Explore London

London skyline on a sunny day

The London skyline from the National Cycle Network

People cycling through hyde park using a cycle path

Cyclists in Hyde Park

People looking into the water from a viewing platform

A viewing platform on the Wandle Trail, National Route 22

Lee Valley

Lee Valley Cycle Route, National Route 1

A lady walking through Little Venice in London with a houseboat in the background

Walking along the canal at Little Venice

The National Cycle Network is a great way to explore and discover London. Taking you along the Thames, past tourist attractions and through parks, cycling and walking are wonderful ways to slow the pace and really get to know this city.

Explore south London...Wandle Trail

More than 10 parks and green spaces lie on the route, providing a great opportunity to see local wildlife and escape the hustle and bustle of south-west London. Numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants and local attractions such as Merton Abbey Mills, Deen City Farm and Wandsworth Museum mean that there is something for everyone.

Follow the Thames…Thamesmead to Greenwich

This section of National Route 1 is largely traffic-free and runs along the Thames riverside, passing some of east London's key landmarks including the Thames Barrier and the O2 Arena before arriving in Greenwich where you can get lost in the stunning architecture and a world-renowned market.

Spot wildlife…Rainham Marshes

This is a great route for bird lovers looking to explore London through a tour of the Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve. The reserve has two bird hides, several open viewing areas and a great café.

Admire Royal Palaces…Two Palaces Ride

The ride begins in front of Buckingham Palace taking you into Hyde Park on the segregated cycle track alongside Rotten Row. The route continues past the Serpentine Gallery and the bandstand through Kensington Gardens to the junction with the Broad Walk near Kensington Palace.

See the sights…Tower Bridge to Greenwich

This section of National Route 4 starts from the iconic Tower Bridge and weaves along the Thames past docks, historic pubs and alleys, and onto fantastic Maritime Greenwich.

Get great views over the city…Tamsin Trail

This ride takes you on a loop around the beautiful Richmond Park. Here you can lose yourselves in the ornamental woodland garden, go deer-spotting and find the perfect spot for a picnic. King Henry's Mound is the highest point within the park and has a telescope where you can see all the way to St Paul's Cathedral.

Go back in time…Hampton Court to Putney

This great ride can be ridden in either direction, so why not start in Putney and end up at the glorious Hampton Court Palace? Get lost in the maze, tour the beautiful gardens and relive Tudor England at its best.

Get some park life…Islington to Victoria Park

This route follows the towpath that runs east alongside the Regent's Canal, providing an off-road link between Islington and Victoria Park. Victoria Park is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon and the smaller, western section contains a picturesque lake which is the perfect spot for a picnic.

Discover more rides in London

Explore more of the UK’s cities using the National Cycle Network