Ride Level: Blue - Moderate
Gravel/CX MTB | GPX Route | Traffic-free | Natural, Gravel and Single Track | 43 km/27 miles | 4 to 5 hours
Great combo of easy riding trails along rivers, through forests and through the occasional concrete jungle. An all-weather gravel ride based in East London that explores the quiet River Roding and Hainault Forest returning to Stratford across the Fairlop Waters.
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Starting At Stratford Station the route follows quiet roads towards the Wanstead flats, the very southern tip of Epping Forest. Crossing these former grazing grounds to the Roding where the route heads north on a series of well-made Gravel Paths. If it’s hot take is a dip in the Luxborough Lakes (pre-booking required – see notes for details) before leaving the Valley and heading towards Chigwell.
Leaving the Roding, the route passes Chigwell Row to reach Hainault Forest, with its labyrinth of tracks and trails, take time to explore these open-access woodlands.
Heading back towards London past Redbridge Cycling Centre, aka Hog Hill on the right, if you have time, go and play on the MTB trails there before turning left into Fairlop Waters, a series of old gravel pits that have now been taken over by sailing boats and assorted birds including some very tame Canada Geese.
Q6 cycle route park hops its way back to Wanstead Park from which you retrace your steps back to Stratford.
Start and End Points
Start/Finish: Mitcham Eastfields
- Distance: 43 km | 27 miles
- Climb: 370 m | 1200 ft
- Percentage off-road: 60%
- Trail surface: Natural | Gravel | Cycle Paths | Single Track
- Technical Grade: Moderate - Easy non-technical off-road riding
- Mudometer: Green - most of the route is on all-weather gravel tracks
Places to Visit
8 miles: Wild Swim in Luxbrough lakes (Book in advance with Be Endurance Open Water Swimming)
17 miles: Redbridge Cycling Centre (aka Hog Hill)
Places to Eat
14 miles: The Two Brewers - Chigwell Row
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 using a hybrid bike fitted with knobbly tyres, or a gravel/CX bike or mountain bike.