List of cycle routes in London

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This article provides a list of cycle routes in the Greater London area that have been waymarked with formal route signage.

The routes include Cycle Superhighways, Quietways and the older London Cycle Network Plus, all designated by local government body Transport for London (TfL), and National Cycle Network routes designated by sustainable transport charity Sustrans, and miscellaneous 'Greenways' created by various bodies.

Note: not all these routes are dedicated 'traffic free' cycle tracks: most of them also include ordinary roads shared with motor traffic and footpaths shared with pedestrians.

Cycle Superhighways

Destinations of CS7 in the style of a tube line, on a large upright sign.
Cycle Superhighway CS7 start point at Colliers Wood Underground Station

London's Cycle Superhighways are a set of Bike freeways, aimed principally at commuters and more experienced cyclists, providing faster and more direct radial routes between outer and central London.[1] In addition to dedicated route signage, some of the older routes are indicated on the ground by distinctive sky blue painted lanes.


London's Cycle Superhighways were first announced in 2008 by Mayor Ken Livingstone.[2] The original proposal consisted of 12 radial routes, with route numbers in 'clock face' fashion.[3] Although the scheme is coordinated centrally by TfL, it is implemented on the ground by London boroughs. This has led to several changes as the roll out continues, including cancellation of the original CS6, CS11 and CS12 routes[4] and addition of two 'North-South' and 'East-West' routes through central London, the latter dubbed the "Crossrail for Bikes".

Cycle Superhighway Routes

As of June 2018, TfL's website lists seven Cycle Superhighway routes:

List of completed routes:
Name Route Comments Map
CS1 TottenhamSeven SistersStamford HillStoke NewingtonDalstonDe BeauvoirHoxtonThe City
Was completed in April 2016.[5] Unlike the other Superhighways, this route does not use 'blue paint' and is primarily non-segregated on quieter streets (often following the route of the older LCN10), and is thus more similar to the Quietways. map
CS2 StratfordStratford High StreetBow ChurchBow RoadMile EndStepney GreenWhitechapelAldgate EastCity
(A118 – A11)
An upgrade to the old LCN11 route, CS2 initially consisted mostly of 'blue paint' cycle lanes. In 2016, after safety concerns and fatalities, the majority of the route was further upgraded to separated cycle tracks Upgrade.[6] map
CS3 East-West BarkingNorth Beckton – Prince Regent Lane – Canning TownEast IndiaBlackwallPoplarCanning TownWestferryShadwellTower Gateway (A13 – A1202 – A3211 – Hyde Park – A402 – A4209) – BlackfriarsEmbankmentWestminsterHyde ParkLancaster Gate The section from Barking to Tower Hill uses 'blue paint' and was largely an upgrade to the old LCN13 route. Sustrans' have also designated much of this stretch as being part of their NCN13. In 2017, TfL constructed a lengthy extension of CS3 (dubbed 'CS3 East West') to Lancaster Gate. This section does not use blue paint. There are proposals to extend the CS3 further westwards to Acton,[7] via a future route via Notting Hill Gate that previously was to have been called CS10.[8] map map
CS5[9] OvalVauxhallVauxhall BridgePimlico
Does not use blue paint. To be extended later to eventually run from Lewisham to Victoria
(A20 – A202).
North-South (CS6)[10] Elephant & CastleSt. George's CircusSouthwarkBlackfriarsLudgate CircusFarringdonKings Cross Does not use blue paint. First section of the route opened in spring 2016 between Elephant and Castle and Stonecutter Street,and was largely and upgrade of the old LCN7; an extension to Kings Cross was opened in September 2018. The originally proposed CS6 route was to have run from Penge to the City. map
CS7 Colliers WoodTooting BroadwayTooting BecBalhamClapham SouthClapham CommonClapham High StreetClapham NorthStockwellOvalKenningtonElephant & CastleSouthwark BridgeCity
(A24 – A3)
This route uses 'blue paint' but features few separated lanes.   map
CS8 Wandsworth High StreetWandsworth TownBattersea High StreetBattersea ParkChelsea BridgeVauxhall BridgeLambeth Bridge
(A3 – A3205 – Vauxhall Cross)
This route uses 'blue paint' but features few separated lanes.   map
Lorry stands on blue-painted road; cyclist is between lorry and pavement with railings.
Cycling conditions on CS2 at Aldgate East Underground station. The pictured cycle lane was replaced by a separated cycle track in 2016.
Wide cycle lane separated from traffic by raised curb.
CS2 in Stratford in September 2014, after implementation of separated cycle tracks.

Work on a proposed CS11 route (Swiss Cottage to the West End) was abandoned following court action by Westminster City Council in September 2018.[11]

As of July 2019, the TfL website lists two more proposed new Cycle Superhighway routes (now called 'Cycleways' – see section below) that are progressing through public consultation and implementation by local borough councils.

Safety concerns

The initial implementation of the cycle superhighways drew criticism on safety grounds, with poor design at some junctions and insufficient segregation of cyclists from motor traffic. For instance in 2009 the London Cycling Campaign proposed a manifesto concerning safety, cycle priority and junction design along the Superhighways.[12] The former Mayor Boris Johnson declined to sign it, but said that TfL would take stakeholders' views into account.[13]

An unofficial 2012 photo journey with commentary along the super highways is available.[14]

In 2013, fatalities continued to draw criticism in the press, for instance urbanist and author Charles Montgomery, writing in The Guardian, described them as "inherently dangerous pieces of infrastructure... [that lead] cyclists directly into confrontation with other vehicles".[15] The junction at Bow roundabout (CS2) saw three cyclists killed in 2013[16] and the Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales made the decision to block the route from entering Newham on the grounds of cyclists' safety.

In 2015, noting that "around 85% of cyclist accidents happen at junctions", TfL announced several new junction design features that aimed to improve safety.[17]

In 2017 the London coroner called for an urgent review the "slippery" blue paint surface on the cycle superhighways, saying they may pose a death risk to users.[18]


In 2018 the mayor of London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner announced that the Cycle Superhighway brand would be replaced. From summer 2019 all new TfL cycle routes will be branded as 'Cycleways'.[19][20]

List of launched (highlighted dark) and future Cycleway routes:
Name Route Boroughs Comments Map
(under construction)
Tower BridgeRotherhithe – (Greenwich) Southwark Construction began in July 2019 on the Tower Bridge to Rotherhithe section.[21] OSM
(Hounslow) – BrentfordChiswickKensington Olympia Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham The Kensington Olympia to Brentford section of route has been consulted on; construction may begin in late 2019.[22] OSM
(under construction)
ActonEast ActonWood Lane Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham Construction started in March 2019 and is due to be completed in late 2019. OSM
C17 Borough – Elephant & CastleWalworthBurgess ParkCamberwell Southwark Northern section of Quietway 7 route got rebranded as Cycleway 17 during summer 2019. OSM
(under construction)
Lea BridgeWhipps Cross Waltham Forest Runs along Lea Bridge Road.[23] Construction is part of mini-hollands programme; due to be completed in summer 2019. OSM
Lea Bridge – Waltham Forest Will include a realigned section of Quietway 2.[24] OSM
C31 New MaldenRaynes Park – (Wimbledon) Kingston, Merton First section between New Malden and Raynes Park opened on 13 July 2019. OSM


Signage for three Quietway cycle routes on Moor Lane.

Unlike Cycle Superhighways which are intended to give cyclists a quicker way around London, Quietways, also promoted by Transport for London,[25] target less confident cyclists who want to use lower traffic routes, whilst also providing for existing cyclists who want to travel at a more gentle pace.

Routes are generally along back-streets, through parks, along waterways or tree-lined streets, and are designed to overcome barriers to cycling such as high volumes of traffic and unsafe crossings. The route numbers are shown in purple on signs and maps.

Quietway Routes

The first Quietway (Q1 from Waterloo to Greenwich) opened in June 2016;[26] the second (Q2 from Bloomsbury to Walthamstow) opened in August 2018.[27] As of Summer 2019, TfL's website provided schematic maps for twelve Quietway routes that were at least partially complete, with several more shown on its cycling map of London[28]

Future branding

In 2018 the Mayor of London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner announced that Quietways would also be rebranded. TfL's website states they will be rebranded as 'Cycleways' from summer 2019.[29]

List of launched (highlighted dark) and in progress routes:
Name Route Boroughs Comments Map
Q1 North section: (Gospel OakKentish TownKing's Cross) – BloomsburyHolbornCovent Garden;[30]
South section: South BankWaterloo – Borough – Bermondsey Spa – South BermondseyDeptfordGreenwich – (FalconwoodBexleyheath)
Camden, City of Westminster, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley North section: Covent Garden to Bloomsbury.[31]
South section: South Bank to Greenwich; route is diverted around The Den on Millwall match days.
Q2 West section: East ActonWormwood ScrubsNorth KensingtonNotting HillBayswater – Edgware Road – (Fitzrovia);
East section: BloomsburyClerkenwellAngelCanonburyDe Beauvoir TownLondon FieldsClaptonLea BridgeWalthamstow WetlandsWalthamstow Central
Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, City of Westminster, Camden, Islington, Hackney, Waltham Forest West section: East Acton to Lancaster Gate[32][33][34]
East section: Bloomsbury to Walthamstow.
Q3 (Regent's Park) – KilburnGladstone Park (Dollis Hill) City of Westminster, Camden, Brent   Q3 map
Q4 Clapham Common to Wimbledon Lambeth, Wandsworth, Merton Will share the route of Sustrans NCN20 between Earlsfield and the Wandle Meadow Nature Park Q4 map
Q5 (Waterloo) – OvalClapham Common – (Tooting Bec CommonStreatham Common stationNorburyThornton HeathCroydon) Lambeth, Wandsworth, Croydon The initial planned route between Norbury and Croydon has had to be redesigned due to issues along Norbury Avenue.[35] Q5 map
Q6 (Mile EndOld FordVictoria ParkQueen Elizabeth Olympic ParkTemple MillsForest Gate) – Manor ParkAldersbrookValentines ParkBarkingside Tower Hamlets, Hackney, London Legacy Development Corporation, Newham, Redbridge Valentines Park is closed at night. Plans for Tower Hamlets section were considered substandard and remain unfunded unless improved.[36] Route will later be extended west to Aldgate and east to Hainault Q6 map
Q7 Elephant & CastleWalworthBurgess ParkCamberwellDulwichCrystal Palace Lambeth, Southwark Northern section of route has been rebranded as Cycleway 17 during summer 2019. Q7 map
Q11 City of London (CS3/CS7) – Old StreetAngel City of London,[37] Islington, Hackney Connects Q2 to CS3 and CS7 Q11 map
Q13 Old StreetShoreditchBroadway Market Islington, Hackney[38] Connects Q2 to Q11 Q13 map
Q14 (Waterloo) – Blackfriars Road – Borough – London Bridge – Tower Bridge Road – (BermondseyCanada WaterGreenwich) – Thamesmead[39] Southwark,[40] Lewisham, Greenwich Route has previously been referred to as Jubilee Quietway. A new riverfront section from the Thames Barrier to Woolwich opened in June 2018.[41] Q14 map
Q15 Brompton CemeteryEarl's CourtSouth KensingtonChelsea – (Belgravia) Kensington & Chelsea, City of Westminster   Q15 map
Q16 West DraytonStockley ParkNorth Circular Road – Old Oak Lane – Regent's Canal Canal & River Trust Majority of route will be along Grand Union Canal towpath. Improvements along the towpath are scheduled to be completed in 2020.[42] OSM map
Q19 Palmerston Road – Kingston High Street Kingston upon Thames An upgrade to part of the old LCN3 route OSM map
Q22 (Victoria Park -) Stratford High Street (CS2) – West HamPlaistowNorth Beckton (CS3) Tower Hamlets, London Legacy Development Corporation,Newham Initial section connects CS2 to CS3 via The Greenway Q22 map
Woolwich to Lee Green Quietway[43] Woolwich – Queen Elizabeth HospitalKidbrooke – Lee Green Greenwich, Lewisham Currently signed between Woolwich town centre and Queen Elizabeth Hospital OSM map

London Cycle Network Plus

Direction signs for multiple London Cycle Network routes.
Road marking to indicate street is part of a London Cycle Network route.
Examples of route confirmation signage and road markings for London Cycle Network routes.
Directional sign for LCN 7.
Other signage for LCN routes including Directions, Destinations and Distances

The London Cycle Network Plus (LCN+) aimed to provide a 900 kilometre network of cycle routes throughout Greater London. It was funded by Transport for London and managed by the LCN+ Project Team at the London Borough of Camden. It was launched in 2001, replacing the earlier London Cycle Network (LCN) project, and wound up in 2010.

Although some LCN routes have been upgraded to TfL's new Quietways and Cycle Superhighways, the majority throughout Greater London still exist and are signposted and/or indicated by carriageway markings (although not all the signage uses route numbers). Where route numbers are used in signs, this is usually the LCN route number, but on some route sections the 'LCN+ link' number has been used on signs. (LCN+ link numbers were usually internal reference numbers used for project management.)[44]

London Cycle Network routes

The LCN route numbering used a radial and orbital scheme, as shown by the groupings in the table below. Some routes were also part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network – these are signposted with route numbers on a red background.[45]

The last edition of the LCN route map to be published was the 5th edition (2004).[46]

Orbital routes in Central zone:
Route Number Route Notes Map
0 (Seven Stations Circular) City – (Waterloo) – Westminster – (Paddington) – (Kings Cross) Three sections are now part of new TfL routes:
south side of Green Park: East-West CS
Elephant and Castle to the north end of Southwark bridge: CS7
Southwark Bridge to Old Street: Q11
map (spur)
Radial routes in Central zone:
Route Number Route Notes Map
1 (NCN) Dartford – Greenwich – (Lea Valley) – Waltham Abbey Greater London portion of Sustrans NCN1 see NCN1 map below
2 (A2) Bexleyheath Eltham Greenwich – Central London / Westminster Some sections are now Sustrans NCN425 and Quietway Q1 (see above) map
3 (old A3) (Esher) – Kingston – (Wandsworth) – Battersea – Central London Some sections will become TfL Quietways Q4, Q5 and Q19 (see above) map
4 (NCN) Greenwich – Westminster / Central London – (Barnes) – Kingston – Windsor Greater London portion of Sustrans NCN4 see NCN4 map below
5 (old A5) (Elstree) – Edgware – Kilburn – Westminster – Battersea – Croydon Portions in South London will become TfL Quietway Q5. Section across Chelsea Bridge/alongside Battersea Park is now Cycle Superhighway CS8 map
6 Barnet – Alexandra Palace – Hornsey – Camden – (West End) – (Waterloo) – Elephant and Castle map
7 Elephant and Castle – City – (Finsbury Park) – Wood Green – (Southgate) Section past Finsbury Park is NCN162. Section from St George's Circus, across Blackfriar's Bridge along Farringdon Road is now Cycle Superhighway CS6 map
8 Hammersmith – (Paddington) – (Angel) – Hackney – (Wanstead) Includes Market Porters & 7 Stations. The portion between King's Cross Road and London Fields is now TfL Quietway Q2 map
9 Epping – (Chingford) – Walthamstow – Hackney – City The portion between London Fields and Millfields Park South is now Quietway Q2; between Virginia Road and the Regent's Canal is now Quietway Q13. map
Radial routes in North East London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
10 (A10) Cheshunt – Enfield – Tottenham – City The majority of this route between the City and Tottenham has been upgraded to form Cycle Superhighway CS1 map
11 (A11) Epping – (Woodford) – (Leytonstone) – Stratford – City This route has been updated to form Cycle Superhighway CS2 between Aldgate and Stratford map
12 (A12) Romford – Ilford – Stratford – City map
13 (A13) Tilbury – Rainham – (Canning Town) – City Part of this route has now been upgraded to form part of Cycle Superhighway CS3. see map for CS3 above
14 (A104) Clapton – Lea Bridge – Whipps Cross – Woodford map
15 (Upminster) – Barking – (Canning Town) – City The section between Tower Bridge and Canning Town has been upgraded to form Cycle Superhighway CS3 map
16 Newham Greenway, Beckton – Stratford – (Cambridge Heath) The section along The Greenway is now Quietway Q22 map
Radial routes in South East London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
17 Greenwich Park – Lewisham – Catford – Beckenham, West Wickham Shares route of Sustrans NCN21 (Waterlink Way) between Elverson Road DLR station and Loampit Vale, Lewisham map
18 Dartford – Erith – Woolwich – Greenwich map
19 Dartford – Bexleyheath – Greenwich map
20 (A20) Swanley – (Chislehurst) – Lewisham – (Deptford) – (Surrey Docks) Includes a short section in central Lewisham that follows the route of NCN21 map
21 (Waterlink Way) Greenwich – Lewisham – Catford – (Elmers End) – (New Addington) – Crawley Greater London portion of Sustrans NCN21 see NCN21 map, below
22 Orpington – Bromley – Catford – Peckham – Central London One section in Bermondsey (Willow Walk/Lynton Road) is now part of Quietway Q1 map , map (alt. quieter route via Surrey Canal Walk) & map (Jubillee Park detour)
23 (A23) Purley – Croydon – Crystal Palace – (Camberwell) – Central London Northern section (Elephant and Castle to Southwark Bridge) is now TfL Cycle Superhighway CS7. The proposed Quietway Q7 follows some of LCN 23 too. map
24 Carshalton – (Wandsworth) map
25 South Circular Woolwich – Catford – (Clapham) – (Barnes) map & map (25a)
26 Eltham – Crystal Palace – Streatham – (Wandsworth) – Hammersmith – (Willesden) map
27 (Part A21) Sevenoaks – Bromley – Crystal Palace – Battersea map
28 Bromley – Lee – Greenwich map
Radial routes in South West London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
29 Sutton – Wimbledon – Wandsworth map
30 A30, Staines – (Osterley) map
31 A3 Kingston by-pass parallel, Leatherhead – (Hook) – (New Malden) – Hammersmith map
32 (Ewell) – Kingston – (Whitton)? – Hounslow – Hayes map
33 Leatherhead – (Chessington) – Kingston – Richmond map & map (spur)
Radial routes in North West London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
34 (Sunbury) – Hounslow – (Southall) map
35 A315 – Staines – Hounslow – (Chiswick) – Hammersmith map
36 A316 – (Sunbury) – Twickenham – Hammersmith The section between Woodberry Wetlands and Walthamstow Wetlands was branded the 'Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway' in 2016. map
37 A316 parallel, (Feltham) – Twickenham – Richmond – (Wandsworth) – Central London map
38 Wimbledon – Putney – Westminster Short section past Victoria will be part of Quietway Q15 map
39 A4020 Uxbridge Road – Uxbridge – Ealing – (Shepherd's Bush) – Central London map
40 A40 (Hillingdon) – (Greenford) – (Hanger Lane) – Central London map
41 Uxbridge Road parallel, (Acton) – Ealing – (Hayes) map & map (spur)
42 Grand Union Canal, Westminster – (Hayes)
43 (Grand Union Canal, West Drayton) – (Hayes) – (Brentford)
44 A4 – Slough – (Osterley) – Hammersmith – (Hyde Park Corner) map
45 Harrow – Wembley – Kensington – Battersea map
46 (Fulham) – (Willesden) map
47 (Queen's Park) – Wembley – (Kenton) map
48 Kilburn – Wembley – (Kingsbury) – (Stanmore) map
49 (Hendon) – Harrow – (Pinner) – (Northwood) map
50 (Marylebone) – (Hendon) – Potters Bar map
51 (Friern Barnet) – (Golders Green) map
Orbital routes in North East London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
54 (Alexandra Palace) – Wood Green – Tottenham – Walthamstow map
55 Barking – Ilford – (Wanstead) map
56 Wood Green – Northumberland Park The section between Bruce Castle Park and White Hart Lane stadium is now Cycle Superhighway CS1 map
57 Dagenham – Chigwell Row – Epping map
58 (Rainham) – Romford – Epping map
59 (Rainham) – (Harold Hill) Proposed route, never implemented (?) map
60 Collier Row map
61 Romford – (Bedfords Park) map
Orbital routes in South East London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
62 Greenwich – (Forest Hill) – Sydenham – Penge Route signage does not use the route number map
63 Greenwich – Bromley map
64 The O2 – (Mottingham) map
65 Kennington – Peckham Rye – Ladywell – Eltham Shares route through Ladywell Fields with NCN21 map
66 Thamesmead – Plumstead – Falconwood – New Eltham – Chislehurst – Petts Wood map, map (66a) & map (66b)
67 Bromley (Chislehurst) – Woolwich map
68 Bexley – (Abbey Wood) map & map (68a)
69 Orpington – (Bexley) – Dartford map
Orbital routes in South West London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
71 East Sheen Common – Roehampton – Wimbledon Park map
73 Croydon – Wimbledon – Richmond map
74 Streatham – Wimbledon – Kingston – Feltham – Heathrow map
75 Woolwich – Eltham – Bromley – Croydon – Sutton – Kingston – Twickenham – Ealing map
76 Orpington – Croydon – Sutton – (Ewell) map
77 (New Beckenham) – (South Croydon) – (Ewell) map
78 Forestdale – Sanderstead map
Orbital routes in North West London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
84 (Park Royal) – (Hendon)
85 Barnet – Hendon – (Hanger Lane) – Ealing map
86 (Brentford) – Ealing – (Perivale) – (Sudbury) map
87 (Brentford) – (Hanwell) – (Greenford) – (Rayners Lane) map & map (detour)
88 A312, Feltham – (Hayes by pass), – (South Ruislip) – (Rayners Lane) – Edgware map & map (88a)
89 (Heathrow) – (West Drayton) – Uxbridge – (Hatch End) – (Stanmore) – Barnet map
99 A30 – Feltham Signposted as 99, but is really a completed section of Hounslow's LCN link +99 map

National and international routes

National Cycle Network routes

Route number design for NCN routes. Unlike local or regional routes, NCN routes use a red background.
The Waterlink Way, a traffic-free cycle route in Lewisham, is also part of the National Cycle Network.

The sustainable transport charity Sustrans describe their National Cycle Network (NCN) as "a network of safe traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling" that "criss-cross the country, linking up villages, towns and cities".[47] Several of these NCN routes pass through London. NCN routes are signed with white lettering on a blue background, with route numbers having a red background.[48]

Route Number National Route Description Route through London Notes OpenStreetMap reference
NCN1 Shetland to Dover Waltham Abbey (town) along the River Lea via Tottenham to the Isle of Dogs, through Greenwich Foot Tunnel, Thames Path from Greenwich to Dartford Also serves as part of international route EV2 (see below), and was London Cycle Network + route LCN1. [1] [2]
NCN12 Enfield Lock to Spalding, Lincolnshire[49] Enfield Lock to Hadley Wood Currently under development as the "Enfield Island Village to Hadley Wood Greenway"[50] [3]
NCN125[51] Dartford: River Thames to Brooklands Lake along the River Darent Opened in 2012. map
NCN13 London to Norwich Tower BridgeBarking (Royal Docks) – RainhamPurfleet shares part of its route with TfL CS3 [4]
NCN136 Rainham to Noak Hill via Upminster [5]
NCN162 North London: Finsbury Park to Highbury Fields Shares most of its route with the old LCN7. The route is not way-marked as 'NCN162' on the ground – this designation only exists on Sustrans mapping. [6]
NCN177 River Thames to South Coast in Kent Currently open between Northfleet and Rochester, and between Downswood and the western edge of Mote Park. map
NCN20 London to Brighton Wandle Trail from WandsworthCarshalton, then on to Coulsdon The international Avenue Verte from London to Paris follows NCN20; TfL Quietway Q4 shares the route of NCN20 between Earlsfield and the Wandle Meadow Nature Park [7]
NCN208 Raynes Park to Morden [8]
NCN21 London to Eastbourne Waterlink Way from Greenwich – Lewisham – Catford – (Elmers End) – (New Addington) – Crawley [9]
NCN212 Wandle Park to Ashburton Park through central Croydon Croydon Parks Link, sections opened 2016, 2017 map map
NCN232 Wandle Park to Lloyd Park through central Croydon Croydon Parks Link, sections opened 2016, 2017 map
NCN4 Fishguard to London Thames Path between Greenwich and Windsor Also serves as part of international route EV2 (see below), and was London Cycle Network + route LCN4. [10]
NCN425 Burgess Park in Camberwell to Durand's Wharf in Rotherhithe 8.1 km route built with a grant from the National Lottery [11]

International Cycle Network routes

Additionally, some portions of these NCN routes have also been co-opted by the European Cyclists' Federation as forming part of their international EuroVelo network:


London's "Greenways" are a loosely defined collection of mostly traffic-free shared cycling and walking routes, predominantly within (or connecting to) various parks and open spaces within Greater London. TfL and Sustrans claimed that "Greenways should be suitable for use by a novice adult cyclist, a family with young children or a sensible, unaccompanied 12-year-old".[52][53]

Greenways in London have been developed by numerous different bodies, including Sustrans (who began the Greenways initiative in 1994[54]), Transport for London, the Canal and River Trust, the London Boroughs, the Royal Parks, the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority, under various different funding programmes (including the 2009–2014 London Greenways scheme, the 2012 Games Walking and Cycling Routes programme, 'Connect2', the National Cycle Network, and others).

The routes tend to have names rather than numbers, and many of them use waymarking signs or markers in the carriageway, but there is no consistent scheme covering all of them. Some of the Greenways have been co-opted into the other TfL or Sustrans schemes listed earlier in this article.

The table below lists the most notable Greenways in London.

London Greenway routes:
Name Description Map
Routes in or connecting to parks, green spaces and nature reserves:
Tamsin Trail[55]. Circular route around Richmond Park
Avery Hill Park New and improved cycling and walking routes through this park in Greenwich. map
Ravensbourne Greenway Route alongside the River Ravensbourne through Beckenham Place Park in Lewisham. map
Hackney Parks Olympic Route Connects Finsbury Park, Clissold Park, Hackney Downs, Victoria Park and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford. Developed for the 2012 Olympics. Some of the section between Hackney Downs and Victoria Park is now Q2. map
Redbridge Greenway[56]. map
River Beam Bridge Shared-use foot/cycle bridge over the River Beam, linking the Beam Valley Country Park with Bretons Outdoor Centre.
Feltham Park, Longford River New bridge and improved shared use paths.
Jubilee Greenway, Woolwich Foot Tunnel Various infrastructure improvements on the Jubilee Greenway and associated routes between CS3 and the Woolwich Foot Tunnel.
Greendale Extension New link from the Greendale (LCN23) to Ruskin Park.
Epping Forest Route from Stratford to Epping Forest. Developed for the 2012 Olympics.
Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway Cycling route between Woodberry Wetlands and Walthamstow Wetlands. Much of the on-road section between the two wetlands follows the route of LCN36. map
Stanmore to River Thames Greenway Proposed Greenway with some completed sections, included Proyer's Path through Northwick Park, Harrow. [12]
Enfield Chase to Arnos Park Greenway Route in Enfield linking several green spaces Enfield Golf Club and Grovelands Park. [13]
Durant's Park to Brimsdown Greenway Route in Enfield [14]
River corridors:
Roding Valley Way[57]. Follows the green corridor of the River Roding. map
The Wandle Trail Follows the green corridor of the River Wandle. Cycle and walking sections sometimes diverge; the cycle sections are mostly part of NCN20. map
Hogsmill River Greenway Greenway linking Tolworth and Old Malden map
Lower Lea Valley Route developed for the 2012 Olypmics, running from the Greenway in Newham to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel on the Isle of Dogs. map
Canal towpaths:
Lee Valley North Sections of the River Lee towpath, upgraded for the 2012 Olympics map
Regents Canal towpath. Towpath of a portions of the Regents Canal [15][16][17]
Limehouse Cut Towpath of the Limehouse Cut waterway. Developed for the 2012 Olympics. map

TfL's cycle maps

Transport for London used to publish several printed cycling maps, 'Local Cycling Guides', with the final versions of these maps being published in 2017. The ability to order these maps online from the TfL website was removed in 2018.

In May 2019, TfL's website added an online map of its evolving new cycle network (future 'Cycleways'),[58][59] including a menu option to view any combination of:

  • open cycle routes
  • proposed cycle routes (either under construction or at an advanced stage of planning)
  • cycle docking stations
  • stations, docks and piers
  • Greater London Authority (GLA) boundary

See also


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External links

  • Transport for London (TfL)
  • Sustrans
  • Transport for London's Cycle map
  • Sustrans National Cycle Network map
  • Where Are London's Cycle Superhighways? (YouTube video from Londonist Ltd)
  • Detailed map and video of full Quietway 1 route
  • London Cycle network +
  • Greenways Report
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