The banks of London's river Thames offer long stretches of traffic-free cycling. This path is one of the 19 designated national trails in the UK. However, do be aware that some sections of the Thames Path have public footpath status.
This excludes cyclists from riding there unless they have permission from the landowner. Cycling on a public footpath without permission is trespass.
Organised cycling tours are available to suit all levels. There are a few London-based rides during the year.
If you need to hire a bicycle there is a list of a number of outlets on the London Cycling Campaign website. This is also a very useful resource for cycle routes. For more about bike riding in London, read our Cycling page in our Traveller Information section.
Ride along the banks of the River Thames or explore the city on two wheels as part of an organised tour. Discover London's unmissable cycling routes with our essential guide. Other waterside bike routes in London The Thames Cultural Cycling Tour is a 27km route that takes in a lot of London's maritime history.
Read about and download a map for the Thames Cultural Cycling Tour here. There are a number of other options for waterside cycling in London.
There are miles of canal north of the Thames. Cycling is allowed along these stretches, but some sections require a permit. There are also long routes along two tributaries of the Thames.
In the north east is the Lee Valley offering 26 miles 42km of traffic-free cycling. For more information visit the Lee Valley Park website.