Big Ben to The Tower of London

 

Big Ben to The Tower of London

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A 4 mile cycle route which takes you along a route along the River Thames and past some of the most famous historic places in the world. The route is flat and mainly along the river side path with plenty of places to stop for refreshments along the way. You can hire a cycle all over London from the London Council/Barclays cycle hire scheme for a minimal charge or from various places around London.

Ben is probably one of the most iconic London landmarks and the name actually refers to the nickname of the clock face and was completed in 1859.

Starting from Big Ben cycle along bridge Street which takes you across Westminster Bridge and over to the other side of The River Thames. When you reach the other side of the bridge you can either go down the steps on the left which takes you to the river side or you can follow the road round to the left and then bear left again along one of the side roads which takes you the few yards to the river bank. Either way you arrive on the river side path which then takes you past The London Eye (the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe) as you cycle east along the river side with the river on your left hand side as you cycle along
As you cycle along the river side you pass The Royal Festival Hall and The National Theatre and after about three quarters of a mile from The London Eye you reach the Millennium Bridge and if you look across the river you will see the dome of St Paul’s rising in the London sky line.

Continue past The Millennium Bridge (nicknamed ‘the wobbly bridge’) and past The Globe Theatre which is a reconstruction of Shakespear’s original theatre which stood on a site just 250 yards away.

After 300 yards the river path takes you slightly away from the river side (only a few yards). At the end of the river side path, by the railway bridge turn left along Clink Street then left along Cathedral Street and left along Montague Close (all these turnings are after just 50 yards or so after each other. You are basically following the path of the river on your left).

Continue to cycle along Montague Close for about 100 yards and just as you pass under London Bridge turn left down the side road past Evans Cycles and the road brings you back on to the river side path where you bear right along the river side. An interesting fact is that a bridge has existed at or near the present site over the period from the Roman occupation of the area, nearly 2,000 years ago.

Cycle along the river side path and you pass HMS Belfast a museum ship and then you come to Tower Bridge in front of you. You then make you way up to Tower Bridge and cross over the river. The route we took was to bear right as you approach Tower Bridge through Potters Fields Park away from the river side and cycle along the path to the end of the path where you turn left on to Tooley Street and then left again along Tower Bridge Road which takes you across Tower Bridge.

On the other side of the river you come to The Tower of London. The end of your cycle ride. The Tower of London is an historic castle and was built towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison since at least 1100, although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence.

 

 

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