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.  Currently rides are limited to a maximum of 6 riders, including the Ride Leader, and are socially distanced.  Face covering is optional.  Rides are restricted to SPOKES Members but occasionally opened to all a few days before the ride, if it is not full.  Refreshment stops vary, there may be no stop or a socially distanced picnic with own food or “take away” if available.  In some cases, there will be a café for those who want it, with a picnic option nearby.

Please follow Covid 19 government guidance on SPOKES Rides and if you have Covid 19 symptoms do not join the ride.  Aim to be self-sufficient on the ride, carrying all that you need for puncture and bike repair, first aid and refreshment.  


St Albans

Roads and Cycle Ways. Good surface.

Meet at Watford Rugby Club Radlett Road (free public car park nearby)

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Thursday Short Ride

A leisurely local ride.

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

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Flaunden and Bovingdon

Meet at  The Cafe in The Park (outside), The Aquadrome, Frogmoor Lane, Rickmansworth

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Rhubarb Rhubarb

A fairly easy loop to Aldenham Country Park

Meet at Front of Watford Junction Station, Station Road, Watford

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Chiltern Ride

Explore Chilterns lanes and villages

Meet at Watford Cycle Hub, Chaffinch Lane

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More rides…


Read the latest newsletters online.

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Issue 107: Spring 2021

25th Anniversary Edition!

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Issue 106: Winter 2020

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

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Issue 105: Autumn 2020

Peter Gibbs leading his first SPOKES ride

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Issue 104: Spring 2020

Where can you go with SPOKES?

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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

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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.