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Fickleshole GPX Route

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Level: Blue - Moderate 

Any bike | GPX Route | Traffic-free | Cycle paths & trails | Some hills | 23 miles | 4 to 5 hours 



More of a workout than other Blue rides. this route links some remarkable hidden greenways from the Addington Hills, Selsdon Woods and Fickleshole hamlet.  Taking in a wide variety of trail surfaces and a few hills, it is an excellent opportunity to learn/practise some basic bike riding skills.

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Ride Description

The route climbs to the top of Crystal Palace for great views over kent before plunging through the woods past the old Surrey canal reservoirs at South Norwood. Hopping from park to park, we make our way to Addington Heights and the viewing point over the ‘Croy-hatten’ skyline. Back into the woodland trails to the Harry Potteresque sounding hamlet of Fickleshole where the 16th Century White Bear Pubis a recommended feed stop.

Returning to Crystal Palace along a thread of woodland, popping out at Bedlam to follow the River Beck, past Elmer’s End (who WAS Elmer?) before climbing back up to Crystal Palace past the infamous dinosaurs and the forlorn Sphinx.

Start and End Points 

Crystal Palace Station 

Ride Details 
  • Distance: 36km | 22 miles
  • Climb: 500m | 1650 ft 
  • Percentage off-road: 60%
  • Trail surface: Natural |Gravel |Woodland Single Track 
  • Duration: 4 - 5 hours.
  • Distance: 23 miles.
  • Estimated average speed: 6/8 mph.
  • Trails: 60% off-road with sections of natural trail combined with compact gravel and cycle paths and quiet roads.
  • Technical Grade: Blue – well at the redder end of the blue grade – still a relaxed ride taken at an easy pace, with loads of opportunity to practise MTB/off-road riding skills.
Places to eat 

11.5 miles:          The White Bear     

12.5 miles           Franks Café, Unit 2,  Vulcan Way  CR0 9UG

Is this ride for me? 

Ideal for riders with some off-road experience and reasonable fitness

Is my bike OK for this ride? 

You can do this on a hybrid bike however it's more fun when ridden on an MTB or other Gravel/CX bike.

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