With a wealth of beautiful parks to choose from, London is certainly the place for a two wheeled tour. Now, it’s easier than ever as rentable bicycles are dotted around the capital. They’re perfect for a leisurely cycle through the park, perhaps in the middle of a day of sightseeing?
Jump off a hop-on hop-off bus for a cycle through Hyde Park to visit the Princess Diana Memorial or why not head towards the museums?
But where can you cycle? Some Royal Parks prohibit cycling in certain areas, while others are more bike-friendly. Read on for a short guide to biking in the city parks.
The most cycle friendly of all the Central London parks is Hyde Park. Cyclists are also in luck as this is one of the biggest and most beautiful parks in the city. Cycle from Alexandra Gate to Hyde Park Corner, along Rotten Row; from Hyde Park Corner along Serpentine Road; from Victoria Gate along North Carriage Drive towards Speakers’ Corner and along the Broad Walk.
This gorgeous Royal Park is another perfect place for a cycle and it’s right beside Hyde Park , so you can cycle through both in one go. Cycling is permitted on Broad Walk, Palace Walk and Mount Walk.
You can cycle on Constitution Hill, the road that runs alongside the park. The route is definitely worth cycling, as Constitution Hill runs alongside Buckingham Palace, ending at the Victoria Memorial around the front of the palace. Cycling past Buckingham Palace – what could be more British? Green Park also leads onto scenic St James’ Park, where you can cycle along North Horse Ride (parallel to The Mall).
Cycling is mostly off limits in Regent’s Park. You can cycle around the outside and on the northern section of Broad Walk, between Chester Road and the Outer Circle.
This beautiful, green park in the east of London is completely bicycle friendly! Only a mile from the Olympic Park, cyclists can explore anywhere – the only requirement is to be safe and considerate.
Situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, take a relaxing cycle around Battersea Park using the Carriage Driveways around the edge.
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