The Community Forest encourages cycling throughout its many sites.  This includes cycle hire at the Forest Centre, Mountain Biking at Ingrebourne Hill, and Thordon Country Park.

The primary use for Thames chase is for safe riding for all the family or as a stopping place for refreshments.

Cycle Hire at Thames Chase

Throughout the summer (from April to September), cycle hire is available at the Forest Centre

The cycle hire takes place on weekends during term time, and all week during school holidays.

The Forest Centre cycle hire, run in partnership with TrailNet, provides bikes for people of all abilities and ranges in size for those suitable for young children through to more experienced adults.

Baby seats/carriers and stabilisers are not currently available, but parents are able to use ride-on child trailers. 

Cycling across the Community Forest and beyond

Cycling Clubs usually become affiliated members or full members of one or two organisations:

& British Cycling


Cycle clubs sit in roughly 3 categories:

1. 'Road' / Racing clubs - mostly stick to the road. interested mostly in performance and speed and increasing their performance (on the road).

2. Mountain biking - off roading

3. Touring clubs - most CTC clubs are touring clubs. More interested in sociable side of cycling, often take in sections of light off road such as Thames Chase type paths or bridleways.


CTC Clubs 

There is lots of information and campaigns/advises on many aspects of cycling on their website.

Including a list of all the cycle maps and locations with an excellent document for each area.

Why not join our Facebook group?:

Forty Plus CC is a friendly cycling club for people aged from 18 to 80+ with groups all around Essex and the South East. They have several members in the Upminster area and their rides reach all parts of Essex and beyond.


 LCC - London Cycling Campaign

They focus on improving conditions for cycling, infrastructure, and they also organise short easy rides to promote cycling


Havering Cyclists:


Gateway Cycling

A local cycling club for all abilities, with regular club rides and events!


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