Mini-Holland (Go Cycle) – April 2018 update

Since our last update in February, work has continued on four different Mini-Holland (Go Cycle) schemes in Kingston and Surbiton:

Wheatfield Way – following works on the pavements (moving streetlights away from the kerb), the central reservation is now starting to be dug up ready for further changes to the road. When finished, there should be a 3m wide two-way cycle track alongside the majority of Wheatfield Way from College Roundabout to the Rotunda. This should eventually link through to Surbiton and Tolworth.

Kingston Station – work on the paving outside the station continues but at a slower pace now work has finished in the carriageway. However, the main activity to be visible in April will be the removal of the shared pedestrian/cycle bridge over the one-way system at the junction of Wood Street and Kingsgate Road. This bridge was due to close today (3 April) and will be removed during the weekend of 14/15 April. Work will then be undertaken on the surrounding area, ready for a much wider bridge to be installed and opened. We understand that the new bridge will take at least six months to be ready so cyclists will be diverted to use Wood Street; Dolphin Street and Fife Road during this time (see this map for further details).

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Narrow shared bridge to be replaced

Kingston Vale ‘quietway’ – work on amending the modal filters (preventing motor traffic from going in both directions but allowing cyclists through) has continued. We await construction on the main Kingston Vale route which will hopefully follow later this year.

Surbiton links  – work on these is almost complete. This includes the segregated path on St Marks Hill (heading up the hill); the segregated two-way path on Claremont Road (from Maple Road to The Crescent) and minor works on Avenue Elmers and The Crescent. One of the final major works was the Maple Road/Claremont Road/Surbiton Crescent junction. The new traffic signals are now switched on at this junction allowing cyclists to use each of the crossings on all arms of the junction. Shared space surrounds each corner of the junction allowing cyclists to access the other Surbiton ‘links’ (Avenue Elmers; Surbiton Crescent; and Claremont Road track). Resurfacing of the junction and adding line markings and signage should be completed during April.

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Upgraded Maple Road/Claremont Road/Surbiton Crescent junction

Finally, more and more cycle specific signage is being installed as route sections are completed. To ensure the routes will be identifiable; clearly marked; and easily understood, the Council have worked with Transport for London (TfL) to apply the ‘Quietway’ signage to the routes so far. Quietway 19 is being used for Portsmouth Road and Quietway 20 has been used so far for the Surbiton ‘links’. We expect that, when everything is finished, Quietway 20 will extend from Kingston all the way to Tolworth. We hope TfL will be adding these to their Quietways pages soon to help cyclists find these routes.

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Quietway signage

We continue to work with Kingston Council to identify any issues with proposed designs as well as to feedback back any comments on routes constructed. If you have any comments that you would like to share with us, then please add them at the bottom of this page or contact us directly.

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‘2 part’ Bread Pudding ride to Long Ditton

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Littleworth Common/ Claygate

Sunday 18th March. Part 1, with 3 Cyclist’s having missed the information that part 1 had been cancelled, due to the freezing temperature, thanks to Derek for leading an impromptu ride around a somewhat Muddy Bushy Park, then Surbiton for lunch at ‘Wags & Tails’, then back to Kingston.

Part 2, farewell to 1 & welcoming 4 fresh, brave faces, with the Temperature just above 0deg C, so 6 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Thames Towpath to Hampton Court, East Molesey, Esher, a ‘slippery’ Littleworth Common, Claygate, to Long Ditton for Tea & BP at Squires Garden centre, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, thanks to John E for Back marking, thanks to a ‘Peddestrian’ John D for the Bread pudding.

Helpful hint: Anyone who suffers with Cold Toes or feet, try wrapping them in Tin foil, thanks to Ken for that.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/578101

Part 1 ride cancelled

Sunday 18th March. After much deliberation, due to the return of Winter & predicted temperatures at 1 or 2 deg C, likely to mean Ice or Black Ice,  we have decided to cancel the Morning ride tomorrow, I will have a look at the Forecast first thing tomorrow, so there is still the possibility of an Afternoon ride.

 

Bread Pudding ride to Northolt

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Pitshanger Park

Sunday 4th March. A mostly cloudy day saw 16 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge,- with the tail end becoming briefly detached-, Bushy Park, Hampton, Fulwell, Crane River path, Whitton, Hounslow, Osterley, Osterley Park,- with a still largely Frozen Lake-, Norwood Green, Southall, Greenford, to Northolt for lunch at the Crown, (Sizzling Pubs), then Grand Union Canal Towpath, Horsenden Lane, Perivale, Pitshanger Park, Brentham, Hanger Hill, West Acton, Acton Park for Tea & BP, South Acton, Chiswick Park, Chiswick Green, Grove park, Chiswick Bridge, Mortlake, East Sheen, Sheen gate Richmond Park, Kingston gate to Kingston. Total 31 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to John D for the Bread Pudding, thanks to John E for Back marking, & many others for marking corners.

Map:- www.bikemap.net/en/route/3896491

Mini-Holland (Go Cycle) – how’s it going?

If you have been travelling around the borough recently, particularly around Kingston town centre, it will have been difficult for you to miss some of the recent progress on the mini-Holland (Go Cycle) schemes. We are pleased to see that 4 different schemes are currently in construction which means Kingston is catching up on some of the backlog of schemes that have been approved by the Council.

2017: a recap – what mini-Holland progress was made?

  • The new segregated cycle track heading up St Marks Hill in Surbiton opened.
  • A number of Mini-Holland schemes were approved by Kingston Council’s Resident’s Committee (including Kingston Vale; Penrhyn Road; New Malden to Raynes Park; and Kingston High Street)
  • Despite the Portsmouth Road scheme not yet fully linking all the way into Kingston town centre, Will Norman (the Mayor of London’s cycling and walking commissioner) recently announced that cycling has already doubled during the week (up 76-104%) and is up 59% on weekdays 7am-7pm.
  • Work commenced around Kingston Station.
  • Wheatfield Way – The first part of this scheme was partially constructed between the Rotunda and Wilko’s. The 2-way cycle path built is 3 metres wide and, although not quite as wide as some of the new Cycle Superhighways in central London, it is the same width as much of the successful Portsmouth Road scheme.

2018: what’s happened so far and what might happen in the rest of 2018?

  • Kingston Station – the construction around the station has been continuing and should be mostly complete by the end of 2018. Work will also hopefully start on the new cycle hub at the station.
  • Wheatfield Way – Work has already started on the rest of the route and we are hopeful this will be complete during 2018 which will finish the link between Kingston Station and College Roundabout. This will be open up a new North-South cycle route through Kingston’s centre with the route fully segregated from the road.

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    New segregated cycle track on Claremont Road, Surbiton

  • Surbiton links – work has been undertaken early this year to finish some of the Surbiton Mini-Holland links including on Claremont Road (see photo) and Surbiton Crescent. There is now work at the junction with Maple Road and Claremont Road to join the links together (including onto Avenue Elmers).
  • New Malden to Raynes Park – this received approval from the Residents Committee in November 2017 so, subject to Transport for London funding, we hope that work will start on this completely new segregated cycle and walking link in 2018. Kingston Cycle Campaign have campaigned strongly for this route – further information about our campaign can be found here: Raynes Park to New Malden petition.
  • Kingston Vale – this route will link the centre of Kingston through to the Robin Hood Junction on the A3, intersecting with some key destinations along the route including a number of shops; Kingston Hospital; Richmond Park and Kingston University’s Kingston Hill campus. This scheme was approved by the Residents Committee in June 2017 and work has started this year on Gordon Road and Canbury Park Road. We hope to see some spades in the ground on the main part of the route later in 2018 (again, this is likely to be subject to TfL funding!).

What will Kingston Cycling Campaign be doing in 2018 for Mini-Holland?

  • We hope to be able to continue to work with the council on the design of schemes to ensure that as many issues as possible are spotted and fixed before construction starts!
  • We will be keeping an eye on the implementation of schemes and make sure that they improve safety for all cyclists and encourage people to get on their bike.
  • We will continue to respond to any further consultations on Mini-Holland and will encourage the Council to push Transport for London to release the necessary money to implement the schemes already approved as soon as possible.

You can find more details about all the schemes from Kingston Council’s website by following the links above or going to: https://www.kingston.gov.uk/go

Bread Pudding ride to Ashtead

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Ashtead Park

Sunday 18th February. A largely bright day saw 24 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd track, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Fairmile, Cobham, Downside, Bookham Common, (including the ‘Isle of Wight Pond’), Fetcham, Leatherhead, to Ashtead for lunch at a very hospitable ‘Woodman’, (Ember Inns), then Ashtead Park, Epsom, ‘the Nescot Path’, East Ewell, Nonsuch Park, Cheam, Worcester Park, to Lower Morden & the ‘Wyevale Garden centre’ for Tea & BP, Motspur Park,- where a broken down ‘Southwestern Railway’ train decided to play a little subterfuge on our leader & 1 other Cyclist, who elected to use the the rickety old Footbridge, only for the train to move off, & the Barriers raised, 😦 -, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 1 new face, thanks again to John E for back marking & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the Bread Pudding.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/312617

Bread Pudding Challenge ride to Petts wood

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Norman Park, Bromley

Sunday 4th February, a cold, overcast, but dry day saw 15 Cyclists remember the early start, from New Malden, via Shannons corner, Cannon Hill, Morden Park, Morden, Ravensbury Park, (& the Wandle Rangers hard at work), Mitcham, Mitcham Common, Pollards hill, Thornton heath, Selhurst, South Norwood Country Park, Elmers end, Cator Park, Beckenham, Plaistow, Bickley, Jubilee Country Park, to Petts wood for lunch at ‘the Sovereign of the Sea’, (Wetherspoons), then Southborough, Norman Park, Hayes, West Wickham, Shirley, Croham, South Croydon, to Waddon for Tea & BP at the Wyevale Garden centre, (and its grade ll listed Diving board !), Bandon hill, Beddington Park, the Wrythe, Benhilton, North Cheam, Joseph Hood memorial Park, Motspur Park to New Malden. Total 41 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Will & John E for sharing Back marking duties, and many others for marking Corners, thanks to John D for the Bread pudding.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/556742

Bread Pudding ride to Harlesden

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the Brave crew at the start, Kingston Market place

Sunday 21st January. A cold, at times Freezing cold wet day, with occasional flurries of Sleet, saw 8 brave Cyclists, with 1 extra just joining the tail, leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham, Ham gate Richmond Park, White lodge, with a pause for a Herd of Stag’s to cross, after being chased by a dog, Roehampton Gate, Barnes, Hammersmith Bridge, Fulham, West & North Kensington, then the Grand union Canal Towpath, to Harlesden for lunch at ‘the Grand Junction arms’, with ‘slightly’ warmer temperature, back on the Towpath, to Park Royal, West Acton, Ealing Common, South Ealing, Brentford to Syon Park for Tea & BP at the Garden Centre, after a belated presentation to the winner of ‘most rides in 2017’, to Jon White, Isleworth, St Margerets, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 29 Miles, thanks to John E (again) for Back marking, thanks to John D for the Bread pudding & Jon W for the Photo’s.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/342703

Bread Pudding ride to Battersea

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near Richmond gate, Richmond Park

Sunday 7th January. A bright but cold day saw 22 Cyclists ready for the first ride of 2018, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur Park, with an altercation between an ‘impatient Van Driver’, and John today’s back marker, causing a delay, with Police also stopping to take details, all back together, Cannons hill, Lower Morden, Merton park, South Wimbledon, Wandle path, Earlsfield, -with a strong Headwind,- Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, to Battersea for lunch at ‘the Asparagus’, (Wetherspoons), then Thames Path, Wandsworth,- with a mass of Motorists enjoying the wait to get into the Refuse dump, – Wandsworth Park, Putney, Barnes Common, Roehampton, Roehampton Gate, Richmond Park,- with a Queue out the door of the Cafe, a strategic decision was made to try Pembroke Lodge, a slightly shorter wait, but still entailing Tea & BP ‘alfresco’, but fantastic, if slightly hazy views over West London, then to Kingston Gate, to return to the Market place. Total 27 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks once again to John E for back marking, & others for corner marking, also thanks to John D, (back from his travels), for the Bread pudding.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/542846

Kingston Cycling rides in 2017

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October Challenge ride

Sunday 10th December. A cold, nay Freezing, wet day, with occasional patches of Slush under Tyre or foot, saw 10 Cyclists brave enough to leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden Manor, Worcester park, West Ewell, Bonesgate path, Chessington, (now ahead of Schedule, after earlier taking a short cut), Claygate, Hinchley Wood to Thames Ditton for a very welcome lunch at ‘the Angel Inn’, (with very heavy snow now falling outside, we were also joined by 10 other Cyclists, who didn’t brave the wintery conditions). After Bai said a few words thanking our Leader(s) for the Rides this Year, also thanks to John D & Derek for all the Bread Puddings throughout the Year, Roger then said thank-you to all the ‘Support Riders, be they Back Marker, Corner Marker, Ride Leader or even E Bike carrier, (down the stairs at Brondesbury Park Station), a new award for ‘Ride Supporter’ of the Year was given to John E for all his Back marking on Rides over the Year. With many deciding to head for Home, 4 Cyclists continued via Weston Green, East Molesey, Hampton Court Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Hill to Fulwell for Tea & Cookies with Mince Pies, then Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 21 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Jon W for back marking, also thanks to John E and Steve & Therese for the Mince Pies, thanks to Roger for the Cookies.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/527788

Sunday 26th November, part 1. A bright but cold day saw 17 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, ( including a small detour to avoid the fun runners, -unsuccessfully), Hampton, pausing briefly to visit the site of a tribute to ‘General Roy’, Grandfather of Ordnance Survey Maps, Hanworth, -where a visit from the ‘P fairy’, caused a small delay-, Hanworth Park, River Crane Path, to Twickenham, for lunch at the ‘Prince Blucher’, then Strawberry Hill, Teddington, a very congested Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 13 Miles, 1 new Face, 1 ‘P’.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/528789

Part 2. Saying farewell to 9 people, & welcoming 4 fresh faces…., plus 1 late arrival, 13 Cyclists, left a very hectic Market place, via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth, a partially closed Greenway, :-(, Bonesgate stream Path, Horton Country Park, West Ewell, Ewell East to Nonsuch Park for Tea & BP, then Worcester Park, Old & New Malden, Berrylands, Lower Marsh to Kingston. 16 Miles, Total 29 Miles, 2 new Faces. Thanks to Mike for Back marking both Rides, many others for corner marking & thanks to Derek for the Bread Pudding

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/528794

Sunday 12th November, a bright but chilly day saw 26 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, pausing for the ‘2 minute silence’, to remember the fallen Tolworth Greenway, West Ewell, Clarendon Park, Ashtead Common, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham, to Effingham for lunch at ‘the Sir Douglas Haig’, with estimates of 45 Mins. to an Hour predicted for Food, some elected to make do with Crisps, while others where willing to wait, for most people food arrived 30 to 40 minutes after ordering, then Effingham Junction, Martyr’s Green, Hatchford, Cobham, Fairmile, Portsmouth Rd to Claremont Gardens -with reduced Cycle Parking 😦 – for Tea & BP, then Esher, Littleworth, Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 28 Miles, 2 new Faces, Thanks once again to John E for back marking & Chain remounting, many others for corner marking, and special thanks to Derek for the Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/523447

Sunday 22nd October, A mostly bright day, with a strong (at times very strong) Headwind, saw 27 Cyclists leave via the Portsmouth Rd Track, Thames Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Fairmile, Cobham, Hatchford, Ockham, to Send Marsh for lunch at the ‘Saddlers arms’, then Newark, Pyrford, West Byfleet, Byfleet, Brooklands Community Park, Weybridge, Burwood Park, to Hersham Garden centre, for Tea & BP, then Hersham, Walton, Esher, Weston Green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 32 Miles, 7 new faces, thanks to Jon & Mike for back marking & many others for corner marking.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4241857

Sunday 8th October, a mostly bright day saw 25 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, East Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwellmoor, Poyle, Horton, Datchet, Jubilee River path, (with many runners enjoying the Windsor Marathon), to Dorney for lunch at the ‘Pineapple’, sadly a very long 1.5 Hour wait for the food, together with malfunctioning gents loo mean it’s very unlikely we’ll be back anytime soon, so a delayed departure via the footbridge to Monkey Island, Fifield, Cranbourne, Woodside, Cheapside, Blacknest gate of Windsor great Park, to Virginia Water Cafe for an earlier than planned Tea & BP, then Virginia Water village, Lyne, Addlestone, Victory Park, Weybridge, Weybridge Park, Oatlands, Walton on Thames, Esher, Weston Green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 48 Miles, thanks to John E once again for back marking & many others for corner marking and thanks to John D for the Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4229520

Sunday 24th September, Part 1. A bright Sunny day saw 20 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, Joseph Hood Park, North Cheam, Cheam Park, Nonsuch Park busy with ‘Poppy Walkers’, & Joggers, Stoneleigh, West Ewell, Horton Country Park to Chessington for Lunch at the ‘William Bourne’, then the Bonesgate Path, Tolworth, Surbiton to Kingston. Sub total 17 Miles, 4 new faces, thanks to Jon W for back marking & others for marking corners.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4216294

Part 2. With increasing Cloud, we said farewell to 12 and hello to 5, fresh faces so 13 Cyclists left via the Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Ashley Park, (with 1 very annoyed Motorist), Thames Towpath, to Molesey for Tea & BP at Molesey Cricket Club, more Towpath, a very congested Hampton Court Bridge, Bushy Park, Kingston Bridge, to Kingston.  Sub total 15Miles, Total for the day, 32 Miles, 2 new Faces, thanks to Derek for back marking & many others for marking corners, also thanks to John for the Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4216449

Sunday 10th September. A bright morning, with some light drizzle, and some gusty Wind later in the day, saw 20 Cyclists leave via the Portsmouth Rd track, Long Ditton, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton park, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands Park, Byfleet, Wey Navigation, Pyrford, Woking, Goldsworth Park, -where our Leader claims he was distracted by a ‘lost sheep’, who wasn’t really lost at all, but in truth he should have been paying more attention-, 2 yes two wrong cul-de-sac’s, before the right path was found to Knaphill for lunch at ‘the Royal Oak’, with a slight delay for some of the grub, then Chobham, Dunstall green, where a large Pothole, caused a visit from the ‘P fairy’, Homewood Park, Bretlands, Addlestone & Victory Park, Portmore Park to Walton Bridge for Tea & BP at Gino’s, then Walton , Molesey, Thames Ditton Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 40 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to John E for back marking duties, & others, especially Jon W for marking corners, thanks also to John D for the Bread Pudding.

Alas the Camera failed to record the picture from Homewood Park. Thanks to Tracey for her Photo’s.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4202340

Wednesday 6th September, a largely bright Evening saw 12 Cyclists leave passing the Road closure at Skerne Rd, to the Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham House, Thames towpath, Richmond, Richmond Bridge, St Margerets, to Twickenham, (including another Road closure), for refreshments at the ‘Sussex arms’, then Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 11 Miles, 1 new Face. Thanks to John E & Jon W for back marking duties.

Map :- www.plotaroute.com/route/104123

Sunday 20th August. A mostly bright day, with increasing cloud in the afternoon, saw 22 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, (& a 10Km ‘fun run’), Hampton, Hanworth, lower Feltham, Ashford, Knowle Green, Staines, Staines Bridge, -with an advance party missing a turn-, (me thinks the leader forgot to forewarn them), Egham, to Englefield Green for lunch at the ‘Barley Mow’, (with a somewhat confusing ordering & payment system :-p), then Bishopsgate of Windsor great Park, Savill Garden, Virginia Water lake, Virginia Water village, Lyne, St Ann’s Hill, Chertsey, -with a missing Footbridge causing a small detour-, Chertsey Mead, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton, to Upper Haliford for Tea & BP at Squires Garden centre, then Sunbury, Hampton, Dukes Head gate of Bushy Park, to Church grove, Kingston Bridge. Total 35 Miles, 3 new Faces. Thanks to Steve D & Mike for sharing the Back marking duties, thanks as always to John for the Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4171961

Sunday 6th August. A largely bright day saw 16 Cyclists gather at Tolworth Station, (including 4 people coming on the feeder ride from Berrylands, as there where no trains on the Chessington line), leave via West Ewell, Epsom, Langley Vale, Headley, Betchworth, Gadbrook, Parkgate, to Newdigate for lunch at the ‘Six Bells’- with a little bit of confusion over 1 order & 1 order having a late delivery-, then a minor Brake adjustment, helping to cause 3 ‘lost Sheep’ ;-(, all back together, via Henfold, North Holmwood, Dorking, Dorking Rec, Burford Bridge, Norbury Park Farm, to Bocketts Farm for Tea & BP, with the most valuable Cyclist, (the Baker of the BP), suffering a visit from the P fairy, swiftly repaired, then Leatherhead, (where a stray Branch almost stole a pair of Sunglasses), Ashtead Common, Epsom Common, Long Grove Park, Hogsmill path, Tolworth, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 44 Miles, 2 new Faces. Thanks to John E for back marking, many others for watching corners, & John D for the Bread Pudding.

Map :– www.bikemap.net/en/route/4145707

Sunday 23rd July, a mostly overcast day, with 1 very light Shower of rain, saw 10 Cyclists leave via Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham, Aerospace Estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond Park to Sheen Gate, Mortlake, Chiswick Bridge, Chiswick, South Acton, Ealing Common, Ealing, Pitshanger Park, Perivale, Grand Union Canal Towpath to Greenford for lunch at ‘the Black Horse’, then more Towpath to Southall, (encountering an Uxbridge Cycling group), Norwood Green, to Osterley Park for Tea & BP, then Osterley, Isleworth, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 31 Miles. Thanks to Mike & Jon for sharing Back marking duties, thanks to John for the succulent Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4119700

 

Sunday 9th July. A mostly bright day saw 7 Cyclists gather at Clapham Junction, for the Overground train to Hoxton, where 15 more where waiting, so 22 Cyclists left via Hoxton, Victoria Park, Hertford Union Canal towpath, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Leyton, to Walthamstow to see some of the improvements that Waltham Forest Council have used there share of ‘Mini Holland’ money from the Mayor of London, then the Lea Navigation Towpath, to Tottenham Hale for lunch at ‘the Ferry Boat Inn, then Tottenham, Downhills Park, Wood Green, where Road Closed signs led to a small detour due to the ‘Red Bull Soapbox’ event taking place on our intended Route, through Alexandra Park 😦, Muswell Hill, Fortis Green, East Finchley, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Golders Green, Hampstead Cemetery, Fortune Green, Brondesbury, (where 1 of our party needed assistance down to the Platform for an early Train, so extra ‘Brownie points to Jon), to Queens Park for Tea & BP, then Kensal Town, with a Street party meaning a dismount to walk passed the stage, to North Kensington, where we paused briefly to reflect on the ‘Grenfell Tower’ tragedy of a few weeks ago, then Shepherd’s Bush, Brook Green, Baron’s Court, Hammersmith Bridge, Barnes, Roehampton Gate of Richmond Park, Kingston Gate to Kingston. Total 38 Miles, 2 new Faces. Thanks to John E for Back Marking & many others for watching corners, & special thanks to John D for going the extra Mile to deliver the Bread pudding, despite not joining us because of other commitments.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4094723

Wednesday 21st June, on the Hottest June day for 40+ Years, and having missed ‘Bike Week’ due to an admin. mix up, (although you could argue it was the BW organisers who went early, missing Mid Summers day), 6 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, River Crane path, Twickenham, Cole park, St. Margerets, Richmond Bridge to Richmond Hill for well earned refreshments at ‘the Roebuck’, also meeting many other familiar Faces, admiring a fantastic Sunset, then Richmond Park, with just a few Deer for company, ( & a few other Cyclists) to Kingston Gate, where everyone went there seperate ways. 12 Miles, 1 new Face, thanks to Ralph for Back marking.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4064227

Sunday 18th June. A bright & Sultry day saw 14 Cyclists ready for Part 1, leave via, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, (where the Leader had a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, swiftly repaired), Littleworth Common, Esher, to East Molesey for an early Lunch at ‘the Bell’, then Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, 1 Puncture.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/439332

Part 2 Still quite Steamy we said farewell to 5, hello to 4, so 13 Cyclists, were ready for the off, (but 1st a faulty valve meant a Tube change), leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, to Petersham Gate, (where shortly after leaving the Park, 1 of our party helped a ‘Damsel in distress’, not of our party, replace a tube), Richmond, Richmond Bridge, Ducks Walk, where yet another visit from the P Fairy, (again swiftly fixed), Isleworth, Whitton, to Knellor Gardens for Tea & BP, then Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, 1 Puncture. Thanks to Mick for Back marking (& Puncture repairs), many others for Marking corners, thanks to John for a superb Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/439337

Sunday 4th June. A mostly bright day saw 20 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, Bushy Meads, Merton park, South Wimbledon, Colliers Wood, Tooting, Tooting Bec Common, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill, Brockwell Park, to West Dulwich for lunch at ‘the Alleyns Head’ (where for some unexplained reason, no food could be served outdoors, so those wanting ‘Pub Grub’ ate indoors), then Dulwich Park, Greendale, Camberwell Grove, Peckham, Surrey Canal path, Burgess Park, Camberwell, Stockwell, to Clapham Common for Tea & BP, then shortly after leaving the Common, a momentary lapse in concentration by the leader led to a grazed Elbow, ;-( Wandsworth Common, Earlsfield, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Village, Copse Hill, Malden Golf course, Mount Pleasant, Norbiton to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, thanks to Bob & Mike for Back-marking duties, and others for corner marking, thanks to John for the Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4031518

Sunday 21st May. A bright Sunny day, with the ‘usual Leader’ having a day off, welcome a new Leader, Jon, with 21 Cyclists, leave via Eden St., Surbiton, Long Ditton, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Thames Towpath to Weybridge, (where the BP man almost made a break for freedom), Brooklands community Park, Byfleet, Wey Navigation Canal Towpath to Pyrford Lock for lunch at ‘the Anchor’, then Wisley, Ockham, Martyr’s Green, Hatchford, Downside, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham, Fairmile, Stokesheath, Claygate to Long Ditton for Tea & BP at ‘Squires Garden Centre’, then Seething Wells, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to Steve J for back marking, many others for marking corners & JD for the Bread Pudding, and special thanks to Jon for leading a novel route to a familiar destination.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4005177

Sunday 7th May, A largely cloudy Morning saw 23 Cyclists remember the early start at New Malden, leaving via Motspur park, Cannons Hill, Morden, Morden Hall Park, Mitcham, Thornton Heath, Selhurst, South Norwood Park, Elmers End, Clock House, Cator Park, Beckenham, Sundridge, Elmstead to Chislehurst for lunch at the ‘Queens Head’, with a small group opting for the local Cafe, both with excellent service, then with brighter Skies & some Sunshine, Chislehurst Common, an almost missed turn to Jubilee Country Park, Southborough, Norman Park, Pickhurst, West Wickham, Spring park, Shirley, Addiscombe, Woodside, Selhurst (again), West Croydon to Wandle Park, for Tea & BP, then a short stretch of the Wandle trail, Beddington, Beddington Park, Hackbridge, Benhilton, Pylbrook path, Trafalgar path, a newly surfaced path to Sir Joseph Hood Park, Motspur Park to New Malden. Total 44 Miles, 3 new Faces. thanks to Steve for back marking, many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the Bread Pudding and special thanks to Mike for showing me most of this route. Also thanks to Tracey for the Photo.

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Sunday 23rd April, a mostly bright St Georges day saw 25 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Church Grove path, Bushy Park, to Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane -just a trickle after a long dry spell -path, Whitton, Isleworth, Osterley, Osterley Park, Norwood green, Grand Union Canal towpath to Hanwell for lunch at the always fabulous Fox, then Hanwell, Churchfield Park, Drayton Green, West Ealing, Hanger Hill, West Acton, Acton Town, South Acton, Chiswick Park, Chiswick green, Grove Park, Chiswick Bridge, Mortlake, East Sheen to Palewell Common for Tea & BP and free Pizza for some, then Sheen gate Richmond Park, to Ham gate, Latchmere, to Kingston. Total 28 Miles, 1 new face.

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Wednesday 19th April, a bright but chilly Evening saw 10 Cyclists leave on the first Evening ride of 2017 via Kingston Bridge, Thames towpath to Hampton Court, Molesey, Esher to Claygate, (with a small contingent taking a different final approach), for refreshments at ‘the Griffin’, then Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton, to Kingston. Total 12 Miles.

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Sunday 9th April, a Glorious warm & Sunny day saw 34 Cyclists, yes Thirty Four leave via Kingston Bridge, (where a jammed Chain caused a small delay), Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham,  Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwell Moor, Poyle to Wraysbury for a ‘Split lunch’ at the ‘Perseverance’ & the ‘George’, very good service at both establishments, afterwards, Hythe end, Staines, Staines Bridge, Egham Hythe, Thorpe, Chertsey, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton, (where a broken Bottle of Mayonnaise, caused an unplanned dismount, but no lasting damage), Walton Bridge to an already busy ‘Gino’s’ for Tea & BP, then some ‘miscommunication’ led some to take the Towpath, Walton, Molesey, Thames Ditton route, while the main party, took the alternative Walton, Esher, Thames Ditton route, then Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 5 new faces. Thanks to Bob for back-marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the Bread Pudding & thanks to Tracey for the Photo’s.

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Sunday 19th March. Part 1, a strong blustery Wind had not deterred the 26 Cyclists, so via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden Golf course, Copse Hill, Wimbledon Common, – with an encounter with the ‘Marsden March‘,- a 14 Mile sponsored Walk between the 2 main parts of the Royal Marsden Hospital, Fulham & Sutton,- Putney Heath, Roehampton, Barnes Common to Barnes for Lunch at ‘the Red Lion’, with a small party prefering a local Cafe, then Barnes Village, traffic free Level Crossings Vine Road, Roehampton gate Richmond Park, with a strong Headwind making the last Mile seem like 10 Miles, Kingston gate to Kingston. Total 16 Miles, 4 new Faces. Thanks to Bai for Back marking, & many others for watching corners.

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Part 2, Saying farewell to 15, but welcoming 3 fresh faces, 14 Cyclists left via Canbury Gardens, Thames Towpath, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate Richmond Park, Petersham gate, Richmond, Richmond Bridge, Duck’s walk, St Margerets, to Marble Hill House, for Tea & BP, then Twickenham Riverside, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to Kingston. Sub total 11 Miles, Total 28 Miles. Thanks to Steve for Back marking duties & thanks to John for the Breadpudding.

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Sunday 5th March. With a somewhat damp forecast, it was a pleasant surprise to see the Sun at the start, but would it last, so 9 Chaps, (all the Ladies perhaps where put off by the Forecast), left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Isleworth, Osterley, Osterley Park, Norwood Green, Southall, Greenford to Northolt – with 1 brief Shower, approaching Northolt-, for Lunch at ‘the Crown’, afterwards, still with some Sun, but also a couple of heavy Showers, the Grand Union Canal towpath to Perivale, alas we had lost 1 member of the party, after a few calls it was established that Iyad had felt Dizzy, so the Leader retraced the route, then found an alternative route away from the Canal, regrouping in Perivale, then Pitshanger Park, Hanger Hill, West Acton, Acton, Acton Park for Tea & a ‘special’ BP to celebrate our Leaders Birthday, followed by a sharp Hale Shower, Acton Green, Chiswick Green, Grove park, Chiswick Bridge, Mortlake, Sheen gate Richmond Park, with a strong Headwind to complete the weather full house, to Kingston Gate, Kingston. Total 31 Miles. Thanks to Chris for Back marking duties & John for the ‘Birthday’ Bread pudding.

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Sunday 26th February.  With the usual Leader feeling the after effects from a nasty spill, thanks to Mike for offering a ‘novel route’, so with a mostly cloudy day , 16 Cyclists, left via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester Park, North Cheam, Sutton, Carshalton, Carshalton Park, Stanley Park, Oaks Park, to Woodmansterne for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, then with a strong Blustery Headwind via Banstead, Burgh Heath, Tattenham corner, Epsom, the ‘Nescot path’, East Ewell, to Nonsuch Park for Tea & BP, Stoneleigh, Worcester Park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 28 Miles, Thanks to Mike for leading, John E for Back marking & John D for the Bread Pudding.

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Sunday 12th February, a not quite Frozen, cloudy day, saw 15 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Lower Sunbury, Halliford, Shepperton, Chertsey Bridge, where a slipped chain caused a false alarm, but by Addlestone, a visit from the ‘P fairy’ and the complications of Hub gears, meant an early departure for Steve, so with a new Back Marker selected, via Homewood Park, Stonehill, Dunstall Green, Coxhill Green, Horsell to Woking for Lunch at ‘the Herbert Wells’, (Wetherspoons), then after pausing for the Photo, via Maybury, Pyrford, Wey Navigation path, Byfleet, Brooklands Park, Weybridge, Burwood Park, to Hersham Garden Centre for Tea & BP, then Hersham, Esher, Weston Green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 40 Miles, 1 new face, (from Watford), 1 Puncture.

Thanks to Steve F & Andrea for Back marking duties and John for the Bread pudding.

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Sunday 29th January, with a light Shower of Drizzle stopping shortly after the start, a merry Dozen Cyclists left via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, to Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney, Wandsworth, the Wandle Trail via Earlsfield & Summerstown, to Colliers Wood & Merton Abbey Mills for lunch at the ‘William Morris’, then more Wandle path, via Morden Hall Park, Ravensbury Park & Watermeads, but with Drizzle returning, a strategic shortcut was needed, so via the Wrythe, Rosehill to Lower Morden for Tea & BP at the ‘Wyevale Garden Centre’, then with heavier Drizzle, Morden Cemetery, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 26 Miles, Thanks to Steve D for Back marking duties, and John for the Bread pudding.

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Sunday 15th January. a cold drizzly day saw 8 intrepid Cyclists willing to brave the conditions, leave via Kingston Bridge, Teddington, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, St Margerets, Isleworth, Syon Park, Brentford, South Ealing, Ealing Common, West Acton, Park Royal, Grand union Canal Towpath to Harlesden for lunch at the ‘Grand Junction Arms’, then return to the Canal towpath to Ladbroke Grove, Shepherds Bush, Brook Green, Barons Court, Fulham to Bishops Park Cafe for Tea & BP, then Putney Bridge, Putney, Barnes Common, Roehampton gate of Richmond Park, White Lodge, Ham cross, Ham Gate, Latchmere to Kingston. Total 30 Miles, thanks to Kim for Back-marking & as always thanks to John for the Bread Pudding.

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