Short and scenic cycle rides – Lee Valley Artway

Next in our hand-picked cycling route series is the gorgeous, leafy Lee Valley Artway in North East London.

People cycling

Set within the beautiful 10,000 acre River Lea Country Park, this 5 mile car-free route has lots of striking sculptures scattered throughout the ride for you to spot.

The Artway is perfect for a day trip – hire a bike, relax on the River Lea or take a picnic and sit and soak up the stunning surroundings of the Glade.

The Glade
The Glade

There’s plenty for kids to do – there’s play sculptures like the Giant Chair to climb, lots of space to run around and explore, and there’s even a giant xylophone to try out!

Giant Chair
The Giant Chair, ready to climb!

Can you spot some of these art works on the route?

Find out more about The Artway.

Route map


About Lee Valley Park

Lee Valley has gone through an incredible transformation over the past 50 years. In the 60’s it was a collection of scrap yards and industrial sites that has since been redeveloped into a vast, beautiful open space dotted with woods, wild flowers and lakes.

Find out more about Lee Valley Park.

Some of the lovely wild flowers and wildlife!

Best bits



If you’re coming by train, you can start the ride from Cheshunt or Waltham Cross station. National Rail’s planner lets you know where you can take your bike on the train.

There are bikes for adults and children available to hire from £6 at Lee Valley Canoe Cycle. The ride is flat and accessible to all, and has plenty of signposts and maps along the way.

The River Lea

More cycling routes

If you’d like to try out some more rides, Sustrans have a map of car-free routes and some excellent traffic free family rides.

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