West London Routes

tremendousj
tremendousj Posts: 13
edited June 2013 in Road general
Can any locals recommend any good routes in West London/Middlesex?

I rent a room in Hayes Monday - Friday and commute to work but I'm looking for something to stretch my legs a bit but I don't know the local area at all. I've covered the obvious one down to Box Hill and I'll try Richmond Park but even Box Hill took longer than it should as I had to keep stopping and checking I was heading in the right direction.

I'm not bothered whether its into or out of London but the easier to follow the better

Comments

  • Cubic
    Cubic Posts: 594
    You could try heading over to Windsor Great Park, it doesn't seem to far from Hayes on the map. It's a nice place to go, although it's not too good if you want a hilly ride.
  • fsman
    fsman Posts: 112
    leith hill?
  • gaddster
    gaddster Posts: 401
    If you do go to Windsor then you can always head out towards Chobham, Windlesham, Woking etc, some nicer roads in that area.
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  • antfly
    antfly Posts: 3,276
    You want to head north, up to the Chesham area and The Chilterns.
    Smarter than the average bear.
  • Thanks for the advice, I'll have a look tonight.

    I'm not bothered how far I have to go, the hardest bit is knowing which roads to take. My sense of direction is not my greatest strength :oops:
  • kidfelt78
    kidfelt78 Posts: 28
    I mainly go out towards the Chilterns as antifly suggests, there are always some nice hills around and you can usually keep yourself on B-roads and quiet country lanes.
  • shortcuts
    shortcuts Posts: 366
    Thanks for the advice, I'll have a look tonight.

    I'm not bothered how far I have to go, the hardest bit is knowing which roads to take. My sense of direction is not my greatest strength :oops:
    Would a bike computer with sat nav help?
    That way you can plan/download routes and get turn by turn directions.
  • shortcuts wrote:
    Thanks for the advice, I'll have a look tonight.

    I'm not bothered how far I have to go, the hardest bit is knowing which roads to take. My sense of direction is not my greatest strength :oops:
    Would a bike computer with sat nav help?
    That way you can plan/download routes and get turn by turn directions.

    That would be the easiest solution, sadly it's beyond my financial capabilities at the minute.
  • dsoutar
    dsoutar Posts: 1,746
    You could just use google maps or mapmyride or somesuch to concoct a suitable route (length / profile etc). Then print off the road maps you need for the route. Once you've done it 3 or 4 times you'll know it well enough to repeat without using maps.

    I did this for a route round the Surrey hills and it worked a treat