Ride 8: A Green Ribbon through the Big Smoke

Bikepacking bookThese pages are for readers of Bikepacking: mountain bike camping adventures on the wild trails of Britain by Laurence McJannet.

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Ride Information

START: Kew Gardens station, Station Approach TW9 3BZ, 51.477158, -0.284806

FINISH: Hampton station, Ashley Road TW12 2HU, 51.416019, -0.371843

DISTANCE: 19.5 miles/31.5km

ASCENT: 1079ft/329m


TERRAIN: Wide gravel doubletrack, open parkland, woodland paths, muddy bridleways and occasional minor roads.
Flat and easy going, with occasional climbs in Richmond Park.

NAVIGATION: Easy. The Thames Path and NCN Route 4 are waymarked, and signing through the parks and commons is excellent. There are a number of paths through each green space, particularly Richmond Park; if in doubt keep in sight of the park roads. You’ll need to check www.royalparks.org.uk for opening times for Bushy Park and Richmond Park. OS Landranger 176 will help you negotiate the transitions between parks.


Ordnance Survey Map

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Open Street Map with information markers and elevation

Book Map



Download .GPX file (right click to download)

Download map.pdf from the book (right click to download)

How to navigate using .GPX files

Eat & Drink

Boho Café, 159a King’s Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5JF, www.bohocafe.co.uk
Boaters Inn, Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames KT2 5AU, 020 8541 4672, www.boaterskingston.com


Fox & Grapes, 9 Camp Road, London SW19 4UN, 020 8619 1300, www.foxandgrapeswimbledon.co.uk
Bivvy: Caesar’s Camp, Wimbledon Common


Oliver’s Wholefood Store, Kew Gardens station, 020 8948 3990
Active Cycles, 219 Lower Mortlake Road Richmond TW9 2LN, 020 8940 3717, www.active-cycles.co.uk

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