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Cycling in Richmond (Greater London)

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames has many attractions for cycists. There are several notable routes away from the roads such as the Tamsin Trail around the periphery of Richmond Park, extensive river paths alongside the Thames and the Crane River providing pleasant cycle rides.

Richmond Cycling Campaign is the local London Cycling Campaign group in the area. They cover the whole Borough of Richmond upon Thames, which as well as Richmond includes Twickenham, Hampton, Whitton, Teddington, Mortlake, Kew, Sheen, St Margarets and Barnes. They work to make a cycle friendly borough, working with the council to improve facilities for cyclists and raising the profile of cycling in the borough through education and participation. They organise regular cycle rides and maintenance workshops open to all.

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Junction on NCN route 4 by Barnes Common

NCN route 4 crossing the Upper Richmond Road.

NCN route 4 crossing the Upper Richmond Road

There are several footpaths to Barnes station from the west - none has been improved and signposted for cycling.

Awkward bridge in Richmond Park

Cycles permitted, horses not.

Unhelpful sign at the entry to Richmond Park - cyclists are allowed on roads and designated paths, but are made to feel unwelcome.

Cycle parking at Sheen Gate, Richmond Park

Cycle path in Richmond Park

Unhelpful signs and cage at the entry to Richmondpark - cyclists are allowed on roads and designated paths, but are made to feel unwelcome.

Crane Park Shot Tower - pleasing to look at, interesting heritage. See:

East Sheen Common - link to Richmond Park

Road closure, Richmond upon Thames

Cycle shed at Richmond station

Signs in Richmond station cycle shed

Oversized No Cycling sign referring to the footway and no indication that cyclists can use the dead-end bit of road.

Token provision - a dropped kerb would be a good start

Crossing and shared-use footway, Richmond Circus

Shared-use footway around Richmond Circus

Pedestrian and cycle crossing, Richmond Circus

The sign shows cyclists on the left, the marking on the footway seems to show cyclists on the right...

Shared-use footway and crossing of the A316 at Richmond Circus

The road was recently resurfaced and the road markings for cars repainted - but not the ones telling cyclists they could move to the track to the right.

There needs to be a clearer indication (a sign on the metal pole would be fine) that cyclists can continue on the roadside track from Richmond Park.

Shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists, horses not welcome.

NCN route 4 crossing Petersham Road between Richmond Park and the Thames

Cyclists on NCN route 4 are invited to swing left to the crossing and off-road track into Richmond Park

Cycle route from Ham House to Ham Common

Sandy Lane narrowed to a single lane where it crosses the cycle route from Ham Common to Ham House

The National Trust's Ham House - a good destination for a riverside cycle ride

Cycle route around Ham House

Autumnal cycle route alongside Ham House

Link from Ham to the Thames Cycle Route

Link from the Thames Cycle Route to Ham

A beautiful Sunday morning for cycling and sailing below Richmond Hill

Between Teddington Lock and Richmond the riverside path is unsurfaced - this could be a useful commuting route to Richmond if it was surfaced.

Between Teddington Lock and Richmond the riverside path is unsurfaced - this could be a useful commuting route to Richmond if it was surfaced.

Cyclist on the Thames Path beneath the bridge at Teddington Lock

Parallel routes - cyclists are supposed to use the route nearer the Thames, but not many do.

LCN route 37 parallel to the A3004 - with a cycle contraflow at the far end of Rosslyn Road.

Short cycle track leading to crossing over the A3004.

Alternatively you could just turn right like a normal road-user.

'No Cycling' it screams, then in small print 'outside designated routes' - but as there are plenty of cycle tracks in Richmond Park as well as the road, it only means 'No Offtrack Cycling'.

Segregated cycle track on Kingston Bridge

BMX track at Bushey Park

Walking to Hampton Pool from where Cobblers Way joins the main road.

Heavy gate to Cobblers Walk

Cobblers Walk, Bushey Park

Cobblers Walk

Cobbler's Way Bushey Park

Bushey Park

Cobblers Way, Bushey Park

Chestnut Avenue making the turn into Cobblers Way

Chestnut Avenue, Bushey Park

Bushey Park map

Bushey Park

Bushey Park

Bushey Park

Great cycle tracks on Bushey Parks.

Entrance to Bushey Park designed to be a barrier to deer but able to accommodate five bikes.

Good map about Bushey Park but the info about cycling is rather thin and cycle routes are not shown on the map.

Church Grove Passage access to Bushey Park. BMX track on the left.

Great cycle route ends in a pavement, no dropped kerb and blocked by parking bays. Mind you the sign suggesting "Danger No Entry Firearms in use" is a bit more distracting.

Cycle parking in prime position outside the front of Hampton open air swimming pool.

Cycling in Richmond Park

Cycling in Richmond Park

Lock Road

There's traffic calming on this road maybe because its on NCN4.

Signs indicating the turn to stay on NCN4

Annoying chicane on shared use path

Annoying chicanes - why do they need to be so severe?

Shared use path - no obstruction at the end here.

Shared use cycleway through residential area. No annoying barrier here!

Shared use path, approaching Duke's Avenue crossing.

Shared use cycleway.

Shared use cycleway

Thames River crossing at Teddington Lock For more details see:

Information panel at Teddington Lock

BMX track near Teddington Lock.

Thames path, nice and wide tree covered corridor.

Thames path, nice and wide tree covered corridor.

Unusual style cycle parking outside Ham House.

A kissing gate - we got a bit lost and ended up on this footpath.

Thames path

Thames path

NCN4 the Thames Cycle Route - towards the river.

Wide pavement cycleway which looks great, but a no cycling sign lurks round the corner - visible in the distance. NCN route 4 the Thames Cycle Route, signed, crosses here.

NCN4 at Ham.

Wide pavement cycleway at Ham

Racks at a playground.

Ham house ha-ha with some new cycle racks behind the railings.

See #36497.

A double chicane and bollards has been used here to put a determined stop to anyone coming out on this narrow footway next to this very busy road. Note also the mirror to help traffic emerging from the service road behind the camera.

A sign explains the historic attempts to keep Petersham Meadows free from development.

Riding along the Thames Path.

Wary of riparian phenomena.

Public footpath between Ham and Richmond.

Public footpath to the river.

Flower cart chassis.

An old bike at Petersham Nurseries.

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