Winding Lanes of Hertfordshire
Difficulty: pleasant but with short, punchy hills
Time: 3–5.5 hours
There’s no pretty way out of the city from north London, but this route starting in Tottenham Hale is the quickest, so you can at least make a swift escape into the hills of Hertfordshire. There are a number of short, sharp climbs that will test your stamina, but the hedgerow-lined lanes are idyllic, so take your time. Stop off in the pretty market town of Hertford, where you can order an enlivening espresso at the excellent Hertford Coffee Lab. From there, make your way to Muswell Hill where plenty of pubs await thirsty cyclists.
How to follow the route
We recommend a free app called BikeGPX (no login required).
Once installed, follow the link below to access the route.
Alternatively you can download the gpx file and use it in a cycling app.
Ride with GPS and Strava are great but you will need a subscription.
You can also view the route on Google Maps (but this option cannot be used for point-to-point navigation).
Please cycle responsibly: always wear a helmet and remember to account for the distance of the journey. It’s also good to have the map downloaded, in case you lose signal while on the road.
Make sure you can safely attach your phone to your bike – you can find holders online here - and remember to focus on your surroundings as well as the screen.