North London Off-road Route

Sunday 24th March 2013 at 10.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Finsbury Park Cafe, Finsbury Park Hornsey Gate, Endymion Road N4 1EE
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
2 hours 25 mins  (1 hours 45 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Mountain Bike, Hybrid (off road tyres) 
Suitable for Child Trailers
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders


Sky Ride Local in Haringey

If you're fairly confident on your bike on dirt and gravel surfaces and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, our Off-Road Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, there is barely a metre of tarmac in sight on these rides so come and enjoy the scrunch of gravel and the squelch of mud under your tyres with us! Rides are between 6 and 15 miles long, at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.

A 14 mile route linking together Hampstead Heath, Alexandra Palace and Finsbury Park. Despite its urban location, you'll discover some surprising off-road routes with some fantastic views. It's a circular route, hilly in places and uses a combination of on and off-road paths. There's a cafe stop on the way where you can rest and refuel. Highpoint and highlight of the route is the Grade II listed Alexandra Palace, perched atop a hill with it's iconic TV antenna. Since the 1870s 'Ally Pally' has been used as an exhibition space, concert venue and famously as the home of the BBC from the 1930s.

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
The minimum age for these rides is 11, there must be no child trailers or child seats, the child capable of riding within the demands of the off-road specification.
Please bring equipment with you to repair punctures.
Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait.

Car Parking
Yes, at Finsbury Park, charges may apply
Nearest Train Station
Finsbury Park Station, 0.5 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at In the same block as the cafe  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Robert Howard
    Robert Howard Hi i am a keen cyclist who cycles almost everyday. Now i have the pleasure of cycling to London Stratford every day where i pass the velodrome and work in the shadow of the Olympic stadium, great views & inspirational! Looling forward to another enjoyable year with sky ride Normally stuck behind a desk all day so this is a great way to commute & exercise all in one, .
  • Ray Whitehouse
    Ray Whitehouse I am an avid cyclist and a member of the London Cycling Campaign, Havering Cyclists and the CTC. I am a Sustrans Active Travel Champion and also a member of the London Waterways Partnership Board. I am a supporter of Birmingham City football club having been born near the ground and supported them all my life. I hope that my time as a Sky leader will encourage more people to take up cycling and improve their competence.

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