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Martin submitted the winning design for London’s first dedicated cycle route in 1977.

Now, 44 years on, he has worked up a network of recreational rides around the capital. During development the working title was the C25, in reference to the orbital motorway, and still in use in this blog library.

But the C25 is no more: Cycle Orbital is the new title – less auto-centric and more accurate. It will be given launch publicity when lockdown conditions are eased and the rail system is freely available. In the meantime, the website is fully operational; please visit it by clicking the logo.

The network comprises 12 Arcs, 12 Spokes, and 12 Spin-offs. That’s 800 miles of off-road and quiet cycling through varied landscapes – often beautiful, always interesting.

Please enjoy this blog library from the archive of photos taken on reconnoitre, laid out chronologically below. There is a series of lockdown posts within the capital from 2021, before ‘CyOrb’ rides were resumed later that year.

Contact Martin for further information.
Cycle Orbital’s website has been built by Anthony Cartmell at Fonant.

Two CyOrb late entrants #2: a new improved Spin-off 11

Checking out Cycle Orbital in ‘longshot’, with all 750+ miles of it standing out so well now against Ordnance Survey Light, a longstanding niggle was all the more clear: there is a long gap between Spin-off 10 and 11, and I knew there was fine Chiltern countryside there, especially around Ashridge Estate (arrowed). Furthermore, the existing Spin-off 11 (ringed) is a stubby 4 miles of admittedly good cycleway – but Continue reading

Lockdown 2: spins to Richmond, Barnet and Stratford

Cycle Orbital has its own site, so this is now an occasional blog. This autumnal Lockdown 2 is my first in London, and I’ve had to devise some 20-30 milers from the front door here in Camden’s Primrose Hill. So far I’ve chased the best of the falling leaves in three satisfying runs that conform to CO standards pretty well: as off-road, traffic-lite and rural-green (well, russet-gold) as possible: Continue reading

Beyond Spinoff 9: Didcot – Maidenhead via Henley

This was a ride concocted from the need to deliver items to near Didcot power station, and to explore a ride back via Wallingford and Henley to the end of Spinoff 9 at Crazies Hill. I was also enticed out by a bright frosty day with a brisk westerly to blow me home. Having taken the 9.20 Paddington train I was ready to set off back by 10.30, but it started badly; Continue reading