If you are lucky enough to live in the East of London there is a wonderful short ride that follows Regents Canal for a bit and branches off to the River Lea which you can then follow up towards The Tottenham Marshes and beyond if you’re feeling energetic.
It’s makes for a beautiful ride and the river often has loads of colourful house boats moored along the banks. In the summer swans and ducks float lazily down the river as you wind your way up past Hackney Marsh and Springfield Park.
I’ve taken to stopping at the Markfield Recreation Ground where there’s a great little coffee shop called Pistachios in the Park. Its a good place to stop and relax with a large cappuccino and a toasted sandwich before heading back.
Go there it’s well worth the ride.