Northern line cycle routes

With the Northern line closed between Kennington and Moorgate until mid-May 2022, cycling is the perfect alternative for getting into the city. We’ve rounded up some alternative routes for those affected by the closure 👇

Cycle superhighway 7 (CS7)

📍 Colliers Wood to Cannon Street

CS7 starts directly outside Colliers Wood station. If you’re in need of a meeting point, Merton Abbey Mills is located along the Wandle river. Once a textile factory, it now houses craft stores and coffee shops. ☕️

From Colliers Wood, the route follows the A42 from Merton High Street to Tooting Broadway station and on to Tooting High Street. Here you’ll pass the popular cycle café, Pedal Back. 🚴 You’ll then head through Balham and the whole length of Clapham Common. 🍃

Head on to Clapham High Street and follow this along past Stockwell station, and then Oval station. At Oval, carry on straight past Oval Cricket Ground 🏏 all the way to Elephant and Castle. Luckily, this route lets you avoid the busy Elephant and Castle roundabout, as it takes you left through St Mary’s Churchyard.

Follow the CS7 signs through the quieter roads, which will then lead you to Southwark bridge. A view of the Globe Theatre can be seen to the left as you cross the bridge 🎭, and on the other side you’ll reach Cannon Street station and the end of CS7! 🚇

Couple using Santander cycles on cycleway

Cycleway 5 (C5)

📍Vauxhall to Southwark

Start your route outside Oval cricket ground and cycle towards Vauxhall station, a perfect meeting place if you’re cycling with a buddy. When you reach Vauxhall station, turn right and continue straight up to Lambeth North station. 🚇

Continue cycling up to Southwark station, where you’ll be able to join Cycleway 6 and cycle across Blackfriars bridge. Once you’re across the bridge, you’ll be able to spot Hoops and Grapes, which is famous for being a timber framed survivor of the Great Fire of London! 😲

Follow the Cycleway 6 route into the city! 🏙

Cycleway 6 (C6)

📍 Elephant & Castle to Farringdon

C6 starts at Elephant & Castle roundabout, head down St George’s Road before turning right onto Blackfriars road. 🛣 The route then stays straight all the way up to and over Blackfriars bridge. As you cross the bridge, you’ll be able to spot some of the Southbank Mosaics which are located throughout this area! 👩‍🎨

Crossing over to the north side of the bridge, the route continues straight following Farringdon Street.

The route takes you straight past Farringdon station before heading West towards Russel Square station. 🚇

Person using cycleway

Our top tips for new cyclists 👇

  • Don’t want to go it alone? Cycle buddies can match you with a trained volunteer who knows your local area well! They’ll meet you in your neighbourhood, accompany you on gentle bike rides and provide support in a relaxed setting, perfect for those who are new to cycling. 🚲
  • If you need to brush up on your cycle skills, our online course is available for all abilities. So whether you’re a new or regular cyclist, you can improve your skills. 👩‍💻

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