May Rides & Events in Waltham Forest

Saturday 6 May – 9:30am, Town Hall, by the fountain
Bridget’s Breeze Ride to the Olympic Park

Join our award-winning ride leader Bridget on the women’s-only Breeze ride to the Olympic Park. Using quiet roads and cycle paths, it’s a perfect introduction to cycling!
Meet for 9:30am departure at the Waltham Forest Town Hall, by the fountain, E17 4JF. We’ll be done at 12.15. Please read essential details and book through this link.

Sunday 7 May – 11am, The Mill, Coppermill Lane, E17
The Sunday Cycle

Meet outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. Return c. 3pm. If you have questions, email Katja on

Sunday 7 May – 10am, Aylmer Road, E11
E11 Ride to Herne Hill Velodrome
Meet at Carlton House in Aylmer Road, off Leytonstone High Street (E11 3AD) for 10am departure. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.


Sunday 14 May – 1pm, Ancient House E17
Walthamstow Family Bike Club’s Open Spaces Ride
A relaxed and enjoyable afternoon travelling by bicycle and exploring the nooks and crannies in and around our borough. Frisbees sometimes materialise when we hit a suitable open space.
We aim to stop off at a cafe at about half time, but we recommend you bring a snack and some water.
Meet at 1pm at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction, E17 9RW, next to the old postbox opposite the Ancient House … see the map.

Wednesday 17 May – 6:30pm, Walthamstow Town Square
Bridget’s Evening Ride

Join Bridget for an hour’s relaxing riding around the borough, with an optional pub or café settle-down at the end.
Bring your lights as you’ll need them before the end of the ride!

Sunday 21May – 11am, Walthamstow Town Square
Take the Peaceful Route with Nic

Meet from about 10:30 for an 11 o’clock start outside Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market.
Join Nic for the peaceful ride over mixed surfaces (be ready for a bit of mud!). The destination and direction of the ride will be discussed at the start and will account for wind speed and direction and may be train-assisted – so take your Oyster or contactless debit card with you.

Sunday 21May – 2pm, Walthamstow Village Square
Walthamstow Family Bike Club’s Newcomers Ride
This ride around the quiet streets in Walthamstow Village is intended for those new to cycling, including families with young children, and will especially appeal to those who don’t have the stamina or confidence for our longer ‘Open Spaces’ excursions on the 2nd Sunday each month.
Basic skills are necessary: please make sure you are able to pedal and balance, turn corners, and brake to a halt .. all without falling off! If you are not confident about your basic skills, then we can recommend the council’s free cycle training.
We’ll keep together as a group and ‘top and tail’ the ride with marshalls, with an experienced ride leader at the front, and an expert marshall at the back to keep cars out of our convoy. We also have at least one other marshall who cycles on the right hand side of the group to help out with junctions etc.
We meet at 2pm in Walthamstow Village Square at the junction of Eden Road and Orford Road (for a map click here). We finish at the Square around 3:30pm.

Friday 26 May – 6pm, Walthamstow Town Square
Critical Mass

Come to Belvedere Road in the Southbank by 7:30pm to join this energising bike party if you’re already in Central London, or else meet Nic outside Walthamstow Library by 6pm to ride there together.

Sunday 28 May – 10:30am, Walthamstow Town Square
WFCycling Lee Valley Ride to Nazeing
Join us for leisurely exploration at a conversational pace. Bring your Oyster or contactless, and a railcard if you have one in case we use a train. No more than 30 miles.
Bring lights, food and drink, though we will stop for a snack along the way.
Meet at 10:15 outside Walthamstow Library, for a departure by 10:30. We are usually back by 3-4pm.

Bank Holiday Monday, 29 May – 10am, Town Hall, by the fountain
Bridget’s Breeze Ride along the Lea to Cheshunt

Join our award-winning ride leader Bridget on the women’s-only Breeze ride along River Lea to Cheshunt. Using canal and other paths at a gentle pace, a perfect day out!
Meet for 10am departure at the Waltham Forest Town Hall, by the fountain, E17 4JF. We’ll be done around 4pm. Please read essential details and book through this link.

Every Saturday – 8:30am, Leytonstone
North Star Velo Road Rides: easy & medium paced
Whether you want to try road cycling and don’t know how fit you are, or you’re ready for a medium-paced effort, join the club.
Easy rides maximum 30 miles
Medium-paced rides c. 50 miles.
Meet at the corner of Browning Road and Bushwood on 6th and 13th May.
From 20th May onwards meet outside McDonalds in High Road Leytonstone.
Back in time for lunch, or a pint at the North Star!

Advance notice: Bike Week and E17 Art Trail events in June
Make sure you plan for the exciting events June will be full of, including:

E17 Art Trail 3-18 June, featuring Bridget’s traditional bike rides on the first two weekends – how better to experience art?

Bike Week 10-18 June
* … starting with our traditional Cyclists’ Tea on 9 June (because 9-day week is just too short…)
* Paul Gasson’s #WFMiniHolland Ride 17 June

Tour de Waltham Forest on 24 June

If you would like your ride listed here just get in touch.

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