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Nigeyy
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Cycling from London Heathrow

Postby Nigeyy » Mon Jun 18, 2007 13:12 pm

I've heard horror stories about cycling from London Heathrow -is it really that bad? I want to cycle from Heathrow heading to the north (roughly following the A1, to give an idea as to which direction I want to go from the airport).

I've driven on the airport road many times, and I know it can be bad from a traffic point of view. Anybody got any pointers? Is it better to go west and around, or cut through the London suburbs (which obviously looks much shorter)? Any roads I should avoid -I'm assuming in London, it's not a good idea to try any A roads, but even the Parkway close to Heathrow on Google looks like it could be a bad idea.....



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Postby orienteer » Mon Jun 18, 2007 16:56 pm

Suggest you orbit London round the north west sector to Hatfield (roughly shadowing the M25), which is on the A1. Several dedicated cycle paths, such as Ebury way from Rickmansworth to Watford, then continue from behind Tesco's eastward on a path to the A41, then there's a route through to Bricket Wood on quiet roads. There's another ex-railway path from St Albans to Hatfield.

I can give you more details if you want (but be quick as I'm off to Toronto this Friday!).



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Postby Nigeyy » Mon Jun 18, 2007 17:07 pm

thanks for the link -I had actually read this page, but it doesn't really cover what I need (i.e. leaving Heathrow to north north east).



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Postby zimzum42 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 17:19 pm

The A4 isn't so bad, there's a cycle lane if the road is too busy for you.

I don't have any problems with the A41 either, or you can use the A1......

But then again, I don't mind riding on major roads, wheras some people really don't like it.......



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Postby plusgourmande » Mon Jun 18, 2007 18:20 pm

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Postby thereisnospooncp » Mon Jun 18, 2007 19:46 pm

Are cycles actually allowed in the tunnels? I wouldn't be very comfortable using them myself.

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Postby zimzum42 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 20:37 pm

Don't think you have to stick to the cycle lane all the way along the M4, in some mparts it's been designed by muppets, and you're safer on the road......

much quicker too!



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Postby urrrrrrrrrs » Mon Jun 18, 2007 22:20 pm

From Heathrow go via Sipson, Stockley Park,Uxbridge Road Hayes,Hillingdon,Ickenham,West ruislip,Ruislip,Eastcote,Pinner.Uxbridge Road Hatch End,Harrow Weald,Bushey Heath,Elstree and through to A1 at Borehamwood(i would be here till Xmas naming all the roads but this is the ajist of it)

i do ths route a fair bit,its 21 miles,barely uses any major trunk roads tends to get a bit hilly from Uxbridge Road Hatch End onwards but is quite leafy and green etc just avoid the rush hours !!!!

Hope this helps and apologies but cant work out the bikely stuff at the mo,not v computer literate is me)



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Postby markfelber » Tue Jun 19, 2007 02:56 am

Which terminal are you landing in? About 3 years ago I cycled out of terminal 4 (flights to/from US at the time) with no difficulties, ended up on (I think) the A30, which had a separate bike path, although riding in the road was manageable. I ended up in Cranford, then Hayes, then the Grand Union Canal towpath into central London. Getting from Terminal 4 to the A30 was a piece of cake, just followed the road the cars and buses were using. I think I got my route advice from Orienteer, although on USENET/uk.rec.cycling, not this forum. Once on the A30 you can probably put together a route of your choice using info from others on this thread.

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