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Spokes is the local cycle group 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.

Our three month programme of rides is published in the Spokes quarterly newsletter, on Let’s Ride and on Facebook (one week ahead) and is available on Rides and Events.

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.



Cycling UK relaunches Fill that hole

Potholes are more than a nuisance, they can be a serious danger to cyclists and Read more

Watford Council and the Green Ring

SPOKES have been promoting the Green Ring for several years with the aim of providing Read more

Watford Green Ring leaflet

SPOKES have produced a double-sided A5 leaflet describing the 7-mile walking and cycling route around Read more

Water Lane in Watford Observer

SPOKES campaign for improving the safety at the Water Lane/Lower High Street junction in Watford Read more

More Campaigning issues…

Rides and Events


Cycling Trip to Bath

4 day cycling holiday in Bath

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Lanes & Tracks to Colney Heath

Ride leader: Roger

28 miles

Medium pace

Meet at Watford Town Hall, Hempstead Road, Watford

Find out more...


Slow Ride to Shenley Park

Ride leader: Graham

12 miles

Slow pace

Meet at Watford Rugby Club, Radlett Road

Find out more...

Rides get added to our programme at any time so check this page regularly

On rare occasions an event has to be cancelled. If you plan to attend an event, please check on this web site immediately before the event that there have been no changes to the arrangements

More rides…

Self-Guided Rides

Spokes has over 100 self-guided rides you can chose from.  These offer over 2,500 miles of cycling, mainly in the Chilterns and South West Herts.  They range from 7 miles to over 50 miles and include routes suitable for families, inexperienced riders who want to build their confidence and experienced cyclists looking for new areas to explore.  You can select the area you want to ride in.

Routes For All self-guided rides provide both GPX files and narrative turn-by-turn instructions you can downloaded for your navigation.  They also come with information about the route such as points of interest and refreshment stops.

Member’s Routes have been submitted by members of Spokes.   GPX files can be downloaded.  Included are routes from both in and outside of the local Spokes area and touring routes.

Click on the self-guided ride option you want to search.

If you’re looking for ideas for rides check out our Members’ experiences and recommendations in Members’ Rides.




Read the latest newsletters online.

Issue 120: Summer 2024

Issue 119: Spring 2024

Issue 118: Winter 2023

Issue 117: Autumn 2023

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