Bread Pudding ride to Send Marsh

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Brooklands Park, near what’s left of the Banking from the the original course

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

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Challenge ride to Dorney

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Virginia Water, Windsor great Park

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

2 part ride to Chessington & Molesey

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Cheam Park

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

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Sunbury Lock

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

Bread pudding ride to Knaphill

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Homewood Park, Chertsey Credit T. Coles

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

Evening ride to Twickenham

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

Bread pudding ride to Englefield Green

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Staines Riverside, with Statue of the ‘Swan Master’

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

Evening ride to Ewell

Wednesday 16th August, a bright Evening saw 9 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, where a touch of Wheels led to a slip for the Leader,( but no injuries), New Malden, Malden Manor, with a pause to inflate a rear Tyre, Worcester park, (with a missed turn leading to a long forgotten path), Stoneleigh, Nonsuch Park, East Ewell, to Ewell Village for refreshments at ‘the Wheatsheaf’, then Hogsmill path, West Ewell, Tolworth, Berrylands, the Bittoms to Kingston. Total 15 Miles. Thanks to Jon for Back marking duties.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/478923

Challenge ride to Newdigate

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Dorking Rec Pond

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

Feeder ride to London Freecycle 2017

Saturday 29th July, a bright Morning saw approx 80 Cyclists leave the Market Place, via Skerne Rd, Kingston gate of Richmond Park, Ham Cross- where a phalanx of Police Motor Bikes were escorting a solitary Car, or where they on a Recce for Sunday’s London Surrey events-, also gathering more Cyclists, (approx 100 in all), White lodge, Roehampton Gate, Barnes, Thames Towpath, Putney Bridge, Bishops Park, Hurlingham, Parsons Green, Eel Brook Common, Brompton Cemetery, South Kensington, Belgravia, Victoria to Buckingham Palace. After enjoying a well earned lunch for the Marshals, and enjoying much of the Freecycle route, with steady Drizzle gradually morphing into proper Rain, 45 Cyclists gathered together on Constitution Hill, via Hyde Park, Kensington Gdns, South Kensington, Brompton Cemetery, Parsons Green, Fulham, Putney Bridge, Thames Towpath, Barnes, Roehampton Gate of Richmond Park, to Kingston Gate, to return to the Market place. Thanks to Steve for Back Marking & Rob for sorting out several Punctures’s and other minor faults, also all the other Marshals, thanks to Jon White for the Photo’s.

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Richmond Park, credit: Jon White

Bread Pudding ride to Greenford

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Bridge over the Canal, Norwood Green

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