May Rides & Events in Waltham Forest

Wednesday 1 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 will need them before the end of the ride!

Saturday 4 May – 4pm, Chingford Plain
Chingford May Day Fayre
Come and enjoy the fair, including performances by Bicycle Ballet!

Ride the route to Chingford Plain from Walthamstow Central which will have marshals along it from 3pm; there are also routes from each of Leyton Midland Road, Leytonstone High Road station and Highams Park.
More details here and here.

The E11 Ride – next one in June!

Sunday 5 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 “Art Catcher” Katja.

Sunday 12 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.

Thursday 16 May – 10am – 12pm, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 5JW
All Ability Cycle Club

Sunday 19 May – 11am, View Tube, The Greenway, Marshgate Ln E15 2PJ
Newham Cyclists’ Call the Midwife Ride
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.

Sunday 19 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.

Thursday 23 May – 10am – 4pm, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Rd E17 4JF
Dr Bike

Sunday 26 May – 10am, View Tube, The Greenway, Marshgate Ln E15 2PJ
Newham Cyclists’ Ride
The first Newham Ride of the year, taking in sights of our borough that you might not otherwise discover!

Sunday 26 May – 10:30am, Walthamstow Town Square
WFCycling Ride to Alexandra Palace
Our monthly gentle-paced social ride, never more than 30 miles.
Bring drink, but we will stop for lunch 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.

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!

Advance warning:

June is traditionally the month of rides and also the month of the E17 Art Trail. Expect lots of social riding opportunities from 1st June onwards!

Saturday 1 June – 10:30am, Walthamstow Town Square
E17 Art Trail Ride
Details TBC

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

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

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