Cycle ride: Locks, Docks and One Smoking Ferry

Where: Locks, Docks and One Smoking Ferry
When: Sunday 25 June 2017
Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance)

It has been nearly three years since I left the Great Wen for pastures East Anglian, and I so miss leading social cycle rides for the Dog & Bell Crew. Time, therefore, that I return for a weekend visit, and whilst in London lead a ride that will see us revisit a few of my old cycling haunts. It would be lovely to meet up with old London friends, and maybe make a few new ones.

On Sunday 25 June, I shall lead a Locks, Docks and One Smoking Ferry ride around the Thames Path. This relatively short city ride was created by the late, great Barry Mason, who inspired me and many others in cycling advocacy and sustainable transport campaigning. The ride is 45 kilometres or thereabouts in length (225 furlongs), but still worth getting out of bed for.

Starting at Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich, we cycle east along the Thames Path to Woolwich, and take the ferry across the river after possibly stopping for a break at Woolwich Arsenal. From North Woolwich we ride along the Albert Dock and Thames Path to Trinity Buoy Wharf, stop for lunch at Fat Boy’s Diner, and visit the lighthouse. We then continue along the Thames Path to Shadwell.

After Shadwell Basin we follow the ornamental canals to Wapping High Street, and then it’s back to the river at St Katharine’s Dock. After a short extension into the City, we cross the Thames for the second time via the Wobbly Bridge, head east toward Tower Bridge, and join the Thames Path southside at Butler’s Wharf.

The ride will end with liquid refreshments at the Dog & Bell pub in Deptford.

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