Come on get on your bike and join us!

SPOKES is the local cycle club for South West Hertfordshire, formed to encourage cycling by organizing rides and campaigning for better and safer cycling routes.

SPOKES campaigns both to get better conditions for cycling in South West Hertfordshire and to encourage more people to enjoy cycling. You are welcome to join our rides or help us out with campaigning.

If you are a SPOKES Member and want to join us on a ride then just turn up at the stated start point. Our three month programme of rides is published on this website, in the SPOKES quarterly newsletter, on Let’s Ride and on Facebook (one week ahead).

Non-Members are welcome to join our rides but please book on Let’s Ride and, after 2 or 3 rides with us, we would encourage you to join SPOKES. We have weekday and weekend rides starting from various South West Hertfordshire locations.

Joining the SPOKES Facebook Group enables you to see updates on rides, reviews of our rides and contribute to the SPOKES cycling discussion but it does not make you a Member of SPOKES.  If you wish to join SPOKES, we would love to have you – it is only £12 a year and benefits include a newsletter four times a year and discounts at local cycle shops.


Rides and Events

Do keep checking this site as new rides do get added.

Ride Speed Guide

Slow: Gentle pace up to 8 mph
Medium: Average pace of 9 to 11 mph
Fast: Faster than 11 mph

COVID 19 and SPOKES Rides

Our rides are planned taking account of government and British Cycling Guidance. We are monitoring the guidance and adapting to changes. Current arrangements below valid up to 17 May.

  • Rider numbers on each ride are limited, up to a maximum of 15.
  • Track and Trace Information Needs: Riders must be pre-booked on Let’s Ride and include a contact phone number in their Let’s Ride Profile. Ideally ensure the NHS Track and Trace App is on your phone. Riders must take a note of the Ride Leader’s phone number.
  • Socially distance during the ride (1 metre riding, 2 metres off bikes).
  • Refreshment breaks outdoor, socially distanced and subject to the rule of 6.
  • Government COVID guidance and rules must be followed at all times.
  • Please carry sanitiser for your hands.
  • Carry all you need to repair your bike if needed. Do not share equipment, etc. with other riders.
  • We all have a duty to protect each other and members of the public, take particular care when riding, be aware of your surroundings, particularly pedestrians. Take care on shared walking/cycling paths.


Stockwood Park

Converted railway Cycle Ways

Meet at Dacorum Cycle Hub, Grovehill/Woodhall Farm Adventure Playground, Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead,

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Thursday Short Ride

A leisurely sociable saunter

Meet at The Harvester (outside), Baldwins Lane, Croxley

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The scenic Chilterns

Meet at The Harvester Baldwins Lane Croxley Green

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Destination Lazy Llama

A gentle sociable Ride

Meet at Watford Rugby Club, Radlett Rd, Watford, Watford (Timberlake Car park nearby),

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Wendover Ride

If you go down to the woods today You're sure of a big surprise.

Meet at The Harvester (outside), Baldwins Lane, Croxley

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More rides…


Read the latest newsletters online.

Issue 107: Spring 2021

25th Anniversary Edition!

Issue 106: Winter 2020

Back in August, riders on the “Two Green Rings Ride” had to cycle around two Read more

Issue 105: Autumn 2020

Peter Gibbs leading his first SPOKES ride

Issue 104: Spring 2020

Where can you go with SPOKES?

Issue 101: Summer 2019

Is this the real life or is this just fantasy?

Issue 100: Spring 2019

Are you ready for spring?

Issue 99: Winter 2018

Are you ready for winter?

More newsletters…



SPOKES campaigns both to get better conditions for cycling in South West Hertfordshire and to encourage more people to enjoy cycling.

The Ebury Way

After recent changes to the Rickmansworth end of the Ebury Way, SPOKES Chairman Roger Bangs Read more

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans

On October the 6th, 2020, Watford Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council and Hertfordshire County Council Read more

Watford Cycle Tour – Proposed Watford Green Ring

After the previously mentioned Watford Cycle Tour, the campaigning team produced a short presentation showing Read more

A short cycle tour around central Watford

Locations of special interest for cyclists.

Recent changes to the Lower High Street, Watford

To Ralph Sangster, Cabinet member for Highways, Hertfordshire County Council.

The proposal for the Reach Free School

Comments on access and transport for the Reach Free School.