5 Family Bike Rides in South West London & Surrey
History and views in Richmond
Richmond Park offers plenty of gorgeous family bike rides with off-road tracks for less experienced riders. Follow the path from Kingston Gate towards Pembroke Lodge for ice cream and distant views of St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound, then exit onto Richmond Hill for a stunning vista over the river, as well as refreshment stops at the Roebuck or 144 on the Hill. Then make your way down towards the riverside path.
Take the towpath to Kew
Start off a family bike ride at Richmond’s White Cross Pub and follow the towpath along the Thames. You’ll pass a scenic glimpse into Old Isleworth on the other side of the river, with the famous London Apprentice pub – the current building dates back to the 18th century, and was once the haunt of highwaymen. Take a break and book in advance for Kew Gardens, which you will pass on your left. Cross at Kew Bridge and discover some of the city’s best riverside pubs – The City Barge is a particular favourite among pedalling punters.
Riverside Battersea Park is a perfect destination for a family bike ride with short routes around the perimeter or further into the park. Stop at the boating lake and hire a boat for a relaxing potter on the water. Finish off by Chelsea Bridge, and take your bikes along the river, stopping off at Battersea Power Station for a well-earned dinner at one of the many restaurants at Circus West
Pick a stretch of the Wandle Trail
The historic Wandle Trail is a 14-mile route that follows the River Wandle from Croydon to Wandsworth where it joins the Thames. There is plenty of fascinating industrial heritage and parks to take in along the way, and if you don’t think your family are up for a 20km-route, you can always pick a shorter stretch. The trail passes through the likes of Morden Hall Park, Merton Abbey Mills and King George’s Park in Southfields, excellent spots for a break from the pedalling and time for a picnic.
Riverside ramble – Kingston and Bushy Park
Head over Kingston Bridge, join the towpath and ride along the Thames towards Hampton Court. It’s a short, easy route and you can book for the palace to explore Henry VIII’s lavish building and Magic Garden playground. Head back through beautiful Bushy Park, where you can stop for great coffee and giant milkshakes in the Kings Field at Pistachios Cafe.