A day off gave me the chance to take a trip to North London and pick up a little something for the Raleigh 20 (of which more news soon - as soon as the weather improves for photos!). She came into her own at Moorgate station where I was told 'no bikes on the train!'. 'Do you carry folding bikes?' I asked rather smugly....to which I knew the answer was yes!
On the way back I got off the train at Essex Road and picked up the Regent's Canal for a pleasant few miles back to the Isle of Dogs, then the Thames path down to Island Gardens and under the river at the Greenwich foot tunnel. The tunnel is due to be closed soon for refurbishment (although Greenwich Cyclists have lobbied hard and successfully for this to be restricted to night-time closures) and for the lifts to be replaced. Apparently the Raleigh 20 will also be allowed on the DLR during this time - hurrah for folding bikes! Even if it doesn't really fold much and is a bloody nuisance and much more difficult to move around once folded!
Part of the canal along by Victoria Park is currently closed and drained for refurbishment works until the end of March. Looks quite forlorn!
However the detour in Hackney took me along some interesting back streets with crumbling buildings giving a flavour of its past.
No doubt soon to be replaced by this kind of thing....
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