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Cycling in Watford

Watford is a great place to cycle, and now there are even more opportunities to get out and about on your bike in the area.

Find out more about rides coming up in Watford here, and see the tabs below for other cycling opportunities.

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Watford Ride Partners

Try a local ride in Watford

The Autumn Series - North West Watford  Countryside Ramble

Sunday 2nd November 2014 at 9.00am (Watford) Book Now
Challenging You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to be fairly fit to take part in Challenging ride. As well as covering a good distance, there may well be a few hills along the way! If you fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you.
11+ (children 11-15 with adult)
150 mins

The Autumn Series - North West Watford  Countryside Ramble

Sunday 16th November 2014 at 9.00am (Watford) Book Now
Challenging You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to be fairly fit to take part in Challenging ride. As well as covering a good distance, there may well be a few hills along the way! If you fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you.
11+ (children 11-15 with adult)
150 mins

Clubs

Cycling clubs

British Cycling can help you to find a club that’s right for you. Use the club finder link to find a club near you. There are some great cycling clubs in and around Watford who'll be happy for you to come along and ride with them, including:

Watford Velo
paul@watfordvelo.com

Edgware RC
treval@hotmail.co.uk

Westerley CC
vince.dey@btinternet.com

The Gregarios Superclub Ciclista
www.gregarios.co.uk
info@gregarios.co.uk

Watford Cycle Hub - A British Cycling registered Go-Ride club for the community
The Pavilion
c/o Holywell Community Centre (King George V Playing Fields)
off Tolpits Lane
WD18 9QD
01923 223 994
www.watfordcyclehub.org.uk in the community for the community

Commuting

 commuting - British Cycling Sky Ride

Watford is an excellent place to cycle, with long distance cycling paths and a network of on-street and traffic-free cycle lanes. This gives bike commuters from the outlying districts a selection of routes to commute into Watford's cylce-friendly High Street. 

Cycle route provision
National Cycle Network Route 6 passes across the southern fringe of the town centre. NCN6 is a long distance route which begins in London and ends in the Lake District. Locally however, NCN6 is known as the Ebury Way, a 3.5 mile former railway line which links Watford and Rickmansworth. As well as providing a safe, traffic-free way for cyclists commuting into town, the Ebury Way is a well established ‘green corridor’ leisure route, crossing the Colne, Chess and Gade rivers, as well as the Grand Union Canal, with plenty to see along the way.

The canal towpath itself is another long distance cycling trail, joining the town to the west at Cassiobury Park, which itself has a number of traffic-free paths enabling cyclists heading in from the west to reach the edge of the town centre avoiding major roads.

These national and regional level routes are complemented by a spoke-like system of on road cycle lanes that converge on Watford’s cycle friendly High Street, which features contra-flow cycle lanes, on road and off-road paths.

Cycle parking
Cycle parking abounds in Watford town centre, with over 20 locations on the High Street alone. There’s also dedicated cycle parking at Watford Met, Watford Junction and Watford High Street railway stations.

Cycling and trains
As mentioned above there’s good cycle parking provision at all three of Watford’s railway stations. In terms of taking bikes on trains, cyclists should refer to the cycle carriage restrictions of individual rail operators, details of which can be found via this link.

Bike Shops
Watford town centre is well served with bike shops, with The Bike Stall in the Harlequin Shopping Centre, Halfords on Dalton Way (close to the Ebury Way), while Cyclopedia is on Cassio Road. For an excellent repair service visit www.watfordcyclehub.org.uk at the Holywell Community Centre, Watford Cycle Hub now provide a Mobile Cycle Mechanic service at Watford Junction every Monday between 6am & 6:30pm

Don’t leave home without...
Watford Town Council’s excellent Watford Cycle Map, detailing on and off road cycle lanes and cycle parking locations throughout the Watford area. Also check out their maps for the Ebury Way and The Grand Union Canal.

Essential Links
Open Cycle Map – Watford - Mapping
Watford Town Council – Cycling Pages - Information
SW Herts Spokes Cycling Group - Campaigning & leisure cycling group

Support

Cycling support

Watford Cycle Hub

Situated in the Pavilion at the Holywell Community Centre, Watford Cycle Hub is a non-profit community bike centre in West Watford. The Cycle Hub provides a range of bike related support including repair services, maintenance courses, cycle training and they even recycle old or unwanted bikes. It's also a great place to go if your looking more information or advice about cycling in and around Watford - with cycle maps, information about local guided bike rides and other cycling opportunities.

Find out more about Watford Cycling Hub.

Green Bike UK

Green Generation’s aim is to collect old, broken and hopelessly waiting to be used bikes and transform them into ‘Green Bikes’. Every bike that they work on is cleaned, checked and repaired or painted if needed to make them look special.

Where to ride

Where to cycle

Whatever kind of cycling you enjoy, there are lots of places to do it in and around Watford.

Download a Watford cycle map or visit Watford Cycle Hub for advice and information about great cycling opportunities in the town.