Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: Wandsworth Common to Richmond Park

Cycling through Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park are amongst the highlights of the Inner Loop, and I had found an extended loop through them on my previous route finding trip. So I set off on a bright morning to head along Spoke 1 to Wandsworth Common. My route took me on NCN4 along the SouthContinue reading “Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: Wandsworth Common to Richmond Park”

Oyster Wheel Inner Loop 8/1: Beckenham to Wandsworth Common

After my last trip to Beckenham resulted in an irreparable puncture, I had fresh tires on my bike as I headed back out to continue the loop. Thankfully that last ride had ended only 500m from a Oyster Spoke so I only had to cover a short extra spur to complete the loop. I setContinue reading “Oyster Wheel Inner Loop 8/1: Beckenham to Wandsworth Common”

Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: Autumnal route finding

Went out yesterday to find a better route between Spokes 1 and 2 – last time I ended up cycling through the middle of Wimbledon. Instead I headed out to Earlsfield on Spoke 1 and then cut across to Wimbledon Park and found a prettier, more extensive route across Wimbledon Common. Autumn colourings were veryContinue reading “Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: Autumnal route finding”

Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: Shooters Hill to Beckenham

The weather wasn’t forecast to be great but I was hoping for a drier spell to last long enough to get me home. Unfortunately the weather set in earlier than expected and a combination of that, a puncture and a broken pump meant that I ended up finishing the ride at Beckenham, albeit completing theContinue reading “Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: Shooters Hill to Beckenham”

Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: the Excel to Shooters Hill

Another sunny Tuesday, another segment of the Inner Loop, this time continuing on from the Excel to Shooters Hill. I took the direct route on NCN13 from Tower Bridge, along the ornamental canal, then through Wapping and Poplar and over the Lea Crossing to the Royal Docks. From there a cyclepath took me straight toContinue reading “Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: the Excel to Shooters Hill”

Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: Walthamstow to the Excel

The next in the series of routes around the inner loop for the Oyster Wheel connecting many of the London sights that the Spokes were unable to reach. Given the reasonable popularity of my lockdown Lakeland gravel series, I’ve decided to video the inner loop in the hope of inspiring others to get out andContinue reading “Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: Walthamstow to the Excel”

Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: Camden to Walthamstow Marshes

I’ve now cycled an inner loop for the Oyster Wheel connecting many of the London sights that the Spokes were unable to reach, so I’ve been considering how to document it. Given the reasonable popularity of my lockdown Lakeland gravel series, I’ve decided to video the inner loop in the hope of inspiring others toContinue reading “Oyster Wheel Inner Loop: Camden to Walthamstow Marshes”

Half-spoke circuits 4/5: Wanstead Park and Hollow Ponds

Having experienced the cycling desert that is north-west London earlier in the week, it was with some trepidation that I headed for the last of my half-spoke circuits, linking spokes 5 and 4. After all, this ride would cut across the North Circular, A13, A12 and other main A-roads. I needn’t have worried as IContinue reading “Half-spoke circuits 4/5: Wanstead Park and Hollow Ponds”

Half-Spoke circuits 9/3: Hampstead and Brent Reservoir

North-west London is a challenging area to cycle in – a combination of a high density of major roads, railways and little or no dedicated cycling infrastructure makes trying to cut through it a nightmare. I wanted to see if there was a route between Spoke 9 and Spoke 3 via Brent Reservoir and theContinue reading “Half-Spoke circuits 9/3: Hampstead and Brent Reservoir”

Half-Spoke circuits 5/6: Beckton and the Excel

A quick look at the map revealed that spokes 5 and 6 comes very close to each other on either side of the Thames, and that between them is the Woolwich Ferry. Given that this has its own dedicated cycle lane across, then this could have been a very simple and short ride. However, givenContinue reading “Half-Spoke circuits 5/6: Beckton and the Excel”

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