Challenge ride to Harrow Weald

Sunday 10th October, An overcast Morning, with 3 late cancellations, 18 Cyclists, split into 2 groups, wait 1 late arrival for group 1, left via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, Sheen gate, congested Mortlake ? Chiswick Bridge, Chiswick, Acton- to find the Level crossing closed, A what detour to take, B how to let group 2 know, retrace our route, to the Junction, who should be approaching, hence, stay as 1 large group for a short section-, West Acton, Park Royal, Stonebridge park, Wembley- with a visit from the ‘P fairy’ for group 2- ,

Screwy !

Preston park, Kenton, Kenton Park, Belmont, to Harrow Weald for lunch at the Duck in the Pond, with the Sun emerging from its hiding place, a Sunny Afternoon, Harrow Weald Common (Photo’s), Hatch end- with 1 of group 1 suffering a small tumble, swiftly remounted-, Headstone Manor Rec, West Harrow Rec, South Harrow, Northolt, Northala Field, Southall, Norwood Green, to Osterley Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Osterley, Hounslow, Whitton- with 1 member of group 1 needing a short rest after an ‘SVT episode’, Twickenham, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 42 Miles, 1 new face, Special thanks to Carl for leading group 2, thanks to Toni & John E for back marking each group.

Group 1 Harrow Weald Common
Group 2 Harrow Weald Common

Train assisted ride to Horley

With the Ancient Yew tree, St Georges Church, Crowhurst

Sunday 26th September. A mostly Cloudy morning, with some Afternoon Sun saw 11 Cyclists gather at Clapham Junction, for the Train to Hurst Green collecting 2 more en route, so a Bakers Dozen (13) Cyclists in 1 group with a surprising turn, Bai took the lead, via Merle Common, Crowhurst with a brief chat on the Yew tree (Photo), Blindley Heath, Horne, Smallfield, to Horley for lunch at the very homely ‘Farmhouse Pub’, then a poorly surfaced stretch of NCN 21, Whitebushes, Woodhatch, Flanchford, to Brockham for Tea & Bread pudding at the Church hall, Coach Rd, Pixham, A24 track, Leatherhead, to finish at the Station. Total 31 Miles, very special thanks to Bai for leading, thanks to Mike for back marking, thanks to the Apprentice Corner marker (he does show propmise, he may prove useful in the future), thanks to John D for the BP.


Car free day ride to Epsom

At the start, Kingston Market place: Hilary G

Wednesday 22nd September, in a new departure for KCC, a jointly organised ride with Kingston Council, to celebrate International Car free day. A warm Sunny Afternoon, saw 9 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & the Greenway, Kingston Rd Track, West Ewell, St Ebba’s path, Long grove Park, Manor park, to the Old Moat Garden centre Cafe for Tea & Refreshments, then Horton Country Park, Chessington, Tolworth, Surbiton to finish back at the Market place. Total 14 Miles, 4 new faces, special thanks to Helen for acting as Back marker, thanks to Peter for help with organising the ride.


Midweek ride to Maida Vale

Carlton Tavern, Maida Vale: Lindsay

Wednesday 15th September, A mostly overcast morning, with a brighter afternoon, after 1 cancellation, saw 12 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, White Lodge, Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney, Putney Bridge- with 1 extra ready to join us, now a Bakers Dozen-, Parsons Green, EEl Brook Common, Brompton Cemetery, Kensington, Hyde Park, Marylebone, to Maida Vale for lunch at the newly rebuilt & very hospitable Carlton Tavern, –quite a story-, Kilburn, North Kensington, Shepherds bush, Hammersmith, Hammersmith Bridge, Barnes, – with a very long wait for a Train to appear on Line 1 at the dual Level crossing 😦 -, East Sheen to Palewell Common Cafe, for Tea & refreshments, with some home made Cookies, Sheen gate, Richmond Park, Kingston gate, the Station Bridge to finish back at the Market place. Total 29 Miles, thanks to John E for back marking, thanks to Janet for the Cookies.


2 part ride to Molesey & Epsom

Sunday 12th September Part 1. A largely Sunny Morning, with 1 late cancellation & 1 unannounced visitor, saw 16 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands – with 1 extra joining group 2-, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Littleworth Common (Photo group 1), Esher to Molesey (somewhat too early), for lunch at ‘the Bell’ (Greene King), then Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd to finish back in Kingston. Sub-total 13 Miles, Special thanks to Carl for leading group 2, thanks to Toni & Mike for back marking each group, 1 new face. Map:-

Part 1, Group 1 Littleworth Common

Part 2 With cloudier skies,we said farewell to 7, & welcomed 5 fresh faces, plus 1 more late arrival, just missing departure of group 1 so 16 Cyclists, in 2 groups, left via Fairfield, Norbiton, New Malden, Worcester park, Stoneleigh, Ewell, to Epsom for Tea & Bread pudding at ‘Old Moat Garden centre Cafe’, West Ewell, Tolworth, Surbiton, to finish back in Kingston. Sub total 16 Miles, Total 29 Miles. Special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to John E & Andrea for back marking each group, 2 new faces. Map:-

Part 2, Group 2, Hogsmill open space, Ewell: Bai

Evening ride to Wimbledon

Wednesday 6th September. A warm Sultry evening saw 10 Cyclists, in 1 group leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park- with an inordinantly long wait at the Level crossing-, Cannon Hill, South Wimbledon to Wimbledon for refreshments at the Wibbas Down Inn (Wetherspoons), with Rain & Thunder forecast 1 member made an early departure, 2 others also headed in other directions, the main group, with steady rain soon turning to light Drizzle, continued via Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, New Malden, Norbiton to finish back in Kingston. Total 14 Miles, thanks to Ellie for back marking.


Bread pudding ride to Ashtead

Sunday 22nd August. A largely grey day saw 19 Cyclists split into 2 groups, leave via Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Claremont, Fairmile, Cobham, Downside, Bookham Common including ‘the Isle of Wight’ ?, Fetcham, (Photo group 1), Leatherhead to Ashtead for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, Ashtead Park, Epsom, East Ewell, Nonsuch Park, Cheam Park, North Cheam, Lower Morden to the ‘Blue Diamond’ Garden Centre, -including a long tour of the building to the Cafe-, for Tea & Bread Pudding, Morden Cemetery, (Photo group 2), Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands to finish back in Kingston. Total 32 Miles, 1 new face, Special thanks to Carl (with a little help from Bai), for Group leading, thanks to Mike & Amy for back marking, thanks to John D for the BP.


Group 1, Fetcham Mill pond: Lindsay
:Group 2 Morden Cemetery: Carl S
The new presenting team for Pebble Mill at One, Gardening segment,…… maybe: Bai

Midweek ride to Wraysbury

Wednesday 18th August. A Mostly grey but dry day, after 1 cancellation, saw 10 Cyclists in 1 group, leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Sunbury, Ashford, Staines, Hythe End to Wraysbury, with a a few false starts to find the best view of the Windmill (Photo) before lunch at the very hospitable Perseverance, with a speedy delivery of our pre-ordered food :-), Poyle, Stanwell Moor, the much improved Cycle path in Stanwell, Bedfont, Feltham, Leitrim Park, Crane River, to Kneller Gdns for Tea & Refreshments, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 30 Miles. Thanks to Mike for back marking.

Map :-

Wraysbury Windmill & Church: Lindsay

Evening ride to Teddington

Wednesday 11th August. A Bright Evening, after 1 cancellation saw a Bakers Dozen (13) Cyclists in 1 group leave via the new Station Bridge, London Rd Track, Norbiton, Kingston gate Richmond Park, the Tamsin Trail, Petersham gate, Ham House, Thames towpath, Teddington Footbridge, Teddington to the very hospitable Lion for refreshments, with a brand new feature- Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to finish back at the start. Total 10 Miles, 4, yes Four new faces, thanks to John E for back marking, thanks to Jon W for marking corners.

Our new feature; enjoy a Swing with John, predicted to come to TV screens very soon. Roger

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Challenge ride to Godstone

Sunday 8th August. A Drizzly Morning, with 1 or 2 heavier showers & A drier Afternoon, until just before Tea, with 2 cancellations & 2 no shows, saw 17 Cyclists, gather at the Fountain Roundabout, split into 3 groups, -alas, group 3 had navigational issues, so group 2 agreed to wait, then continue as a ‘Super group’-, leave via Motspur park, North Cheam, West Sutton, Carshalton Beeches, Oaks Park, with 2 more Cyclists joining group 2, Woodmansterne, Coulsdon, Farthing Down, Chaldon, Brewer Street, Bletchingley, to Godstone, – but what’s this, no Pub, a Farm ? But wait, ahh, now I see, we have a Brewery attached, with possibly the biggest Pub Garden anywhere, the Flower Farm also has a superb Farm shop, if only I’d brought the Trailer 😉, then the delightful Woldingham Valley (Photo group 1)

Group 2 & 3 Super group, after lunch, Flower Farm: Bai
Group 1 with somewhat boisterous cattle, Woldingham: Lindsay

Manor Park, Whyteleafe, Kenley, South Croydon, Duppas Hill, Beddington, – with a sudden heavy Shower -, to Beddington Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Hackbridge, the Wrythe, Benhill, Sutton, North Cheam, Motspur park, to finish back in New Malden. Total 40 Miles, 1 new face, special thanks to Bai & Carl for group leading, thanks to Mike F, John E & Amy for back marking duties, thanks to John D for the BP.