A relaxed and socially distanced 17km/10 mile circular ride exploring the Poplar area of Tower Hamlets where the Call the Midwife stories originate from. We will stop for coffee at The Ledger Building/Museum of Docklands then continue to Pepper Street/Cross Harbour where we will have a lunch stop. Lunch can be bought from one of the cafes there, the Tesco Supermarket or Asda Isle of Dogs, there is also seating available for those who bring their own food.
The ride is mainly on quiet streets, cycle and pedestrian only paths and
cycle lanes. There is a small section along a major road which is a cycle
route and small sections of canal side cycling. There are also a number of speed reduction gates, some sharp turns, kerb steps and short sections where we need to dismount and walk.
Places are limited and booking is essential:
A reprise of last year’s popular ride around the Poplar locations made famous by the TV series, based on true stories.
This is a gentle ride, suitable for all abilities. If you are a complete novice (sorry!) at riding on the road, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make sure we have enough marshal support.
Please read Anita’s excellent Risk Assessment if you’re joining the ride.
Call the Midwife Risk Assessment
After the inclement weather of the previous day, it was great to see 15 ladies gather at the View Tube (8 of us having ridden together from Forest Gate at the WI ‘collection point’). Our glamorous ride leader Anita briefed us on the route before we set out along the Greenway & down the Lee Navigation, leaving at Bow to cross the A12 via the underpass and head into the streets of Poplar.
Of course, it also featured a tea stop by the Museum of Docklands and a lunch stop on Pepper Street!
Like all good tour guides, Anita saved the gem of the tour until last. The real ‘Nonnatus House’ – actually St Frideswide Mission House on Lodore Street (sadly now flats), where we could peer down a gated alley to see where the midwives bicycles would have been stored!
Following on from last year’s rides with the WI, we’re doing a few more female focused rides, starting with this tour of the locations in the TV series ‘Call the Midwife’, based on real events in Poplar and the surrounding areas.
Discover the real Nonnatus House, old and new Poplar and the Isle of Dogs. Ride the streets that the original stories from Jennifer Worth came from.
Suitable for all abilities, a gentle cycle ride with tea and lunch breaks.
Dressing up is optional!
Led by Anita