Cycling is a great way to see places. It’s also great for keeping fit.
If you’re living in the city, you may think that cycling is not the greatest way to get around. In fact, in London with the excellent transport network, you may think twice before getting on a cycle. Although, with Santander Cycles, you can easily hire a cycle within the city and play tourist or just cycle around. There are convenient docking stations where you can pick up you cycle and return it. The system is really handy as you don’t need to lug around your bike on the trains into London.
Here are some recommendations for places to cycle in and around London all the while taking in gorgeous views.
- Thames Path – If you’re in London, you’ll want to be near the Thames as it affords breathtaking views of historical buildings that imbibe the culture and history of London. The Thames Path is a great cycling route. Follow the path from London Bridge all the way to Greenwich for an unforgettable ride.
- Richmond Park – Ride uphill and take in beautiful views in Richmond Park. If you’re lucky and time it well, you’ll even be able to catch the sunset. If you’re really lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the deer that run freely in the park. The route is about 7.5 miles so it’s not a difficult route. You can hire a cycle within the park itself.
- Hyde Park – Hire a cycle if you don’t own one and take a ride round Hyde Park. You’ll be sure to see a whole lot of tourists as well as beautiful parts of London.
- Regent’s Canal – The route from Little Venice to Camden Lock offers views of cheerful canal boats and a visit to Camden’s famous market.
- If you want to play tourist, you can hire a bike and cycle around central London taking in all the famous sights. Don’t forget to catch the changing of the guards and a visit to the museums. You can even join cycle tour and ride with others if you don’t want to cycle alone.
If you do decide to cycle, make sure you have a cycle that is suitable. There are a number of road bikes for sale and you will always find one that caters to your needs. Remember to always wear a helmet and be watchful of traffic especially in central London.
Riding a cycle is perfectly safe as there are cycle lanes in most parts of the city and most motorists are mindful of cyclists.
I think getting on a cycle is the best way to take in the sights in a city. You can take the routes you like as well as see places of interest at your own pace. You don’t have to wait for public transport or be caught in traffic. AND you also get all that exercise over and done with. Besides, there’s something quite dreamy about a cycle I think. I’m thinking of a vintage cycle here.
Do you like to cycle? What are your favourite cycling routes?