Christmas Day Ride from the Cutty Sark through Southwark, Camden and Westminster to Edgware Road

  • From: 10:00am 25 Dec 2014
  • To: 12:30pm 25 Dec 2014
  • Event type: Ride
  • Contact: Nigel Bee at nigelbee@blueyonder.co.uk
  • Difficulty: Easy

Those of you who remember Queen Victoria turning up unrecognised at Blackadder's house on Christmas Day, will know that Christmas Day and Southwark are inextricably linked. We want to celebrate this fact by cycling through Southwark on Christmas Day.

Meet at 10am at the Cutty Sark Gardens, London SE10 9LW or at 11 am at the Southwark Needle.

We are hoping that the new Deptford Creek Footbridge will be finished by the end of the year, so that we can try it out on this ride. The bridge has now been delivered to the site and looks spectacular:

We want to continue with the tradition established by the late Barry Mason and carried forward by Francis Sedgemoor.

We start off by following the quiet route LCN Route 4, which takes us though greenery, then along cobbled streets and gives us a spectacular view of Tower Bridge. We then explore some Dickens' locations, such as the site of the Marshalsea Prison in Southwark:

We will then cross the river at Southwark Bridge and cycle past St Paul's Cathedral on our way to look at the sign in the south east corner of Lincoln's Inn Fields warning us that Camden tickets are not valid in Westminster bays. Although there isn't a sign saying this, we can infer that the same is true the other way around. We can collectively ponder what life would be like if all the London boroughs were abolished and we all lived in a great big happy family, without having to worry about which borough we had got our ticket from.

We then continue on to the Dickens Museum, the British Museum, Neal Street, Covert Garden, Leicester Square, The Mall, Green Park, The Wellington Arch, Hyde Park, Marble Arch, finishing for a meal at one of the Lebanese restaurants in Edgeware Road.

Previous years have seen upwards of 100 cyclists of all ages, genders, ethnicities and body-mass indices take part, and we usually get a few skiving Santas thrown in.

Active parents are most welcome on the ride, provided that they are accompanied by at least one responsible child, and behave themselves.

This is an LCC ride, which anyone can attend. We think this ride will have particular appeal to like-minded people who belong to Central London CTC and Sustrans.

This post was edited by nigelbee at 05:33am 29 Oct 2014.

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