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  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.

Commuter Rides

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.

We suggest this diversion if you're coming from the north or east and want to join the routes down to Leyton/Stratford

We suggest bypassing the main roads if you’re coming from the north or east and want to join the routes down to Leyton/Stratford.

Depending on where exactly you’re coming from you might not join the route right at the start.

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):

WF Cycling Rides

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Example of a a route map you can download and take with you on your phone

Here are a few routes we have followed on our rides:

Other rides:

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.


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  3. Fred says:

    Our ride leader Bridget recommends the following app for displaying GPX files:


  4. Julia Brown says:

    Hi there, is there a way to see the route of the WF cycling rides without downloading the app and the files? I just want to look at them so I can choose which one to do. Any help appreciated – clicking on the link takes me to a page that says it can’t show the map. Thanks, Jules


    • Fred - WFCC says:

      Hi Jules,

      Unfortunately Bikely has stopped working properly as it used to do this. If you click around it might show a message letting you “switch back to the old version”. If you click that, it will show you a map when you open a route, although slightly greyed out (not ideal but useable).

      If that doesn’t work for you, you could tell me the kind of route were you looking for – I can ask for a recommendation from our route-master Bridget if you want?

      Sorry it’s not working properly. We need to change this if Bikely won’t fix their site – if there’s a better website you know of we’d like to know.

      Kind regards,



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