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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.