Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 120

120 | Cycling World Lydia Schofield “The Picturesque One” National Cycle Network 20 (The Wandle Trail) The Wandle Trail follows the iver Wandle for the entire route and crosses through more than parks. The largely traffic-free path goes to National Trust s Morden all ark, which offers many family activities. David Willis “The Nature One” National Cycle Network 4 This route runs from ondon to ishguard, Wales. The London section, running from Greenwich towards Southbank, offers unrivalled views of ondon s Thameside landmarks, before crossing to the north bank and passing through Pimlico and Chelsea. The road through ichmond ark is a quiet, relaxing and pollution-free environment. ere you can reconnect with nature within cycling distance of the city, with tree-lined routes, deer in the surrounding fields and sometimes in the road) and great views of London and the Surrey Hills. In the summer, people bring picnics and sit by or paddle in the Wandle. It has a lovely countryside feel. I’ve spent many happy afternoons reading in the park or visiting the cafe and bookshop. For those seeking some light refreshment, visit the og Bull on Surrey Street, one of Croydon’s oldest dens, which is perfect for a celebratory pint or two. Richmond is a short cycle away, where you can grab a beer and a pizza by the river to watch the sun set. Alternatively, one of my favourite spots is the Roebuck on Richmond Hill, which has probably one of the best views from any pub in London.