Ride Level: Blue - Moderate
Hybrid Gravel/CX MTB | GPX Route | Traffic-free | Natural, Gravel and Cycle path | 51 km/32 miles | 4 to 5 hours
Starting on the site of Cripplegate near the Barbican this pilgrimage follows quiet ways out of London, past Alexandria Palace before following the Pymme’s Brook to Barnet and the countryside with its gravel paths leading to St Alban’s Cathedral.
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Although longer than most blue rides this route is graded as moderate to reflect the amount well maintained tarmac cycle paths in the first 18 miles of the route. Leaving the city of quiet roads until the Arsenal where the route joins the parkland walks to Alexandria Palace.
From Arnos Grove the route follows the linear park along the Pymme’s Brook until it reaches the countryside at Arkley.
Well maintained gravel routes lead almost to the Cathedral door itself, plan to spend some time exploring the centre of St Albans – it retains a surprisingly large number of medieval buildings!
Start and End Points
Start/Finish: Cripplegate, City of London | St Albans
- Distance: 51 km | 32 miles
- Climb: 560 m | 1840 ft
- Percentage off-road: 60%
- Trail surface: Natural | Gravel | Cycle Paths
- Technical Grade: Blue - Moderate
Places to Visit
9 miles: Alexandria Palace
Places to Eat
22 miles: The Old Guinea
Is this ride for me?
Ideal for riders with some off-road experience and reasonable fitness
Is my bike OK for this ride?
The route can be completed on a hybrid bike fitted with all-terrain tyres as well as a gravel/CX bike or a mountain bike.