Great Rides - Battersea

Battersea is a cycling oasis in the heart of London.

The beginnings of Battersea Park go way back to the time of Queen Victoria, when land was set aside to revitalize a poor, working-class area of the city. But cycling really took off in the 1890s, when bikes were banned in Hyde Park and Regent’s Park — and riders streamed to Battersea for its shady trees, Thames views and smooth pathways.

These days, it’s a great spot for laps (3km around the main loop) or cruising to the zoo, boating lake and bandstand. From here, you can ride along the Thames past the London Eye and the Tate Modern to Greenwich, or head to 2,500-acre Richmond Park, where loads of cyclists train on the weekend.

It’s a decent spot for mountain biking, too — the 7.35-mile Tasmin Trail encircles the park and even has some singletrack. For more MTB, you’ll have to go further afield: the hand-crafted features at Chicksands, the soft loam at Surrey Hills and the gravity-fed trails of Rogate.

Gravel is the same story: try the route from Crystal Palace to Croydon, point your wheels toward Kent or explore Surrey Hills or Epping Forest. No matter what, you should participate in the gigantic RideLondon, when tens of thousands of cyclists ride out of the capital into the Essex countryside.

Lee Valley Velo Park

Distance: 2.5 mi
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Ranmore Common and Ripley

Distance: 63.3 mi
Elevation: +/- 3191 ft

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Pilgrims, Bough & Star Hill

Distance: 68.6 mi
Elevation: +/- 4368 ft

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Box Hill

Distance: 49.2 mi
Elevation: +/- 2409 ft

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Chiddingstone Castle

Distance: 77 mi
Elevation: +/- 5488 ft

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Essex 100

Distance: 106.5 mi
Elevation: +/- 4428 ft

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Flat & Furious

Distance: 58.6 mi
Elevation: +/- 1726 ft

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Marlow Cake Run

Distance: 92.7 mi
Elevation: +/- 2916 ft

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Windsor Castle

Distance: 61.4 mi
Elevation: +/- 1864 ft

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Richmond Park Loop

Distance: 15.2 mi
Elevation: +/- 620 ft

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Hampstead Heath & Primrose Hill Loop

Distance: 24.8 mi
Elevation: +/- 1045 ft

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Lullingstone Country Park

Distance: 62.4 mi
Elevation: +/- 3594 ft

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Battersea to Brighton

Distance: 120.7 mi
Elevation: +/- 6554 ft

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Surrey Ride

Distance: 65.4 mi
Elevation: +/- 2248 ft

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Loop round Harlow

Distance: 87.6 mi
Elevation: +/- 3646 ft

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Hyde Park - London

Distance: 11.3 mi
Elevation: +/- 339 ft

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Richmond Park Loop

Distance: 16.2 mi
Elevation: +/- 576 ft

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Ride to Buckingham Palace

Distance: 9 mi
Elevation: +/- 247 ft

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Thames Central Cycle Path

Distance: 12.5 mi
Elevation: +/- 531 ft

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London Sight Seeing Cycle Route

Distance: 18.3 mi
Elevation: +/- 637 ft

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Trek-Battersea Park Ride

Distance: 5.8 mi
Elevation: +/- 178 ft

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