Forthcoming cycle ride: Lea Valley to the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow

Announcing a led bike ride this coming Saturday…

Where: Lea Valley to the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow
When: Saturday 4 August 2012
Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, London SE10 9LW (foot tunnel entrance)

Brought to you by the South East London Commissariat for Social Cycle Rides Planning (aka the Dog & Bell Crew), a cultural outing to the newly re-opened William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow.

William Morris (1834-1896) - photo by Frederick Hollyer, 1887

William Morris (1834–1896) was a textile designer, painter, writer and libertarian socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris was born in Walthamstow, spent his childhood riding around Epping Forest dressed in a toy suit of armour, and was reportedly able to identify any local bird on the wing.

The William Morris Gallery is to be re-opened on Thursday of this week following a major redevelopment. As well as the work of Morris himself, the gallery will be exhibiting that of Turner Prize winning artist and natty dresser Grayson Perry, whose “Walthamstow Tapestry” will be shown at the William Morris Gallery from 2 August to 23 September.

The ride to Walthamstow will take us across the River Thames from Greenwich, along the Regents Canal to Victoria Park in Hackney, and then the River Lea from Hackney Wick to Walthamstow. Note that the Lea towpath south of Hackney Wick has been closed by the securocrats of LOCOG and the Metropolitan Police for the duration of the international festival of running, jumping and splashing about that is currently underway in Stratford and diverse other London locations.

Total ride length ~40-45 kilometres, and flat as a pancake. The Lea towpath is a little rough in places, but perfectly manageable on a road bike with bald, skinny tyres. Bring locks, tools, a spare inner tube or two, puncture repair materials, snacks and water. We will stop for a tea break on the way up at Springfield Marina, and I’m sure there is a café attached to the gallery.

RSVP, but it’s OK to turn up unannounced on the day.