This summer, the Beeline team has taken on the challenge of completing all of the rides in Phoebe Trimingham's You had me at velo! article for Time Out London (June 20-26 edition). Each Friday we'll be giving you the lowdown on one of the eight great cycle routes she's suggested.
This week in the London Summer Series, we'll get a recap of James's ride from Regent's Park to St. Albans.
Regent's Park to St. Albans– a 23 mile journey
National Cycle Route 6 is the recommended route to St. Albans – for much of James's journey, he cycled the A5; if possible, avoid this road. If any readers give the national cycle route a go, let us know about it! Ultimately, James doesn't recommend his A5 route because of the area's busyness – there's quite a lot of traffic. And much of the route consists of weaving between and around cars/buses, and into roundabouts – be careful.
The journey begins at Regent's Park; actually, on the road that circles it – cycling is not permitted within the park, so you'll have to park or tow your bike if you're planning to explore the area. With that in mind, if you haven't visited the park, it's worth checking out! These photos provide a small glimpse into the area's scenery, it's hard to believe you're in the heart of London!
Travel to Hampstead Heath, a park two miles north of Regent's. While also a very scenic area, unfortunately cycling too is not permitted. It's quite hilly, which makes for an incredible view of the city.
If you decide to brave the journey up the A5, the road is two miles to the west from Hampstead Heath, and as mentioned, be careful on this road. Continue traveling north, and experience the shift from an urban to largely rural setting.
The St. Albans arrival. St. Albans is home to a cathedral built in 1077, and is perhaps one of the towns most iconic artifacts. There's also a city centre to explore containing various restaurants and shops. Ultimately, this was James's first taste of St. Albans; the towns historic atmosphere has left him eager to return.