Cycle ride – “It’s grim up north London”

Where: “It’s grim up north London” (aka Fenton’s Fancy around the houses)
When: Saturday 23 November 2013
Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance)

With autumn drawing to a close, I thought it would be nice to lead a Dog & Bell Crew ride to Richmond Park. But in order to make it more varied and interesting than my usual Fenton’s Fancy outing, I plan to make this Saturday’s ride a circuit taking in a swathe of north and west London, following in large part a route popular with our friends in Camden Cyclists. The return from Richmond Park will be the standard Fenton’s Fancy homeward spin along the Thames Path southside, save for a detour across the river through Pimlico, Knightsbridge and Westminster.

The Camden Cyclists folk start their ride in Belsize Park, so from Greenwich we head north through the Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, the City and Bloomsbury, before continuing northwest in a dead straight line through Camden. From Belsize Park we then make our way slowly southwest through Swiss Cottage, Maida Vale, Westbourne Green, North Kensington, Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith, before crossing the Thames and heading south through Barnes to Roehampton Gate of Richmond Park.

We shall stop to feed and water at the Richmond Park kiosk, after which we continue with an anticlockwise spin around the park, and then along the south bank of the Thames to Chelsea Bridge. Crossing the river for a third time we proceed north through Pimlico to Knightsbridge. From Hyde Park we wend our way back to civilisation via Westminster Bridge and the south-side Thames path. The total distance is around 80 kilometres, or 400 furlongs.

The ride will be long, so bring plenty of water and snacks to keep you going. Also lights, puncture repair materials, tools and a spare inner tube or two.

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