Cycle ride follows Queen Eleanor crosses route


Ever wondered why Charing Cross is called Charing Cross and what Dunstable has in common with Lincoln, Stamford and Northampton?

If so, and you can ride a bike, join the Queen Eleanor Charity Cycle Ride and raise money for a London homeless person’s charity.

Cyclists are invited to take part in this year’s 200-mile Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride from Friday, August 22 to Sunday, August 25.

It’s not a race but a fun sociable ride following the route of the 12 Queen Eleanor crosses erected by King Edward I to commemorate his Queen. Riders will visit Lincoln Cathedral, Grantham, Stamford, Fotheringhay, Geddington, Northampton, Stony Stratford, Woburn, Dunstable, St Albans, Waltham Abbey, Cheapside and Charing Cross, with a final visit to Queen Eleanor’s tomb in Westminster Abbey.

When Queen Eleanor died in Harby near Lincoln in 1290, the King ordered that a cross be created at every overnight stop during the procession bringing her body back to London.

Money is raised through sponsorship, with funds supporting the work of The Connection at St Martin’s in Trafalgar Square.

To take part register by visiting; visit!/QueenEleanorCycleRide; or email