Archive for the ‘Egham’ tag
This summer I’ve commuted a number of times by bike. It’s approx 20 miles each way into London so it took a while to decide it was a serious proposition and try it. I’m so glad I did – I always arrive at work feeling alert and it’s been great for my fitness and fun learning the ropes of London bike commuting as well.
Below are some notes that you might find helpful if you are considering commuting anywhere in an East/West direction in the region of Egham, Staines, Ashford, Feltham, Twickenham, Richmond, Putney, Battersea or Clapham.
Route finding Tips
To start with I simply used Google maps to give me walking directions from home to work. This route was about as direct as possible whilst avoiding motorways. Since then it has made the commute more interesting to try out variations. Some of these are mapped below, along with some notes which could be useful for anyone commuting from Egham/Windsor/Staines etc. towards central London south of the river.
Points of note
- The A30 and A308 are fast dual carriageways and are worth avoiding. The route round the back of Staines station through Ashford and crossing the A308 is the only way around these without a major detour. As an alternative the A308 does have a path alongside which though not a cycle path is ride-able, if bumpy on road tyres.
- The A316 route north of Richmond has cycle lanes of varying quality along it. This is a little slow but useable, safe and direct. The alternative is straight through Twickenham and Richmond centres.
- Twickenham town centre is actually quite pleasant as it has a big bus lane straight through in the London bound direction and isn’t too bad in the other direction either.
- Richmond town centre is inevitably slow negotiating the queueing traffic but you are through it soon enough.
Test routes on EveryTrail
The definitive Egham to Battersea route (this is my current preferred route erring on the side of safety)
I just did a training ride in Windsor Great park. I reckon I did the most hill climbing you can do in 1 hour in this area without backtracking/covering the same ground twice. 11.5 miles in total – not bad for a work night with the light rapidly fading.
Since (and this isn’t always the case using the GPS) the recordings of total ascent and descent came out almost the same on this trip I think the gradient graph is broadly right – 1568ft of climbing in total. Here is the graph from Everytrail showing speed and gradient. A few blips – for example, I don’t think I got up to 50mph..
And here is the route:
View larger version at EveryTrail