Dirty Wknd is a social cycling community that exists to help London cyclists meet like-minded riders and explore more of their city surroundings. Through weekend group rides and adventure trips, they believe that cycling is a group activity made better by the camaraderie and support of a group. And the mid-ride cake stop of course!
With more seasoned athletes already catered for, David Bavin founded Dirty Wknd in 2016 to help beginner and new cyclists get together minus any elitist attitudes or pretense. Since then, the club has ridden in some amazing places on its quest to explore new routes and areas. An avid London cyclist since moving to the East End 15 years ago, we commissioned David to curate some of his favourite riding routes from Woodberry Downs. Three, two, one, go!
Regent’s Park Loop 20km
Follow quiet streets through North London to the cycling mecca of Regent’s Park. Spin as many laps of the inner and outer circles as you like, before returning to Woodberry Downs. Stop for coffee and cake at The Regent’s Bar and Kitchen in the Inner Circle at the halfway point of your ride.
Highwood Hill 33km
Escape through North London, via Alexandra Palace (stop for a photo from the viewpoint), into the lovely green space below High Barnet. This route has some hills, so prepare for a bit of up and down. Stop at Oak Cafe in Whetstone for a coffee before returning to Woodberry Downs.
Epping Forest 40km
Ride north east to the beautiful Epping Forest for an escape from the city. After a small climb up into the Forest, you’ve got a few options for refreshments from the Kings Head Hotel bar and cafe to the High Beech tea hut. After a loop through the forest, head back to Woodberry Downs via the reservoir and River Lea tow path.
Waltham Abbey & Epping 60km
Heading north on the tow path to the medieval town of Waltham Abbey, you’ll leave the city behind and explore quiet country lanes around Epping and Abridge. Stop at the Blue Boar cafe in Abridge before returning to the start.