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10 miles West of Camden

Corporate CamperCorporate Camper Posts: 293
edited July 2009 in Commuting chat
Attn London Commuters!

I want to cycle to my office in Camden, I live about 65 miles West and at the moment I drive in every day.

I don't travel by train as I have a company car and fuel, so I can't justify shelling out the £4000 per year extra for a train fare.

Last week I drove to Ickenhnam (on the A40), parked up and cycled from there, it was around 22 miles each way which is a bit far for a fat newbie like me (although I did enjoy it!).

So, do any of you locals know anywhere around 10-15 miles from Camden in a West or North West direction where I can dump the car and peddle in? Free parking would be Nirvana, obviously.

Anyone else commute like this?
'12 CAAD 8 Tiagra

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  • el_presidenteel_presidente Posts: 1,963
    Attn London Commuters!

    I want to cycle to my office in Camden, I live about 65 miles West and at the moment I drive in every day.

    I don't travel by train as I have a company car and fuel, so I can't justify shelling out the £4000 per year extra for a train fare.

    Last week I drove to Ickenhnam (on the A40), parked up and cycled from there, it was around 22 miles each way which is a bit far for a fat newbie like me (although I did enjoy it!).

    So, do any of you locals know anywhere around 10-15 miles from Camden in a West or North West direction where I can dump the car and peddle in? Free parking would be Nirvana, obviously.

    Anyone else commute like this?

    Best places for free parking are the supermarkets, just find one that is convenient and bob's your uncle
    <a>road</a>
  • Attn London Commuters!

    I want to cycle to my office in Camden, I live about 65 miles West and at the moment I drive in every day.

    I don't travel by train as I have a company car and fuel, so I can't justify shelling out the £4000 per year extra for a train fare.

    Last week I drove to Ickenhnam (on the A40), parked up and cycled from there, it was around 22 miles each way which is a bit far for a fat newbie like me (although I did enjoy it!).

    So, do any of you locals know anywhere around 10-15 miles from Camden in a West or North West direction where I can dump the car and peddle in? Free parking would be Nirvana, obviously.

    Anyone else commute like this?

    Best places for free parking are the supermarkets, just find one that is convenient and bob's your uncle

    The Morrisons in Camden lets you park for 2 hours and then fines you £70, number plate recognition on the way in and out...

    I would guess that all London supermarkets do this otherwise they would all be full of to$$ers like me...
    '12 CAAD 8 Tiagra
  • roger_merrimanroger_merriman Posts: 6,165
    Attn London Commuters!

    I want to cycle to my office in Camden, I live about 65 miles West and at the moment I drive in every day.

    I don't travel by train as I have a company car and fuel, so I can't justify shelling out the £4000 per year extra for a train fare.

    Last week I drove to Ickenhnam (on the A40), parked up and cycled from there, it was around 22 miles each way which is a bit far for a fat newbie like me (although I did enjoy it!).

    So, do any of you locals know anywhere around 10-15 miles from Camden in a West or North West direction where I can dump the car and peddle in? Free parking would be Nirvana, obviously.

    Anyone else commute like this?

    Best places for free parking are the supermarkets, just find one that is convenient and bob's your uncle

    The Morrisons in Camden lets you park for 2 hours and then fines you £70, number plate recognition on the way in and out...

    I would guess that all London supermarkets do this otherwise they would all be full of to$$ers like me...

    not all just some. and of coarse what one defines as london as ever.
  • AidyAidy Posts: 2,015
    Just man up and ride the whole way ;)

    You're right about the supermarkets, I can't think of any (London or not), which don't impose some sort of time restriction.

    I don't really know that region of London all that well, Barnet used to be good for it - but is probably a bit too far out of your way. Best bet, I reckon, is to hop down on a weekend and explore side streets.
  • Aidy wrote:
    Just man up and ride the whole way ;)

    That probably is the answer! The place I found last week is perfect because it is the right side of all the traffic jams.

    I'll try again when it's not 32 degrees and having the benefit of almost knowing the way!
    '12 CAAD 8 Tiagra
  • brigezbrigez Posts: 31
    If you get off the A40 at Northolt (Target Roundabout) you can park up in the residential streets and hop on the Grand Union Canal. The canal will take you all the way into Paddington, then you can cut across the Edgware Rd, go round the top of Regents Park and straight into Camden, It's about 12 miles in total, but it's not a bad ride and it's flat!
    I would normally get on the canal at the Black Horse pub, but you can get on near the golf range as it is nearer the A40 junction.

    Have a look at a London A to Z and you will see the route.
    gimee time, i'll think of something.........
  • spasypaddyspasypaddy Posts: 5,179
    try edgware, or further afield like stanmore, pinner, northwood. Not sure of the distance to camden though.
  • el_presidenteel_presidente Posts: 1,963
    Attn London Commuters!

    I want to cycle to my office in Camden, I live about 65 miles West and at the moment I drive in every day.

    I don't travel by train as I have a company car and fuel, so I can't justify shelling out the £4000 per year extra for a train fare.

    Last week I drove to Ickenhnam (on the A40), parked up and cycled from there, it was around 22 miles each way which is a bit far for a fat newbie like me (although I did enjoy it!).

    So, do any of you locals know anywhere around 10-15 miles from Camden in a West or North West direction where I can dump the car and peddle in? Free parking would be Nirvana, obviously.

    Anyone else commute like this?

    Best places for free parking are the supermarkets, just find one that is convenient and bob's your uncle

    The Morrisons in Camden lets you park for 2 hours and then fines you £70, number plate recognition on the way in and out...

    I would guess that all London supermarkets do this otherwise they would all be full of to$$ers like me...

    really, I hd no idea
    <a>road</a>
  • prj45prj45 Posts: 2,208
    Vary it, you've got the whole of northwest, southwest and west London to choose from, you could have a new journey practially every day.
  • prj45 wrote:
    Vary it, you've got the whole of northwest, southwest and west London to choose from, you could have a new journey practially every day.

    I need to make sure I can get there in the Car from Bicester without too much trouble and then leave it all day.

    I like Brigez's idea of following the canal, I'll check that out.

    Happy 1000'th post BTW :)
    '12 CAAD 8 Tiagra
  • prj45prj45 Posts: 2,208
    prj45 wrote:
    Vary it, you've got the whole of northwest, southwest and west London to choose from, you could have a new journey practially every day.

    I need to make sure I can get there in the Car from Bicester without too much trouble and then leave it all day.

    I like Brigez's idea of following the canal, I'll check that out.

    Happy 1000'th post BTW :)

    Cheers! I didn't even notice.

    Plenty of parking around West London, also nothing stopping you getting to Richmond Park early and riding in from there a couple of days a week, it's free to park there (at the moment).
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