Sunday 12th May, a largely warm, Sunny day saw 18 Cyclists remember the early start from Tolworth via Kingston Rd, West Ewell, Epsom, -with 1 extra joining the crew-, Langley Vale, Headley, Pebblecombe, Betchworth, Strood green, Shellwood Cross, Parkgate, to Newdigate for a ‘sedate lunch’ at the ‘Six Bells’, then Henfold, North Holmwood, (ignoring the Road closed signs), (Photo), Dorking, Dorking Rec, the A24 track, Norbury park Farm, more A24,-with 1 person wanting to ‘explore Leatherhead’ before Tea, causing some confusion Young St, to Bocketts Farm for Tea & Bread pudding, Leatherhead, Ashtead Common, Horton Country Park, the Bonesgate path to Tolworth. Total 39 Miles, 2 new faces, thanks to John E for back marking & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.
Sunday 28th April. A largely Cloudy day, with some brighter spots, saw 21 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, White lodge, Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney, Putney Bridge, Parsons green, Eel Brook Common, Fulham, Brompton Cemetery, South Kensington, the ‘Albert Memorial, (Photo), Hyde Park, Paddington Basin to Little Venice, for lunch at the ‘Warwick Castle’, then the Grand union Canal towpath, to North Kensington, East Acton, Acton Park, South Acton, Chiswick Green, Grove park, with just a few drops of Rain as we approached Chiswick Bridge, East Sheen to Palewell Common for Tea & Bread pudding at Pistachio’s, Sheen gate Richmond Park, White lodge, Kingston gate, to the Market place. Total 29 Miles, 3 new faces, thanks to Amy for back marking & many others for marking corners, and special thanks to John D for the BP, only just back from Australia the day before.
Sunday 7th April. A Cloudy day with some light Drizzle, leading to lunch, & a slightly heavier afternoon Shower, saw 25 Cyclists remember the early start from New Malden leave via, Raynes park, Cannon Hill, South Merton, Morden Hall Park, Mitcham, Eastfields, where 1 extra Cyclist was ready to join us, Lonesome, Norbury, Thornton heath, Selhurst, Heavers Meadow, South Norwood, & Country Park, to join the ‘Waterlink way’, Sustrans route, via Beckenham, Lower Sydenham, Catford, Ladywell – with 1 person taking a tumble, suffering a couple of Bruises-, Lewisham, Greenwich Park, (Photo with William the IV), to Greenwich to find that the planned Pub stop had no Food, so now past 1 o’clock, a strategic decision that Wetherspoons would cope, so passing the Cutty Sark, with a missed turn, but soon finding ‘the Gate Clock’, a successful lunch, then finding the distressing sight that 1 of our Bikes had been Stolen, 😦 (this coming on top of my own recent loss), & with a few others also needing to curtail the ride, the remaining 19 Cyclists continued via the Thames Path, Deptford, ‘Quietway 1’, via Folkestone Gardens & South Bermondsey, Burgess Park, Camberwell, Loughborough, Brockwell Park, – with the ‘now steady Rain-, it was decided to have an earlier than planned Tea & Bread pudding stop at ‘the Mansion Cafe’, with Rain soon stopped, 🙂,Tulse Hill, Streatham Hill, Tooting Bec Common, Tooting, Mitcham, Phipps bridge, the Rose Garden, Morden, Morden Park, Lower Morden, Morden Cemetery, Joseph Hood Park, Motspur park, -with 1 person deciding to leave the ride for Home, without realising, they had 4 others following-, to finish at New Malden. Total 39 Miles, 1 new face, 1 Cycle theft, thanks to Andrea for back marking such a large group, many others for marking corners & Special thanks to Derek for the BP.
Sunday 17th March, (St Patricks day), Part 1, a largely Sunny Morning saw 18, no wait 1 more has joined so 19 Cyclists left via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Esher Park, Esher, to Molesey, -some people must have had Skates on as we were to early-, but the ‘Bell’ did soon open the doors for a very enjoyable lunch, then Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd & track to Kingston. Sub total 14 Miles, thanks to Steve F for back marking duties, & others for marking corners.
Part 2, with heavier Clouds, and a brief flurry of Hailstones, -was this a portent of things to come-, 3 Fresh faces & Farewell to 7, so 15 Cyclists left via Skerne Rd, Aerospace Estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond Park, to Petersham gate, Richmond, Richmond Bridge, Ducks Walk, St Margerets, Islesworth, Whitton, to Kneller Gardens, Twickenham for Tea & Bread pudding, suddenly we were hit with a very intense was it Hailstones, or was it very small ‘Snowballs’, perhaps a mix of Hail & Snow, -luckily there was just enough room to shelter from the worst of it-, continuing via Fulwell, with another very heavy Hailstorm, this time with nowhere to Shelter until it was too late, 😦 Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Sub total 12 Miles, Total for the day 27 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Chris for Back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to Derek, for the BP.
Sunday 3rd March, a Blustery Wind, with some light Showers, saw 8 Cyclists, with 1 deciding not to continue, so 7 left via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham Gate Richmond Park, via White Lodge, to Roehampton Gate, Barnes, Hammersmith Bridge, Fulham, Barons court, North Kensington, then the ‘Paddington Arm’ of the ‘Grand Union Canal’ towpath, to Harlesden for lunch at the Grand Junction Arms’- with fresh Paint still in evidence-, more Towpath to Park Royal, West Acton, Ealing Common, Gunnersbury Park, (Photo), Carville Hall Park, Brentford, to Syon Park Cafe for Tea & Bread pudding, with a slightly stronger Head wind, & some heavier Showers, (but not as dramatic as had been Forecast, 😉) Isleworth, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 29 Miles, 2 new Faces, thanks to Derek for Back marking, thanks to John for the BP.
Note: Please do have a look at Matt’s post regarding Kings Rd, if you are at all familiar with the area near Kingston gate, it is increasingly apparent that action is needed to address the traffic issues in that area.
Sunday 17th February, a bright sunny day saw 36 Cyclists, (is this a Record), but without our regular leader, who was suffering a heavy Cold, (he claimed his nose was ‘running like an Express, 😦), thanks to Mike for filling the gap at very short notice, so via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester park, Sutton, Carshalton, Carshalton Park, Oaks Park to Woodmansterne, for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, with a small detachment continuing to Pistachio’s in Banstead, re-gathering, in Banstead, Burgh Heath, Tattenham corner, Epsom, the ‘Nescot Path, East Ewell to a very congested Nonsuch Park Cafe, for Tea & Bread pudding, then Worcester park, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, thanks to Jon W for back marking & for the Photo, many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP, and very special thanks to Mike F for leading at such short notice.
Sunday 3rd February. A cold, Sunny day saw 14 Cyclists gather for the first Challenge ride of 2019, leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere,- with 1 person having Gear & Freewheel problems, deciding to leave us-, Ham Gate Richmond Park, to Sheen gate, Sheen, Mortlake, Chiswick Bridge, -with 1 extra Cyclist, managing to predict our route, so back to 14-, Chiswick, Acton, – with a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, the victim insisting on the rest of the party continuing, – Park Royal, Stonebridge park, Wembley, where an Icy Cycle path caused our Leader to have an unplanned dismount, (a useful lesson to others to take it easy), Preston, Kenton, Kenton Park, Belmont to Harrow Weald for lunch at ‘the Duck in the Pond’,-with the ‘P victim’ managing to join us-, followed by a ‘steady climb’, to Harrow Weald Common, (Photo), Hatch end, Headstone, Headstone Manor Park, West Harrow, South Harrow, Northolt Park (a former Race track, the reason the area is now known as ‘the Racecourse Estate’), Northolt, Northala Field,- with no enthusiasm for an ‘alfresco tea stop’, Greenford, Southall, Norwood Green, to Osterley Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Osterley, Hounslow, Whitton, Twickenham, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 42 Miles, 1 visit from the P fairy, 1 other Mechanical, 1 Icy slip, thanks to Andrea for Back marking duties, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the BP.
Sunday 20th January A bright, Sunny but Chilly day saw 22 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden Manor, Worcester park, a somewhat busy Nonsuch Park, East Ewell, the ‘Nescot path’, Epsom, Woodcote, Ashtead Park- meeting a small detachment of the ‘Sou’westers’ in the opposite direction-, to Ashtead for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham Common, Downside, Cobham, Fairmile Estate, Portsmouth Rd to Claremont Lake, (National Trust) for Tea & Bread pudding, (with a victim of the ‘P fairy’ swiftly repaired) Esher, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton, to Kingston. Total 30 Miles, 3 new faces, 1 visit from the ‘P fairy, thanks to Mike for Back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the BP.
Sunday 6th January. A largely overcast day, with a couple of brighter spells saw 19 Cyclists ready for the first ride of 2019, leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Clapperstile gate, ( with 1 extra catching the tail at the 2nd attempt), Teddington, Teddington Footbridge, Thames Towpath, Petersham, Petersham gate, Richmond Park, Sheen gate, Palewell, Barnes, Towpath again, to Putney, – where the chosen lunch stop was already stuffed with Football supporters prior to the Fulham/ Oldham game-, with a small group electing to have lunch at a Cafe, the main party continued to Wandsworth, with option 2, not having food, -alas 1 person realising they had left a Pannier at the 1st stop-, option 3 ‘the Garrett Tavern’, more than satisfying our needs, with all the lost sheep back with the group, the Wandle trail, Earlsfield, more Wandle path, South Wimbledon, Merton park, Lower Morden to the Wyevale Garden centre for Tea & Bread Pudding, Morden Cemetery, Joseph Hood Park, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 27 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Amy for back marking & others for corner marking, thanks to John for the BP.
Sunday 9th December. A day, with a heavy Shower finishing before the start, Bright Sunshine, mixed with heavy Clouds, saw 24 Cyclists leave the Market place via the Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill green, Western Green, Esher, Claygate, Chessington, Bonesgate path, Tolworth, Malden Manor, to New Malden for lunch at Woodies freehouse, adding an extra 6 people that had somehow found the Pub independantly, 😉 afterwards, John announced the winner for the best attendance on this years rides for John E, Roger gave the award for best support Rider to Jon W, Bai said a very big thanks to the Leadership from Roger, the Catering to John D & Derek, some decided to stay for more refreshments, some headed for Home, but 16 were insistant that more Cycling was required, so via, Berrylands, Tolworth, Long Ditton, Thames Ditton, a very busy Hampton Court Roundabout, Bushy Park, Fulwell to Squires Garden centre, for Tea & Bread pudding, with darkened Skies, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 24 Miles, thanks to Steve F & Amy for back marking duties, and many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.