The Essex Way

Saturday 13th October 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
Rainham C2C Train Station (by platform 1 - London bound) Ferry Lane RM13 9HY
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 0 mins  (1 hours 20 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), Hybrid (road tyres), Road 

Sky Ride Local in London

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.


This is an off-road ride where you can spot a variety of interesting, sometimes rare, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians as well as bugs and beasties of all kinds. RSPB Rainham Marshes is just a stone's throw from London, easily accessible by public transport, on foot and by bike. Located on ancient marshland nestled beside the river Thames, it really is a special place to enjoy the great outdoors.

The reserve itself offers a leisurely amble in a superb setting with fantastic facilities in the eco-friendly visitor centre with cafe and shop.

A new cycle route links the villages of Purfleet and Rainham. This runs beside the reserve, following the Thames, looping round and passing the WW2 concrete barges and the "diver".

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
The minimum age for these rides is 8, there must be no child trailers or child seats, children must be 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 start point, Rainham Train Station, charges may apply
Nearest Train Station
at start point, Rainham Station 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at At Mid Point of ride  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Philip Woolford Philip Woolford This is my sixth year as a Skyride Leader. I have been a keen leisure cyclist since my daughters learnt to ride their first bikes. More recently I started commuting to work by bike and became interested in the world of competitive cycling, even volunteering as a marshall for the Tour de France. I became a Sky Ride Leader and route planner five years ago – ‘I like to add something different to my rides, a little shortcut or a piece of local history, so that all my participants have a thoroughly good time.’
  • 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.
  • Nick  Gorman Nick Gorman HI MY NAME NICK GORMAN,I HELP COACH AT LEA VALLEY YOUTH CYCLING CLUB OFF ROAD AGES 5-18 AT REDBRIDGE CYCLE TRACK.Im A LEVEL 2 TRAINEE COACH.
    LAST YEAR BE CAME A SKYRIDE LEADER, LEAD AND ASSISTED 14 RIDES IN AND A ROUND LONDON HAD A GREAT TIME MEET LOADS OF NICE PEOPLE ON THE RIDES. THIS YEAR HAVE BECAME A ROUTE MAPPER FOR THE SKY RIDES HOPE YOU ENJOY ALL THE NEW ROUTES AND HOPE TO MEET YOU ON SOME OF THE RIDES.
    ONLY GOT BACK INTO CYCLING A YEAR AND A HALF AGO WITH MY 10 YEAR OLD SON MILO TO KEEP FIT (WHO HELPED MAP THE RIVER LEA RIDE).

Rider Comments on the Route

  1. Daren Martin Sunday 21st July
    Very nice ride, very flat bar a couple of very short up-hills and a nice downhill on way back. great view of the RSPB Marshes. Nice steady ride.

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