Finding the source of the River Peck - Canada Water feeder ride

Meet on Sat 28th Sep at 9am at Deal Porter Square, next to Canada Water Library, opposite Canada Water Station, SE16 7AR

You may well be asking - why go all the way to Greenwich to do what is essentially a "Southwark" ride. Some of us are asking the same question about the EU!

The answer, my friend, is bike politics. Elections are not "elephant traps", but rather are an opportunity for us to choose who should be in charge of us. And it is only those who have a mandate to organise rides who can expect people to turn up to them.

So, on this occasion, we will be joining this ride (based on ).

In Roman times, Southwark's claim to fame was that it was the largest of a set of gravel islands which lay to the south of a very wide River Thames. London Bridge was built to provide access to this island, whose eastern seaboard was defined by Earl's Sluice. Earls' Sluice enters the Thames at Deptford Wharf and, prior to the 13th century, when the Effra was diverted to run west from Kennington to join the Thames at Vauxhall, it was fed from the River Effra.

After meeting at Cutty Sark Gardens at 9.30am, by the entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, SE10 9HT, we will cycle westwards along the Thames Path to find Earl's Sluice, which lies on the Deptford/Rotherhithe border. There is an historic bridge parapet and sewer outlet there now. Earl's Sluice is one of London's lost rivers now, but we will be seeking out the pipe where Earl's Sluice emerges from underground to cross a railway line. The River Peck, from which Peckham gets its name, is a tributary of Earl's Sluice. We will follow the path of this river up to Peckham Rye Park, where parts of the river emerge from underground culverts and form a stream which runs through the park. We will then seek out the source of the River Peck, which lies under the roots of the One Tree at One Tree Hill.

On our return journey, we will stop at the 9.7 mile point for a refreshment break at the Blackbird Bakery. We then cycle back along Quietway 1 to Cutty Sark Gardens, where the ride finishes.

This 13 mile ride has 520 feet of climbs. The steep climb up One Tree Hill will require walking up stairs with your bike. This hill can be by-passed.

eBikes are welcome.

Children are welcome when accompanied by a responsible riding adult.

All participants are expected to bring:
• A bike in good working order with tyres pumped to the correct pressure.
• A cycle helmet
• Carry at least a spare inner tube, pump and tyre levers.
• A cycle lock for the refreshment stop on the other ride.
• Dress for the weather on the day.
• A drink.
• Lights if there is any chance of poor visibility.

Ride Leader Contact: Yves – 07305 938171

Send a join request to the East End Cycling Club to keep up to date on our other rides. Ride pics are posted on the Facebook page.

We have a feeder ride starting from Stratford at 8.30am and later returning to Stratford. Please also join that ride if you are coming to this ride from that direction.

We also have a feeder ride led by Nigel Bee (tel 07415 315 690, email ), starting from Canada Water at 9.00am and later returning to Central London. Please join this ride if you happen to be a "Southwark" cyclist.