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.
Buddy bike rides
Rides organised by our social network for cyclists
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Rajvi has booked onto the ride "Watford Cycle Hub Ride – to...Find out more now 19 hours ago
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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 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 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.
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 Neale and Sons and Cyclopedia are both on Cassio Road.
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.
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.
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.