Kingston Cycling – rides in 2016

Sunday 11th December. A mostly bright day saw 17, no 1 more has snuck in, 18 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, River Crane path, Twickenham, -having to negotiate the delightful Street fair/ Market in St Margerets- Richmond Bridge to Richmond for lunch at the White Cross, (with some confusion with a chaotic ordering system) then Richmond Hill, Richmond Park to Roehampton gate, Roehampton, Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common to the ‘Windmill tea room’ for Tea & BP, then Wimbledon Village, Copse Hill, Malden Golf course, Norbiton to Kingston. Total 22 Miles, 1 visit from the ‘P fairy’. Thanks to Bob for Back marking, & to John for the very special Bread Pudding.

Map:- www.bikemap.net/en/route/3843659

Sunday 20th November. Part 1, a very overcast day, with strong Winds, but otherwise dry day, saw 8 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Thames towpath to Hampton Court,  Molesey, Esher, Claygate, Chessington, Tolworth, Old Malden, to New Malden for lunch at Woodies- where due to delayed taking of orders, the Leader took the opportunity to repair his Puncture-, continuing via Berrylands to Kingston. Total 16 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to Ellie….and John for Back marking. 1 Puncture.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3834319

Part 2, with the wind now a stiff Breeze, we said goodbye to 3 & hello to 2, so 7 Cyclists left via Portsmouth Rd & the new Cycle path, (still partly shared with Pedestrians, because of ongoing Path & Landscaping work), Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Thames towpath to Molesey, for Tea & BP at Molesey Cricket club, then Hampton Court Bridge, Bushy park, Hampton Wick & Kingston bridge. Total 13 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to Ralph for Back marking and to John for the Bread pudding .

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3834329

Sunday 6th November, A bright Sunny start, with increasing Cloud as the day progressed, with a late Shower to Dampen the mood, saw 18 Cyclists, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, the Joseph Hood Park, West Sutton,- where the first visit from the ‘P fairy’ and a failed repair, led to 1 person saying farewell & heading for the Train,- Cheam Village, Nonsuch Park, East Ewell, Epsom, Ashtead Park to Ashtead for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, after some confusion with 1 order, a slightly delayed restart via Leatherhead, Fetcham, where a ‘strategic decision’,led to a shorter, but slightly hillier route, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham to Claremont Lakes for Tea & BP, then Esher, Hinchley wood- where the 2nd visit from the ‘P Fairy’, and a very gallant John E willing to help the victim, the remainder of group continued in the by now steady Rain-, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, 2 Punctures.

Thanks to Will & Jon for acting as Back markers and others for marking corners, also thanks to John for the BP.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3827154

Sunday 23rd October, a mostly bright Morning with more cloud later, saw 18 Cyclists Remember the alternative start from the Fountain, New Malden, (see if you can track how many Parks & Commons we traverse), via Motspur park, – where a severely snagged Chain, caused Andrea to abandon the ride, 😦,- West Barnes, Morden, Merton park, South Wimbledon,- where we were joined by 1 extra Cyclist-, Graveney River Park, Tooting, Tooting Bec Common, Streatham hill, Tulse hill, Brockwell Park, Dulwich, Dulwich Park, East Dulwich, Peckham Rye Park, Nunhead to Brockley for lunch at the ‘Brockley Jack’, then Ladywell Fields to join the ‘Waterlink way’, via Catford, the Pool River Park, Lower Sydenham, Cator Park, Clock house, Maberley Park, South Norwood Park, Norwood, Heavers Meadow, Selhurst, West Croydon to Wandle Park for Tea & BP, then Waddon, Beddington, Beddington Park, Hackbridge, the Wrythe, Benhilton, Pyl Brook path, Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Park, Motspur park to New Malden. Total 33 Miles, 1 new face, I make it 14 Parks & Commons !

Thanks to Steve for Back marking, and many others for marking corners, and as always, thanks to John for the Bread-pudding.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3818271

Sunday 9th October. A bright Sunny Morning, with a Chilly breeze, saw 19 Cyclists dodge the ‘Fun runners’, via Skerne Rd, Towpath, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond park, to Sheen gate, East Sheen, Mortlake, Chiswick bridge, Grove park, Chiswick green, Acton, Acton park, West Acton, Park Royal, Stonebridge park, Wembley, Preston park, Kenton, Belmont to Stanmore for lunch at the ‘Duck in the pond’, afterwards a steady climb through Harrow Weald, to Harrow Weald Common, where John D suffered a slip, resulting in a few grazes, then Headstone lane, Headstone Manor park, West Harrow, W. Harrow Rec., South Harrow, Northolt to Northala Fields for Tea & BP at ‘San Remo’ Cafe, having dodged the Shower that had left some sizeable puddles, (could we get back to Kingston without more Rain?..), Southall, Norwood green, Osterley Park, (with Rainbow), Osterley, Worton, Whitton, Twickenham, Fulwell, Teddington, – where the Heavens finally opened-, Hampton Wick, Kingston bridge. Total 43 Miles, 2 new faces.

Thanks to Bai for Back marking & many others for watching corners.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3808646

Sunday 25th September. Part 1, a mostly bright day with a Chilly breeze saw 23 Cyclists leave the finish of Kingston’s half Marathon behind via Skerne Rd, Kingston gate of Richmond park, the ‘Tamsin trail’, Ham gate, Ham, Ham house, Thames towpath to Richmond Bridge, (with a small detachment almost missing the ramp to the Bridge), Ducks walk, St Margerets, Isleworth, Whitton, Twickenham, Fulwell to Teddington lock for lunch at ‘the Anglers’, then Hampton wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 13 Miles, thanks to Jon W for back marking.

The ride was followed by saying a very fond farewell to Nick & Ruth who are moving to pastures new, we’re certainly going to miss all the Photo’s from Ruth, & I’ll also miss Nick’s sage advice.

Map:- www.bikemap.net/en/route/3794578

Part 2. With 14 people saying adieu, but hello to 6 fresh faces, 15 Cyclists left via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, West Barnes, Merton park, South Wimbledon, to Wimbledon park for Tea & BP, then uphill to Wimbledon village, Copse hill, Malden Golf course, Mount Pleasant, Norbiton, to Kingston. Total 16 Miles, 2 new faces, thanks to Mike F for acting as back marker.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3795026

Wednesday 14th September. With rapidly fading light, 10 Cyclists left via Kingston bridge, towpath to Hampton Court bridge, East Molesey, Esher, to Claygate for refreshments at ‘the Swan Inn’, then Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 11 Miles.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3781282

Sunday 11th September, a bright Sunny day saw 19 Cyclists leave via Kingston bridge, Bushy park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, East Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwell moor, Poyle, Harmondsworth moor to Harmondsworth for lunch at ‘the Five Bells’, afterwards a visit to the ‘Great Barn’ was enjoyed before re-mounting the Bikes to West Drayton, then Grand union canal towpath, North Hyde, Norwood green, to Osterley park for Tea & BP, Osterley, Isleworth, Mogden works, Twickenham, (where a lack of Trains meant those who hoped to get off early were thwarted), Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton wick to Kingston bridge. Total 31 Miles

Thanks to John E for back marking & many others for corner marking and to John D for the Breadpudding.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/285856

Sunday 21st August. A mostly bright day saw 20 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, (passing the steadily growing Cycle track), Giggshill green, Weston green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Ashley park, Walton bridge, Shepperton, Chertsey bridge, Chertsey meads, Addlestone, Bretlands to Lyne for Lunch at ‘the Royal Marine’- with some electing to move on to the ‘Virginia water Cafe’ as an alternative lunch venue -, then Trumps green, Virginia water, to reconvene with the rest of the group in Windsor Great park, and a busy Pedestrian/ Dog/ Buggy & Cycle path, via the ‘Totem pole’ to the Savill Garden gate, Egham wick, Egham, Staines bridge, Staines, then Thames towpath, Penton hook, Laleham, Shepperton, Upper Haliford, Sunbury – where the intended Tea stop at the ‘Walled garden’ had already stopped serving before 4pm-, so continuing via Hampton to Bushy park & the ‘Pheasantry’ for Tea & BP, Hampton wick gate & Kingston Bridge. Total 38 Miles, 4 new faces.

Thanks to Steve for Back marking, (and assistance from John) & others for watching junctions & John for the Bread pudding.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/272606

Casualty update : Andrew is fine but with a very swollen Wrist, he didn’t visit Hospital last night, but has had an X ray on the Wrist as a precaution. He still hopes to join us on another ride soon.

A bright evening saw 10 Cyclists leave via Kingston bridge, where an accident for 1 of our party led to us calling the Ambulance service, who rapidly sent a Cycle paramedic to assess the victim,- who was still feeling very dizzy, I will check on his condition later- the remainder of the group continued via Bushy park, Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, Kneller gardens to Twickenham for refreshments at ‘the Sussex arms’, then Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton wick to Kingston. Total 8 Miles, 4 new faces.

Thanks to Steve J & Jon for back marking

Sunday 7th August, a mostly cloudy Morning, with bright Sunshine by Afternoon saw 18 Cyclists leave the Market place, with 1 more catching the tail on Portsmouth Rd, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Esher, Claremont, Fairmile- where the Back marker did his best to get lost, whilst consuming a Banana,-Cobham, Downside, Effingham Junction, Effingham, White hill, White down to Sutton Abinger for a well earned lunch at ‘the Volunteer’, then Abinger common, Friday street, -with 1 faller suffering some minor grazes,- Wotton, Westcott, Milton court, Dorking, Meadowbank Rec.,-with the leadership briefly passing to Nick, while 1 person was helped to find the correct Station for the train to London,- Norbury park farm, Givons grove, Bocketts farm for Tea & BP, Hawks hill, Leatherhead, Leatherhead common, Ashtead common, Epsom common, Manor park, St. Ebba’s path, Hogsmill path, West Ewell, Tolworth greenway, Berrylands, to Kingston. Toatal 44 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to John for Back marking & the Bread pudding, and to all the ‘assistant Marshals’ for marking corners.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/263139

Sunday 24th July, a mostly bright day, with more clouds in the afternoon, saw 24 Cyclists leave via Kingston bridge, Bushy park, Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Hounslow Heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, Sipson, West Drayton, Slough arm of the Grand union Canal towpath, with the exit path almost invisible due to Nettles Brambles etc. in urgent need of a visit from the ‘Strimmer gang’, to Iver, (with 4 members needing an extra bit of Shepherding from the leader)  for Lunch at ‘the Red Lion’. Afterwards via Shedding green, Langley park, George green, Middle green, Langley, Ditton park, Horton, Poyle, to Stanwellmoor for Tea & BP at ‘Vermulens Garden centre’, then Stanwell, Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton hill, Bushy park and Kingston bridge. Total 37 Miles, 5 new faces.

Thanks to Steve for acting as Back Marker, and thanks to Derek for the Bread pudding

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/254416

A bright warm Evening saw 9 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden manor, Worcester park, Stoneleigh, Nonsuch park, East Ewell to Ewell village for refreshments at the ‘Wheatsheaf’, then Hogsmill path, West Ewell, Greenway, Tolworth , King Charles bridge to Kingston. Total 14 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to Jon for backmarking.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/252302

Sunday 10th July, a small group of 8 Cyclists met at Twickenham, but once on the train we met another 6 had joined at Clapham Junction, (probably to get the best seats ;-)), then on arrival at Wokingham another 12 who had come on earlier trains. So 26 Cyclists left via Holt lane, Cantley park, where a broken Pedal cleat caused a small delay, Binfield, Popeswood, Bracknell, Wick hill, Chestnut path, Chavey down, North Ascot, Ascot Racecourse, Cheapside to Sunningdale for lunch at ‘the Nags head’, with a small group electing for the local cafe. After lunch, with everyone back together, (edited), Trumpsgreen, Lyne, Addlestonemoor, Victory park, Addlestone, Weybridge, to Walton bridge for Tea & Cookies, (in the absence of the trusted BP makers) at the (almost) brand new Gino’s cafe, a brief bit of Towpath, Walton on Thames, Rydens, Esher, Weston green, Giggshill green, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to Steve for Backmarking

Map, alas the ‘Tracker’ didn’t restart properly after lunch, so for the moment, it’s only partial. :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3644879

 

Sunday 19th June, part 1, a mostly bright Sunny morning,  saw 15 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth, the Greenway, Bonesgate path, Horton country park, Ewell village, a very congested East Ewell, Nonsuch park to Cheam for lunch at ‘ye Olde Red Lion’, then North Cheam, Worcester park, Old Malden, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Sub total 17 Miles, 2 new faces. Part 2, with thickening clouds perhaps deterring some people, we said farewell to 10, and welcomed just 1 new face, so 6 Cyclists left via Canbury gardens, Lower Ham, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond park, to Petersham gate, a busy towpath to Richmond bridge, Ducks walk, Isleworth, Whitton, Twickenham, Fulwell, Bushy park to the ‘Pheasantry’ for Tea & BP, then Hampton Wick & Kingston bridge to Kingston. Sub total 14 Miles, Total 31 Miles. Thanks to Mike for back marking, also Diane & others for corner spotting,  thanks to Derek for the BP.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3606472

Wednesday 15th June. a bright but cloudy Evening saw 12 Cyclists leave via Kingston bridge, Bushy park, Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, Kneller gardens, Twickenham, St Margerets, Richmond bridge to Richmond hill for refreshments at the very hospitable ‘Roebuck’, with 2 extra faces for the return journey, Richmond gate of Richmond park & A very nice downhill cruise to Kingston gate then to the Market place. Total 12 Miles, 4 new faces, thanks to Nick for acting as Back marker.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/231533

Sunday 5th June, a bright Sunny day saw 26 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Giggshill, Hinchley wood, Claygate, Fairoak lane, Oxshott, Fairmile, Stoke D’ Abernon, Downside, Martyr’s green, Ockham, Guishill to Send Marsh for lunch at a very welcoming ‘Saddlers arms’, afterwards a slipped chain caused a small delay, before passing Newark Priory, Pyrford, West Byfleet, New Haw, Row town, Addlestone, Weybridge, Thames towpath, to Walton bridge for Tea & BP at ‘Gino’s’, then Walton on Thames, Walton park, Esher, Weston green, Giggshill green, & Portsmouth Rd, including the ‘almost completed’ section of segregated track to Kingston. Total 34 Miles 4 new faces.

Map:- www.bikemap.net/en/route/3581226

Sunday 22nd May. A bright Sunny day, saw 30 (yes thirty) Cyclists leave via, Skerne Rd, (in the midst of being relaid), towpath to Ham, Aerospace estate, Ham common, Ham gate of Richmond park to Sheen gate, East Sheen, Mortlake, Chiswick bridge, Grove park, Chiswick, Acton, Acton park, (with a level crossing closure causing a brief split), West Acton, Park Royal, Grand union canal towpath to Greenford for lunch at ‘the Black Horse’, then more Towpath, (where a low hanging branch led to a fall, thankfully only minor grazes to arm & knee), Southall, Norwood green, Osterley park, with a visit from the ‘P fairy’, Osterley, Isleworth, Whitton to Knellor Gdns for Tea & BP, (thanks to Derek, for admirably filling in for John), with some desperate to get back, whilst others were still consuming the refreshments, a forward group led by Steve went via Fulwell, Teddington, Hampton wick to Kingston, with the 2nd group following the same route a short time later. Total 32 Miles, 8 new faces, 1 puncture. Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3553281

Wednesday 18th May. A cloudy dry evening saw 8 Cyclists leave via Cranes park, King Charles bridge, Long Ditton, Giggs hill green, Weston green to Molesey for refreshments at ‘the Bell’, whilst distracted by the Football, a glass ‘spontaneously shattered’, with extra time looming, we continued via Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd, including the new ‘section of ‘Mini-Holland’ segregation, to Kingston. Total 10 Miles, 1 new face.

Sunday 8th May. A hot Sunny day saw 22 Cyclists ready for the 2nd Challenge ride, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester park, North Cheam, Sutton, Carshalton Beeches, Little Woodcote, Woodmansterne, Clockhouse estate, Coulsdon, Farthing down, Chaldon, Warwick Wold to Nutfield for Lunch at ‘the Inn on the pond’, afterwards as we were about to depart, the first visit of the day from the ‘P fairy’, but many hands soon had the problem fixed, so via Merstham, Gatton bottom, with the next visit from the P fairy, again many hands soon had it fixed, Chipstead, Banstead, East Ewell to Nonsuch park for Tea & BP, once again the P fairy had paid a visit, a very noble John was willing to stay & help the victim, with the main party continuing, Stoneleigh, Worcester park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 37 Miles, 1 new face, 3 Punctures.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/209495

Wednesday 27th April,  a very chilly Evening still saw 12, no wait 13 Cyclists leave the market place, to Skerne Rd, Lower Ham, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond park, Ham cross, then a bright flash, was that li…, yes lightning then thunder, more of the same, still our leader ploughed on, turning towards White lodge, slight bit of drizzle, with sn…, no sleet, but a moment later a full blown blizzard, sheltering under a tree in a thunder storm, not recommended, so lets retreat to Ham for refreshments at ‘the New Inn’, then with light but cold drizzle, via the Tudor estate, to Kingston. Total 10 Miles, 2 new faces.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3504905

Sunday 24th April. A mostly cloud covered day with a chilly breeze, saw 23 Cyclists leave via Canbury gardens, Lower Ham rd, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond park, White lodge,  Roehampton gate, Barnes common, Putney, Putney bridge, Fulham, Parsons green, Stamford bridge, Brompton Cemetery, West Kensington, Kensington gardens, Hyde park, Paddington, Paddington basin, Grand union canal to Little Venice for lunch at ‘the Warwick castle’, afterwards back to the Canal, via Kensal green & Willesden to Park Royal, then West Acton, (where the first visit of the day from the ‘P fairy’, caused Tony to abandon the ride as he didn’t have a spare tube, lesson to all me thinks, carry a spare tube for your bike,) Acton central, to Acton park cafe for Tea & BP, then South Acton, Chiswick park, (with a small breakaway being ‘shepherded back on course by Mike), Chiswick green, Grove park, (where the second visit from the ‘P fairy’, being swiftly repaired, but a ‘forward party needing onward travel, led by Steve, continuing), Chiswick bridge, Mortlake, (with a ‘flooded towpath & Road), East Sheen, Sheen gate of Richmond park, White lodge, Ham cross, Kingston gate to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, 3 new faces. Special thanks to Mike & Steve, as well as others for help in marshaling the ride, and of course thanks to John for the BP, and acting as backmarker. The map below is from a new ‘App’, I’m trialing, so let me know if you have any comments.

Map :- www.bikemap.net/en/route/3499429

Sunday 10th April. A mostly bright day, with a chilly wind on the return to Kingston, saw 29 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth, the Greenway, Bonesgate path, Horton country park,- with a splinter group of 8 Cyclists taking a separate route to Bookham for lunch at ‘Domestique’-, Epsom common, Ashtead common, Leatherhead, Fetcham, with leadership duties briefly passing to Derek, whilst the leader helped with a ‘P’, Bookham to Effingham for a later than planned lunch at the ‘Sir Douglas Haig’, then East Horsley, Effingham junction, Downside, Cobham, Fairmile common, Oxshott heath, Claygate to Long Ditton for Tea & BP at ‘Squires garden centre’, then Surbiton, to Kingston. Total 30 Miles, 4 new faces.

Map :-www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/3215479

Sunday 20th March, Part 1. a cold cloudy day saw 14 Cyclists leave via Kingston bridge, Bushy park, to Hampton, Hanworth, Hanworth air-park, Pevensey Rd park, River Crane path, Kneller Gdns, Twickenham to the ‘Prince Blucher’ for lunch, then Strawberry hill, Teddington, Teddington footbridge, thames towpath to Kingston. Sub-total 14 Miles, 2 new faces.

Part 2 With the temperature a degree or to warmer, but still cloudy, we said farewell to 9, but hello to 4 fresh faces, so 9 Cyclists left via Lower Marsh, Berrylands,  Tolworth,  Greenway, Bonesgate path, Horton country park, West Ewell, St. Ebba’s path, Hogsmill path, Ewell village, East Ewell, to Nonsuch park, mixing with some of the ‘Sport relief’ walkers, for Tea & BP, then Worcester park, Old Malden, Malden manor, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Sub-total 17 Miles, Total 31 Miles.

Map :-www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/3202072

Sunday 13th March. A bright mostly sunny day, but with a chilly Easterly wind, saw 22 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth, Greenway, West Ewell, Hogsmill path, St. Ebba’s path, Epsom, Chalky lane, Epsom downs grandstand, Tattenham corner, Banstead to Woodmansterne for lunch at the ‘Woodman’, (with some minor gripes at the quantity of mash with the Bangers), after the photo stop at the ‘wood-carving’, via Clock house estate, Woodcote garden village, South Beddington to Beddington park for Tea & BP at’the Pavilion’, then Hackbridge, the Wrythe, Benhilton, Sutton, North Cheam, Worcester park, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 30 Miles, Map:-www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/3197174

Sunday 21st February. A mostly cloudy day with strong blustery winds saw 19 Cyclists leave via, Canbury gardens, Ham, Teddington footbridge, Strawberry hill, Twickenham, St. Margerets, Isleworth, Syon park, Brentford, Grand union towpath to Hanwell, for lunch at ‘the Fox’, then Hanwell viaduct, West Ealing, Ealing, West Acton, Acton park, Stamford, Ravenscourt park, Hammersmith, Fulham to Bishops park for Tea & BP, Putney bridge, Putney, Barnes common,where the ‘P fairy’ (or perhaps a faulty Tyre) left 1 member looking for a train from nearby Barnes station, the remainder continued to Roehampton gate of Richmond park, to Kingston gate, to the Market place. Total 30 Miles, 1 new face, 1 Puncture.

Map :-www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/3183124

Sunday 7th February. A dry but windy day saw 14 Cyclists, leave via Kingston bridge with 1 more having suffered a visit from the ‘P fairy’, catching up in Bushy park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwell moor, Poyle, Horton, Datchet, then the ‘Jubilee River’ path to Dorney for lunch at the ‘Pineapple’, then via the Dorney footbridge, Monkey island, Fifield, where the ‘P fairy struck again, Cranbourne chase, ‘Peanut’ roundabout, Cheapside, Windsor great park & Virginia water lake and Waterfall, Virginia water village, Thorpe green, Chertsey, Chertsey bridge, Shepperton to Walton bridge for Tea & BP at ‘Gino’s’, Walton on Thames, Esher, Weston green, Giggshill green, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 48 Miles, 1 new face + 1 returnee from 5 years ago. 2 Punctures.

Map :-www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/3174940

Sunday 24th January, a mostly overcast day, with a few snatches of Sun, saw 18 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Giggshill green, Weston green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands park, Byfleet village, Wey navigation towpath to Pyrford lock for lunch at ‘the Anchor’, then Wisley, Wisley Airfield, (thanks to Steve for the interesting history lesson), a rather muddy Bridge end farm, Martyr’s green, Cobham, Fairmile to Claremont lake for tea & BP, then Esher, Littleworth, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton & Kingston. Total 28 Miles, 1 new face.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/159653

Sunday 10th January. A dry, mostly Sunny day saw 22 Cyclists ready for the 1st Ride of 2016, go via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, a very wet path across Bushey Meads, Merton park, South Wimbledon, Wandle path, (special mention for the ‘Wandle trust’, clearing yet more debris from the banks & the River itself), Earlsfield, Wandsworth common, Clapham common, Battersea, (where a sneaky move by the back marker nearly left the Leader stranded), Battersea park to Battersea for Lunch at ‘the Woodman’, with a small detachment taking lunch at the Cafe in Battersea park. Afterwards with all back together, using the Thames towpath, Wandsworth, Wandsworth park, Putney, Barnes Common, Roehampton, (where ‘an unplanned dismount’, led to a small sub-group, including the BP carrier overshooting the Tea stop ), the majority stopped for Tea & BP at Roehampton gate, then via White lodge, Ham cross, Ham gate, North Kingston to the Market place. Total 25 Miles. Map :-www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/3159298

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