Routes & maps / Leisure routes
Find a leisure route
Find a route to suit you by ordering a London Cycle Guide.
Leisure routes are for pleasant pedalling rather than fast cycling. Watch out for walkers and use a bell. Find more information on sutainable transport by visiting Sustrans.
You can enjoy a huge number of leisure routes in London, many of which are car-free, including canals, waterways, and the open spaces of the Royal Parks. Here's a selection of routes for you:
West London: Tamsin Trail - Richmond Park
Central London: Regents Canal
Little Venice, Regents Park, Camden Lock Market and Broadway Market
London Cycle Guides: Central London No. 1 and 7
Borough: Hackney, Islington, Camden, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham
North London: Hampstead Heath - cycle and swim
North London: London Docklands to Lee Valley Park
Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Walthamstow Nature Reserve and the Regents Canal towpaths.
London Cycle Guides: No. 4, 7 and 14
Borough: Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Haringey
South west London: Wandle Trail from the Thames to Croydon
An off-road route along the river Wandle, with pocket parks and National trust properties.
London Cycle Guides: No. 10 and 12
Borough: Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Croydon
South east London: Waterlink Way from Cutty Sark to Cator Park
See the old naval college, Cutty Sark and a number of parks and green spaces
London Cycle Guides: No. 7 and 11
Borough: Greenwich, Lewisham and Bromley
Parks and open spacesYou can ride through parks and green spaces in most of London's boroughs, including a number of parks managed by the Royal Parks. Find out more about cycling in the Royal Parks and their cycling code of conduct.
Canals, towpaths and waterwaysDiscover more about cycling on canals, towpaths and waterways, and about the towpaths code of conduct on the Canal & River Trust website.
We have recently contributed £180,000 to improving towpaths in Ealing. Work included improvements and flood damage repair to the 18th century Grand Union Canal towpath in Hanwell. These changes have made Hanwell
Lock safer and more pleasant for boaters, walkers and cyclists. Find out more about the Grand Union canal towpath improvements(PDF 91KB)