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Shall I cycle to The Dark Side of the Moon?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Crock of Gold, 1 May 2008.

  1. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    Hmmmmm...

    ....thinking about it. Next week I am running a workshop for teaching staff at a college in Belvedere nr Dartford, in the afternoon. I'm in the office in the morning, near Farringdon.

    Distance between - 15 miles. Shall I or shall I not cycle there?

    Cons:

    I'll be sweaty and feeling mucky. I need to be fresh and professional looking. No showers.
    I could jump on a train via one day travel-card (and claim that money back)
    I will already have cycled 14 miles into my office, leaving home at 7am
    It is a route I have not cyled before

    Pros:

    At 20p per mile I can claim £6
    I will have an added mileage of 15 - 20 on top of my normal daily mileage of 28.
    I can carry smart clothes in my rucksack and have a wash in a basin on arrival.

    Hmmmm....Pros outweigh the Cons

    Anyone know a decent route bewteen Farringdon and Belvedere that avoids the A2? And then from Belvedere to Kingston upon Thames?

    SE London is as familiar to me as The Dark Side of the Moon.

    And isn't there a BNP HQ at Welling?

    oo err
     
  2. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    I used to live in dartford and cycled into work most days, its ok going, do it.

    BNP Moved from Welling Years ago. Probably because all the Nigerians moved in

    Lower Belvedere or Upper Belvedere?
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    My site visit will be to a campus inbetween Erith Road and Franks Park.

    Good to know you are aware of the area, Walker.

    I will do it.

    Once over Blackfriars Bridge I could wend my way east and just catch the A205/A206 all the way there...

    but nothing beats local knowledge if you have any tips...

    ...actually, it will be an additional 26 miles on top of my daily commute of 24 miles. But I should be able to get away an hour early to go home.

    Plenty of chicken for me that evening.
     
  4. Wolf04

    Wolf04 New Member

    Location:
    Wallsend on Tyne
    Tis a fine album.
     
  5. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member

    I find cycling to Reggae for more uplifting and energising
     
  6. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    That's a mirror trip of my extended commute C of G, but I'm normally north of the river. It's a pity there's no bike route across the QEII bridge.
     
  7. Wolf04

    Wolf04 New Member

    Location:
    Wallsend on Tyne
    Partial to a bit of King Tubby myself. Though never while cycling.
     
  8. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent

    Dartford to Belvedere just keep to thames Road, its an A road but its fine to ride on.

    Belvedere to London, just head towards Plumstead then onto woolwuich, greenwich etc. Only problem is on the return, you have to come p a big hill to get to upper belvedere, it was used in the TdF last year, and wasn't a classified hill, trust me it should of been
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    Cheers...
     
  10. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Veteran

    Location:
    Essex
    Don't they drive you across ? Although I was driving over one day and the security (?) had stopped a cyclist 3/4 of the way up the Essex side. I find Tower Bridge enough of a hill. That would be a mountain for me to pedal. :biggrin:
     
  11. Ashtrayhead

    Ashtrayhead Über Member

    Location:
    Belvedere, Kent.


    Seconded on that! (I took an excellent photo of the TdF there) It's like most of the hills if you find yourself in Lower Belvedere and have to get out, otherwise take a long route round to avoid the worst ones.

    Crock of Gold,

    Going from Belvedere to Kingston I can help out as far as Croydon but there is no really direct route and my daily route to Bromley is mainly back roads and could get you well and truly lost and confused!

    Having said that, I'm off work next week and could show you the route to Croydon on your first day if you want? Hopefully it won't be Monday (Bank Holiday) as that's my first day off having finished nights. No problem if it is though, gives me an excuse to get up earlyish!

    If you want to e-mail me and I'll let you have my contact details to arrange times and places.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    Shucks - thanks for the offer.

    However, it's only a one-off commute from Belvedere to Kingston.

    What I'll do is just get back to central London the way I arrived and use my normal route home from there, through Stockwell etc...

    But thanks for being so helpful.

    Re: cycling over the QE2 Bridge - ;)
     
  13. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    I remember years ago before the bridge when I was touring that we put our bikes on a commercial tow truck and were taken through the tunnel. I didn't think they had an arrangement for the bridge or tunnels anymore as they are now Motorway routes. But I could be wrong.

    I do recall spending the best part of a day doing the tunnel route once when I was 14 and touring. We got to Royal Tunbridge Wells and then found out we could have saved ourselves half a day by taking a ferry from Tilbury to Gravesend. Not sure if this still runs either.
     
  14. OP
    OP
    Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    There is a small all seater, covered boat now (unlike the big old ferry of old). I have an Uncle who lives in Gravesend.

    Not sure if they take bikes, though.
     
  15. CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    Location:
    London
    They are not motorway - the M25 ends at the junction before and resumes at the junction after. In between, it becomes an A-road. This is deliberate, to allow non-motorway traffic to cross the river.

    I don't know whether there is any separate prohibition on bicycles, though.

    Ben