London South Bank (Waterloo to the Thames Barrier)

  • May 26, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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If you want to see the amazing evolution of the London Docklands then this route is for you. The route provides the full range from rustic derelict buildings, contemporary art, new converted warehouse ‘loft’ apartments’ and all set along the nature rich river.

 

 

 

 

 

Starting off at Waterloo we jump on to the South Bank and follow the river downstream, past the South Bank Centre, under the new eco Blackfriars station, past the Shakespeare Globe and Tate Modern through to London Bridge. There we cycle in front of the Mayors office along the river with great views of the Tower of London and London Bridge.

From London Bridge its back streets through Bermondsey, past ‘The Mayflower’ pub (http://themayflowerrotherhithe.com/) and Brunel Museum and into the South London Docklands area through to Deptford in to Greenwich.

We can then have a short rest break here (lost of shops, etc) and then continue the route around the Dome, through rustic docklands, under the new Thames Cable Car, past the London Yachting centre and numerous river abstract art works, ending up at the Thames Barrier (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_Barrier).

To be honest there isn’t a lot to see at the end apart from the barrier, so it will be a quick turnaround back to Greenwich for Lunch.

The route is a mixture of tarmac and track and therefore would be suitable for mountain bikes, hybrids, folding and road bikes.

The route may vary a little due to challenges we hit on the day and each rider is responsible for their own health & safety.

I have scheduled the event for this time to maximise quieter trains and roads. In terms of how you get to the start and from the finish I would recommend using the London TFL website.

The event will be cancelled giving a minimum of 48 hours notice if there is a risk of bad weather. By the same token, if you do not plan to attend please change your RSVP.

Map of the Route - https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=208581985762937908080.0004daf78f839bdeb46de&msa=0

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  • Nathan

    Great ride guys! Appriciate any feedback. Hope to see you at the next ones :)

    May 26, 2013

  • Liam B.

    Great route! Plenty to see on the way, plus a great distance. Definitely needed the pub at the end :)

    May 26, 2013

  • Gaurav J.

    Hi Nathan

    I was wait listed for todays event but did not get notification of confirmation. Just saw a notification from meet up of my confirmation. I can't make it in such a short notice. Sorry for this confusion. Regards,
    Gaurav

    May 26, 2013

    • Nathan

      No worries, my fault with the auto rsvp thing.

      May 26, 2013

    • Gaurav J.

      No worries. See you all next Sunday.

      May 26, 2013

  • Wasel

    Apologies, I was on the waiting list till last night and I didn't realise that there is a spot available. It's too short a notice now, I can't make it.

    May 26, 2013

    • Nathan

      No worries, thanks for letting me know.

      May 26, 2013

  • Laura

    Hi, I would like to attend but I won't know if I can get away until late tonight or the morning. I will text Becky. Waterloo is cycling distance for me so if I go I can meet you at Waterloo as planned. Laura

    May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have never cycled in the city before so basically what I'd like to know is if you can take your bike on the underground as I live in North London.Thanks

    May 20, 2013

    • Nathan

      Thanks guys! Inma, whats your closest tube station? Local knowledge is always useful and there may be short cuts :)

      May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alas, I am now working :-(

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry cant make it my knee has boken down again

    May 20, 2013

  • Simon

    Sorry, I'm away cycling to Paris then ;-(

    May 10, 2013

  • Valentin T.

    sorry cant attend sundays

    May 10, 2013

  • Roxy A.

    Spa Day already booked :-(

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This ride is not suitable for road bikes presumably?

    May 7, 2013

    • Nathan

      FYI did this route today and randomly watched HMS Illustrious squeeze through the barrier and dock in Greenwich. If your bike can handle canal paths then this route will be no problem.

      May 8, 2013

  • Anke L.

    Hi Nathan, I'd like to attend but am a bit wary about the suggested South Bank route. Anytime I have been along that stretch of the river, there have been too many pedestrians to allow easy cycling. Also, aren't there still restrictions due to construction along Blackfriars Bridge?

    May 7, 2013

    • Nathan

      Hi Anke, 10:30 on a Sunday it should be pretty quiet. Yes, Blackfriars we will have to either push our bikes for 2 minutes under the bridge, or we can take a quiet back road. Hope this helps ;) - Nathan

      May 7, 2013

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