Best cycle routes London: London’s (not so) secret forest

Best cycle routes London: London’s (not so) secret forest

You might not be able to escape coronavirus, but you can escape the city…. This is a lovely cycle route in London along the canal to the great wilds of Epping Forest. Camp in the forest for a thrilling micro adventure!

We joined this route from Stratford, but you can make your way over to any part of the canal and get pedalling!


Leg I: Olympic Park to Tottenham Hale

A taste of Hackney Wick: water and street art



Continue alongside the river. There are several opportunities to quench your thirst and/or satisfy your hunger, check out The Princess of Wales and The Anchor & Hope: two pubs directly accessible via the cycling route. Take some snaps of the graffiti work on the building around the canal - they might be worth something one day!



Leg II: Tottenham Hale to Ponder's End

Halfway there...



You might have guessed it... this stretch marks the halfway point to Epping Forest. Enter the Tottenham Marshes and follow the bike path next to the river. The area lacks much variation in vegetation as it's largely overgrown but you can definitely find peace and tranquility in it.  


Leg III: Ponder's End to Epping Forest

Sweet relief: you've made it! 

Turn right onto Lee Valley Road/A110 but be aware: this area is traffic heavy! Take caution when entering/riding in the pedestrian lane.

Climb King's Head Hill, from this point Epping Forest can be accessed from within half of a mile to your north (Victor followed Station Road, however there are several roads that allow for direct access). Once you've arrived, explore and enjoy London's largest forest! 



If you venture out to Epping, we'd love to hear how you get on. Get in touch at or tag us on social media with @ridebeeline #ridebeeline



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