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  • After dark | Retail therapy | Riverside City | Ten bridges | Battersea power  East to west

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    Battersea power ride

    A pleasant waft along the north side of the Thames that takes you from an industrial icon to the gardens at Kew

    Distance: 11.8 miles. Route: Westminster Pier, Tate Britain, Chelsea Bridge, Battersea Bridge, Wandsworth, Putney, Fulham, Hammersmith, Barnes, Kew Gardens. Level: Medium – fairly flat, all the way. Highlights: Cycling along the river at the Thames Path and leaving the noise of the city behind you; then the imposing, stately views coming back towards Westminster on the ferry.This route takes you all the way to Kew Gardens following the river and the Thames Path, coming back on the ferry. From Westminster Pier (1), I take the road behind the Houses of Parliament and continue along to Millbank, watching out for traffic. I follow the riverbank past Tate Britain (2) and Vauxhall Bridge; soon Battersea Power Station (3) pops up on the other side. Further on, there’s Chelsea Bridge (4) and, just before Battersea Bridge, a little colony of houseboats on the river. I cycle down Lots Road, go right by Chelsea Creek and end up by Wandsworth Bridge (5). Here, I join the Thames Path, which is mainly a privately owned footpath – cyclists have no legal right to ride for some stretches, so watch out for signs telling you where to get off and on your bike. After Putney Bridge, I see the famous Boathouse across the river (6), with a flotilla of rowing boats nestling nearby. Next, it’s through Fulham Palace Gardens (7), past its museum (where exhibits include a mummified rat). After the gardens I veer right, around Craven Cottage stadium. This stretch is very peaceful, with a great rural feel. I pass Hammersmith Bridge and push on past Oliver’s Island (8) to Kew. The ferry back to Westminster leaves from Kew Pier, to the right of Kew Bridge (9). It takes about an hour and a half, giving you time to adjust before arriving back in the city centre. Ferry times vary with the tidal conditions and it’s advisable to check when the next boat is leaving (020 7930 2062/www.wpsa.co.uk). If the ferry is busy, you might not be able to take your bike onboard, but you can always catch the train from Kew Bridge Station outside peak hours. Anja WohlstromSee a Google map of this route
    After dark | Retail therapy | Riverside City | Ten bridges | Battersea power  East to west

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After dark | Retail therapy | Riverside City | Ten bridges | Battersea power  East to westFeature_londonbikerides (6)_crop.JPG 11.8 miles. Route: Westminster Pier, Tate Britain, Chelsea Bridge, Battersea Bridge, Wandsworth, Putney, Fulham, Hammersmith, Barnes, Kew Gardens. Medium – fairly flat, all the way. Cycling along the river at the Thames Path and leaving the noise of the city behind you; then the imposing, stately views coming back towards Westminster on the ferry.This route takes you all the way to Kew Gardens following the river and the Thames Path, coming back on the ferry. From (1), I take the road behind the Houses of Parliament and continue along to Millbank, watching out for traffic. I follow the riverbank past (2) and Vauxhall Bridge; soon (3) pops up on the other side. Further on, there’s (4) and, just before Battersea Bridge, a little colony of houseboats on the river. I cycle down Lots Road, go right by Chelsea Creek and end up by (5). Here, I join the Thames Path, which is mainly a privately owned footpath – cyclists have no legal right to ride for some stretches, so watch out for signs telling you where to get off and on your bike. After Putney Bridge, I see the famous across the river (6), with a flotilla of rowing boats nestling nearby. Next, it’s through (7), past its museum (where exhibits include a mummified rat). After the gardens I veer right, around Craven Cottage stadium. This stretch is very peaceful, with a great rural feel. I pass Hammersmith Bridge and push on past (8) to Kew. The ferry back to Westminster leaves from Kew Pier, to the right of (9). It takes about an hour and a half, giving you time to adjust before arriving back in the city centre. Ferry times vary with the tidal conditions and it’s advisable to check when the next boat is leaving (020 7930 2062/www.wpsa.co.uk). If the ferry is busy, you might not be able to take your bike onboard, but you can always catch the train from Kew Bridge Station outside peak hours. See a Google map of this route
After dark | Retail therapy | Riverside City | Ten bridges | Battersea power  East to west

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