rent a bike here (any size available) and ride along the River Lee for up to 26 miles of its course. You will find your way following through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Hackney Marshes – which truly makes for an enjoyable ride!
Get on a 55-mile ride from London to Brighton – how 'bout that! This one might take you some effort and a bit of time to finish but it's definitely worth the try! Here's why. Flat for the most part and downhill the last few miles this trail will bring you straight to the fresh and salty seafront of English Channel. The villages along the way with their cozy coffee shops and cafes will offer plenty of chances to replenish your calories so make sure to look around!