If you’re looking for a good route, check out our pre-planned rides below, which have been put together by our expert ride leaders. If you click on the links you can download the route to your phone and take it with you on your ride. Note, you need to click “Yes, take me there now” on the orange bar to see the new version of the page which has links to download the GPX route-map files for your phone.
If you want to put together your own route, we’d suggest looking at routes.bikehub.co.uk where you can chose to see quieter or faster routes.
Finally, you can order free cycling maps from TfL here. Guide 4 for Waltham Forest and guide 7 covers central London.
Here are some rides we’ve created to help people who are just starting to ride to work. We’ve tried to keep to quieter roads where possible. Often the ride back takes a slightly different route (one way roads etc), so we’ve made these separate routes.
Depending on where exactly you’re coming from you might not join the route right at the start.
- Walthamstow Central to Finsbury Park & Manor House, 8 km.
- Walthamstow Central to Leyton Tube, 5.8 km (return journey Leyton Tube back to Walthamstow Central).
- Walthamstow Central to Leytonstone Tube, 3.4 km (return journey Leytonstone Tube back to Walthamstow Central)
- Walthamstow Market to Seven Sisters, 5 km. This goes via Forest Road and will be convenient for people living north of Walthamstow Central. If you live further south a route via Coppermill Lane could be better.
- Walthamstow Market to Snaresbrook, 4 km.
- Walthamstow Central to Stratford Tube, 7 km (return journey Stratford Tube back to Walthamstow Central).
- Stratford International & Westfield: If you want to go to visit Westfield rather than the tube, there is a great bike park on the ground floor of car park ‘A’ at the far end of the complex just next to Waitrose. The route starts off the same as above until you get in to the Olympic Park. From Celebration Avenue follow the off road bike path which turns right on to Honour Lea Avenue, then left at the end on to Olympic Park Avenue, then turn left at the end on to the off road path on Westfield Avenue. Finally, take the first left following the signs to car park ‘A’.
- Walthamstow Market to Tottenham Hale, 3.5 km (includes busy roads).
- Coppermill Lane (Walthamstow Reservoirs), the Olympic Park (Stratford) and on to Cambridge Heath Road (Bethnal Green) via Victoria Park, 9.5 km. A mostly traffic free route to find your way to & through the Olympic Park and towards central London.
Family Bike Club Rides
Here are a few of the routes the Family Bike Club have followed, as you would guess these are generally suitable for kids to ride accompanied. Most of the routes are round trips or include the return and are under 15 miles (25 km):
- Walthamstow to Bruce Castle
- Walthamstow to Valentines Park
- Walthamstow to Claybury
- Walthamstow to Queen Elizabeth Park
- Walthamstow to Sutton House in Hackney
- Walthamstow to Wanstead Park
- Walthamstow to Brooks Farm and Springfield Park
- Walthamstow to Gypsy Stone and Hollow Pond
- Walthamstow to Cody Dock
- Walthamstow to Victoria Park and back, 23 km
- Walthamstow to Fairlop Water and back
WF Cycling Rides
Here are a few routes we have followed on our rides:
- Ride London 2017 outward
- Ride London 2017 return
- Open House Ride 2013
- Ride London 2013 to Tower Hill
- Open House Ride 2012 – Walthamstow – Barkingside – Ilford loop
- Hornbeam ride
- Tower of London Ride
- Gilwell Park Ride
- British Museum Ride
- The Hitchcock Trail
- The Great Enfield Daffodil Ride
- The Fat Boy Diner Ride
- Ride to Hackney Town Hall
- The Docker’s Tanner Ride
- Walthamstow to Forty Hall
- A bike tour around the Olympic Park, starting from Drapers Field in Leyton. The route is mostly away from traffic and on shared use paths suitable for cyclists of all abilities, 10 km
- Walthamstow to Nazeing, up the river Lea and back, 50 km
- Leyton Orient match-day rides: Chingford to Leyton Orient Football Club via Walthamstow
Viewing GPX files on the go
If you don’t have one you may need to download a free GPX viewer app for your phone. These allow you to view the route and your location plotted on a map. You can even turn your phone in to a little Sat-Nav by mounting it on your handle bars. There are lots of apps available for different devices, just search your app store for GPX.