Ten suggested routes for a short solo ride starting in Southwark

Update, 31 Oct 2020. Now again stopping Healthy Rides. So over to the “do-it-yourself” routes once more.

During the Coronovirus pandemic we will be suggesting a routes that could be ridden. Although group rides are not allowed, it is important to keep fit. Going for a short ride on your own is a good way to do this. Keeping, of course, a safe separation from others. We have worked out 9 shorter routes in locations across the borough – “Short Rides for the Lockdown“, you can see them all on this composite map: https://bit.ly/3fEf2rg . These are designed like the healthy rides using as much as possible paths and quiet streets. They can all be completed in under and hour. What would be really great is if riders who complete part or all of a ride would post to the SCHR Facebook page to say they have done it and add some photos. If you have not already joined that FB group, then do so a.s.a.p!

Will now be able to choose when you ride, so can pick the sunny moments. Also can start the ride anywhere on the loop, not necessarily at the indicated start location. And if you want a longer ride, just link up 2 or 3 overlapping routes.

Link to routes: 9 Short Rides for the Lockdown

If do not fancy one of the “Rides of the Month”, all the routes of previous rides are available on the web in the ride reports. These reports also usually include some information about points of interest. Recent ride reports are on this site, links here. Older reports are on the Healthyrider Weebly site links here. Parts of these routes would often make a nice short solo ride. For some recent rides we will put some additional route information here.

Index of Do-it-Yourself Rides
TitleAreaLength
Miles
Terrain
1Canal-River-Woodland-DocksRotherhithe4Flat
2Dulwich and its CastleDulwich5.5Some uphill
3Telegraph Hill and Nunhead CemeteryPeckham, Nuhead4.5Short steep hill
4Burgess and Southwark ParksCamberwell, Bermondsey5Flat
5Canada Water to Cutty SarkRotherhithe,Deptford6.4Flat
6Dulwich to Brixton MillDulwich, Brixton, Herne Hill5.6Not quite flat
7Dawsons Hill and a Golf Course on a ReservoirDulwich4.5Hilly
8Burgess Park to Vauxhall BridgeCamberwell, Vauxhall5Flat
9Camberwell Open SpacesCamberwell, Denmark Hill6Not quite flat
Link to Do-it- Yourself rides

Note that another good ride is the Thames Path route on the south of the river from Tower Bridge to Battersea Park.  This is normally too busy to allow steady progress. But now, it is really great.  Cycled the other day from Potters Fields to Battersea Park in just over 30min. Mind you, it was 7am. On a fine morning London has never looked better.

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