29. Sunday 7 December, a largely bright day with some light drizzle saw 14 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Isleworth, Ducks Walk, Richmond Bridge and the annual lap of Richmond Green, to ‘The White Cross’ for the traditional Christmas lunch. Afterwards with speeches from John and Roger, thanking everybody for their attendance, and with 2 fresh faces, via Richmond Green, Richmond Hill, Cambrian Gate of Richmond Park, to Roehampton Gate, Roehampton, Putney Heath, Southfields, to Wimbledon Park for Tea & BP (plus one more very late cyclist!), then Wimbledon village, Copse Hill, Malden golf course, New Malden, Norbiton to Kingston. Total 22 Miles, 1 new face.
28. Sunday 23 November
- Part 1. I guess we had to have a wet one some time and today certainly fitted that bill, but 5 cyclists were still ready, so via Kings Road, Kingston Gate of Richmond Park to Richmond Gate, Richmond Bridge, Ducks Walk, where the leader had to perform a very neat pirouette, St Margarets, Whitton, Crane river park – we think maybe the leader had forgotten where the lunch stop was – but eventually Twickenham for lunch at ‘The Prince Blucher’, then Strawberry Hill, Teddington Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge. Sub total 14.5 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2844279
- Part 2, with the rain still persisting and no fresh faces, the 2 remaining from the morning decided to also head for home, apologies if anyone else did miss us.
27. Sunday 9 November. A glorious sunny day saw 25 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, pausing for the two minute silence before leaving the park at Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Hounslow, Osterley, Osterley Park, Norwood Green, Southall, Northolt Country Park to Northolt for lunch at ‘The Crown’. Afterwards, Paddington canal towpath, Greenford, Perivale Park, Pitshanger Park, West Ealing, (where a neglectful leader forget to tell the ‘assistant marshal’, the correct route which led to a small detachment taking an alternate route to tea…); Ealing to Gunnersbury Park for Tea & BP, then Kew Bridge, Richmond, Richmond Park to Kingston. Total 30 Miles, 4 new faces. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2834491
26. Sunday 26 October, a dry but overcast day saw 18 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Road, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Arbrook Common, Esher Common, Fairmile Estate, Cobham, Hatchford, Ockham, Wisley Airfield, Wisley to Pyrford Lock for lunch at ‘The Anglers’, then the Wey Navigation towpath, Byfleet village, Brooklands, Weybridge, Oatlands Park, Walton on Thames, then Thames towpath to Molesey Cricket Club for Tea & BP, then to Hampton Court Bridge, more towpath to Kingston Bridge. Total 30 Miles, 2 new faces. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2822662
25. Sunday 12 October. A largely bright day, but with increasing clouds in the afternoon saw 19 Cyclists ready for the final Challenge ride of 2014, via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester Park, North Cheam, Sutton, Oaks Park, Woodmansterne, Coulsdon, Farthing Down, Chaldon, Warwick Wold to Nutfield for lunch at the ‘Inn on the pond’. Then via Merstham, Gatton bottom, Chipstead, Banstead, Belmont, Cheam to Nonsuch park for Tea & BP, after stopping 1 Cyclist from kidnapping a pooch, via Stoneleigh, Worcester park, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 36 Miles, 2 new faces. Map: www.plotaroute.com/route/16875
24. Sunday 28 September
- Part 1, a mostly warm sunny day saw 18 fresh and ready cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth greenway, Hogsmill & Bonesgate towpath, Horton country park, West Ewell, more Hogsmill path, where an unfortunate fall by another cyclist, meant a small delay, ensuring that they were back on their feet before continuing via East Ewell, Nonsuch park to Cheam, pausing briefly at the gold pillar box in tribute to Jo Rowsell, (from the Women’s pursuit team at the 2012 Olympics), then lunch at ‘Ye olde Red lion’, then North Cheam, Worcester park, where a brief change of leader, (thanks Derek, while Roger repaired his puncture), New Malden, Berrylands and Kingston. Total 18 Miles, 3 new faces, 1 puncture.
- Part 2. We said farewell to 12, hello to 10 fresh faces, so 16 Cyclists left via Canbury gardens, Ham , Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond park, to Petersham gate, Richmond, Richmond bridge, East Twickenham, St. Margarets, Twickenham, to ‘Kneller Gardens for Tea & BP, then Crane river path, Fulwell, Hampton, Bushy park, Hampton wick and Kingston bridge. Total 12 Miles, 4 new faces, 1 puncture.
23. Sunday 14 September
Today, at Ye Ancient Market Place in Kingston-upon-Thames, the fortnightly enactment of the venerable and venerated ‘Bread Pudding Ride’. The cast of 22 was larger than expected, perhaps a tribute to a dry sunny day, more the twilight of Summer, than the dawn of Autumn. An artistic journey commenced: via the suburbs of Tolworth, the joys of Ashtead Common, the motor cars of Leatherhead and the by-ways of Fetcham. A fine performance saw arrival at Great Bookham and its splendid common to end Act 1.
The interval was in 3 parts; the Windsor Castle, the Royal Oak and, for non-imbibers, the Domestique Cycle Cafe – an establishment notable for outstanding secure cycle parking.
Refreshed, our performers traversed Bookham Common, circuited Downside and, always loyal to Surrey, enjoyed Chobham, Oxshott and Claygate. Tea, and traditional bread pudding, was taken at Messrs Squires establishment in Long Ditton.
Here the ensemble playing suffered somewhat by reason of the Mystery of the Disappearing Key. It is hoped those involved, and their bicycles, escaped and are now safely home. The depleted cast made haste to Kingston by way of Surbiton, and the Seething Trycyclingathon, taking their final curtain after 33 miles.
22. Wednesday 3 September, a bright dry evening saw 9 Cyclists on the final evening ride of the year go via Skerne Road, Lower Ham Road towpath, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham House, towpath to Richmond, Richmond Bridge, then more towpath to Twickenham for refreshments at a not inexpensive venue, ‘The Barmy Arms’, then Heath Road, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge. Total 10 Miles, 1 new face. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2773012
21. Sunday 31 August, a mostly bright sunny day saw 15 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park to Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane park, Whitton, Hounslow Heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, Sipson, West Drayton, Slough arm towpath to Shredding green, Iver for lunch at ‘The Red Lion’. Afterwards via Langley Park, George Green, Langley, Ditton Park, Datchet, Horton, Poyle, Stanwell Moor to Vermuelens garden centre for Tea & Cookies, then Stanwell, Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton, Bushy Park and Kingston Bridge. Special thanks to Mike for acting as back marker, Total 36 Miles, 6 new faces. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2769319
20. Sunday 17 August, a mostly bright day, with one heavy shower whilst at lunch, saw 12 Cyclists ready for the third Challenge ride of the year – with one extra joining as we departed from New Malden. Malden roundabout, Motspur Park, Bushey Meads, Merton Park, Morden Hall Park, Mitcham, Tooting, Tooting Bec common, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill, Brockwell Park, Dulwich Park, Peckham Rye Park, Brockley, Ladywell fields, Lewisham, Morden Hill, Blackheath, Greenwich Park and the ‘Ship in a bottle’ at the Maritime Museum to ‘The Pelton Arms’, (also known as the Nags head) for lunch. Then via the Greenwich Peninsula to take the very cycle-friendly Emirates cable car across the Thames – with some spectacular views – Canning Town, the Greenway to Stratford and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hertford Canal towpath, Regents Canal, where a closed towpath caused our leader to briefly lose his bearings, (so more of Islington than intended), then rejoin the Regents Canal after the Islington tunnel, to Granary Square, then St Pancras old church to view ‘Curious Places: The Hardy Tree ’, Somers town, Russell Square, Bloomsbury (with far too many red traffic lights), Mayfair, to Hyde Park for Tea & BP at the Serpentine Cafe, then Victoria, Chelsea Bridge, Battersea Park, Battersea, the Thames path under Wandsworth Bridge, Wandsworth Park, Putney, Barnes common, Roehampton Gate of Richmond Park, White Lodge to Kingston Gate. Total 50 Miles, 3 new faces. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2755441
19. Wednesday 13 August, an overcast dry evening saw 11 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth greenway, Jubilee way, Chessington, Whiney hill to Claygate for refreshments at ‘The Griffin’, then Claygate, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton. Total 13 Miles, 6 new faces.
18. Sunday 27 July, a mostly cloudy day saw 8 Cyclists gather at Clapham junction for the train to Horsham, with just a few spots of rain leaving Horsham, then Christs Hospital, the Downs link to Slinfold to the Haven for lunch at ‘the Blue Ship’. Afterwards via Rudgewick, Ellens green, Okewood hill, Paynes green, Ockley duckpond, Capel, Newdigate, Shellwood cross to Brockham Church for Tea & BP, then Betchworth park, Pixham lane, Mickleham, Leatherhead, Ashtead, Ashtead common, Horton estate, West Ewell, Tolworth, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 46 Miles, 1 new face. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2732962
17. Wednesday 23 July, a warm sunny evening saw 7 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden manor, Worcester park, Nonsuch park, East Ewell to Ewell village for refreshments at ‘the Wheatsheaf’, then the Hogsmill path, West Ewell, Tolworth, berrylands to Kingston. Total 14 Miles, 2 new faces.
16. Sunday 13 July, a brief but heavy shower at the start still saw 16 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Road, Giggs Hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands, Byfleet, then Wey navigation towpath (where our photographer tried a breakaway on her own!), Basingstoke canal towpath, West Byfleet, Pyrford to Send Marsh for lunch at ‘The Saddlers Arms’. Afterwards via Ockham, Martyrs Green, Cobham, Fairmile Estate, Esher Common to Claremont Lake for Tea & BP, then Esher, Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, 3 new faces. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2718032
15. Sunday 22 June
- Part 1, a mostly bright, sultry day saw 11 Cyclists go via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Coombe Wood Estate, Ladderstile Gate of Richmond Park, Broomfield Hill, Ham Cross, Petersham Gate, Ham Fields, Ham, Teddington footbridge to ‘The Anglers’ for lunch, then via Teddington, Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge. Sub total 16 Miles.
- Part 2, farewell to 7, welcome 6 fresh faces, so 10 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton to visit the monument to General Roy, (founder of the Ordnance Survey), then more Hampton, with our leader’s internal GPS almost letting him down, Lower Sunbury, Walton Bridge, Ashley Park, Burwood Park to Hersham Garden centre for Tea & BP, then Hersham, Walton Park, Esher, Weston Green, Giggs Hill Green, to Kingston. Subtotal 19 Miles, Total 35 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2695694
14. Wednesday 18 June. A superb sunny evening saw 7 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Fulwell, Twickenham, St Margarets, Richmond Bridge to Richmond Hill for refreshments and the company of many others from all parts of South and West London. Total 12 Miles, 1 puncture
13. Sunday 8 June. A glorious sunny day saw 14 Cyclists set off via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwell Moor, Poyle, Harmondsworth Moor to Harmondsworth for lunch at ‘The Crown’. After paying a visit to the ‘Cathedral of Middlesex’ (as the great Tithe barn was dubbed by Sir John Betjeman) we went via Sipson, Harlington, Cranford, West Hounslow, Hounslow Heath, Whitton, River Crane park, Twickenham, St Margeret’s to Marble Hill House for Tea & BP, then Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington and Footbridge, then Thames towpath to Kingston. Total 32 Miles, 2 new faces. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2681536
12. Wednesday 4 June. A chilly but dry evening saw six cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path to Twickenham Green for refreshments at ‘The Sussex Arms’, then Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge.
11. Sunday 25 May, a mostly bright but breezy day saw 21 Cyclists set off via Portsmouth Road, Giggs Hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, the new Walton Bridge, Shepperton, Chertsey Bridge, Chertsey, St Ann’s Hill to Lyne for lunch at ‘The Royal Marine’. Afterwards via Trumps Green, Wentworth, Virginia Water lake, Savill Garden, Egham Wick, Egham, Staines Bridge, then Thames towpath past Penton Hook, Laleham, Shepperton to Halliford garden centre, just in the nick of time for Tea & BP! Then Lower Sunbury, Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge where some cyclists stopped off for free bike marking by the Kingston Safer Transport team. Total 37 Miles, 8 yes eight new faces. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors/ViewTrip/2666034
10. Sunday 11 May, overcast skies, but otherwise a dry day with very blustery winds, saw 11 Cyclists on the second Challenge ride, via Crane Park, King Charles Bridge, Tolworth greenway, West Ewell, Hogsmill path, St Ebbas, Stamford Green, Langley Vale, Headley, Pebble Coombe, Betchworth, where a detachment of 3 tried various options before finding the road the remainder had taken (clue, it’s called ‘The Street’) and to Leigh for lunch at ‘The Plough’. Afterwards via Bunce Common, Brockham, Pixham, Norbury Park to Bockett’s farm for Tea & BP, then Leatherhead, Ashtead, Ashtead Common, Epsom Common, Horton, West Ewell, Tolworth greenway, Berrylands, Lower Marsh to Kingston. 1 new face. Total 40 Miles. Map:www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip.2650640
9. Wednesday 30 April, the first of this year’s evening rides. A clear evening saw 5 Cyclists go via Cranes Park, King Charles Bridge, Tolworth, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Littleworth Common, Esher, Imber Court to East Molesey for refreshments at ‘The Bell’ then Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Road to Surbiton. Total 11 Miles
8. Sunday 27 April 2014. With very dark threatening clouds, but otherwise dry day saw 12 Cyclists go via Kingston Bridge, Teddington, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, St Margarets, Isleworth, Syon Park, Grand Union Canal towpath – where a stray pannier strap got tangled in the back wheel and despite valiant efforts from Nick, Christine had to abandon the ride – Hanwell to Greenford for lunch at ‘The Black Horse’. Afterwards more canal towpath to Northolt, Northala fields, Southall, Norwood Green to Osterley Park for Tea & BP, Osterley, Hounslow, Whitton, Twickenham, Fulwell, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick and Kingston bridge. Total 29 Miles. Map:www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2635900
7. Sunday 13 April, a glorious sunny day saw a Baker’s dozen of 13 cyclists set off via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth greenway, West Ewell, St Ebba’s path, Epsom Common, Woodcote, Langley Vale, Epsom Downs, Tattenham Torner, Nork Park, Banstead to Woodmansterne for lunch at ‘The Woodman’. Afterwards via Clockhouse, Woodcote garden village, Roundshaw to visit a gold pillar box, in honour of Paralympian David Weir, Wallington to Beddington Park for Tea & BP, then Carshalton, Benhilton, Rosehill Park, Forest Road Rec., Lower Morden, Morden cemetery, Joseph Hood Park, Motspur Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Lower Marsh to Kingston. 5 new faces. Total 32 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2621078
6. Sunday 23 March
- Part 1. A somewhat cloudy and chilly day saw nine cyclists manage to dodge the ‘fun-runners’, via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth greenway, West Ewell, Hogsmill path, St Ebba’s path, Horton Park, Malden Rushett, Fairoak Lane to Claygate for lunch at the revamped ‘Foley arms’. Then Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. 2 New faces, sub total 16 Miles.
- Part 2, minus 6, plus 3 = 6 cyclists. After an unfortunate stop at the Kingstonpump, meant a swift change of inner tube, then Lower Ham, Thames towpath, Aerospace Estate, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, Richmond Gate, Richmond Hill, Richmond Bridge, towpath to Marble Hill House for Tea & BP, then more towpath, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge. Sub total 12 Miles. Total 28 Miles. Unfortunately the tracker ‘froze’ after lunch & has proved unrecoverable, so no map today.
5. Sunday 9 March. A glorious, sunny day saw 16 cyclists set off via Portsmouth Road, Giggs Hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Oatlands Park, Weybridge, Brooklands Park, Byfleet, Wey Navigation and Basingstoke canal towpath, Sheerwater to Horsell Common for lunch at ‘The Plough’, with a very ‘hyper-active’ landlady. Afterwards Horsell Common, Anthony’s, Ottershaw, Addlestone, Chertsey Meads, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton, Halliford to Sunbury’s ‘Walled garden’ for Tea & BP, then Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick and Kingston bridge. Total 34 Miles. Six new faces. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2586834
4. Sunday 23 February. A breezy, occasionally blustery but otherwise pleasant day saw 9 Cyclists find a place to gather in the building site that is the Market Place, so via Lower Ham Road, the Aerospace Estate, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, to Roehampton Gate, Barnes Common, Putney, passing a rather belligerent motorcyclist (a dead ringer for the Verger in Dad’s Army), Putney Bridge, Fulham, Parsons Green, West Brompton Cemetery, South Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Bayswater, Westbourne Green, then Grand Union Canal towpath to Harlesden for lunch at ‘The Grand Junction Arms’. Afterwards more towpath to Park Royal, West Acton, Ealing Common, Gunnersbury Park, South Ealing, Brentford to Syon Park garden centre for Tea & BP, then after posing for the photo, Isleworth, St. Margarets, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Kingston Bridge to finish.Total 33 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2574858
3. Sunday 9 February, a chilly blustery day saw ten cyclists gather for the first challenge ride of 2014, via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur Park, Bushey Mead, Merton Park, Morden Hall Park, Mitcham, Tooting, Tooting Bec Common, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill, Brockwell Park, West Dulwich to Upper Sydenham for lunch at ‘The Dulwich Woodhouse’. Afterwards via the prehistoric creatures in Crystal Palace Park, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Mitcham Common to Morden Hall Park for Tea & BP, after one last look at a very fast flowing river Wandle, Morden, Morden Park, then retrace the outward route: Motspur Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Lower Marsh to Kingston. Total 34 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2563666
2. Sunday 26 January. A wet and blustery day saw four hardy Cyclists set off via Lower Ham Road, Aerospace Estate, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, Roehampton Gate, Barnes Green with one extra joining us at The Sun pub, a very quiet Hammersmith Bridge (closed to traffic for repairs), Chiswick (with an extra bit added to make sure we didn’t get to lunch too early…honest) to Strand on the Green for lunch at the ‘Bell & Crown’. Afterwards via Brentford, Syon Park, Isleworth, Twickenham to Fulwell for Tea & BP at Squires Garden Centre, then Bushy Park and Kingston Bridge. Total 24 soggy Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2553223
1. Sunday 12 January. A mostly bright, but chilly morning with more clouds by lunch. saw 11 cyclists on the first ride via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur Park, Bushey Mead, Merton Park, South Wimbledon, Wandle towpath, Earlsfield, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Clapham, Battersea Park to Battersea for lunch at ‘The Woodman’. Then Thames towpath passing the ‘Heliport’, under Wandsworth Bridge, Wandsworth Park, Putney, Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common to ‘The Windmill Tearoom’ for Tea & BP, then Canizaro, Copse Hill, Malden golf course, Norbiton to Kingston. Total 28 Miles, 1 new face. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/2541866 Apologies, route shown from Motspur Park, also seems to have cut out in Battersea Park – otherwise accurate!