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Cycle routes from HOP to Oxford Street/West End
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Codrington Brill

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Post: #1
19-09-2013 01:29 PM

Calling all cyclists

Does anyone know the best route to cycle the above journey. I would like to avoid Old Kent Road and exceptionally busy/dangerous roads but also don't want to go too indirect.

I was thinking Peckham Rye - Rye Lane - West along Peckham Road/A202 to The Oval - North along A23 to Waterloo - cross over Waterloo Bridge - then north through Covent Garden to Oxford Street.

Any guidance would be gratefully received.

Many thanks

This post was last modified: 19-09-2013 01:31 PM by Codrington Brill.

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19-09-2013 02:00 PM

I take this route to work: Peckham Rye – Rye Lane – Surrey Linear Canal Path (starts behind Peckham Library) - Burgess Park – Portland St/Brandon St – New Kent Road (only about 100m and on designated cycle path) – local streets behind E&C – Waterloo Rd – Waterloo Bridge – Covent Garden - British Library - Warren Street

Nice route; the only part with heavy traffic is around Waterloo

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19-09-2013 02:35 PM

Here you go:,0.134754

Google was being a bit glitchy but the link should hopefully work…

I used to do this route everyday when I worked in soho. It's by the far the best way there in my opinion (and I've tried lots of routes). It's not the fastest (but it's by no means indirect) but it is the most picturesque, interesting and safe.

It's essentially one green space after another for the first 5 miles – Camberwell New Cemetery, Peckham Rye, Surrey Canal Path, Burgess Park – much of it along paths or along cycle paths – and crucially it doesn't include Old Kent Road or Elephant and Castle roundabout.

Then when you get towards the Elephant and Castle area (half way) you get to see some lovely sights – Waterloo Bridge is stunning, then Covent Garden, past Leicester Square, through Chinatown over cobbles (lovely in January when the lanterns are out) and then bomb it down Wardour St through the heart of Soho – it's like a tour of London that you'd normally have to pay for.

The only slightly hairy bit is Waterloo IMAX roundabout (but that's all cycle path now) and Wardour Street (pedestrians everywhere)

I couldn't recommend the route enough. Enjoy.

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19-09-2013 03:50 PM


Interesting route. I didn't know you could go through the cemetery that way. My stock route (through Nunhead) when I head in that direction is considerably different, so I'll do a bit of experimenting and see how it compares - if favorably I'll also post a map.

Also CS 05 Construction
is underway, so this might help in route planning as time goes by - although I saw a couple of blue squares painted on the road in Peckham the other day so I fear it will be as worthless as all the rest

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19-09-2013 04:09 PM

That's pretty much my route, although beware that Camb N Cem shuts at night.

I use Portland, up the side of Walworth, rather than Walworth itself - which is OK but not great.

And why detour in B Park when you can just go all the way down the central spine?

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Codrington Brill

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19-09-2013 08:18 PM

Many thanks. Saves me a lot of work. Looking forward to it now.

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Campervan Tim

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20-09-2013 10:24 AM

My route would be almost identical to Anita's

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25-09-2013 04:06 PM

Anita, how long does that route take you in the morning? (And are you a slow/medium/fast cyclist?)

I haven't cycled to work since I moved to FH and really miss it and I also work on Warren Street


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25-09-2013 04:33 PM

I just revisited my map having read the comment that followed mine – and the route within the map wasn't quite right (I blame Google)

The amended route is here…,0.160332

Sorry about that.

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04-10-2013 08:06 AM

Try Cyclestreets. You can enter your postcode and your destination postcode and the site gives you the option of three routes: Fast, Balanced and Quiet. I always choose Quiet.

You can also get it as an iPhone and Android app for free (although you can give them a donation.

This post was last modified: 04-10-2013 08:08 AM by Akhnaten.

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04-10-2013 10:27 AM

I'd also recommend the London Cycling Campaign planner:

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04-10-2013 11:48 AM

I'm a bit of fair weather cyclist because I ride a motorbike as well, but I cycle from HOP to Camden Town on average twice a week, and this is my route:

Stillness Road, Brockley Rise (past Stillness school), Courtrai, Buckthorne, left over railway footbridge, Brockley Way and on down the east side of Peckhm Rye, Rye Lane, Surrey Canal Path, Burgess Park, Portland St/Brandon St, New Kent Road (only about 100m and on designated cycle path), local streets behind E&C, Webber Street, Waterloo Rd, Waterloo Bridge, Covent Garden, Drury Lane, British Museum, Russell Square, Gordon Street, up the west side of Euston station, Hampstead road, and then back streets up to Parkway in Camden Town.

It takes me about 45 - 50 minutes depending on how I'm feeling, a bit longer on the way back.

I'd be happy to ride with anyone who is unfamiliar with the route. I do leave a bit later than usual though, around 915am.


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