Ride Level: Blue - Moderate
Hybrid | Gravel/CX MTB | GPX Route | Traffic-free | Natural, Gravel, Cyclepath | 43 km/37 miles | 4 to 5 hours
Considering you never leave the suburbs there’s a surprising amount of the gravel and off-road surfaces on this route that explores the Hogs Mill, one of London’s least known streams and said to be the beck in John Everett Millais’s more famous picture Ophelia.
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Although a long route, it’s fairly flat and the trails are generally in good condition so leads to some easy off-road riding.
Starting at Streatham Common Station the route crosses Mitcham Common the Beddington Farm and Carshalton. Have a look at the (probably) dry Grotto Canal in Carshalton Park, before climbing towards Belmont Common.
Ride through Nonsuch Park, site of one of King Henry Vlll many palaces, and pass on through Ewell - I told you this route is suburban - to join the wonderful Hogs Mill Open Space, a glorious linear park following the stream.
At around Mile 25, the Hogs Mill will be on your left-hand side and somewhere along this stretch is where Ophelia lay in her stream, or so the story goes…
Take care crossing the busy Kingston Road, re-join the Hogs Mill and follow it’s course to Berrylands. Jion the brand newly tarmacked cycle route to Rayners Lane and on back to Streatham Common using quiet roads.
Start and End Points
Start/Finish: Streatham Common
- Distance: 43 km | 27 miles
- Climb: 300 m | 1000 ft
- Percentage off-road: 55%
- Trail surface: Natural | Gravel | Cycle Paths
- Technical Grade: Blue - Easy riding over a longish distance
Places to Visit
25 miles: Ophelia in the Hogs Mill
Places to Eat
22 miles: Ewell - numerous pubs and cafes
Is this ride for me?
Ideal for all riders who can ride for 2 or 3 hours
Is my bike OK for this ride?
Any off-road bike or Hybrid bike fitted with knobbly tyres is fine for this ride, as the majority of the route is on well-made gravel paths and has few hills.