This fascinating scenic ride follows a leisurely 3 hour circuit from Richmond, with lots of stops along the way for talks and photos. Easy pedalling and suitable for even the most occasional cyclist.
Highlights: See many top attractions led by a friendly local guide. Experience a microcosm of British history, royal and architectural heritage, picturesque riverside and even a small stretch of the London Olympics 2012 cycling route.
Pedal past Richmond Green and the Old Palace remains, the villas of Twickenham riverside, quirky Strawberry Hill House, Teddington Lock where the tidal and non-tidal Thames meet, and Jacobean Ham House.
Return to Richmond along rural riverside, passing beneath the capital’s oldest bridge.
Dates: Friday 23 June 2017.
Times: Depart Richmond rail station 10.30 returning around 13.30.
Duration & Distance: 7 miles (11 kilometres). Approximately 3 hours including stops.
Cost: Adult £40, Senior/Student ID £35, Child 12-16 £30 All bookings must be prebooked and paid in advance. Tours are limited to 10 people. Group discounts are available.
Check-in: Check-in 10.15 for 10.30 departure. Depart from Richmond railway station TW9 2NA (trains from London Waterloo, London Overground and London Underground District Line).
At Richmond Station, check-in first at the Richmond Station Cycle Centre on the platform level to collect your bike and pay the returnable security deposit.
Fitness & cycling skill requirement: Ideal for people who haven’t ridden a bike in years. However, you will still need to be reasonably fit.
Exception: No children under 12 years old. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and wear a safety helmet.
Terrain: Flat and mostly off-road, on paved paths and gravel tracks. Limited road cycling along quiet side roads or the dedicated cycling sections of other roads.
Inclusions: Bike hire with security lock and safety helmet.
Exclusions: Deposit for bicycle hire.
Additional information: The route may vary at times of exceptionally high tides.
About the bikes: Your multi-geared hybrid bikes will be ready and waiting for you at Richmond station. These quality bikes are kept in tip top condition and come in different frame sizes and variations for males and females.
What to bring: You may wish to bring a light rucksack to carry drinking water and clothing, including waterproofs, according to the time of year and weather forecast. Don’t forget your camera.