London is one of the world’s most popular cities for cyclists, and it’s believed that over twenty million journeys are made on bikes here every year. But as the Canal & River Trust reports, it’s not just old-fashioned streets or guided group or private tours which cyclists in this city can enjoy. With seemingly endless options for getting out and about near the rivers, canals, and waterways which the city has by the bucketload, you can enjoy some fresh air and gorgeous surroundings. Here are some of the finest waterside bike routes which London can offer.
The Thames from Greenwich
Greenwich is one of London’s most famous areas, and its Royal Observatory is one of the most prestigious things to see in London thanks to its status as the home of Greenwich Mean Time and a baseline for clocks and watches around the world. Once you’ve taken in some history here, you can head over to the famous Cutty Sark and start your journey along the River Thames. You’ll soon see the high rise skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, one of London’s major business districts, and you’ll also see the Isle of Dogs.
The South Bank
If you want to see the most high profile of London’s tourist attractions, it’s a good idea to take a trip along the area of the River Thames known as the South Bank. Located in central London close to many of the city’s best hotels, this area is convenient, trendy and home to a number of widely known landmarks such as the London Eye. It also gives great views over the river to landmarks like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, so there’s plenty to see in this part of the city. Remember that there are also lots of pedestrians on the same route, too, so it’s wise to make sure you take care as you cycle along.
The Regent’s Canal
Compared to the Thames, this isn’t a very widely known London waterway. But it’s definitely not to be missed if you want to see the best that north and east London have to offer. There’s quite a bit of flexibility on offer with this route, too, as there are lots of points at which you can join it. The route begins in Maida Vale, where the Little Venice area is full of gorgeous architecture. You’ll also go through famous parks like Mile End Park, Regent’s Park and more. Those who are feeling a little retro can also stop off at Camden and take a look at the many cool attractions on offer there.
If you’re looking to hire a bike and enjoy the best waterside cycle paths that London has to offer, you’re going to be spoiled for choice. From historic riverside neighbourhoods like Greenwich to central London areas such as the South Bank, there’s always going to be somewhere that interests you no matter what you like to see. All that’s left to do now is plan your trip and enjoy your ride.
-By Freelance Contributor Jenny H.