Monthly Archives: July 2014

Skyride – “Exploring Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve – The Essex Way” – Steady – Sunday 3rd August – Start Time 10:00 a.m.

Why not join Skyride this week-end for a nice easy ride from Rainham Station to the RSPB Reserve and back. Completely off-road. Rays leading this one.

Exploring Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve – The Essex Way

Steady – Sunday 3rd August – Start Time 10:00 a.m. – 8 Miles

Start from Rainham C2C Train Station (by platform 1 – London bound) Ferry Lane RM13 9HY

This is an off-road ride where you can spot a variety of interesting, sometimes rare, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians as well as bugs and beasties of all kinds. RSPB Rainham Marshes is just a stone’s throw from London. Located on ancient marshland nestled beside the river Thames, it really is a special place to enjoy the great outdoors. A new cycle route links the villages of Purfleet and Rainham and runs beside the reserve, along the Thames, looping round and passing the WW2 concrete barges and the “diver”.

The reserve itself offers a leisurely amble in a superb setting with fantastic facilities in the eco-friendly visitor centre where we will have time to stop and enjoy the cafe and shop.  For more information on Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve please click on the link

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Skyride Local – Historic Byways and Greenways @ Hornchurch Country Park – 20 July 10:00 a.m.


“Historic Byways and Greenways”

Steady – Sunday 20th July – Start Time 10:00 a.m.

Start from Hornchurch Stadium Car Park, The Stadium,
Bridge Avenue RM14 2LX

Join us on this great ride starting at Hornchurch Stadium Car Park, the home of “The Urchins”.  We take a short northerly on road ride to Upminster Windmill before joining the Ingrebourne Way riding from Upminster Park to Ingrebourne Hill, Hornchurch Country Park, Rainham and return.  Hornchurch Country Park is on the former site of Hornchurch Airfield and we will be passing a concrete model of a spitfire and a few pill boxes from the Second World War.  At the southern of the ride we ride around Ingrebourne Hill, home of a specially made mountain bike track which people can come back to and enjoy at their leisure.  We turm round at Rainham clock tower, here you can also see 12th centrury Rainham Parish Church and 18th century Rainham Hall. We make a visit to the site of Rainham Wharf, dredged to bring shipping from the Thames before turning for home

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Future Rides

August Sun 3 10am Exploring Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve the Essex Way – Steady
August Sun 17 2pm Romford ride through Raphael and Lodge Farm Parks – Easygoing
August Sun 31 2pm Havering’s Park to Park – Steady

Skyride Local – Hainault Forest Family Ride – Sunday July 27 10:00 a.m.


“Hainault Forest Family Ride”

Easygoing – Sunday 27 July – Start Time 10:00 a.m. – 3 miles

Start from Car park on Lambourne Road, opposite Chigwell Row infant school Hainault Forest IG7 6EZ

Come and join us on this fantastic ride around the great Hainault Forest.  This 3 mile completely traffic free ride is perfect for families and newbies to cycling who want to enjoy being on the bike away from any traffic.  With plenty to see in the forest this is the perfect Sunday ride!


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Future Rides

July Sun 27 10am Hainault Forest Family Ride – Easy-going
August Sun 3 2pm Roding Valley Off-Road Tour – Steady
August Sun 10 10am Goodmayes Tour of the Duck Ponds – Steady
August Sun 24 2pm Fairlop Waters Family Ride – Easy-going


Skyride Local – Chadwell Heath and Dagenham Heathway – Sunday July 20th 10:00 a.m.


“Chadwell Heath and Dagenham Heathway”

Steady – Sunday 20 July – Start Time 02:00 p.m.

Start from Chadwell Heath station car park, Station Road RM6 4BU

This route is ideal for people looking to take their cycling a bit further. Setting out from Chadwell Heath station, we’ll head through Valence to Valence Park. There’ll be time for a drink and some snacks before heading on taking in some lovely views of Goomayes Park. Do join us for a great ride which will boost your confidence on quiet roads which takes in plenty of urban interest

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Future Rides

July Sun 20 2pm Chadwell Heath and Dagenham Heathway – Steady
August Sun 3 10am Barking Park Figure of 8 – Easygoing


Sun 24


Tour of the Parks – Steady

Skyride Local – “Dagenhams Green Spaces” – Starts from Central Park -Sunday 6 July 10:00

Lets Ride


“Dagenham’s Green Spaces”

Easygoing – Sunday 6 July – Start Time 10:00 a.m.

Start from The Pavilion, Central Park RM10 7EJ

Join us for an easygoing route that starts from Central Park Pavilion. Riding on park paths we’ll ride around the park before stopping for a breather and then continuing. This is a circular, well-surfaced route and ideal for families or anyone who wants to boost their confidence on a bike

Our Easygoing rides are great for building confidence for all abilities and ages along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes.

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Hornchurch Cycling Club – a new up and coming club, why not give them a try

Hornchurch Cycling Club was started in April of this year by three local cyclists – Dave Raven, Paul Newton and Spencer Littlechild.
The website provides information about the founders and why they started the club. Which is pretty much for the love of cycling.
The club is opening to everyone of all standards. They have a beginners loop on wednesday night where they meet at the rear of Mcdonalds in Hornchurch and at weekends they meet at 730am.
The club has grown very quickly, has two local sponsors and are affiliated to the british cycling association.
They are very proud of what they have achieved so far. They have 26 members at the moment and at least 10 more thinking of joining. They take part in many sportives and are currently raising money for several charities.
But please fee free to check the website out as this provides a lot of information.
The club website address is

POSITIVE PARENTS CYCLING FOR ALL BIKE HIRE SCHEME @ Thames Chase Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Upminster

The Positive Parents Cycling For All scheme has a full range of adapted bikes
including tandems, tricycles, wheelchair platform as well as standard bikes
enabling those with disabilities and their family to cycle together whatever the
level of ability.

Thames Chase has several cycling and walking trails available as well as a
cafe and children’s play area.

Weekends, School & Public Holidays
April – October
10:30 – 4pm (last hire 3-3:30)
£3.00 per bike for 30 minutes
£5.00 for 1 hour.
No need to book!

Positive Parents
Tel: 01708 524627/ 07858 406 933

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