May Rides and Events in Waltham Forest

Sunday 6 May – 10am, Leytonstone @ McDonald’s
The E11 / North Star Vélo Ride to Barking Creek
Join us for a leisurely ride through some of the less well cycled local suburbs as we follow the general course of the Roding until it becomes Barking Creek and empties into the Thames. We will have the opportunity to marvel at the colossus that is the Creekmouth Barrier, discover pretty hidden parks and hear a little of the history of the area. Worth noting that some of the ride is along busy roads, (Sunday in a group so it won’t be too bad) and that there is a small amount of bridleway standard surfaces.
Meet outside McDonald’s in Leytonstone High Street E11 for 10am departure. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.

Sunday 6 May – 11am, The Mill, Coppermill Lane, E17
The Sunday Cycle
Look on the bright side of Easter and get your two wheels out!
Meet outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. Return c. 3pm. If you have questions, email “Art Catcher” Katja.

Sunday 13 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 café 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 16 May – 6:30pm, Walthamstow Town Square
Bridget’s Evening Ride is back!
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 will need them before the end of the ride!

Sunday 20 May – 10:30am, 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 20 May – 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.
No bike? Rent one for the ride in Waltham Forest’s dockless bike hire scheme.

Friday 25 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 27 May – 10am, Walthamstow Town Square
WFCycling Social Ride to Broxbourne
Bring food and drink, though we will stop for a snack along the way. Please bring your Oyster card or contactless debit card in case we take public transport.
Meet at 10:15 outside Walthamstow Library, for a departure by 10:30. We are usually back by 3-4pm.

Bridget’s Breeze ride – 9:45am, Town Hall, Forest Road
Meet Bridget for the women’s-only (children welcome) Breeze Ride by the Town Hall fountain in Forest Road, E17 4JF for 10am departure.
The route is mostly off-road and quiet roads. Leisurely pace. There will be at least one tea stop / lunch stop at a cafe.
Please bring sufficient money for refreshments.
Please arrive early, giving time for a quick bike check before setting off on time.
To participate, please sign up here.

Every Saturday – 8:30am, Leytonstone @ McDonald’s
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 outside McDonald’s in High Road Leytonstone.
Back in time for lunch, or a pint at the North Star!
North Star Velo also run frequent midweek short road rides, evening and sometimes morning so do check their website!


Sunday 10 June: Ahead Charity Ride
Ahead, our local charity in support of various projects in Ethiopia, is organising a fundraising event which includes a ride. Ahead’s mastermind Elfneh Bariso is a good friend and supporter of WF Cycling. Last time we were involved with Ahead’s ride it was great fun so do come along and help raise money for schools, colleges, girls’ hostels, and other important projects!

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

No bike? Rent one for the ride in Waltham Forest’s dockless bike hire scheme.

Want to try family bikes and trikes? Rent one for the ride directly from Waltham Forest Council.









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