If you want to break out of London for the weekend then where can you cycle to?
That was the question posed to me by London Cyclist reader David. Below I post some of the classic destinations along with route suggestions where possible. Feel free to add your comment if there’s a cycling destination you often head towards from London.
London to Brighton
This well trodden route is a classic. Made incredibly popular by all the charity rides, it’s a great ride to do on a weekend when the sun is shining. The official Brighton route is easy to find. Here’s one on Everytrail. At around 50 miles in length, it can be done in 3 to 4 hours. The train back in the evening takes less than an hour.
London to Cambridge
Another hugely popular destination is Cambridge. Cycle routes are once again easy to find. It’s a fairly decent journey at nearly 70 miles in length.
London to Waltham Abbey
This is a route from the London Cycle Routes eBook. It can be followed along the canal and therefore is largely traffic free. It’s also a nice short ride from London so you can ride there and back in a day.
London to West Wittering
Once again a route from the London Cycle Routes eBook. West Wittering is one of the UK’s finest beach destinations. With gorgeous wide expanses and intricate spots dotting the coast line, there’s a really beautiful variety here to be discovered. The ride is long at over 75 miles in length, so you’ll probably want to spend an evening there before getting the train back the next day.
London to Oxford
Oxford has a popular cycling culture, spurred on in part by the many students that inhabit the area. It’s a great place to discover on two wheels. The route is around 70 miles in length and is fairly quiet passing through small towns and villages. The train back takes around 1 hour.
For more coastal destination inspiration I really recommend the Wild Swimming book by Daniel Start.
Any further suggestions? Please leave them in the comments below.
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