Sail, Steam, Steel & Stone in the Eastern Thames Tideway

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Leisure Cycling/Any Bike
Mar 31
2019

11 people attending

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£10.00
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32 miles, 217m ascent (no single ascent over 50m)

Join us on this Any One Any Bike urban exploration ride of the eastern Thames corridor, following in the footsteps of Bazalgette with his Victorian architectural & engineering wonders and exploring the development of the area through to the modern day to support, serve and protect the growing & evolving city of London.

Bringing together aspects of last year's East and South East London events, this route combines riding along both banks of the Thames Path, canal towpaths, The Green & Ridgeways, dockside trails, several photo stops and a ride on the new Woolwich Ferry with visits to Crossness Engines, Severndroog Castle & The Thames Barrier to provide a diverse experience through the day. 

We’ll be cycling along cycle trails, paths and quiet suburban roads where possible so this event is open to members with all levels of experience. Some short sections can be gravelly or unpaved so narrow slick tyres are not advised though all-season road tyres should be sufficient.

We will ascend Shooter's Hill to reach Severndroog Castle as part of this ride (135m) but this will be in 3 sections spread over 2.5 miles at a relaxed pace with rest stops and so can be climbed by all abilities.

Site visits

Along the route we'll have extended stops to visit 3 sites, each of which has an entry fee payable to the site on the day. Participation in each site visit is optional and those not wishing to enter can make use of the cafe facilities or explore the local area as they wish. See the links below for further information on each site.

  • Crossness engines - now fully re-open 
    • View the restored Victorian beam engine pumps operating under steam power and the ornate ironwork of the Beam Engine house whilst learning about how Bazalgette's ingenuity saved London from The Greak Stink on what would be his 200th birthday.
    • Explore exhibitions of other Victorian engines being restored by the volunteers, including the new Royal Arsenal Narrow Gauge railway
    • Entry fee: £8 payable on entry. Will be on-site around 90 minutes
  • Severndroog Castle
    • Climb to the top of this restored 18th century folly castle on Shooter's hill for superb views across 7 counties, or simply make use of the cafe for coffee and cake.
    • Entry fee: £3 to viewing platform, free to enter cafe
    • Last entry to platform: 3:15pm, closes 3:30pm. Will be on-site around 30 minutes
  • Thames Barrier
    • Visit the information centre and cafe to learn about how the 520m long barrier was designed and built to protect over 125 square kilometres of Central London from tidal surges. Note that there is no access to the barrier itself.
    • Entry fee: £4.15 to information centre, free to enter cafe
    • Last entry: 3pm, closes 3:30pm. Suggested visit time 40 minutes.

Note the leader may need to amend the route and/or itinerary on the day if we run behind schedule due to punctures or other circumstances beyond our control. 

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Shadwell Basin
Thames barrier
Abbey Mills
Severndroog Castle
Crossness
Three Mills
London City Airport
Thames
Oxleas Wood Trail
Ridgeway
Shadwell Basin
Thames barrier
Abbey Mills
Severndroog Castle
Crossness
Three Mills
London City Airport
Thames
Oxleas Wood Trail
Ridgeway

Location

51.510305107856, -0.074751680104669