KEEP MOVING WITH THESE SOUTH LONDON Londoners don’t always see the best of British weather, fact. So when the sun comes out, we really know how to make the most of it! For every spandex-clad cyclist who struggles through the wind and rain for the daily grind, there’s plenty of other cyclists enjoying fair weather – and summer is the season for it! Here‘s our top pick of idyllic green spots if you fancy a leisurely Sunday cycle around the South. Cycle Routes
GREENWICH PARK Not only does this route promise a great view across the river to Canary Wharf, but The Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark clipper ship are also just a stone’s throw away!
BARNES RIVERSIDE It won’t feel as though you’re cycling in the city here. Get some peace and quiet by the river in Barnes, just moments away from Putney, Chiswick, Richmond and Kew.
WIMBLEDON COMMON Wimbledon Common is a large open space that’s yours whenever you want to soak up the sunshine. It’s also a pleasant path into Richmond Park if you’re a local resident.
PECKHAM RYE PARK For the urbanite, Peckham Rye Park may be a little smaller in size, but it does boast a lovely cafe, along with lots of interesting surroundings to ponder.
CRYSTAL PALACE PARK With a beautiful lake to cycle beside, and The Luna Cinema in the evenings, Crystal Palace Park has bags to offer any cyclist out on a sunny day.
CYCLING SAFETY TIPS TO REMEMBER Always wear a helmet Don’t wear headphones while cycling Look before you turn Don’t rush through red lights Stay well back from large vehicles on the road Don’t cycle on the pavement unless it’s a cycle path Make sure you have lights when cycling at night / in the dark Your seat should be at hip height when standing
BATTERSEA PARK This lush green park is situated right on the river bank, complete with a lovely boating lake and peace pagoda – not to mention the neighbourhood itself which is worth checking out.
BROCKWELL PARK Popping into Brixton for a bite or a pint? Brockwell Park is a gem for cycling and walking routes. The hill makes for a challenge (and a good view too!)
RICHMOND PARK This is the largest Royal Park in London, with deer and views spanning St Paul’s Cathedral and Canary Wharf.
BEST BIKE SHOPS IN SOUTH LONDON Brixton Cycles Practically an icon of the local area, Brixton Cycles has expanded in the past few years; moving from beside the skate park on Stockwell Road, to further up Brixton Road. They’ve even got a lovely cafe now, so you can enjoy a latte while they change your tube! Seabass Cycles With two South London locations to take note of – Camberwell and Peckham, both stores offer servicing. The Peckham unit is also chock-full of vintage frames, state of the art bikes and bike parts. Everyone Bikes Quaint and sweet in Wandsworth, this little shop caters specifically to the female cyclist and has some seriously cute products for women. Without compromising on the practicality element either, Everyone Bikes stocks accessories for both genders and offers a full range of servicing. Blue Door Bicycles Located in Crystal Palace, and perfect if you ever get a flat tyre while cycling through the park, there’s been a bike shop in this spot for almost 100 years! They’ve got everything you’d want to find too. Elswood Cycleworks Right by The Half Moon so you can pop in for a cheeky drink after your cyclist needs are satiated, this is a lovely independent shop.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CYCLING Improves your general fitness Improves bone health Reduces risk of high blood pressure / heart disease / stroke / diabetes Helps with weight management Improves sense of well-being Good for your joints (especially knees!)