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.
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.
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.