Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

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Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby driesroekaerts » 19 Oct 2019, 1:32pm

Hi all,
We are a 10 Belgian +/- 40 year old guys coming over by bike to the UK next summer (4 till 10th of July).
We'll take the ferry from Calais to Dover and would like to rent a house somewhere south of London so we can possibly go and see one of the Worldcup matches at Wembley stadium too.
We are experienced cyclists looking to do daily rides of +/- 100 km by road bike.
What would be a good destination for us to start looking for a house (1 week)?
Many thanks as we have no clue at all...
Dries
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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby Grandad » 19 Oct 2019, 5:24pm

Any town that is South of the M25 is your best bet. This will avoid the first (and last) few miles of most rides being through busy suburbs.

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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby mercalia » 19 Oct 2019, 5:34pm

Grandad wrote:Any town that is South of the M25 is your best bet. This will avoid the first (and last) few miles of most rides being through busy suburbs.


have you thought about some where in North London say the Lee Valley YHA and rent a few rooms or one of the lodges?


https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-london-lee-valley?startDate=23/10/2019&endDate=25/10/2019&males=1&females=0&malesChild=0&femalesChild=0&under26=0&malesChildAges=&femalesChildAges=


Hire the whole place

The lodges at YHA London Lee Valley are occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. You can choose from Lodge 3 or Lodge 4. This means that you can have a lodge to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.

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It has a rail connection just 5 minutes walk away and you can take you bikes on it. : and is a very nice area

Another possibility is the 2 safari huts at Tanners Hatch YHA near Dorking

https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-tanners-hatch-surrey-hills

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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby Grandad » 19 Oct 2019, 6:51pm

have you thought about some where in North London say the Lee Valley YHA and rent a few rooms or one of the lodges?

The request specifically says South.....

Another possibility is the 2 safari huts at Tanners Hatch YHA near Dorking

A much better idea.

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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby The utility cyclist » 19 Oct 2019, 7:54pm

driesroekaerts wrote:Hi all,
We are a 10 Belgian +/- 40 year old guys coming over by bike to the UK next summer (4 till 10th of July).
We'll take the ferry from Calais to Dover and would like to rent a house somewhere south of London so we can possibly go and see one of the Worldcup matches at Wembley stadium too.
We are experienced cyclists looking to do daily rides of +/- 100 km by road bike.
What would be a good destination for us to start looking for a house (1 week)?
Many thanks as we have no clue at all...
Dries

Don't give phone numbers on forums, it's not good practice/secure.
Also I would say ask on LFGSS https://www.lfgss.com/ more likely to have better information for your requirements
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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby Sweep » 19 Oct 2019, 8:46pm

The utility cyclist wrote:Don't give phone numbers on forums, it's not good practice/secure.

+1
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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby driesroekaerts » 20 Oct 2019, 10:55am

Sweep wrote:
The utility cyclist wrote:Don't give phone numbers on forums, it's not good practice/secure.

+1


ok thanks for advice

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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby driesroekaerts » 20 Oct 2019, 10:55am

The utility cyclist wrote:
driesroekaerts wrote:Hi all,
We are a 10 Belgian +/- 40 year old guys coming over by bike to the UK next summer (4 till 10th of July).
We'll take the ferry from Calais to Dover and would like to rent a house somewhere south of London so we can possibly go and see one of the Worldcup matches at Wembley stadium too.
We are experienced cyclists looking to do daily rides of +/- 100 km by road bike.
What would be a good destination for us to start looking for a house (1 week)?
Many thanks as we have no clue at all...
Dries

Don't give phone numbers on forums, it's not good practice/secure.
Also I would say ask on LFGSS https://www.lfgss.com/ more likely to have better information for your requirements

ok thanks, will do!

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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby driesroekaerts » 20 Oct 2019, 10:56am

Grandad wrote:
have you thought about some where in North London say the Lee Valley YHA and rent a few rooms or one of the lodges?

The request specifically says South.....

Another possibility is the 2 safari huts at Tanners Hatch YHA near Dorking

A much better idea.



Unfortunately fully booked during that week... still thanks for advice

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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby TrevA » 20 Oct 2019, 6:01pm

I would try and book an AirBnB.

Wembley is north London so would be easier to travel to from north of the capital. There is interesting countryside around London wherever you choose. South of London is the North and South Downs, NW of London are the Chilterns. These are all hilly areas with interesting lanes to explore on a bike.

Tring and Berkhamstead are both on the train line and only 40 minutes or so from London by train. They are both in the Chilterns and surrounded by nice countryside. I’ll let others make specific recommendations for south of London, as I have not visited the area.
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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby mercalia » 20 Oct 2019, 9:25pm

Grandad wrote:
have you thought about some where in North London say the Lee Valley YHA and rent a few rooms or one of the lodges?

The request specifically says South.....

Another possibility is the 2 safari huts at Tanners Hatch YHA near Dorking

A much better idea.


I mentioned the north as he wants to go to Wembley to watch some of the foot ball games

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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby mercalia » 20 Oct 2019, 9:31pm

Grandad wrote:
have you thought about some where in North London say the Lee Valley YHA and rent a few rooms or one of the lodges?

The request specifically says South.....

Another possibility is the 2 safari huts at Tanners Hatch YHA near Dorking

A much better idea.


I mentioned the north as he wants to go to Wembley to watch some of the foot ball games.

There is just as good rides north of London as in the south?

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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby xjs » 21 Oct 2019, 2:18pm

Hi Dries.

Sevenoaks could be good - lots of beautiful countryside nearby full of weekend cyclists, and trains into London.

Or the Whitstable area is nice, if you fancy being further away but by the sea. Also on a train line to London.

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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby carlislemike » 23 Oct 2019, 2:48pm

Have you thought of University Halls of Residence? They are often empty and take in tourists at reasonable rates. Greenwich, Goldsmiths, Kings, etc to name a few in South London.

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Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Postby carlislemike » 23 Oct 2019, 4:08pm

Dries, I am thinking of the South out of London routes I take. I live in Forest Hill but can’t help on accommodation, sorry. Here are a few of the trips I have made and recommend. Something to see/do, somewhere to eat/drink and access to trains via Greenwich, Bromley or Lewisham.

Right, someone suggested Faversham, I’d second that. Faversham along the coast to Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate would tick a lot of boxes. Food, beers, sightseeing, coast, flat etc mainly quiet roads and a fair bit off main roads on paths and promenades. Maybe even start at Sittingbourne. Travel out from London and return, by train. Greenwich involves a change at Strood. Direct trains go from Bromley South but all originate in Central London. Three or more travelling together and you can ask for Groupsave which gives you about 30% discount.

T he suggested trip to Sevenoaks is equally interesting. Cycling from Bromley, via Downe, ( Charles Darwin House and decent pub) over the hills via Knockholt to Sevenoaks ; a good range of pubs and other eateries! Then on from there to Tudeley which has the only church in the World with a complete set of windows by Marc Chagall. From there to Royal Tunbridge Wells, to Penshurst, via Hever to Edenbridge. I‘d get a train back to London from there. Lots of sights, castles, history and refreshments. Lovely ride.

If you’re not averse to a local ride possibly including a bit of gravel and rideable tracks as well as roads and paths, train to Gravesend and cycling on the Hoo Peninsula. Big on Charles Dickens in Cooling. From there to Allhallows, the end of the Thames etc. Return via Hoo St Werburgha, Upnor, Strood, Rochester, then return to Gravesend on a higher route, via Strood, Singlewell, Pepper Hill, etc. Most is on quiet roads and plenty of good pubs for food. Gravesend has a host of pubs and eateries!
Use Cycle Travel, a great Website to plan your routes and print cue sheets for use with Ordnance Survey maps. I‘d order the Explorer Series online of the relevant areas you’re planning to visit.
Always Google where you’re going for visitor tips and definitely check websites for pub restaurant hours especially on Hoo. If I think of anymore, I’ll post again. In the meantime, you could always pm me if you want clarification.

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