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Victoria Park to Epping Forest Circular Route Cycle Route

England > London > London
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameVictoria Park to Epping Forest Circular Route
Distance : miles (km)30.16  (48.54)
Calories Burned kcal
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationLondon, Victoria Park
End LocationLondon, Victoria Park
Cycle Steps
The route starts at Victoria Park in Hackney. After following the paths through the park which are traffic free, the route joins the Hertford Union Canal.

From there the route travels eastwards towards the Olympic Park which is currently under construction.

The route then continues adjacent to the River Lea Navigation before joining the road network at Lea Valley Road. The route then follows the road network to Epping Forest where a variety of off-road trails await.

Cyclists can choose between returning the way they came or alternatively following the road network via Chingford and Walthamstow town centres.

This route allows cyclists to return via some nice parks in Hackney such as Hackney Marsh and Well Street Common before returning to Victoria Park. On the whole the route is very flat with the one exception being on the approach to Epping Forest from Sewardstone Road.

This section of the route is very steep and probably not for the faint hearted. However, the joys of Epping Forest make the tough ascent worthwhile.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Victoria Park, Hertford Union Canal, Olympic Park, River Lea Navigation, Epping Forest, Chingford Town Centre, Walthamstow Town Centre, Hackney Marsh, Well Street Common.

Your comments?
posted by:kailyRating : difficult :
The beautiful church at high beech does great tea and cake on Sunday afternoons (2-5pm) from May - Sept... highly recommended!

posted by:NathanRating : difficult :
I really enjoyed this ride, Starting from Shoreditch where i live but otherwise doing the route fairly exact. Nice sunny day in March 2011. A few thoughts on the route:

The canal path on the way up to the forest is currently being redone and is loose gravel, so be aware of this. Not a great deal you can do though.

Around the olympics site it is changing constantly. There was alot of works going on so had to do some detours, but they werent too long.

If you want to go to a good pub there is one in Sewardstone which is a good halfway point. There arent many others good ones till you leave the forest unless you go off the route.

Watch you dont daydream and end up riding to the M25!!

The hill from Sewardstone to the Forest really is steep as said, be prepared, i walked my bike a little way. Its gets flatter afterwards.

Finally, if your on a road bike it may be worth going along the roads in Epping Forest. Part of this route goes off road and it was quite muddy which wasnt great for my hybrid. But there are plenty of concrete roads.

Thanks for the route and i will definitely try it again!

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