28. Sunday 8 December, an overcast, but otherwise pleasant day saw 17 Cyclists set off via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Coombe, Ladderstile Gate of Richmond Park, past White Lodge, then the Tamsin trail from Sheen to Cambrian Gate, to Richmond for lunch at ‘The White Cross’. After John’s annual speech and presentation, plus 1 extra cyclist, Richmond Bridge, Ducks Walk, St Margarets (including the Street Festival), Twickenham, Staines Road and a busy Apex Corner junction, Hanworth, Hampton to Lower Sunbury for Tea & BP at the Walled Garden, then retracing our pedal strokes to Hampton, Bushey Park, Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge. Total 24 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2516257. It appears the tracker thinks we took an interesting shortcut, just before lunch and immediately afterwards, so please ignore that bit in the centre of Richmond.
27. Sunday 24 November
- Part 1, a cold cloudy day saw 12 cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester Park, Nonsuch Park, East Ewell, Epsom to Epsom Common for lunch at ‘The Cricketers’, then West Ewell, Tolworth and the new Greenway, Surbiton to Kingston. Sub-total 18 Miles.
- Part 2, farewell to 8 hello to 3 fresh faces, with some light drizzle, 7 Cyclists left via Portsmouth Road, Giggs Hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton, then Thames towpath to Molesey Cricket Club for Tea & BP, then Hampton Court, more towpath, Kingston Bridge to Kingston. Sub-total 14 Miles. Total for the day 32 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors/ViewTrip/2505383
26. Sunday 10 November, a cold but sunny day saw 12 Cyclists set off via Portsmouth Road, Giggs Hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton, Oatlands, Weybridge, Brooklands, Byfleet, Wey Navigation towpath to Pyrford Lock for lunch at ‘The Anglers’. Afterwards via Wisley, Wisley Airfield, Martyrs Green, Downside, Cobham, Fairmile, Oxshott Heath, Fairoak, Claygate to the garden centre at Long Ditton for Tea & BP, then Surbiton to Kingston. Total 29 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2491529
25. Sunday 27 October. A very blustery, windy, but otherwise dry day saw 12 Cyclists leave via Farefield, Norbiton, New Malden, Malden golf course, Copse Hill, Wimbledon Village, Wimbledon Park, Earlsfield, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Vauxhall, Oval, Camberwell, Burgess Park, Peckham canal path to Peckham for lunch at ‘The Kentish Drovers’. Afterwards, via Camberwell Grove, Dulwich, Brockwell Park, Streatham Hill to Tooting Bec Common for Tea & BP. Then Tooting, Colliers Wood, Morden Hall Park, Morden, Bushey Mead, West Barnes, Motspur Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Lower Marsh to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 1 new face. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2477163
24. Sunday 13 October. A very wet morning saw 4 Cyclists manage to dodge the ‘fun runners’, for the last Challenge ride of the year, via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Hill, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Hounslow Heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, Sipson, West Drayton, Grand Union canal towpath to Cowley, Iver Heath, past Pinewood Studios, to Fulmer for lunch at ‘The Black horse’. With rain almost stopped, but still wet roads, via Farnham Common, Egypt (still no sign of camels or any desert?), Burnham beeches, Burnham, Dorney, Jubilee River path, Datchet, Wraysbury, Staines, Laleham for Tea & BP at ‘The Three Horseshoes’, then slightly brighter skies, Shepperton, Walton Bridge, Rydens, Lower Green Esher, Thames Ditton to the market place with just one more very heavy shower to dampen the mood. Total 53 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2477615
- Sunday 22 September
- Part 1: Women 5 – Blokes 4 but wait till part 2! A mostly overcast day saw 9 Cyclists go via Thames Ditton, East Molesey, Esher, Littleworth Common, Claygate, Barwell Farm, Chessington, Bonesgate path, Tolworth, Sheephouse Way bridge, South Lane to New Malden for lunch at ‘Woodies’, then Berrylands bridge, Lower Marsh to Kingston. Sub-total 17 Miles, 1 new face.
- Part 2: Girls 0 – Chaps 4, Nuff said 😉 We said goodbye to 7 and hello to 2 fresh faces. Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham and towpath to Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, to Roehampton Gate, Roehampton, Putney Heath to Wimbledon Common for Tea & BP, then Copse Hill, Malden golf course path, Mount Pleasant, Norbiton to Kingston. Subtotal 14 Miles. Total 31 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2435727
PS Anyone who witnessed the hunt for “Jack” at the Christening in Chessington: Jack was seen on Putney heath, but he now had 4 legs…
22.Sunday 8 September, a bright sunny morning, clouded over with very sporadic showers in the afternoon, saw 11 Cyclists gather at Waterloo Station, via Jubilee Gardens, Southwark, Bermondsey, Surrey Docks Park, Deptford, Elverson Road, Blackheath, Vanburgh Park, Westcombe Park, Thames towpath past the Thames Barrier, then the Woolwich ferry, North Woolwich, Beckton, the Greenway to Stratford, to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for a late lunch at the new Timber Lodge cafe. Afterwards Hackney Wick, River Lea towpath, (including the ‘floating towpath’), Limehouse Cut towpath, Limehouse Basin, Cycle Superhighway 3, Tower Gateway to Tower Hill cafe for Tea & BP, passing the infamous ‘Walkie talkie tower’, Mansion House, Southwark Bridge, upper ground to Waterloo Station. Total 30 Miles, 3 new faces. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2417659
21. Sunday 25 August: Women 6 – Blokes 5! Statistics like that are not really needed…so an overcast morning gave way to a bright afternoon, with 11 Cyclists leaving via Canbury Gardens, towpath to the Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, Richmond Gate, Kew Road, Kew Bridge, South Ealing, West Ealing, Pitshanger Park, Perivale, then Grand Union Canal towpath to Greenford for lunch at ‘The Black Horse’. Afterwards more newly surfaced towpath to Southall, Norwood Green, Osterley Park, (too early for tea), Isleworth, a very sweet smelling Mogden (!), Twickenham to Marble Hill Park for Tea & BP, Twickenham centre, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge. Total 30 Miles, 3 new faces. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2397437
20.Wednesday 21 August, a bright summer evening saw 6 Cyclists leave via Skerne Road, towpath to Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, Roehampton Gate, Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common for refreshments at ‘The Crooked Billet’, then Copse Hill, Malden golf course, New Malden where everyone went their separate ways. Total 12 Miles
19.Sunday 11 August, a mostly overcast morning with very occasional spots of rain, cleared to give a bright and sunny afternoon. So 11 Cyclists remembered the early start for this Challenge ride from the New Malden Fountain, via Malden (almost Dutch) roundabout, Motspur Park, West Barnes, Bushy Mead, Merton Park, Morden Hall Park, Mitcham, Pollards Hill, Thornton Heath, West Croydon, South Norwood country park, Monks Orchard, Spring Park, Nash, Keston to Downe for lunch at ‘The Queens head’. Afterwards, pausing briefly at Charles Darwin’s home, Down House, then Luxted, Biggin Hill, Norhead Lane, Chelsham, Warlingham, Hamsey Green, Riddlesdown Common, Purley Oaks, Waddon, Wallington and Beddington Park for Tea & BP. Then Carshalton, Sutton, North Cheam, Worcester Park to New Malden. Total 46 Miles, 2 new faces – special welcome to 8 year old turbo-charged Arthur and his dad Len. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2375882
RideLondon – Saturday 3 August saw approximately 60 Cyclists leave via Kings Road, Kingston Gate of Richmond Park, Ham Cross, Pen Ponds, Roehampton Gate, Barnes, then Thames towpath to Putney, Putney Bridge, Fulham, Parsons Green, Brompton Cemetery, Kensington, Queens Gate to Hyde Park to join the central route for RideLondon, then later with around 30 Cyclists retracing the route back to Kingston and later still another 4 Cyclists making the return trip.
18.Sunday 21 July. A hot and sunny day saw 12 Cyclists pay a brief visit to Kingston’s latest cycling attraction, our new pump, (so new it didn’t need a hose to connect to the tyre…or maybe that hadn’t been delivered yet…) then Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Oxshott, Stoke D’Abernon, Downside, Martyrs Green, Ockham to Send Marsh for lunch at ‘The Saddlers arms’. Afterwards via Papercourt, Pyrford, West Byfleet, Basingstoke canal towpath, Wey Navigation towpath, Weybridge, Thames towpath to Walton Bridge for Tea & BP. Then after a brief inspection of the brand new bridge, via Walton, Rydens, Esher, Weston Green, Giggs Hill Green and Portsmouth Road to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, 2 new faces.
Apologies the tracker didn’t start properly so no map.
17. Wednesday 17 July, a hot and sultry evening saw 5 Cyclists go via Kings Road, Kingston Gate of Richmond Park to Ham Gate, Ham, Teddington footbridge, Teddington, Fulwell to Hampton Hill for refreshments at ‘The Roebuck’, then Bushy Park, Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge. Total 10.5 Miles.
16. Sunday 7 July. With the usual leaders absent an intrepid Derek stepped in, so 9 Cyclists walked via Charter Quay to the Clattern bridge, then the western bank of the Hogsmill, Berrylands, Old Malden, pausing at ‘Six Acre Meadow’ to see what inspired the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in Victorian times, then via St John’s church and rectory, rejoining the Hogsmill in West Ewell, hearing tales of the gunpowder mills that had lined the stream then to Ewell village for lunch at ‘ The Eight Bells’. Afterwards more riverside paths to Tolworth for Pimms – or Tea & BP – at a mystery location, then back to Kingston. Total 18 Miles
15. Sunday 23 June
- Part 1, an overcast but otherwise pleasant day with just a few spots of rain saw 10 Cyclists go via Cranes Park, King Charles Bridge, Tolworth, Hogsmill path, Bonesgate path, Chessington, Barwell, Claygate, Littleworth Common, Esher to East Molesey for lunch at ‘The Bell’, then Sumner Road, Thames Ditton to Kingston. Sub total 15 Miles, 2 new faces.
- Part 2, farewell 5 and hello 4, so 9 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Teddington, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, St Margarets, Richmond Bridge and Hill to Richmond Park and Pembroke Lodge for Tea & BP, then Kingston gate and return to the Market place. Sub total 12 Miles, Total 27 Miles
14. Wednesday 19 June, just 3 Cyclists braved the overcast, but otherwise pleasant evening ride via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Coombe, Ladderstile gate of Richmond park, past Pen Ponds to Richmond gate and ‘The Roebuck’ for refreshments together with many other groups from South west London, before returning via Richmond park to Kingston. Total 12 Miles.
13. Sunday 9 June, a chilly overcast day saw 10 cyclists set off via Portsmouth Road, Giggs Hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Walton Bridge, Shepperton, Chertsey Bridge, Chertsey, St Ann’s Hill to Lyne for lunch at the ‘Royal Marine’. Afterwards via Trumps Green, Virginia Water Lake and the totem pole, Savill Garden, Englefield Green, Egham, Staines Bridge, then the Thames towpath to Penton Hook and Laleham, Shepperton, Halliford to ‘The Walled Garden’ at Sunbury for Tea & BP, then Lower Sunbury, Hampton, Bushy Park to Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge. Total 37 Miles, 1 new face. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2280002
12. Sunday 26 May, a bank holiday Sunday must surely mean….bright, gorgeous sun, so 8 Cyclists set off via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, Shot Tower, Whitton, Hounslow Heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, Sipson to Harmondsworth for lunch at ‘The Five Bells’. Afterwards taking the invite to visit the superb 15th century tithe barn, now owned by English Heritage, then the ‘obstacle course’ on Harmondsworth Moor, Poyle, Stanwell Moor, Staines, Thames towpath to Laleham, Shepperton to Walton Bridge for Tea & BP, then Towpath to Hampton Court, Thames Ditton and return to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 1 new face. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2258713
11. Wednesday May. On a bright but chilly evening just 2 Cyclists left via Canbury Gardens, towpath to Ham, path to Ham House, towpath to Richmond, Richmond Bridge, towpath to Twickenham for refreshments at ‘The White Swan’, then Twickenham town, Strawberry Hill, Teddington footbridge and return to Kingston.
10. Sunday 12 May. A mostly bright morning, but with a chilly westerly wind, gradually clouded over, followed by light drizzle after tea, saw 6 Cyclists that remembered the early start for this second Challenge ride, go via Portsmouth Road, Giggs Hill Green, Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Arbrook Common, Esher Common, Fairmile, Stoke D’ Abernon, Downside, Martyrs Green, Ockham, Hungry Hill, East Clandon, Combe Bottom and Shere to Albury Heath for lunch at the ‘William the Fourth’. Afterwards returning to Shere then Gomshall, Abinger, Deerleap Wood, Westcott, the new Sustrans path to Milton Court, Dorking, Westhumble, Fetcham Downs to Bocketts Farm for Tea & Cookies for a change, then Leatherhead, Ashtead, Ashtead common, Epsom common, Horton, West Ewell, Hogsmill path, Tolworth, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 45 Miles – it appears that the tracker took another short-cut between Dorking and Bocketts Farm, the rest of the map is www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2238475
9.Wednesday 24 April, a pleasant evening saw 4 cyclists leave via Kingston bridge, towpath to Hampton court, East Molesey, Esher, Littleworth Common to Claygate for refreshments at’ The Swan’, then Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton to return to Kingston. Total 13 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2211061
8.Sunday 21 April. A mostly bright but chilly day saw 8 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Hill, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Isleworth, Spring grove, Osterley Park, Norwood green then Grand Union Canal towpath to Hanwell for lunch at ‘The Fox’. Afterwards joined by two more cyclists, and some repairs to Derek’s pedal, Hanwell Viaduct, West Ealing, where Derek’s pedal gave up entirely! Acton, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Hammersmith Bridge, Barnes, Roehampton gate of Richmond Park for Tea & BP, then White Lodge, Ham Gate, Ham, Aerospace estate and towpath to Kingston. Total 29.5 Miles, 2 new faces. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2205923
7. Sunday 7 April. Somewhat warmer mostly sunny weather saw 12 Cyclists leave via Cranes Park, King Charles Bridge, Tolworth, Hogsmill path, Bonesgate path, Chessington, Castle Hill, Horton Country Park, Epsom Common, Ashtead Common, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham to Effingham for Nick’s suggested lunch at ‘The Sir Douglas Haig’. Afterwards via Bookham, Bookham Common, Downside, Cobham, Fairmile, Esher Common to Claremont Lake for Tea & BP, then Esher, Littleworth, Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 30 Miles, 2 new faces, Map, thanks to Mirella: http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=523262
6. Sunday 24 March
- With the cold Easterly wind still in evidence, it’s no surprise that just 6 cyclists managed to dodge the ‘funrun’ for part 1 so via Lower Ham Road, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, Petersham Gate, Richmond Bridge, Ducks Walk, St Margarets, Whitton, Crane Park – just too early for lunch- so an extra lap of Crane river then lunch at ‘ The Prince Blucher’, Twickenham, then Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge. Total 14 Miles.
- Part 2, farewell to 4, hello to 3, so 5 cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, a new bit of path to Sunbury ( thanks to Tony), Walton Bridge, Ashley Park, Burwood Park to Hersham garden centre for Tea & BP, then Hersham, Rydens, Lower Green, Weston Green, Giggshill, Portsmouth Road to Kingston. Sub-Total 15 Miles.
Total 29 Miles, apologies no map today.
5. Sunday 10 March. An icy easterly wind saw 7 cyclists set off via Portsmouth Road, Giggs Hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Hersham, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands, Byfleet, Wey Navigation, Basingstoke Canal towpath, Sheerwater and Horsell common to find that the planned lunch stop couldn’t manage unless we’d booked in advance. So a swift rethink took us to Fairoaks Airfield cafe for lunch. Afterwards Ottershaw, Addlestonemoor (thanks to Steve for his guidance), Chertsey Meads, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton to Halliford garden centre for Tea & BP, then Sunbury, Hampton, Bushy Park and Kingston Bridge. Total 37 Miles. The tracker lost it around the Brooklands area, but the rest of the map is ok: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2146620
4. Sunday 24 February, a rather cold Easterly wind meant a very cold, but otherwise dry day,and saw 9 Cyclists leave via Canbury Gardens, towpath, the Aerospace Estate, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, Richmond Gate, (where a catastrophic puncture meant we said farewell to Derek), Kew Road, Kew Bridge, Brentford, South Ealing, West Ealing, Perivale, Horsendon Lane, then Canal towpath to Harlesden for lunch at ‘The Grand Junction Arms’, where we also met some very colourful Bradford city supporters (and a parrot) en-route to Wembley. Afterwards more Canal towpath to Ladbroke Grove, Wormwood Scrubs, East Acton, Ravenscourt Park, where an unsettling poster dissuaded some for the tea stop, so Hammersmith Bridge, Barnes, Roehampton Gate of Richmond Park for Tea & BP, then via White Lodge, Ham Cross to Kingston Gate to the Market Place. Total 32 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2129429
3. Sunday 10 February. A somewhat damp morning saw 9 Cyclists ready for the first Challenge Ride of the year, so via Portsmouth Road, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Fairmile, Cobham, Downside, Bookham Common, and with the rain more persistent, Bookham to Westhumble for lunch at ‘The Stepping stones’. After lunch the ‘challenge’ was to persuade everyone to continue, what with the rain obviously set for the rest of the day, but via the zig-zag, Box Hill, Headley with a few flakes of snow in the rain, Langley Vale to Ashtead garden centre for Tea & BP, with a puncture victim deciding to take the train, the remnants went via Epsom Common, Epsom, West Ewell, Tolworth to home. Total 32 Miles, well done to everyone for staying the course in atrocious conditions. Unfortunately the tracker stopped working after 2 Miles so no map this time.
2. Sunday 27 January, a bright day, but with a chilly breeze saw 7 – no wait a party of 1 from Pollards Hill Cyclists arrived in the nick of time. So 8 set off via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Hill, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Isleworth, Osterley Park, Norwood Green, Dormers Wells, Greenford to Northolt for lunch at ‘The Crown’. After a quick pause at St Mary’s Church, the Grand Union Canal towpath to Greenford, then Hanwell, Hanwell Viaduct, more Canal towpath, to Brentford, then Syon Park for Tea & BP, then Isleworth, St Margerets, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington footbridge and towpath to Kingston. Total 30 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2096630
1. Sunday 13 January. The first ride of 2013 saw 8 Cyclists in sub-zero temperatures, but otherwise fine day set off via Canbury gardens, the Aerospace Estate, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, to Roehampton Gate, Barnes Common, Putney, Wandsworth Park, a congested Wandsworth with roadworks, King George’s Park and the Wandle Path via Earlsfield and Wimbledon to Merton Abbey Mills for lunch at ‘The William Morris’. Afterwards with 1 tyre pumped more of the Wandle Path via Morden Hall Park and Ravensbury Park, St Hellier, Rosehill, Sutton and Cheam village to Nonsuch park for tea & BP then Worcester Park, Old Malden, New Malden, Berrylands to the Market place. 28 Miles, 1 slow puncture.