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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday 17th April, a largely bright Sunny day saw 16 Cyclists leave via the Portsmouth Rd track, with 1 extra ‘late starter’, joining us as we approached Winters Bridge, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, – with a short delay whilst someone got his stamps !-, Littleworth, Esher, Fairmile, Cobham, Hatchford, Ockham, to West Horsley for lunch at the ‘Barley Mow’, then East Horsley, Effingham, Bookham, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Ashtead Common (Photo), – with a brief explanation of how the ‘Coal Tax’, helped the City of London maintain this & many other Commons & green spaces around the City-, Epsom Common, to the ‘Old Moat Garden Centre’ for refreshments, West Ewell, Tolworth, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 32 Miles, 2 new Faces, thanks to Steve D for back marking, & others for marking corners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: Please do have a look at Matt’s post regarding Kings Rd, if you are at all familiar with the area near Kingston gate, it is increasingly apparent that action is needed to address the traffic issues in that area.