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Southwark Cyclists Healthy Ride 10 am 2/2, Dulwich Park Start
Posted by: Dulwichvisitor 02 February, 2019 07:28

Today: The Crystal Palace Loop which starts by going up from Dulwick Clock Cafe (or further up for people like me who come from Peckham). The idea, good in itself, is to get the pain over early and start with the uphill bit and then cruise home mostly downhill.

The Cafe is at SE21 7BQ -- in the centre of the park by the pond. The route heads along College Road and up to Crystal Palace Park. This is quite a steep climb towards the Crystal Palace end and extra time has been factored in for pushing. It gets better at the top with a downhill ride to the dinosaurs (see pic), down to the bottom and across to the Waterlink Way (national cycle route 21) via Cator Park.

The Waterlink Way is a gem for those who don't know it. Flat, entirely off-road, and follows the banks of the Ravensbourne until it turns into Deptford Creek. It runs from South Norwood Country Park near Elmers End Station to the Cutty Sark -- eight mostly very pretty miles. Picture attached to prove it.

There won't be time to make the loop include the Thames but there will be a long stretch mostly off road north along Waterlink Way to Ladywell Fields before heading back to Dulwich for 12 noon via LCN22 and Peckham Rye Park. The route is here: [] (anti-clockwise)

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