Sibiu and its Parks

Sibiu and its Parks

 This is a superb evening or morning ride around the outskirts of this historic city, taking in the beautiful city park.

Cycling in Romania is a delight. There is so much history around you and the beautiful landscapes. Sibiu is at the heart of cycling in Transylvania and Romania, sitting beneath the Carpathian Mountains, it has some of the best road cycling and best mountain biking in Romania and indeed in Europe.

Sibiu Road Cycling

Distance and ascent: 37km and 416 metres of climbing

Route

  1. Start from the centre of town and ride to Aleea Calaretilor and through towards the Zoological Gardens and park.
  2. Ride along before joining the road at the 106A, then turn right and ride to Poplaca, before heading back towards Sibiu and again into the park.
  3. Repeat part of the circuit, before turning off the road on the 106D towards Cisnadioara.
  4. Ride through Piata Noua and back to Sibiu via Sevis.
  5. Now head back to historic Sibiu and enjoy the evening 🙂

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London to Rye

London to Rye

Route Information

Stats:  75 miles and 4713 feet of ascent (each way)

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Refreshments

Groombridge Place Tea Rooms near Ashurst. Cafe on the Quay at Rye

Character

A ride out through the Sussex countryside, to Rye on the beautiful Sussex Coast. Take a train back, or stay over and return the following day.


Route

  1.  Follow the gpx file out of London via Dulwich and Crystal Palace. At Beckenham turn south direct on the A202 and head towards Biggin Hill and some steady climbs.
  2. Continue on quiet roads and lanes, crossing the M25 and heading through Brasted, then turning right onto New road and continuing south towards Ide Hill and Chiddingstone National Trust village.
  3. From here, head off down Wellers Town Road towards Chiddingstone Hoath and onto Groombridge, where you can rest for coffee and cake.
  4. The route then weaves through tree lined countryside and rolling lanes to Durgates, where you pick up the B2009 towards Shover’s green, turning off here right towards Stonegate.
  5. From Stonegate weave through Etchingham and onto Roberts Bridge, before quiet lanes lend their way towards the coast and Winchelsea.
  6. Follow the coast to Rye



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London to Oxford

London to Oxford

Route Information

Stats:  67 miles and 2408 feet of ascent (each way)

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Refreshments

Chocolate Cafe at Henley on Thames, then lots of choice in Oxford.

Character

A long ride out to Oxford, with either a train journey home, or a night in Oxford before cycling back to London. A beautiful Thames valley ride.


Route

  1.  Follow the gpx file out of London via Uxbridge to Slough. From Slough head towards East Burnham, passing Dorneywood House and quiet lanes to the edge of Woodburn, skirting south of it and riding to Bourne End.
  2. At Bourne End, cross the Thames and follow the path south towards Cookham. At Cookham turn right, then right again onto Terry’s Lane, then join the Winter Hill to the junction with Dean Lane.
  3. Turn right at Dean lane, and then very soon take a left onto Grubwood Lane.
  4. At Hocket Lane turn right and then shortly afterwards turn left onto Winter Hill Road itself, following this to the junction of the A308.Turn left towards Pinkneys Green.
  5. Turn right onto Pinkneys Drive and follow this, passing the car park on the right and then turning right onto Henley Road. Ride to Henley and take a break for refreshments.
  6. Ride out of Henley on the A4130 towards Nettlebed. Continue on the road until a junction right is signed for RAF Benson – take this and cycle through and around the lanes to Berrick Prior, Newington and onto Cowley and Oxford.
  7. Ride into town and finish by the Cathedral – rest, eat enjoy before deciding if it’s a train or an overnight stay.

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Putney to Windsor Castle

Putney to Windsor Castle

Route Information

Stats:  32 miles and 622 feet of ascent (each way)

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Refreshments

Cinnamon Cafe Windsor and The Dynamo Cafe in Putney on the way back.

Character

This is one of the Time Out magazine rides, which we think is a great ‘there and back’ riverside ride -and you get to see a castle!


Route

  1.  Go along to towpath passing boat houses and rowing clubs, taking the road at Hammersmith Bridge and heading up to Roehampton Gate at Richmond Park.
  2. Exit the park and follow the road (A307) towards Kingston, picking up the river again and passing the Boaters Inn (good food on return leg).
  3. Cross Kingston Bridge and stay alongside the river, Barge Walk to Hampton Court Palace.
  4. Head south over Hampton Court Bridge and find the towpath again, leaving the river at Weybridge and joining the A317 towards Windsor fora short while.
  5. Turn off right at Chertsey Fire Station, following National Cycle Network signs to Chertsey Bridge, cross both the river and the M3 and stay alongside the river on Thames Side to Staines. As you ride with meadows and trees either side, you will turn off left to stay alongside this riverside road.
  6. At Laleham it becomes a path and continues along the Thames.
  7. Cross over at Staines and follow the A308 into Windsor and to the castle.



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London to Box Hill Circular

London to Box Hill Circular

Route Information

Stats:  85 miles and 4072 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Box Hill Cafe and The Dynamo Cafe in Putney on the way back.

Character

We’ve tried to keep this to the easier traffic roads in and around London, taking in the River Thames Cycling Superhighway, and putting a detour to The Albert Memorial on the way home – one of our favourite spots in London. Oh, and you climb Box Hill of course!


Route

  1. From the Tate Gallery, follow the Thames and pick up the Fulham Road. Cross Putney Bridge and head to Roehampton Gate via Upper Richmond Road and Pirory Lane.
  2. Exit the park at Ham Gate Avenue and follow Richmond Road to Kingston.
  3. Cross the Thames and ride around the edge of Hampton Court Palace, crossing the Thames and riding to Esher.
  4. From Esher take the Portsmouth road, crossing the A3 and dropping down Fairmile Lane, before turning right onto Leigh Hill Road. At the main junction with Stoke Road turn right into Cobham, then turning left at Cobham into Downside Bridge Road.
  5. Turn off right at the pub and cross the M25, through Martyr’s Green and Ockham, heading down to East Clandon.
  6. Cross over the Epson Road onto Staple Lane, cross the A25, ride through Shere and down to Ewhurst.
  7. At Ewhurst turn left towards Forest Green, and then shortly after the village turn off left to Leith Hill.
  8. Climb Leith Hill and then ride to Westhumble and onto Box Hill for a rest.
  9. Leave Box Hill towards Pebble Coombe, before turning left and heading north towards Headley. Cross the M25 and pass Ashead Park, before turning right at the main road on the Dorking-Epson Road into Epsom.
  10. Head out of Epson towards Oxshott and after the second roundabout turn off right on the lane towards West Ewell, then heading to Chessington and picking up the A243 Hook Road (right turn). Next junction go straight over towards Surbiton and then back towards Kingston along the river.
  11. Time to ride back through Richmond Park, skirting the top edge and dropping to Barnes and Hammersmith before crossing the river.
  12. Ride to Hyde Park and the Albert Memorial, before dropping back down to Kensington and via Chelsea to the river. Head back now to the Tate and Millbank. Time for cake and art.



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London & The Home Counties Cycling Routes

London & The Home Counties

With so much focus on cycling over recent years, London and the Home Counties is a great place to go riding. There are even great cycle lanes along the Thames in Central London, with families riding in the city.

We want to expand our UK routes database, bringing tried and tested routes for you in London and the Home Counties. As it grows, we’ll hopefully help you to choose some great cycle route ideas in and around London.


RICHMOND & THE THAMES  – EASY 15 MILES


An easy afternoon or evening ride from Richmond to Hampton Court, along a lovely stretch of the River Thames.

TATE GALLERY TO BOX HILL  – HARD 85 MILES


A classic ride out to the hills from Central London, with both Leith Hill and Box Hill along the way. A great weekend ride for London cycling friends.

PUTNEY BRIDGE TO WINDSOR  – MEDIUM 32 MILES


A riverside ride to Windsor Castle via Hampton Court. A great ‘there and back’ route for a weekend afternoon.

LONDON TO OXFORD  – HARD 67 MILES


A ride to Oxford, through the Chilterns and some beautiful countryside. We recommend an overnight in the city of spires, before heading back to London.

LONDON TO RYE  – HARD 75 MILES


A trip through the beautiful Sussex countryside from London, and onto the coast and historic Rye.

Richmond to Hampton Court Thames Ride

Richmond to Hampton Court

Route Information

Stats:  15 miles and 320 feet of ascent (flat)

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Refreshments

You’re in Richmond in London, so there’s lots to choose from, both in the town and along the river.

Character

Quiet ride along the River Thames from Richmond Park, with a little bit of road riding along the way. Great ride for an afternoon or evening.


Route

1. From Richmond Green ride down Old Palace Lane to the Thames and follow the Thames path all the way to Kingston.

2. At Kingston, cross the river by Kingston Bridge and turn into the park on the opposite side. Take the path that follows the river, before exiting it by the Mute Swan Public House.

3. Take the second exit of the roundabout (A308) and follow this as it circumnavigates the walled palace and begins to look almost rural, with trees either side.

4. Returning you to roundabout near Kingston Bridge, now ride and leave at the first exit onto the A310 for a short while and then turn right onto Lower Teddington Road by the pub and follow this quiet road until rejoining the A310(turn right onto this).

5. At traffic lights by shops, bare right and stay on this road. After 100 metres turn right down the one way street (Water Lane) and follow ‘Embankment’ and ‘Riverside’ until you can pickup the path along the river.

6. Follow the river back to Richmond, crossing at bridge and riding back to Richmond Park.




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Col Du Dallowgill

Col du Dallowgill

Route Information

Stats: 32 miles and  2300 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Fountains Abbey visitor centre is ideal, and has a great restaurant for post ride meals and snacks.

Character

This route takes in the winding lanes on the dge of the Dales to hidden places with superb climbing.


Route

  1. Head out of Fountains, down through the Deer Park and to the main Pateley Bridge Road. Turn right towards Ripon and then turn left after 300 metres, towards Galthay.
  2. Go past the Inn and down to the T junction. Turn left and ride the rolling climbs to High Grantley.Just before the village,take the road to the right towards Skelding. Follow this winding lane to the T junction on the moors road.
  3. Turn right on this road towards Laverton and Dallowgill. Ride over the cattle grid and after the tight and narrow twisting lane take the minor road on the left signed to Dallowgill.
  4. Twist and climb this awesome country lane, as it guides you to the Col at Dallowgill, with spectacular views.
  5. Follow the long and rolling road, with testing climbs to the edge of Kirkby Malzeard. Ride the short Laverton Loop  before crossing the junction in Kirkby Malzeard and riding to Grewelthorpe.
  6. At Grewelthorpe take the road towards Ripon for 1 mile before turning left and descending Mickley Bank.
  7. After the village of Mickley, climb up and turn right onto the narrow lane. At its end turn left and shortly afterwards turn right onto a lane that brings you to the Ripon Road.
  8. Turn left and ride into Ripon and back to Fountains Abbey.



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Robert Thorpe and Larisa Chinces

Hungary Bikecation Holidays

Bikecation Locations & Guided Tours in Hungary


This exciting and vibrant country lies at the heart of Europe, and at the heart of European history. With summer long sunshine into the 30s, beautiful countryside and miles of traffic free cycle lanes, you’ll be spoilt by the young companies that we know as friends.

Take a fantastic road tour with Ride Hard Hungary, or an E-MTB Tour with Dreamland Tours, each offering that unique Hungarian culture and welcome.

Ride Hard Hungary make sure that your stay is the very best, using 4 star hotels, with famous Hungarian spas to soothe you at the end of each day, you can cycle around magnificent Budapest or along the 77km long shores of pictureque Lake Balaton. Hungary is just a short flight away, so book yourself some sunshine and fun – say #hellohungary!

Read the articles from editors, Larisa, following her recent travels with Ride Hungary

Ride Hard Hungary Tours

Dreamland Cycling is a dynamic team of youngsters who love cycling, being in nature, meeting new people and having delicious food and drink. This vibrant young company specialise in one day trips and short tours, allowing you to break up your Hungarian holiday and explore by bike with these local experts. Their team is composed of former professional bike racers, experienced tour guides, sports trainers and there’s even some engineers on board.

Dreamland Cycling is the first Hungarian company providing all inclusive e-MTB adventure tours around Lake Balaton and in beautiful Budapest. They provide all the equipment and services that you need for an e-MTB adventure. There’s a whole world of history and culture awaiting you in Hungary, with beautiful scenery and long hot summer days. All you need to bring is a sense of adventure!