Those of you who follow me on Twitter will have seen today this blurry picture:
I posted it because I wanted to see if everyone could guess correctly where it is. The picture is from Richmond Park and not a single person guessed incorrectly. I shouldn’t really have been surprised because Richmond Park is a firm favourite amongst London cyclists. If you haven’t discovered it yet then make a plan to go see it next weekend.
It doesn’t take someone long to work out why Richmond Park is a huge hit. Big open spaces, fantastic views, enough hills to make it interesting but at the same time not too challenging. You even get to see Rudolf running around with all his buddies. The park is definitely a rare treat in London where you are more likely to find yourself behind a white van chugging fumes than next to a deer.
My reason for going there today, aside from pure cycling enjoyment, is that it is one of the routes featured in Cycling Britain. A book I will be reviewing fully tomorrow.
I started in Swiss Cottage and did the long journey to Hammersmith Bridge and took the Thames Path. The Thames Path itself is a fantastic cycling route. At least if you don’t mind getting muddy.
From there I made my way down to Richmond Park. There are plenty of different cycling routes to do in Richmond Park but as I was testing out the Cycling Britain book I followed their instructions.
The route is good for both road bike cyclists and for mountain bikers. Mountain bikers will probably enjoy taking a slightly more off road route. As I did with my Hybrid bike.
If you get bored of cycling around Richmond Park then you can also head towards Twickenham and then down towards Bushy Park. This route follows the Thames and is also very pleasant.
The full route is a decent challenge, especially if you have already cycled a long way to reach the starting point. At 22.5 miles it should take around 3 – 4 hours according to Cycling Britain.
Keep an eye out for my review of Cycling Britain tomorrow and hope some of you enjoy trying out this route as much as I did today. Now just have to clean the bike and repair the puncture!
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