Sunday 7th October. A mostly Sunny day saw 22 Cyclists leave via Motspur park, Joseph Hood Park, North Cheam, Sutton, Wrythe green, Beddington Park -collecting 1 more ‘late starter’-, Waddon, West Croydon, Heavers Meadow, Woodside Green, Shirley, West Wickham, Coney hall, Keston, (with the 1st victim of the ‘P fairy’), to Downe for lunch spread over 3 venues, a local Cafe, the ‘George & Dragon’, & the ‘Queens Head’, then via High Elms, Farnborough, Orpington, Petts wood, Southborough (with the 2nd visit from the ‘P fairy’), Bromley, to Kelsey Park for Tea & BP, Elmers end, South Norwood country Park, -a little too much of South Norwood, 😉 Heavers Meadow, Thornton Heath, Pollards Hill, Mitcham, Morden Hall Park, Morden, Raynes park to New Malden. Total 46 Miles, 1 new face, 2 victims of the ‘P Fairy’, thanks to John E for back marking, & many others for marking corners, Thanks to John D for the Bread pudding. Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/699556
Wednesday 3rd October. A bright largely Sunny day, saw 18 Cyclists on the inaugural KCC Midweek ride leave via Portsmouth Rd, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Esher, Fairmile Common, Fairmile estate, Cobham, Hatchford, Ockham, Ripley to Send Marsh for lunch at the ‘Saddlers Arms’, then Newark Lane, Pyrford, West Byfleet, Basingstoke Canal & Wey navigation Towpath’s, Brooklands Park, Weybridge, Burwood Park, to Hersham Garden centre for Refreshments, Hersham, Esher, Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 3 new faces, thanks to Will for back marking & many others for marking corners. www.plotaroute.com/route/90179
Sunday 23rd September, Part 1. A very wet grey Morning saw just 2 brave or perhaps idiotic Cyclists, take the courageous decision to go for an extended Coffee break, as they locked the Bikes a 3rd Cyclist, belatedly arrived, (from South of the Borough), but the decision had been made, with the Skies lightening somewhat after an Hour, still with light Drizzle, the 3 set off via Cranes park, Berrylands, to New Malden for a very good lunch at Woodies, returning via Norbiton & Bonner Hill to Kingston. Sub total 6 Miles.
Part 2 It could almost be a different world, with a bright, mostly Sunny afternoon, 9 fresh- fairweather– Cyclists joined the dampened flock, so 12 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton hill, Teddington, Teddington Lock footbridge, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond Park, White lodge to Roehampton gate Cafe, for Tea & BP, then Robin hood, Pen Ponds, Ham cross, Kingston gate, to Kingston. Sub total 14 Miles, Total 20 Miles, 3 new Faces, thanks to Jon W for Back marking, thanks to John D for the Bread pudding. www.plotaroute.com/route/692010
Sunday 9th September, a largely cloudy day, with some warming Sun, and a slight Headwind saw 22 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park- with 1 Stag trying unsuccessfully to cause a roadblock-, Hampton, Hanworth, Ashford, Staines-upon-Thames, Wraysbury, Datchett, Jubilee River Path to Eton for lunch at ‘the Watermans Arms’ just beating a group of Uxbridge Cyclist’s to the Bar, with 2 late starters & 1 other also tracking us down, also 1 of the morning party prefering to see the sights of Windsor, so 24 continued across Windsor Bridge, pausing briefly by Alexandra gardens to see one of Kingston’s finest exports, (a Hawker Hurricane, mounted in tribute to its designer, Sir Sidney Camm), Clewer Town, Ranger’s gate of Windsor Great Park, -with a strange rule that Cyclists must be in groups ‘no larger than six‘-, including the Village, Cumberland gate, Savill Garden, Totem pole & Virginia Water lake, then Virginia Water village, Lyne, St Anne’s Hill, Chertsey, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton, to Halliford Garden Centre, just in time for Tea & BP, Lower Sunbury, Hampton Bushy Park, & Kingston Bridge. Total 44 Miles, thanks to Jon W for back marking & many others for corner marking, thanks to John D for the Bread Pudding. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/530830
Wednesday 5th September. A largely overcast, warm Evening saw 14 Cyclists leave via lower Marsh, Berrylands, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, a somewhat ‘spookey’ Littleworth Common, Esher, Ember court to Molesey for refreshments at ‘the Bell’, then via Thames Ditton & Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, 3 new faces, thanks to Ralph for back marking. Map;- www.plotaroute.com/route/681349
Sunday 18th August a mostly grey, cloudy Morning, with a Sunnier Afternoon, saw 24 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Kingston gate Richmond Park, With a few Rutting Stags, briefly delaying the tail end, White Lodge, to Sheen gate, Mortlake, Chiswick Bridge, Chiswick, -with a delay whilst Chris tried unsuccessfully to catch an ‘escapee’,- Acton, North Ealing, Park Royal, then the Paddington arm of the Grand union Canal towpath, to Greenford for lunch at the Black Horse, – to find that the ‘Escapee’, had just beaten us-, 😉 with service a bit slow, because they were expecting around 200 for a Brazilian themed party & BBQ, but not many guests had appeared by the time of our departure, 😦 continuing along the Towpath to Southall, Southall Park, Norwood Green, to Osterley Park for Tea & BP, Osterley, Worton, Whitton, Fulwell, Bushy Park to Kingston. Total 30 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Steve D for back marking & many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the Bread Pudding, thanks to Lars for the Photo’s. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/77217
Wednesday 15th August, a bright evening, with a slight breeze, saw 15 Cyclists leave via Fairfield, Bonner Hill, Mount Pleasant, New Malden, Malden Golf course, Copse Hill, Wimbledon Common to Putney Heath for refreshments at ‘the Telegraph’, then Roehampton, Roehampton gate of Richmond Park, -first Night time visit for many-, via White lodge, to Ham cross, Ham gate, Latchmere, to Kingston. Total 13 Miles, 4 new faces, thanks to John E for Back marking. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/668097
Sunday 5th August, A warm Sunny day saw 19 Cyclists leave via the High St & Portsmouth Rd track, (with 1 very impatient Driver trying to wipe out the Leader on leaving the slipway carpark), Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Esher, (with 1 late arrival, managing to catch the tail), Fairmile, Cobham, Downside, Effingham, (despite the Road closure, 😉), White down, Abinger to Holmbury St Mary for lunch at a very hospitable ‘Royal Oak’, then Abinger Common, Friday St., Wotton, Westcott, Milton Court, Dorking, Meadowbank Park, A24 Cycle track, Norbury park Farm, to the 2nd Road closure of the day, -this one needing a bit more effort to By-pass, but a deserted Young St was very pleasant to Cycle-, to Bockett’s Farm for Tea & BP, then Leatherhead, Kingston Rd Cyclepath, the City of London’s Ashtead Common, Epsom Common, Long Grove Park, St Ebba’s path, Hogsmill path, West Ewell, Tolworth Greenway, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 45 Miles, 2 new Faces, thanks to John E for Back marking again, and many others for marking corners, thanks to Derek for the ‘Spicy’ Bread Pudding. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/653318
Sunday 22nd July a warm but Cloudy day saw 24 Cyclists leave via the newly extended Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands Park, Byfleet village, a very sandy Wey navigation Towpath, to the Anchor, Pyrford Lock for lunch, then Wisley, the former Wisley Airfield, Martyr’s Green, Hatchford, Cobham, Fairmile, Esher Common, to Claremont Lake for Tea & BP, then Esher, Littleworth, Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton- including the not especially useful Claremont Rd Cycle path, to Kingston. 28 Miles, 2 new faces, thanks again to John E for Back marking & many others for marking corners, very special thanks to the non Cycling Derek for the Bread Pudding. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/map/159653
Wednesday 18th July, A warm bright evening saw 10 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden Manor, Cuddington, Stoneleigh, Nonsuch Park, East Ewell to Ewell for refreshments at the ‘Wheatsheaf’, then 2 short part’s of the Hogsmill path, West Ewell, Tolworth, Cranes park to return to Kingston. Total 13 Miles, thanks once again to John E for back marking. Map:-www.plotaroute.com/map/478923
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
Sunday 17th June, Part 1, a dull overcast day saw 16 Cyclists leave via a slightly new route, -avoiding some of the Roadworks, that will soon mean improved Cycle routes in Kingston- Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & Greenway, Hogsmill path, (with 2 people missing the turn onto the Bonesgate path, rejoining the group at ), Horton Country park, West Ewell, St Ebba’s path, Hogsmill path, Stoneleigh, Nonsuch Park, to Cheam village, for lunch at ‘Ye olde Red Lion’, -with some delayed Meal’s meaning a late departure-, North Cheam, Worcester park, Old Malden, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Sub total 17 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Derek for Back marking. Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/632049
Part 2 Saying farewell to 10, hello to 2 fresh faces, leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, via White Lodge, to Roehampton gate, Roehampton, Putney Heath, to Wimbledon Common for Tea & BP at ‘the Windmill tea rooms’, Crooked Billet, Copse Hill, Malden Golf course, New Malden, Norbiton, Bonner Hill, to Kingston. Sub total 13 Miles, Total 30 Miles, thanks to Chris for Back marking, thanks to John for the Bread Pudding. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/632080
Wednesday 13th June, a Bright start, with increasing Clouds, saw 14 Cyclists, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Coombe, Ladderstile gate of Richmond Park, White lodge, to Richmond gate to Richmond Hill for refreshments at the ‘Roebuck’, with a cooler finish to the Evening, due to the total Cloud cover, return via Richmond Park, to Kingston Gate, to the Market place, with a fruitless search for a ‘lost Cycle helmet’.
Total 12 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Jon W for back marking. Map:- https://www.plotaroute.com/route/630019
Sunday 3rd June.A mostly warm, Sunny day saw 24 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & Greenway, West Ewell, Epsom, Epsom downs, Burgh Heath, Banstead, to Woodmansterne for lunch at the ‘Woodman’, -very good apart from a minor hiccup with our Leaders lunch, ;-( -then Clockhouse, Woodcote Garden village, South Beddington, to Beddington Park for Tea & BP at a very busy ‘Pavilion Cafe’, Hackbridge, Wrythe Green, Benhilton, Pyl Brook path, Sir Joseph Hood Park, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands, the Grove to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, thanks to Will & Steve D for Back marking and many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the Bread pudding.
Sunday 27th May. A mostly warm Sunny day, without any of the predicted ‘thunder Showers’, (thankfully), saw 23 Cyclists leave via the Portsmouth Rd track, Giggs hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Ashley Park, Walton Bridge, Shepperton, Chertsey Bridge, Chertsey, Thorpe Village, to Thorpe Green for lunch at a very hospitable ‘Rose & Crown’, then Stroude Cycle path, Egham Hythe, Staines Bridge, Staines Riverside, Thames Towpath, Laleham, Shepperton, Haliford, to Sunbury & the ‘Walled Garden’, for Tea & BP, Lower Sunbury, Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 32 Miles, 2 new Faces, thanks to Will & Mike for Back marking duties, & others for watching corners, special thanks to John for the Bread pudding.
Wednesday 23rd May, a mostly bright evening saw a Bakers dozen, (13 Cyclists), leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Southborough, Long Ditton, Claygate, Esher to Esher green for refreshments at the ‘Wheatsheaf’, -with a very amusing Barman not happy that we weren’t on a Charity ride-, even threatening to take some drinks back, then Weston Green, Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd, (with the extension to the Cycle track, along the High St making steady progress. Total 13 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Steve J for Back marking duties.
Sunday 13th May. a Cloudy morning, with some Sun later, saw 15 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth greenway, West Ewell, Hogsmill path with added ‘fun runners’, St. Ebba’s path, Manor Park, Woodcote, Headley, Pebblecombe- with many of the group having the chance to do some Train spotting at the Level crossing-, Betchworth, to Leigh for lunch at the ever reliable Plough,- to find that 1 extra person had missed the start, taken an alternative route via Epsom, and saved the best table for the greater party, thanks Steve-, then Flanchford, Reigate, Wray Common, Gatton Park, Gatton, Chipstead, to Banstead for Tea & BP at Pistachios, Belmont, Sutton, North Cheam, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 41 Miles, thanks again to John E for back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D, back from his travels, for the Bread Pudding.
Wednesday 25th April. A bright evening after a few earlier showers, and after much debate, saw 5 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Hill, Fulwell, River Crane path, Twickenham, with the first option now closed & covered in Scaffolding, to the Royal Oak for refreshments, then Twickenham, town, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 11 Miles. Thanks to John for Back marking.
Sunday 22nd April. A bright Sunny morning, with increasing Cloud in the Afternoon, saw 20 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Hampton Wick, Teddington, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Hounslow heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, Sipson to Harmonsworth – with the first choice Pub, the Five Bells having no food – The Crown more than filled the gap with very generous portions & very good service, then a short detour to visit the great Barn, (also known as the Cathedral of Middlesex), -with some of the group electing for an extra Tea stop-, then Harmondsworth Moor, Poyle, Stanwellmoor, Ashford,- including a new Cycle path along Town Lane-, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton Hill to Bushy Park for Tea & BP at the ‘Pheasantry’, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 30 Miles, thanks to Bob for Back marking & Many others for marking corners, special thanks to Derek for the Bread pudding.
Sunday 8th April,a largely wet and grey day saw 20 Cyclists leave via Fairfield, Bonner Hill, Norbiton, New Malden, Malden Golf course, Copse Hill, Wimbledon village, Wimbledon Park, Earlsfield, – with a slipped Chain & A visit from the ‘P fairy’-, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Larkhall, Oval, Kennington, Burgess Park, Surrey Canal Path to Peckham, for lunch at the ‘Kentish Drovers, then Camberwell, Dulwich, Brockwell Park, Tulse Hill, – with 1 of our party almost wiping the leader out-, ‘Streatham Hill, to Tooting Bec Common for Tea & BP, then Furzedown, Mitcham, Colliers Wood, Merton park, Cannon Hill, West Barnes Motspur Park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 4 new faces, thanks to Steve D for Back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to Derek for the Bread pudding.
Sunday 18th March. Part 1, with 3 Cyclist’s having missed the information that part 1 had been cancelled, due to the freezing temperature, thanks to Derek for leading an impromptu ride around a somewhat Muddy Bushy Park, then Surbiton for lunch at ‘Wags & Tails’, then back to Kingston.
Part 2, farewell to 1 & welcoming 4 fresh, brave faces, with the Temperature just above 0deg C, so 6 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Thames Towpath to Hampton Court, East Molesey, Esher, a ‘slippery’ Littleworth Common, Claygate, to Long Ditton for Tea & BP at Squires Garden centre, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, thanks to John E for Back marking, thanks to a ‘Peddestrian’ John D for the Bread pudding.
Helpful hint: Anyone who suffers with Cold Toes or feet, try wrapping them in Tin foil, thanks to Ken for that.
Sunday 4th March. A mostly cloudy day saw 16 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge,- with the tail end becoming briefly detached-, Bushy Park, Hampton, Fulwell, Crane River path, Whitton, Hounslow, Osterley, Osterley Park,- with a still largely Frozen Lake-, Norwood Green, Southall, Greenford, to Northolt for lunch at the Crown, (Sizzling Pubs), then Grand Union Canal Towpath, Horsenden Lane, Perivale, Pitshanger Park, Brentham, Hanger Hill, West Acton, Acton Park for Tea & BP, South Acton, Chiswick Park, Chiswick Green, Grove park, Chiswick Bridge, Mortlake, East Sheen, Sheen gate Richmond Park, Kingston gate to Kingston. Total 31 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to John D for the Bread Pudding, thanks to John E for Back marking, & many others for marking corners.
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.
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.