Feeder ride to London Freecycle 2018


near Sheen Cross, Richmond Park

Saturday 28th July, a bright warm Day saw approx 70 Cyclists leave the Market Place, via Skerne Rd, Kingston gate of Richmond Park, Ham Cross- where a phalanx of Police Motor Bikes were once again on a Recce for Sunday’s London Surrey events-, with a very strong tailwind, (could that be turned off for the return journey ?) also gathering more Cyclists, (approx 85 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 a well earned lunch for the Marshal’s, & enjoying much of the central route, the search for the start point for the return ride, eventually found the right Tree, with around 40 Cyclists -including some who had got the Train into London-, collecting some 20 more on Constitution Hill, following behind the Ealing return ride, via Hyde Park, Kensington Gdns, South Kensington, -finally saying farewell to the Ealing group-,  Brompton Cemetery, Parsons Green, Fulham, Putney Bridge, Thames Towpath, Barnes, Roehampton Gate of Richmond Park, now with a strong Headwind, 😦 to Kingston Gate, to return to the Market place. Thanks to all the Marshal’s, especially Steve D as Back marker, & Rob as ‘Sweeper’ looking after small mechanical problems.

If you go to the ‘Flickr’ page, there is a short Video in Richmond Park, from Jon White.

Map of Feeder route:-www.plotaroute.com/route/656634



Train assisted ride to Windlesham


Broadwater Path, Weybridge

Sunday 8th July, a hot & sultry sunny day saw 19 Cyclists ready to leave Woking Station, with a brief visit to the one way system, then St John’s, Basingstoke Canal towpath, (with lots of Tree cover helping to keep the Temperature bearable) , with 2 short bits of Road before rejoining the Towpath, Brookwood, Bisley, Donkey Town, Hook Mill, to Windlesham for a well earned lunch at ‘the Sun’- with the real thing continuing to shine from above and 1 person having a visit from the ‘P’ fairy-, then Valley end,  Burrow hill, Chobham Common, Stonehill, Homewood Park, Addlestone, Victory Park, Hamm Moor, Weybridge, Broadwater Path, -with 1 person suffering some ‘Gravel rash’ after a slip-, to Walton Bridge for Tea & BP at Gino’s,- with our Leader suffering a visit from the ‘P’ fairy-, Walton on Thames, Esher, Weston Green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd, & the newly extended Track to the Market Place. Total 32 Miles, 2 visit’s from the ‘P’ fairy, thanks to John E for back marking & many other corner markers, thanks also to John D for the Bread pudding, even though he couldn’t join us, (maybe still celebrating the Footie result).

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/map/608710

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 Battersea


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