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8–9 June 2019

8–9 June 2019

Cycle Rides

Cyclists at Royal Crescent
Cyclists at Royal Crescent
Cyclists leaving West London Bowling Club
Cyclists leaving West London Bowling Club
Group Rides

Our hugely popular cycling tours are led by experienced and friendly members of the London Cycling Campaign and Cyclists in Southwark. Where possible, the rides go through quieter, characterful streets, including Quietways and Cycle Superhighways. You are welcome to leave or join the rides at any point. No need to book – just turn up with your bike.

This year there will be three Open Garden Squares Weekend cycle rides.

Saturday 8 June

The ride will start from St Paul's Church, Covent Garden Piazza at 10am. It will visit gardens in Bloomsbury and around the City - including three rooftop gardens - before returning to Covent Garden by 5.30pm.

Gardens to be visited

Map of the ride

GPX download

Please email colin@westminstercyclists.org.uk for further details.

Sunday 9 June

Sunday Ride 1 Meet at 10.15am for a 10.30 start from the Tennis Club, Hyde Park (near the junction of South Carriage and West Carriage Drive and Alexandra Gate). The ride will visit gardens in South and North Kensington and finish around 5.30pm in Kensington Gardens (Black Lion Gate, Bayswater Road).

Gardens to be visited:

Map of the ride

Further important information

Hire cycles are welcome on this ride, but safekeeping is your responsibility.

All participants please bring the following:

  • Cycle lock
  • Spare inner tube of the correct size for your cycle
  • Money for refreshments

Please email philipbenstead1@gmail.com for further details.

Sunday Ride 2 The ride will start at 10am outside the German Gymnasium, Battle Bridge Place, N1C 4BU. (This is at the junction of King's Boulevard and Pancras Road between the sides of King's Cross and St Pancras stations.) The ride will visit gardens in the Kings' Cross area, around the City and in Southwark before returning to King's Cross about 6.30pm.

Gardens to be visited

Further details and route from https://www.strava.com/clubs/497231/group_events/465958

The rides are free, but you will need an Open Garden Squares Weekend ticket to visit the gardens. If you have not already bought one, you can buy it on the morning for £20 (Saturday - valid for both days) or £15 (Sunday only).

Cycle Hire

Santander Cycle Hire is ideal for short journeys between gardens in Zone 1 and parts of Zone 2.

There is now a dense network of cycle hire stations. The nearest one to each garden is shown on its web page.

For further details of Cycle Hire, please consult the Transport for London web site.

If you bring a Santander bike on a group ride, you need to be aware that you could be spending time looking for a docking station when you could be visiting gardens. If you don't return the bike periodically to a docking station, you could also be faced with a big bill.

Self-guided Rides

You may also like to try these self-guided rides:

These feature several of the gardens taking part in Open Garden Squares Weekend.