Challenge: Out and back cycle to Epping Forest
Details: As London’s largest open space, Epping Forest was a royal forest originally. It’s great for a huge range of sports, cycling there adds to the day out.
Where? Epping Forest is out to the North-East of London towards Essex, edging out towards the M25. From Central London, head out east, either up the Lee Valley tow path, or along through the Olympic Park. I used google maps, with quite a lot of the route on busy roads. Once in Epping Forest, I turned around at Wake Arms Roundabout – map of Epping Forest.
Transport? Cycle. If you want to save your legs for the actual forest, you can get there on the central line to Epping too. The actual forest is great for run/ walk/ mountain bike.
Bring? Bike, helmet, lights, cycle clothes, water, snacks, money
Food & drink? You’ll pass several petrol stations but I recommend bringing your own snacks for the ride
eXerK 52in52 story: Frosty, windy with a bit of slushy snowfall to keep it challenging ride. Was a bit too rushed as had to be back in time for a bike fitting at midday so did the 48km with only one icy roadside photo stop.
Started the morning with a 4k run into work as had left my bike and gear there, before heading out via Bethnal Green and the Olympic Park. Had some frustrating direction issues so bought a Quadlock bike mount for my iphone after the ride to minimise the hassle of gloves, pockets and touch screens combined. Once in the forest, there is a nice wide main road, and side roads to go off and explore. There is a marked cycle lane but the bad quality tarmac meant I had to ride outside of the narrow markings.