Lea Valley & Essex Countryside

  • From: 10:00am 22 Mar 2014
  • To: 04:30pm 22 Mar 2014
  • Event type: Ride
  • Contact: Stephen – 07982 225131
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Off road: Yes
A ride of three parts, starting at Cutty Sark Gardens at 10am, and heading north through the foot tunnel. The first 27km / 17 miles is mainly on canal and river towpaths up the Lea Valley as far as Waltham Abbey (the abbey itself is worth a look). 
The second part, a similar distance on minor roads and tracks through the rolling hills of Essex around Epping (but not actually through the wooded parts of Epping Forest). Lunch at a cafe just outside Epping.
For the third part, I propose avoiding a 20km ride back on busy roads and through built up areas by taking bikes on the Central Line train from Theydon Bois to Stratford provided we are not too large a group. Only £1.50 with an Oyster card. That leaves 10km ride back to Greenwich. 
Total distance roughly 65km / 40 miles. Towpaths and tracks are still liable to be muddy in places so I would not advise slick tyres. The country lanes of Essex that look quiet from a map can be surprisingly busy, with drivers not always respecting cyclists. I would expect to be back in Greenwich by 4.30pm but bring lights in case, as well as spare tube etc. as usual. And waterproofs/gloves - the forecast for Saturday is cool and
showery.

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