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London Thames bike crossings

Bridges, ferries, tunnels: all 34 ways you can ride or push your bike across the tidal Thames, from Teddington through central London to Tilbury

Here's a list of all 34-ish bicycle crossings of the River Thames – bridges, tunnels, ferries, cable cars – downriver from Teddington, including the Emirates Air Line cable car which opened in June 2012.

Each one links to a more detailed blog entry from www.realcycling.co.uk giving you an idea what it's like to do with your bike.

A trip covering them all is best done over two leisurely days of about 20 miles (four hours' easy cycling) each, breaking it somewhere in central London. The rules are simple: cross where you can, and stick as close to the river as you can till the next crossing.

Most of the route is traffic-free, it's all flat, it's a fabulous mix of rural, suburban and cityscape scenery, and there is absolutely no shortage of cafes and pubs. And what wind there is should be behind you.

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00 Teddington Lock Bridge ***
Charming pair of car-free bike traverses just above the tidal limit   more...

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01 Ham Ferry ***
Tiny on-demand foot-and-bike boat between Marble Hill Park and Ham House   more...

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02 Richmond Bridge **
Oldest crossing of tidal Thames: handsome Grade I structure from 1777   more...

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03 Twickenham Bridge *
Fast, humdrum main-road bridge from the 1930s   more...

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04 Richmond Lock Footbridge ***
Ornate and impressive late-Victorian ironmongery - shame about the steps!  more...

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05 Kew Bridge *
Grand but rather average big-arched road bridge  more...

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06 Chiswick Bridge *
Disconcertingly similar experience to Kew, but without the Gardens   more...

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07 Barnes Railway Bridge **
Cyclable railside footpath from the station in sight of Holst's house  more...

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08 Hammersmith Bridge ***
Bazalgette's distinctive pea-green late-Victorian suspension bridge  more...

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09 Putney Bridge **
Historic churches at both ends of this wide road crossing  more...

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10 Fulham Railway Bridge *
Barnes-like railside footpath (no cycling though) with steps-only access  more...

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11 Wandsworth Bridge *
Mundane road bridge with strange space-age sculpture at one end  more...

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12 Battersea Bridge **
Another decorated, lamp-posted Bazalgette ironwork special  more...

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13 Albert Bridge ***
Festive pier-like metalwork confection and spindly Victorian showpiece  more...

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14 Chelsea Bridge **
Art-decoish suspension thing next to Battersea Power Station  more...

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15 Vauxhall Bridge ***
Into central London and a boring bridge with some interesting hidden surprises  more...

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16 Lambeth Bridge ***
Super Houses of Parliament views on sturdy Yorkshire handiwork  more...

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17 Westminster Bridge ***
Postcardland: the Eye, Big Ben's clock tower, and lots of snap-happy tourists  more...

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18 , 19 Jubilee Bridges ***
Lacy, gracy pair of 21st-century nails-and-string suspension footbridges (with lifts!)  more...

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20 Waterloo Bridge ***
Dull grey thing, but the finest cityscape bridge panorama in London - maybe the world?  more...

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21 Blackfriars Bridge **
Practical, fast road crossing next to arbour of abandoned pillars  more...

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22 Millennium Bridge ***
No longer wobbly, but still glorious high-tech walk from Tate Modern to St Paul's  more...

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23 Southwark Bridge **
Obscure and relatively underused, but us bikes get the best of it  more...

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24 London Bridge *
Fast, dull, wide road bridge unlikely to inspire nursery rhymes, but good view of Tower Bridge   more...

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25 Tower Bridge ***
Celebrated lifting bridge, tourist draw, icon of the Empire, and crossing curiosity  more...

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26 Rotherhithe Tunnel **
Fast, narrow, noisy road tunnel: stick to the footpath. A once-only frisson!  more...

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27 Hilton Docklands Ferry **
Commuter ferry from a posh hotel to Canary Wharf's money district  more...

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28 Greenwich Foot Tunnel ***
Long push through a tiled drainpipe with quirky parlour-like lifts  more...

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28a Emirates Air Line***
Cable car with sweeping views that brings a bit of the alps into Greenwich   more...

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29 Woolwich Ferry ***
Gritty and characterful free car-ferry link of the North and South Circular  more...

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30 Woolwich Foot Tunnel ***
Greenwich deja-vu, another subaquatic bike walk-through  more...

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31, 32 Dartford Crossing ***
Free taxi service for bikes through a tunnel and over a slender but mighty bridge  more...

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33 Tilbury-Gravesend Ferry **
Last chance to cross the estuary: from here it's sea  more...

 

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