Rides programme paused

As I’m sure everyone is aware, all social gathering is discouraged for the foreseeable future, so at the moment, the Rides programme is postponed until further notice. but as soon as restriction’s are eased, & there are suitable places to stop for refreshments, we will get back to you. We hope everyone stays fit & healthy, and we can all get back on the Bikes together ASAP. Remember, you can get out and enjoy a little bit of Cycling, just not in groups, so we hope most of you can find some enjoyable ride’s, at least the Roads should be almost traffic free. 🙂

2 part ride to Twickenham & Nonsuch Park

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with General Roy’s Cannon, Hampton

Sunday 15th March Part 1. A largely cloudy morning saw 12 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park,- pausing to hear about  SHAEF-, Hampton, another pause to visit the Memorial to General Roy, ‘Grandfather of the Ordenance Survey’, (Photo), Hanworth, Hanworth Park, Letrim Park, Crane River Park, including the Shot tower, -with a minor mechanical causing a short delay-, Kneller Park, to Twickenham, for lunch at the ‘Prince Blucher’, (Fullers), Strawberry hill, to find the Level crossing closed for works, with a few of the Bikes carried through the works, but all the Cyclists & other Bikes used the Footbridge, then Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Sub total 14 Miles, thanks to Derek for Back marking, 2 new faces.

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

Part 2. A cloudy afternoon, with some light Drizzle at Tea, turning to 1 brief but heavy Shower, say farewell to 9, but welcome 5 fresh faces, so 8 Cyclists, left via the new Penrhyn Rd track, Surbiton, King Charles Bridge, Tolworth, & Greenway, Kingston Rd track, West Ewell, Hogsmill path, Ewell village, East Ewell, to Nonsuch Park cafe for Tea & Bread pudding, some large Puddles, due to Waterlogged fields overflowing, Cuddington, Worcester park, Old Malden, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Sub total 13 Miles, Total 27Miles, thanks to Kasren & Steve for back marking duties.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1052842

Coronavirus alert

All, with all the concern about Coonavirus in the news, we should all be alert to the Symptoms, so if anyone is at all concerned, wakes up with a Fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath, it would be wise to ‘self isolate’ as a precaution, irrespective of other plans, but unless Government advice changes, Tomorrow’s 2 part ride will go ahead as Scheduled, however if after a ride you do start to have Symptoms, do please let me or John Dunn know.

Roger Mace

KCC ride l;eader

Midweek ride to Lyne

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Victory Park, Addlestone

Wednesday 11th March. A somewhat breezy day with a sunny afternoon, saw 17 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, -with 1 person have a small mechanical problem, delay the tail-, Thames Ditton, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton, Weybridge, -with 1 extra joining us-, Addlestone, Victory Park, (Photo), Bretland, to Lyne for lunch at the ‘Royal Marine’, then Thorpe Green, Egham, -with the ‘P fairy’ paying a visit, would a swift inflation work?  Staines Bridge, no, time for a tube change, alas within half a mile a second victim, both quickly repaired-, Staines, Ashford, Sunbury, Hanworth, Hampton, Bushy Park to the ‘Pheasantry’ for Tea & refreshments, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 31 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Will & John E for back marking, 2 visits from the ‘p Fairy’.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/1049116

 

Community award and History

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Roger & Derek with the Mayor

Yesterday, (Friday 6th March),t was my honour to be invited to accept a Community award from the Mayor of Kingston, for continuing to lead Rides on behalf of the Kingston Cycle Campaign, (KCC), I have to say a huge thank-you to Derek for nominating me, then listening to the citation as to why I meritted the award, although it should be noted that the reason I started leading Ride’s was all due to John Dunn, who had the original, unique idea of Baking a Bread pudding to bring along to be consumed at the afternoon Tea stop.

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the proof

 

A brief history of the KCC rides: In the early days of 2000, the co-ordinator of the KCC, (Matt Schutz), decided it was time for some fresh thinking on the Rides front, he asked 3 guy’s, (John D, Chris W & Ned), if they could take on the job of organising the Rides program, but within a few month’s, it was John on his own, he thought, ‘how can I make it more appealing, he remembered that his Sister used to make a Bread pudding for her Son, (John’s Nephew, Gary), & it seemed to have helped to make him into a very good Cyclist, so he found a cook book, (Cooking for Blokes, I believe), and Twenty, (yes 20) Years later he is still bringing a fresh Bread Pudding on all the ‘Sunday rides’. Meanwhile, having joined at least one of Chris & Ned’s rides, particularly a very enjoyable ride to Pyrford Lock, on the Wey navigation I thought, maybe I can come up with something similar, but little did I realise, that after leading a few Rides, any other leaders had mysteriously vanished, soon, it was expected that ‘Roger must know a route & a Pub for lunch’, & mostly that works well, although we have had minor hiccup’s when the chosen venue has no Chef that day, or the Pub says it too busy because of Mothers day, (we now try to avoid having a ride that particular Sunday).

In 2006, having always run an Evening ride during ‘Bike week’, each year, we decided to expand things a little, so for the 6 months, April to September, we started once a month, Evening rides, again to a Pub for refreshments, before returning via a shorter route to Kingston.

In 2018, having retired from work a couple of years earlier, & at the prompting of a few regulars, I agreed to start organising monthly Midweek rides, mostly Wednesday’s but occasionally Tuesday or Thursday, to suit work patterns of others who can’t make Wednesday.

I have to say it has been an absolute pleasure to organise & lead all these rides, & as long as a few people continue to turn up, I’m very happy to keep doing the same, for a few more years yet. I often think to myself, ‘we must have used all the possible route’s & Pub’s in North Surrey, & West London’, by now, oh but what about that old wreck of a Pub, that’s recently had a makeover, or similar ideas.

I look forward to seeing many of you on a ride soon,

Roger Mace

KCC Ride leader

Bread pudding ride to Harlesden

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Syon Park, Brentford

Sunday 1st March. A mostly bright day, with a strong breeze, saw 24 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Hampton Wick, Teddington, Strawberry hill, Twickenham, St Margerets, Isleworth, Syon Park, (Photo), Brentford, (with a tailwind 🙂), Carville hall Park, Gunnersbury Park, Ealing Common, West Acton, Park Royal, Grand union Canal path to Harlesden for lunch at ‘the Grand junction arms’, more Canal towpath, -with the first visit from the ‘P Fairy’,- North Kensington, Shepperds bush, Brook Green,-alas the ‘P Fairy’ has struck again, eventually leading to the victim abandoning the ride, 😦 – Fulham, Bishops Park, Putney Bridge, Putney, Barnes Common, Roehampton Gate Richmond Park, (with Headwind, 😦), Ham gate, to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, 1 new face, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the Bread pudding. 2 visits from the ‘P Fairy’.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/1042144

Bread pudding ride to Addlestone

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Brooklands Museum, with Concorde

Sunday 23rd February. A rather breezy day, with a strong headwind at times, saw 22 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Thames Ditton, Giggshill Green, -mixing with the ‘Hampton Court half marathon, then finding our path blocked by a Scaffold lorry, then more Half marathoners,- Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands Museum, (Photo), Brooklands Park, Byfleet, New Haw, Rowtown, to Addlestone for lunch at ‘the Pelican’, then Chertsey Meads, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton, Halliford, to Sunbury for Tea & Bread pudding at the walled Garden, all about to restart only to find the ‘P fairy’ has paid a visit, quickly fixed, Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 28 Miles, thanks to Will & Mike for Back marking, & others for marking corners.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/966549

Midweek ride to Hammersmith

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Carville hall Park, with Crocus’s in the background

Wednesday 19th February. A day with a ‘topsy turvey forecast’, the Rain…, alright steady drizzle arriving before 11am, & finishing by 3pm, when it had been forecast to start around that time, saw 14 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, briefly joining a group of ‘Elmbridge healthy Cyclists’, Clapperstile gate, Teddington, Teddington Lock, Ham, Ham gate Richmond Park, White lodge, Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney, Putney Bridge, Bishops Park, Fulham, Thames Towpath, to Hammersmith for lunch at ‘the Plough & Harrow’, (Wetherspoons), then Ravenscourt Park, Acton,- with a large group trying for a breakaway, safely gathered back in the fold, only to find the intended path was closed due to Building work, so plan B+ came into play,- South Acton, Gunnersbury Park, Carville Hall Park, (Photo), Brentford, – with an inattentive Motorist almost wiping out the leader, 😦-, Syon Park, Isleworth, – with 1 person trying another ‘breakaway’-, Worton, Whitton, Twickenham to Squires Garden centre for Tea & refreshments, Fulwell, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 29 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Steve D for back marking, (in no way to blame for the breakaway attempt’s), others for marking corners.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1033328

Ride postponed

After much debate closely watching  the Forecast for, sunday 16th February, we have decided to cancel the ride planned, but with hope for calmer weather next week, we propose to re-arrange a ride for Sunday 23rd February.

Kingston rides in 2019

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Hammersmith Bridge (sans Traffic)

Wednesday 11th December. A largely bright, chilly day, with a short shower of drizzle in the afternoon, saw 11 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, a short stretch of River Crane path, Whitton, Worton, Osterley, Osterley Park, Norwood green, Southall to Northolt, passing the lunch venue to see the Clocktower, (Photo), returning to ‘the Crown’, for lunch, after a slight delay for 1 person having 3, yes Three course’s, then a short stretch of brand new Tarmac on the Grand union Canal towpath, Greenford, Drayton green, West Ealing, South Ealing & Cemetery, Brentford, -a strategic vote elected for a short cut-, Kew Bridge, Richmond, Richmond Hill, Richmond Park to Pembroke lodge Cafe for Tea & Cakes, Kingston Gate, -with a small pause for the tail end, taking an alternate route-, to finish at the Market place. Total 29 Miles, thanks to John E for back marking, & others for marking corners, 1 new face. Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/983472

Christmas ride. Sunday 8th December, a bright pleasant Morning saw 23 Cyclists have a slightly delayed start, due to the late running of Trains, leave via Skerne Rd, Kingston gate Richmond Park, White lodge, Roehampton gate, Roehampton, Wimbledon Common, (Photo), Westside, Raynes park, New Malden to Woodies, for a superb lunch, including a few others who managed to find the venue by other means, after thank-you speech’s from Bai to the ‘leadership team’, also the Back markers, from Ride leader Roger, to Mike for deputizing on occasion, reiterating thanks to all the Back markers & corner markers, for all there hard work, & especially the Pub for Catering so wonderfully, then the presentation for assistant of the Year to Ellie for Back marking & other help as needed, finally Ride organiser, John announced the Prize for the best attendance, went to Rob W, a slightly Cooler afternoon, with light Drizzle….., soon turning gradually heavier and with a Cold brisk Wind, to Freezing Rain via Motspur park, Worcester park, Stoneleigh, West Ewell, -the Rain finally ceasing, also displaying a good Rainbow-, Chessington, to Long Ditton for Tea & Bread pudding, Surbiton, to finish at Kingston. Total 23 Miles, Thanks to Ian for Back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.   Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/962880

Sunday 17th November, Part 1. A mostly bright morning saw 21 Cyclists leave via Fairfield, -with 1 minor navigational hiccup-, Bonner Hill, Norbiton, New Malden, (Photo), Raynes park, Lower Morden, Worcester park, Stoneleigh, Ewell village, to Epsom, for lunch at ‘the Assembly rooms’, (Wetherspoons), West Ewell, Tolworth, King Charles Bridge, to Kingston. Sub total 20 Miles, thanks to Ellie & Lars for back marking, and many others for marking corners, especially Ken, for bringing the group back together, 2 new faces.   Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/970863

Part 2, with Cloudier Skies, saying farewell to 18 & welcoming 2 fresh faces, just 5 Cyclists left via Skerne Road, Lower Ham Rd, Thames path, Aerospace estate, Ham, more Thames path, Richmond, Richmond Bridge, St Margerets, River Crane path, Twickenham to Squires Garden centre for Tea & Bread pudding, Fulwell, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge. Sub total 11 Miles, Total 31 Miles, Thanks to Steve J for back marking, thanks to John D for the BP.  Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/971599

Wednesday 13th November. A very Sunny Morning, with a cloudy afternoon, saw 14 Cyclists leave via Cranes park, (anyone spot the ‘loose Pig’, hindering Thames Water, trying to repair a burst water main ? 🙂) King Charles Bridge, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Littleworth Common, Esher, Walton, Walton Bridge, Shepperton, Laleham, Thames Towpath to Staines for lunch at ‘the Wheatsheaf & Pigeon, then, finding the ‘P fairy’ had paid another visit, swiftly repaired, onto Ashford, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton hill, Bushy Park, (Photo), to ‘the Pheasantry cafe for Tea & refreshments, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 28 Miles, thanks to Steve D for back marking, and others for marking corners, 1 visit from the ‘P fairy’.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/967836

Sunday 3rd November, a bright start, with increasing Clouds & 1 or 2 very light Misty showers saw 25 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwell moor, Poyle, to Wraysbury for lunch at ‘the Perseverence’ about to leave the Leader finds the ‘P fairy has paid a visit,- maybe because he had been a bit Jocular about the Pub name before the start-, after several minutes of fruitless grunting & heaving, still unable to remove the Tyre from the Rim, it was felt prudent for the main group to proceed with a fresh leader, meanwhile assisted by Rob, with a bit of fruity language, & more perseverence, finally the Tyre was off, to find it wasn’t a ‘Tubeless Tyre after all, although stuck to the Rim in a similar fashion, still more fun removing the thorn, refitted with a new tube, could we catch the main group before Tea ? Via Hythe end, Staines, -with a small section heading for the Train, including our Back marker-, Thames towpath, Penton Hook, Laleham, a couple of fleeting glimpse’s, that might be, no not in Laleham, had they stayed on the Towpath, following the Thames towards Chertsey Bridge, Yes, there they are, Shepperton, -with the 2nd visit from the ‘P fairy’-, Walton Bridge to Gino’s Cafe for Tea & Bread Pudding, Walton, yet another visit from you know who, Esher, Weston Green, Giggshill Green, & yet again a 4th visit from the ‘P fairy’,(all different victims), Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 32 Miles, thanks to Will, Jon W &  Andrea for Back marking duties, & others for marking corners, thanks to Mike F for filling in as Leader, thanks to John D for the BP, special thanks to Jon W for assisting with repairs. Anyone with influence, please have a word with the right god’s to resume only occasional visit’s from the P fairy, 😉

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/707341

Sunday 20th October, a largely Sunny morning, with grey clouds in the Afternoon, saw 28 Cyclists leave via, Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & greenway, West Ewell, Hogsmill path, Long grove Park, Ashtead Common, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham to Little Bookham for lunch at ‘Ye olde Windsor Castle’,- with a select few opting to visit the ‘Vineries Garden centre Cafe’-, re-gathering, Effingham, Martyr’s Green, Hatchford, Cobham, the Fairmile estate, Portsmouth Rd to Claremont Lake Cafe, (NT) for Tea & Bread pudding, Esher, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, (belated Photo), Surbiton, a brief look at the Surbiton Rd & Penrhyn Rd works, to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, 4 new Faces, thanks to Mike for back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.    Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/954549

Wednesday 9th October. A mostly bright day saw 16 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & the greenway, West Ewell, a brief part of the Hogsmill path, Epsom, Epsom downs, (Photo), -with a small tumble leading to a slight ‘exposé’, luckily for the victim, the Camara didn’t record the event 😉,-Tattenham corner, Burgh Heath, Banstead, to Woodmansterne for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, then Wallington, Beddington Park, Hackbridge, the Wandle trail, Morden, to Morden hall Park, for Tea & refreshments, then Merton park, Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, New Malden, Norbiton, to Kingston. Total 28 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Pete S for back marking, & others for marking corners.  Map:-https://www.plotaroute.com/route/945357

Sunday 6th October. After a night of very heavy rain, a pleasantly dry day, with the Leader a tad late on parade, due to almost forgetting his money ! Saw 12 Cyclists manage to dodge the ‘Half Marathon’, (staying alert for any huge Puddles), leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, -with 1 extra Cyclist, delayed due to a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, finding us-, Lower Sunbury, -with the first of Three encounters with the ‘Palace to Palace’ Cyclists, leading to 1 of our number briefly joining there group, but thanks to ‘good Shepherding’ by Chris F,- Shepperton, 2nd meeting with ‘P to P’, Chertsey Bridge, with a visit from the ‘P Fairy’ & a wrong Spare causing the victim to head for the Train, 😦 Chertsey Meads, Addlestone, Homewood Park, 3rd time with ‘P to P’, (even confusing their Marshal’s by not following the direction 😉), Dunstall green, Coxhill green to Woking, (with confusing Road works, hiding the Cycle lane, 😦), for lunch at the ‘Herbert Wells’, (Wetherspoons), pausing at the Statue for ‘HG Wells’ (Photo), -who lived locally whilst writing ‘War of the Worlds’, hence many links to the Author in & around Woking, and some of the local Cycle routes, named after various Planets, as a tribute to him-, Basingstoke Canal path, Wey Navigation path, Byfleet, Brooklands community Park, Weybridge, Burwood park, to Hersham Garden centre for Tea & Bread pudding, Hersham, Esher, Weston green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 38 Miles, thanks to Steve D for back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP, 1 visit from the ‘P Fairy’.  Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/943475

Sunday 22nd September, a bright start, with a wet day forecast, didn’t deter 17 Cyclists remember the start from New Malden, via West Barnes, Cannon Hill, Merton park, South Wimbledon, the ‘Wandle trail’ to Earlsfield, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Clapham, Vauxhall, ‘Cycle super highway 5’, (CS5), across Vauxhall Bridge to Pimlico for lunch at the very Popular ‘White Swan’, fortuitously the 1 heavy Shower occuring whilst we enjoyedd lunch, but with light drizzle & more predicted, 3 people decided to find an alternative option, the remainder continued via Westminster, to CS3 & Victoria Embankment, (Photo with Big Ben, the Elizabeth Tower, swathed in Scaffolding), to Southwark Bridge, -alas we had all forgotten our ‘Yoga mats’, so were unable to join the fun on Tower Bridge, see BBC report -, Southwark, where a navigational mishap led to Kennington, Kennington Park, instead of Burgess Park, back on track in Loughborough, Brockwell Park, with ‘threatening’ Black clouds, a ‘strategic decision was taken for an indoor Tea & Bread pudding stop at ‘Brockwell hall Cafe’, Tulse hill, Streatham Hill, Tooting Bec Common, Tooting, Colliers wood, Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, & the still lovely new track to New Malden. Total 31 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to John E for back marking, and many others for marking corners, as always, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/933539 with the ‘intended route’ marked with Red dashes.

Wednesday 18th September, a glorious Sunny day saw 10 Cyclists remember the alternative start in New Malden, with a slight delay as 1 member had a visit from the ‘P fairy’ before the start, via New Malden Station to meet 1 extra person at the Raynes Park link, Raynes Park, Wimbledon chase, Colliers wood, Tooting, Streatham, Norbury, Thornton heath, – to find yet another Cyclist, now 12-, Heavers Meadow, Woodside, Ashburton Field, to Shirley for lunch at ‘the Surprise Inn’- with 1 person trying an alternate approach-, with 1 meal needing some extra attention, continuing via the second ‘surprise’, the Shirley Windmill, (Photo), Addiscombe, Lloyd Park, (new Cycle path), South Croydon, Roundshaw, Beddington Park, Hackbridge, Wandle Trail, Morden, Morden Park, to Lower Morden & the ‘Wyevale Garden centre’ for refreshments, Morden Cemetery, Joseph Hood Park, Motspur park, to New Malden. Total 28 Miles, thanks to Steve D for Back marking, & many others for marking corners.  Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/872467

Wednesday 11th September, a pleasant evening, with rapidly fading light saw 15 Cyclists leave via Cranes Park, King Charles Bridge, Fishponds, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Esher park, to Esher for refreshments at ‘the Wheatsheaf’, (coincidentally matching last months venue, thanks to John E for the reminder), Moor lane, Weston Green, Giggshill green, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 11 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Ralph for Back marking & others for marking corners.  Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/927347

Sunday 8th September. Part 1. A mostly Sunny day saw 18 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & the greenway, the Bonesgate path, Horton Country Park, (with a freshly laid uncomfortable Gravel path), West Ewell, -with a visit from the ‘P fairy’, (a Tack the culprit),- A short bit of Hogsmill Path (Photo), Stoneleigh, Nonsuch Park, to Cheam village for lunch at ‘Ye Olde Red Lion’, North Cheam, Worcester Park, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Sub-total, 16 Miles, 4 new Faces, thanks to Steve F for back marking, & others for marking corners, 1 vist from the ‘P Fairy’.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/924647

Note: I’ve added a nicer alternative return route, (Red Dashed line), slightly longer, with a level Crossing, which might have hindered our journey, but much more pleasant, if time is not an issue.

Part 2 Saying farewell to 10 & welcome 7 fresh faces, still with Sunny Skies, 15 Cyclists left via Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Ashley park, Walton Bridge, Shepperton, Haliford, to Sunbury for Tea & Bread pudding at the ‘Walled garden’, Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Sub-total 16 Miles, Total 32 Miles, thanks to Karen for back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to John for the BP.   Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/924654

Sunday 25th August. A hot, (even Sultry) Sunny day saw 23 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Esher, Fairmile, Cobham, Hatchford, Ockham, to West Horsley for lunch at the Barley Mow, alas they weren’t serving food, the select few that self catered where happy to stay, but the majority who did want food continued a bit further to the ‘ King William the IV’, regrouping after lunch, via  East Horsley, Effingham, Bookham, Fetcham, Fetcham Mill Pond, Leatherhead, Prince’s Coverts, (Photo), Claygate, to Long Ditton, for Tea & Bread pudding at ‘Squires Garden centre’, Surbiton, to Kingston. Total 31 Miles, 2 new faces, thanks to John E for back marking & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.   Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/912831

Wednesday 21st August, a bright Sunny day saw 15 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, White Lodge, Roehampton Gate, -with the first of 4 Level Crossings, with a long wait, shortly followed by the 2nd Crossing 😦 -, Barnes, the ‘Cyclists delight’, Traffic free Hammersmith Bridge 🙂, (surface not so delightful 😦) (Photo), Hammersmith, Ravenscourt Park, Wendell, Acton Park,- 3rd Level crossing, another age before the Train appeared-, North Ealing, Pitshanger Park, Footbridge to Perivale, Gr. Union Canal Path, to Greenford for lunch at ‘the Black Horse’, afterwards, with the Towpath closed for repairs, (to Ellie’s delight), a detour via Oldfield Lane, & Ferrymead, more Greenford, Southall, Norwood Green, Osterley Park, Hounslow, Whitton, to Kneller Gdns for Tea & Refreshments, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, fourth Crossing, -only a short wait this time-, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 30 Miles, 2 new face’s, thanks to Steph for Back marking, and others for marking corners.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/909611

Wednesday 14th August, a mostly pleasant evening, with a heavy Shower at the finish, saw 9 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden Manor, Stoneleigh, Nonsuch Park, East Ewell to Ewell for refreshments at ‘the Wheatsheaf’, the Hogsmill Path, West Ewell, Tolworth, King Charles Bridge, Cranes park to Kingston. Total 13 Miles, thanks to Derek for Back marking.   Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/903978

Sunday 11th August, a mostly bright, Sunny day, with a gusty Breeze, saw 22, with 1 more joining us as we exited the Market place, so 23 Cyclists left via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, Joseph Hood Park, Pyl Brook path, Benhilton, Wrythe Green, Hackbridge, Beddington Park, Wallington, Waddon, South Croydon, Sanderstead, Kings Wood, Warlingham, to Old Farleigh for a splendid lunch at ‘the Harrow’, then via Fickleshole, -with a minor Road rage incident, causing 1 of our party to take a tumble, 😦, – but spirits lifted with a Flypast by a fantastic Spitfire, Coney hall, Shirley, Ashburton Field (Photo), Woodside, Heavers Meadow, Thornton heath, Norbury, Lonesome, Mitcham, to Mordon Hall Park for Tea & Breadpudding, then Morden, Cannon Hill, Raynes park, the new link to New Malden,- with everyone loving the new route,- the Cut, Mount pleasant, Norbiton, Farefield to Kingston. Total 44 Miles, 2 new faces, thanks to Steve D for Back marking, and many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP & thanks to Ian for the Photo, thanks also to Mike for some of this route.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/821611

Sunday 21st July. A largely overcast day, with some brighter spells, & some threatening clouds at lunch. With Network Rail having scuppered the original plan for today’s ride, a valient 26 Cyclists, made there way to Wokingham, leaving via the Holt, Cantley Park, the Warren, Binfield, Priestwood, Wick Hill, Chestnut path, Harvest Ride, Chavey Down, (very un chavey ?), Mill ride, North Ascot, Ascot Racecourse, with a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, swiftly repaired,  Cheapside, to Sunningdale for lunch at the very hospitable ‘Nags Head’, (finding 1 extra person, already enjoying a Beer, later joined by 1 more, but also 2 of the original group departing), with 1 meal delivered a bit late, Blacknest gate of Windsor great Park, Smith’s Lawn Polo field, (Photo), the Totem Pole, Virginia Water gate,- with a Park Ranger recognising our Leader as ‘a Legend’, 🙂 -, Virginia Water, Lyne, Bretlands, Addlestone, Victory Park, Portmore park, Weybridge, to Walton Bridge for Tea & BP at Gino’s, -with a change of back marker, due to other commitments,- Walton on Thames, Walton park, Esher, Weston green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Karen & John E for back marking, and many others for marking corners.   Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/243158

Wednesday 17th July. A largely bright Evening, with just 1 or 2 spots of moisture, before the start, saw 15 Cyclists leave via, Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, Cannon Hill, Merton park, South Wimbledon, to Wimbledon, for refreshments at the’Wibbas Down Inn’, (with 1 dissenting voice using an alternate venue), then Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, to join the brand new Raynes Park to New Malden link,- C31, the latest Cycle route No. from the London Mayor,- Mount pleasant, Norbiton, Bonner Hill to Kingston. Total 14 Miles, 2 new faces, thanks to Jon W for Back marking.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/879155

Wednesday 10th July. A largely Cloudy day saw 10 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Giggshill green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands community Park, West Byfleet to Row town for lunch at ‘the Cricketers’, a short climb to Liberty Rise, only to find the Footbridge closed, so retrace our pedal strokes, then  Addlestone, Chertsey Meads, Chertsey Bridge, (Photo), Littleton, Shepperton, Halliford, to Sunbury for Tea & refreshments at the Walled Garden, then Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 29 Miles, thanks to Chris & John E for sharing the Back marking duties and marking Corners.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/872268

unday 7th July, A mostly Cloudy morning, with very light Drizzle, followed by a Sunny afternoon, saw 15 Cyclists leave via Kings Rd, Kingston gate Richmond Park, Ham cross, White lodge, Sheen gate, Sheen, Mortlake, Chiswick Bridge, Strand on the green, Brentford, South Ealing, West Ealing, Hanwell, Greenford, Grand union Canal towpath, -with a Duck unwilling to give way, or take flight, slowing progress a little 🙂,- to Northolt for lunch at ‘the Crown’, then Northala fields, (Photo), Greenford, Southall, Norwood Green, Osterley Park, Isleworth, St Margerets, to Marble Hill Park for Tea & BP, Twickenham, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 30 Miles, Thanks to Steve D for back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the Bread pudding.    Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/870952

Sunday 23rd June, Part 1. A bright morning, saw 15 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, Joseph Hood Park, North Cheam, Cheam Park, Nonsuch Park, (Photo), Stoneleigh, Hogsmill path, West Ewell to Chessington for lunch at ‘the William Bourne’, the Bonesgate path, Tolworth, Berrylands to Kingston. Sub-total 17 Miles, thanks to Ellie for Back marking & others for marking corners.  Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/860017

Part 2. With increasing Clouds, we said farewell to 9, & welcomed 2 fresh faces, so 8 Cyclists left via Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill green, Weston Green, -with 1 person having an ‘unplanned dismount’, soon remounted-, Esher, Walton on Thames, Thames Towpath, to Molesey, (Photo), to Molesey Cricket club for Tea & Bread Pudding, Hampton Court Bridge, Bushy Park, Kingston Bridge. Sub-total 14 Miles, Total 31 Miles. Thanks to Chris for Back marking, thanks to John D for the BP.  Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/860027

Tuesday 18th June, a Cloudy morning, followed by Drizzley Showers, before steady Rain set in after lunch, saw 6 Cyclists, leave via Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Hersham, -where 2 more joined us, (due to the SW  Rail strike making Trains unreliable), -Burwood park, Weybridge, Brooklands community Park, (Photo), Byfleet, Wey navigation Towpath, Pyrford, (with a Bridleway, having too many Nettles for comfort), Old Woking, to Send for lunch at ‘the New Inn’, then Send Marsh, Grove heath, Ockham, Hatchford, Cobham, Portsmouth Rd to Claremont Lake for Tea & refreshments at the NT Cafe,- although 1 person misread the Signal, & carried on, perhaps to avoid getting too damp,- Esher, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton, to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Mike for back marking, & others for marking corners.   Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/857167

Sunday 9th June. A mostly Bright day, with an afternoon Shower, (albeit heavy shower), saw 17 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Thames Towpath to Hampton Court, Molesey, Walton on Thames, Broadwater path, Weybridge, Addlestone, Lyne, (with 1 of the tailenders having a visit from the ‘P’ fairy, then missing a turn, causing a slight delay), to Thorpe Green for lunch at the Rose & Crown, then Virginia Water and Lake, (Photo), Egham Wick, Egham, Staines, Thames Towpath, Penton Hook, Laleham, Shepperton, to Haliford Garden centre, (Squires) for Tea & Refreshments, (with the Catering dept. having left the ‘Cookies’ at home, 😦), but enjoying a lovely new ‘Water feature’, -well it was lovely from inside the Cafe, with Water pouring off the Canopy, not so lovely if you were with those who decided to forego Tea-, still raining somewhat, Sunbury, Hampton, very weirdly a dry Bushy Park, Kingston Bridge. Total 37 Miles, 1 visit from the ‘P’ fairy, thanks to Amy for Back marking & many others for marking Corners, especially Bai, waiting for the delayed tail prior to lunch.  Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/849407

Sunday 26th May, a largly Cloudy day, with a few spots of moisture, saw 29 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwellmoor, Poyle, Harmondsworth Moor to Harmondsworth for lunch split between ‘the Crown’, & ‘Five Bells’, afterwards, a visit to the fantastic ‘Great Barn, with 1 or 2 people missing out on the ‘Culture’, due to a misunderstanding, and repairing a ‘P’, then West Drayton, the Grand union Canal Towpath, -with the surface improved in place’s, but other parts still in need of some ‘TLC’-, Norwood Green, Osterley Park for Tea & Bread pudding, and Photo, Osterley, ‘the tail’, -briefly taking a wrong turn-, Hounslow, Whitton, Twickenham, Teddington, with the 2nd visit from the ‘P fairy’, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 30 Miles, thanks to John E for Back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP. 2 visit from the ‘p fairy’. Map:- plotaroute.com/route/840250

Wednesday 22nd May, a bright Evening saw 9 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, Petersham gate, Petersham Rd, Richmond Bridge, Thames Towpath to find option 1- White Swan-, packed to the Rafters, more back streets to Twickenham green for refreshments at the Sussex Arms, with a very green ‘Astroturfed’ garden, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 10 Miles, thanks to Ken for back marking.   Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/837624

Wednesday 15th May, Another warm Sunny day saw 15, -no, get the Number of Steve’s right-, 16 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Lower Feltham, Ashford, Stanwell, Stanwell Moor, Poyle, a little early, so a pause at the one time home of  John Milton (Photo), near Horton, to Wraysbury for lunch at ‘the Perseverance’, then Hythe End, Staines, Thames Towpath, Laleham, Shepperton, Haliford, to Sunbury, for Tea & refreshments at ‘the Walled Garden’, Hampton, Dukes Head passage, Bushy Park, Kings field, Kingston Bridge. Total 31 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Ellie for back marking, many others for marking corners & holding gates.

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Sunday 12th May, a largely warm, Sunny day saw 18 Cyclists remember the early start from Tolworth via Kingston Rd, West Ewell, Epsom, -with 1 extra joining the crew-, Langley Vale, Headley, Pebblecombe, Betchworth, Strood green, Shellwood Cross, Parkgate, to Newdigate for a ‘sedate lunch’ at the ‘Six Bells’, then Henfold, North Holmwood, (ignoring the Road closed signs), (Photo), Dorking, Dorking Rec, the A24 track, Norbury park Farm, more A24,-with 1 person wanting to ‘explore Leatherhead’ before Tea, causing some confusion Young St, to Bocketts Farm for Tea & Bread pudding, Leatherhead, Ashtead Common, Horton Country Park, the Bonesgate path to Tolworth. Total 39 Miles, 2 new faces, thanks to John E for back marking & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.  Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/440364

Sunday 28th April. A largely Cloudy day, with some brighter spots, saw 21 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, White lodge, Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney, Putney Bridge, Parsons green, Eel Brook Common, Fulham, Brompton Cemetery, South Kensington, the ‘Albert Memorial, (Photo), Hyde Park, Paddington Basin to Little Venice, for lunch at the ‘Warwick Castle’, then the Grand union Canal towpath, to North Kensington, East Acton, Acton Park, South Acton, Chiswick Green, Grove park, with just a few drops of Rain as we approached Chiswick Bridge, East Sheen to Palewell Common for Tea & Bread pudding at Pistachio’s, Sheen gate Richmond Park, White lodge, Kingston gate, to the Market place. Total 29 Miles, 3 new faces, thanks to Amy for back marking & many others for marking corners, and special thanks to John D for the BP, only just back from Australia the day before

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/817985

Wednesday 24th April, a warm Evening for the first ride of the year, saw 14 Cyclists, (with another 2 regulars stopping to say hello), leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate of Richmond Park, to Petersham gate, Thames Towpath, (photo), including the newly improved path to Teddington footbridge, Teddington, to Fulwell for refreshments at ‘the Roebuck’, return via Bushy Park, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. 10 Miles, 2 new faces, thanks to Ken for back marking.  Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/816186

Sunday 7th April. A Cloudy day with some light Drizzle, leading to lunch, & a slightly heavier  afternoon Shower, saw 25 Cyclists remember the early start from New Malden leave via, Raynes park, Cannon Hill, South Merton, Morden Hall Park, Mitcham, Eastfields, where 1 extra Cyclist was ready to join us, Lonesome, Norbury, Thornton heath, Selhurst, Heavers Meadow, South Norwood, & Country Park, to join the ‘Waterlink way’, Sustrans route, via Beckenham, Lower Sydenham, Catford, Ladywell – with 1 person taking a tumble, suffering a couple of Bruises-, Lewisham, Greenwich Park, (Photo with William the IV), to Greenwich to find that the planned Pub stop had no Food, so now past 1 o’clock, a strategic decision that Wetherspoons would cope, so passing the Cutty Sark, with a missed turn, but soon finding ‘the Gate Clock’, a successful lunch, then finding the distressing sight that 1 of our Bikes had been Stolen, 😦 (this coming on top of my own recent loss), & with a few others also needing to curtail the ride, the remaining 19 Cyclists continued via the Thames Path, Deptford, ‘Quietway 1’, via Folkestone Gardens & South Bermondsey, Burgess Park, Camberwell, Loughborough, Brockwell Park, – with the ‘now steady Rain-, it was decided to have an earlier than planned Tea & Bread pudding stop at ‘the Mansion Cafe’, with Rain soon stopped, 🙂,Tulse Hill, Streatham Hill, Tooting Bec Common, Tooting, Mitcham, Phipps bridge, the Rose Garden, Morden, Morden Park, Lower Morden, Morden Cemetery, Joseph Hood Park, Motspur park, -with 1 person deciding to leave the ride for Home, without realising, they had 4 others following-, to finish at New Malden. Total 39 Miles, 1 new face, 1 Cycle theft, thanks to Andrea for back marking such a large group, many others for marking corners & Special thanks to Derek for the BP.  Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/799175

Wednesday 20th March, a mostly Cloudy day saw 15 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, Twickenham, Crane River Path, Whitton, Hounslow, Isleworth, Osterley, Osterley Park, Norwood Green, Top lock Bridge, Grand union Canal Towpath, (Photo 1), to Hanwell for lunch at the delightful ‘Fox’, Churchfield Rec to see the Hanwell Viaduct, (Photo 2), West Ealing, North Ealing, West Acton, Acton Park, Chiswick Green, Grove park, Chiswick Bridge,- with the incoming tide, causing a few people to get there Cozzies ready, before our Leader found the footpath detour, to save the need for a swim, just-, Mortlake, Sheen to Palewell Common for Tea & refreshments, Sheen gate Richmond Park via White lodge, Ham Cross, to Kingston gate, also a brief visit to part of ‘the Wheatfield way’ Track. Total 27 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Ellie for back marking, & others for marking corners.   Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/786525

Sunday 17th March, (St Patricks day), Part 1, a largely Sunny Morning saw 18, no wait 1 more has joined so 19 Cyclists left via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Esher Park, Esher, to Molesey, -some people must have had Skates on as we were to early-, but the ‘Bell’ did soon open the doors for a very enjoyable lunch, then Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd & track to Kingston. Sub total 14 Miles, thanks to Steve F for back marking duties, & others for marking corners.Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/785609

Part 2, with heavier Clouds, and a brief flurry of Hailstones, -was this a portent of things to come-, 3 Fresh faces & Farewell to 7, so 15 Cyclists left via Skerne Rd, Aerospace Estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond Park, to Petersham gate, Richmond, Richmond Bridge, Ducks Walk, St Margerets, Islesworth, Whitton, to Kneller Gardens, Twickenham for Tea & Bread pudding, suddenly we were hit with a very intense was it Hailstones, or was it very small ‘Snowballs’, perhaps a mix of Hail & Snow, -luckily there was just enough room to shelter from the worst of it-, continuing via Fulwell, with another very heavy Hailstorm, this time with nowhere to Shelter until it was too late, 😦 Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Sub total 12 Miles, Total for the day 27 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Chris for Back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to Derek, for the BP.   Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/786020

Sunday 3rd March, a Blustery Wind, with some light Showers, saw 8 Cyclists, with 1 deciding not to continue, so 7 left via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham Gate Richmond Park, via White Lodge, to Roehampton Gate, Barnes, Hammersmith Bridge, Fulham, Barons court, North Kensington, then the ‘Paddington Arm’ of the ‘Grand Union Canal’ towpath, to Harlesden for lunch at the Grand Junction Arms’- with fresh Paint still in evidence-, more Towpath to Park Royal, West Acton, Ealing Common, Gunnersbury Park, (Photo), Carville Hall Park, Brentford, to Syon Park Cafe for Tea & Bread pudding, with a slightly stronger Head wind, & some heavier Showers, (but not as dramatic as had been Forecast, 😉) Isleworth, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 29 Miles, 2 new Faces, thanks to Derek for Back marking, thanks to John for the BP.   Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/342703

Wednesday 20th February, a Bright but Cloudy day saw 14 Cyclists, -with a new leader, (Steve J), leave via Portsmouth Rd & Track, Long Ditton, Giggshill Green, Weston green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Thames Towpath, the ‘Broadwater path’, Weybridge, Wey Navigation Path, Weybridge Rd track, Chertsey Meads, Chertsey, -where yours truly picked the wrong moment to look at a text, leading to an encounter with a Wooden post, thankfully no harm done to me, the Bike or indeed the Post, 😉-, the Twynersh Roundabout, Thorpe to Thorpe Green for lunch at the ‘Rose & Crown’, Virginia Water village, Windsor Great Park, & Virginia Water , & the Totem pole, (Photo), Egham Wick, Callow Hill, Trumps green, Lyne, Chertsey, Chertsey Bridge, to Shepperton for Tea & Refreshments at ‘Nauticalia’, Sunbury, Hampton, Bushy Park, Kingston Bridge. Total 37 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Steve D for back marking, others for marking corners, very special thanks to Steve J for organising & leading this ride.

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Sunday 17th February, a bright sunny day saw 36 Cyclists, (is this a Record), but without our regular leader, who was suffering a heavy Cold, (he claimed his nose was ‘running like an Express, 😦), thanks to Mike for filling the gap at very short notice, so via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester park, Sutton, Carshalton, Carshalton Park, Oaks Park to Woodmansterne, for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, with a small detachment continuing to Pistachio’s in Banstead, re-gathering, in Banstead, Burgh Heath, Tattenham corner, Epsom, the ‘Nescot Path, East Ewell to a very congested Nonsuch Park Cafe, for Tea & Bread pudding, then Worcester park, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, thanks to Jon W for back marking & for the Photo, many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP, and very special thanks to Mike F for leading at such short notice.   Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/363534

Sunday 3rd February. A cold, Sunny day saw 14 Cyclists gather for the first Challenge ride of 2019, leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere,- with 1 person having Gear & Freewheel problems, deciding to leave us-, Ham Gate Richmond Park, to Sheen gate, Sheen, Mortlake, Chiswick Bridge, -with 1 extra Cyclist, managing to predict our route, so back to 14-, Chiswick, Acton, – with a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, the victim insisting on the rest of the party continuing, – Park Royal, Stonebridge park, Wembley, where an Icy Cycle path caused our Leader to have an unplanned dismount, (a useful lesson to others to take it easy), Preston, Kenton, Kenton Park, Belmont to Harrow Weald for lunch at ‘the Duck in the Pond’,-with the ‘P victim’ managing to join us-, followed by a ‘steady climb’, to Harrow Weald Common, (Photo), Hatch end, Headstone, Headstone Manor Park, West Harrow, South Harrow, Northolt Park (a former Race track, the reason the area is now known as ‘the Racecourse Estate’), Northolt, Northala Field,- with no enthusiasm for an ‘alfresco tea stop’, Greenford, Southall, Norwood Green, to Osterley Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Osterley, Hounslow, Whitton, Twickenham, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 42 Miles, 1 visit from the P fairy, 1 other Mechanical, 1 Icy slip, thanks to Andrea for Back marking duties, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the BP.  Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/755785

Sunday 20th January A bright, Sunny but Chilly day saw 22 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden Manor, Worcester park, a somewhat busy Nonsuch Park, East Ewell, the ‘Nescot path’, Epsom, Woodcote, Ashtead Park- meeting a small detachment of the ‘Sou’westers’ in the opposite direction-, to Ashtead for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham Common, Downside, Cobham, Fairmile Estate, Portsmouth Rd to Claremont Lake, (National Trust) for Tea & Bread pudding, (with a victim of the ‘P fairy’ swiftly repaired) Esher, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton, to Kingston. Total 30 Miles, 3 new faces, 1 visit from the ‘P fairy, thanks to Mike for Back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the BP.

Map: www.plotaroute.com/route/749756

Thursday 17th January, a bright, Chilly day saw 7 Cyclists remember the different day, & alternative start, from New Malden, via Shannons corner, Raynes park, Cannon hill, Merton park, South Wimbledon, Wandle trail, Earlsfield, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Vauxhall, to join ‘Cycle Superhighway 5, (CS5) across Vauxhall Bridge to Pimlico for an early lunch at the ‘White Swan’, Parliament Sq, to join CS3, (Victoria Embankment), to Southwark Bridge & CS7, (still mostly Blue paint), Borough, Walworth, Burgess Park, Camberwell, Loughborough Junction, Brockwell Park, Tulse Hill, Streatham Hill, Tooting Bec Common, (too cold for an ‘Alfresco Tea stop’), Tooting, Mitcham, Phipps Bridge, to Morden Hall Park Cafe for Tea & Cake, then South Morden, Morden Park, Morden Cemetery, Motspur Park, to New Malden. Total 32 Miles, thanks to Ellie for Back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to Derek for the Dundee cake.  Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/747539

Sunday 6th January. A largely overcast day, with a couple of brighter spells saw 19 Cyclists ready for the first ride of 2019, leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Clapperstile gate, ( with 1 extra catching the tail at the 2nd attempt), Teddington, Teddington Footbridge, Thames Towpath, Petersham, Petersham gate, Richmond Park, Sheen gate, Palewell, Barnes, Towpath again, to Putney, – where the chosen lunch stop was already stuffed with Football supporters prior to the Fulham/ Oldham game-, with a small group electing to have lunch at a Cafe, the main party continued to Wandsworth, with option 2, not having food, -alas 1 person realising they had left a Pannier at the 1st stop-, option 3 ‘the Garrett Tavern’, more than satisfying our needs, with all the lost sheep back with the group, the Wandle trail, Earlsfield, more Wandle path, South Wimbledon, Merton park, Lower Morden to the Wyevale Garden centre for Tea & Bread Pudding, Morden Cemetery, Joseph Hood Park, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 27 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Amy for back marking & others for corner marking, thanks to John for the BP.

Map:-http://www.plotaroute.com/route/741349