Harlesden to Willesden Circular Cycle Route

Cycle Route Details
Route NameHarlesden to Willesden Circular
Cycle Route Location
Start LocationHarlesden station
End LocationWillesden Junction station
Cycle Steps
1. The route follows the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal towpath in a westerly direction as far as Bulls Bridge (currently there is a temporary diversion through Southall) then follows the main branch as far as Brentford. The route turns into Syon Park then enters quaint Isleworth before reaching Twickenham and its Rugby stadium. From here, the route is near the Thames and crosses the river at Teddington Lock (dismount across the bridge). After passing through quiet Ham, the route disects Richmond Park and leaves the park before entering Barnes. From here, the route passes the Wetland Centre and reaches the Thames again before crossing over Putney Bridge. The route then follows the busy Kings Road all the way to Chelsea, Belgravia and finally on to Horse Guards Parade. After riding up The Mall (there is a cycle path on the right-hand side) turn right to run parallel with Park Lane through Hyde Park and join the main road east-west to Notting Hill. Turning right towards North Kensington the route reaches Portobello Road and its market (dismount here) and finally returns to the GUC and turns westwards towards Willesden.
Landmarks/Sites to see?
The Grand Union Canal, Syon Park, River Thames, Richmond Park and many sights in Central London are all on the route. The route is relatively flat apart from a short climb when entering Richmond Park. There is a tea shop in Syon Park and there are plenty of refreshments available and a couple of bike shops in Twickenham. There are shops in Isleworth, Barnes and Putney and the possibilities are endless once in central London especially along the Kings Road, where there is also a cycle shop halfway. Portobello Road offers international cuisine (the market and Portobello Green are the best areas for eating).