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Cycle Rides

Cyclists at Royal Crescent
Cyclists at Royal Crescent
Cyclists leaving West London Bowling Club
Cyclists leaving West London Bowling Club
Group Rides

Our hugely popular cycling tours are led by experienced and friendly members of the London Cycling Campaign and Spokes - London Cycling. Where possible, the rides go through quieter, characterful streets, including Quietways and Cycle Superhighways. You are welcome to leave or join the rides at any point. No need to book – just turn up with your bike. Under-18s are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

This year there will be three Open Garden Squares Weekend cycle rides.

Saturday 6 June

Saturday Ride 1: The ride will start at 10:00 from the (German) Gymnasium King's Boulevard, King's Cross, London N1C 4BU (between King's Cross and St Pancras stations). It will visit gardens in King's Cross, Islington and Stoke Newington before returning to the Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside St, King's Cross, London N1C 4DN by about 16:30. Distance: about 10 miles / 16km.

Gardens to be visited:

Map of the ride

Please email philipbenstead1@gmail.com for further details.

Saturday 6 June

Saturday Ride 2: The ride will start at 10:00 near the Hyde Park Corner cycle hire station. (This is just inside Hyde Park on the South Carriage Drive.) It will visit a wide variety of gardens in Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster before returning to Hyde Park Corner by 17:30.

Please email colin@westminstercyclists.org.uk for further details.

Sunday 7 June

Sunday Ride: Meet at 09:30 at the Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens, W2 2UH. The ride ends at the Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park, about 17:20. Distance: about 15 miles / 24km.

Gardens to be visited

Further details and route from https://www.strava.com/clubs/497231/group_events/646708

The rides are free, but you will need an Open Garden Squares Weekend ticket to visit the gardens. If you have not already bought one, you can buy it on the morning for £20 (Saturday - valid for both days) or £15 (Sunday only).

Cycle Hire

Santander Cycle Hire is ideal for short journeys between gardens in Zone 1 and parts of Zone 2.

There is now a dense network of cycle hire stations. The nearest one to each garden is shown on its web page.

For further details of Cycle Hire, please consult the Transport for London web site.

If you bring a Santander bike on a group ride, you need to be aware that you could be spending time looking for a docking station when you could be visiting gardens. If you don't return the bike periodically to a docking station, you could also be faced with a big bill.

Self-guided Rides

You may also like to try these self-guided rides:

These feature several of the gardens taking part in Open Garden Squares Weekend.