Cycling in Southwark

We would love to see everybody in the borough leave their cars at home and start cycling and walking more. To this end, we have been busy creating a network of handy cycle routes along Southwark’s less-busy streets.

Quietway routes

Working with TfL we are busy adding to our map of Quietways routes. These are part of a London-wide programme of clearly marked cycle routes, they are away from heavy traffic and help cyclists find their way along roads they may never have cycled on before.

Southwark Spine route

Our very own Southwark Spine cycle route will compliment the Quietways and offer a direct, safe, attractive, comfortable and easy cycle route, for all ages and abilities, traveling from the north to the south of Southwark.

Cycle guides 

With TfL’s local cycling guides you can discover family-friendly routes through parks, waterways and forests. For more information visit the TfL website or for cycle routes in Southwark, view the cycle routes committed and future (pdf, 3.9mb).

Rotherhithe trail

A two mile (with an alternative 1.5 mile extension) signed walking and cycle trail through historic Rotherhithe. The trail takes in the sights of Canada Water, Albion Channel, Surrey Water, Staves Hill, Russian Dock Woodland, Greenland Dock and Surrey Quays shopping centre. Most of the route is traffic free, and there are plenty of cafés to stop in at along the way or enjoy your own picnic. You can download the Rotherhithe bike trail map (pdf, 1.4mb).

Breeze rides

Led by women for women Breeze bike rides are local, friendly and very social. The rides are short and traffic free and are ideal for those new to cycling or wanting to improve their skills. To find out more, visit the Go Sky Ride website and click on find a ride or contact Laura Spooner on 020 7525 7304.

Social cycling groups

If you'd like to set up your own cycling group, buddy up with like-minded cyclists or find cycling activities in your area, you can join British Cycling's Social Cycling Groups, the social network for cyclists. For more information, viist the Go Sky Ride website.

Sky Ride local rides

These free, fun guided bike rides around the borough are perfect for all ages and abilities and are taking place fortnightly between June and October. For more information, visit the Go Sky Ride website.

Page last updated: 29 May 2018