Brent Cyclists Ride to the Lea Valley
We did attempt to do this ride last month, but it rained so much we gave up and went to a café in Queens Park.
We will try again this Saturday. Weather forecast looking good at the moment. Here's the details again:
Meet Kilburn Station 11:15 for a gentle 25 mile round trip mostly on minor roads and towpaths.
We go out on one of the best back-street cycle routes through Islington and Hackney (lots of "filtered permeability"), via cycle-friendly parks London Fields and Victoria Park, and using part of the Regent's Canal. The Lea Valley towpath has been improved by the Olympic authorities, and is a wide, smooth riding surface. We then find our way to Finsbury Park and take the old railway route (a disused branch of the Northern Line) now known as Parkland Walk. This has a fairly rough gravel surface, so very narrow-tyre bikes are not recommended. A sharp hill (we can walk) then leads to Highgate, and we then cycle across Hampstead Heath. We take in the atmosphere of Hampstead Village before the fast downhill run back to Kilburn.
Lunch will be at a café, there is likely to be a tea stop as well, and the ride will be suitable for all riders, including older children (it may be too tiring for younger ones). We will hopefully be back by 6:00pm.