Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign's tour of local art trails


Waltham Forest art trail


photos WFCC Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign led rides around some of the 1200 pieces on the art trail



The local LCC group in Waltham Forest organised a grand tour and several shorter étapes to help cyclists discover a huge arts event in the borough.

After last year’s success, the E17 Art Trail teamed up again with Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign to offer its trail blazers a cycle tour.

This year also saw the first edition of daily étapes: shorter evening rides aimed at homecoming commuters.

Mat Schmidt from WFCC said, "In among daily cycling, commuting and campaigning, it's not always obvious that art and culture lurk around the corner, even in Walthamstow."

The E17 Art Trail is in its sixth year, and this year's event saw 200 listings, with 1200 participating artists in 100 venues scattered throughout the borough, from established galleries through pubs, studios, schools, to private homes which artists opened to the public for 10 days.

Schmidt said, "WFCC wanted to help cycling art-lovers discover hard-to-reach venues away from the town centre and other clusters.

"Our grand tour visited 18 locations in one afternoon and there was enough time to savour the art, talk to the artists over wine, stop for ice cream and, naturally, cycle.

The weekday étapes took place over one hour, and visited no more than five destinations.