This ride is a leisurely exploration of parks and nature reserves along the Lea Valley the Lower Roding and the Thames. Covering approximately 25 miles we take in a number of parks, nature reserves and open spaces, including Middlesex Filter Beds, Walthamstow Wetlands, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Beckton Creek Nature Reserve, East India Dock, and Bow Creek Ecology Park.
Bring your binoculars as the ride is especially good for birdspotting!
The route is mostly off road and flat. Whilst approximately 25 miles it is suitable for those who have started or are returning to cycling and wish to regain confidence. There are some sections of towpath. About 25 miles with plenty of opportunity to stop for coffee or light refreshment.
Numbers are limited to 15 and it can be modified to suit weather conditions. To guarantee a place register on Eventbrite:
The weather forecast was rainy although the morning started bright as we met at Leytonstone station to catch a train to Epping to start the ride
We were six setting off from Epping station finding the quiet ways through the spring green countryside. The route tracked north east to Toot Hill taking in a few hills to warm up. After crossing the A414 at Bobbingworth the roads grew quieter with fewer hills. We went through Moreton, (1st stop on the DunRun), towards Matching Green.
Given the weather I took a detour, via Little Laver, to avoid the Ford which can become impassable in the wet. Ironically Robin and Jonathan took a chance on the Ford and it turned out to be drier than the detour….So we rendezvoused at Matching Green, some of us with wet feet. Turning left off Downhall Road led us past the pretty church of St Mary’s where we stopped for a photo
We continued on the bridleway past Matching Hall and to our lunch stop at the Fox in Matching Tye. Refreshed we took the lovely Faggoters lane south towards High Laver and back across the A414 at Tyler’s Green, avoiding the busy roundabout
Taking the back route into North Weald we detoured to the old railway station to see how public transport used to look
The route back to Epping was a reminder of how many B roads are less pleasant for cycling, we we even close passed by a police car.
Below is the route and statistics for this ride. The next ride is the Newham Nature Reserve Ride on 14 May, put it in your diary
The Essex Lanes Ride is a 25 mile exploration of Essex country lanes between Epping and matching Tye/Matching Green.
The ride is mostly along quiet roads, but there are some busier sections. There are some hills so it requires a moderate level of fitness. We will be catching the Central line from Leytonstone station to Epping. It will be possible to meet us at Epping.
Please do not turn up to this event if you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19. The safety of our volunteers and participants is key to us.
The ride is not suitable for minors.
The ride is limited to 15. to guarantee a place please book on Eventbrite:
The Discover Newham Ride is a leisurely discovery of some interesting places in ever changing Newham.
This, our first local ride of the year, will show how much is changing and developing in the borough. It is mostly off road or on quiet roads and is suitable for those who have started or are returning to cycling and wish to regain confidence. About 15 miles with plenty of opportunity to stop for coffee or light refreshment once we are about half way through.
Numbers are limited to 15. To guarantee a place register with Eventbrite:
The Bike from Boleyn Ride maintains the link between Boleyn (where West Ham United used to play) and the London Stadium by cycling along the Newham Greenway from the historic Boleyn Tavern to the new stadium on a match day. This is a short (about 3 miles), leisurely, mostly off road ride. You do not need to be going to the match to enjoy this ride. This ride replaces the ride which was postponed on 11 September
There will be a return ride after the match and for those who do not want to go to the football there will be an option of an off-road ride around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its surrounding green spaces with a refreshment stop.
If you would like to hire a bike for the pre-match part of the ride please contact email@example.com. There will be no charge.
Numbers are limited to 50. to guarantee a place on this ride you can book on Eventbrite: