London to Woking (or Guildford) by Waterway Cycle Ride

We cycled to Woking from London along the Thames in one day - I record this because I could not find any route on the Internet which described this. Sustrains web site was fairly useless and I could not find a cycle route planner of the form you get with the Trains, and cars, and buses. There was obviously a lot out there in print but nothing online. Also cycle shops had a pathetic lot of cycle guides.

Clearly, a lot more needs to be done to help plan spontaneous cycle rides.

So this is the cycle route. Take the Thames Route way from Central London via Southwark, South Bank, Battersea, Wandsworth, cross river at Putney, through Fulham, Hammersmith, Chiswick, cross river at Chiswick, cycle through Richmond, Teddington, to Hampton Court. Make sure you ignore the sign posts and cross the River to the other side from Hampton Court and continue through Walton to Weybridge. (We didn't and had a horrible ride on main roads through Sunbury).

At Weybridge, where the River Wey hits the Thames on the southside head south following cycle route to Weybridge through the suburbs. After a short while you hit a T junction - left says Weybridge and Brooklands, Right is marked Chertsey Addlestone.

Go right towards Addlestone and in 50 yards you will see a bridge, and path to towpath straight ahead in the direction you are going (addlestone). Cycle on the footpath until you come to a junction with the Basingstoke Canal - you cannot miss it - above your heads will be the motorway, and beside you a train, turn right down the Basingstoke Canal cycle along this until you see Woking Town Centre on your right ( about the 4 road bridges along). You can continue to at least Guildford.

Good trains back from Woking which will accept bikes.

We left south London (Norwood) at 10 got to White Cross Pub Richmond by 12, and to Woking by 3.30.


Unknown said…
There is a good cycle route planner here:

There are two versions: one for the quickest, most direct route, and one for quiet roads and designated cycle routes.

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