Wednesday 21st July, A hot Sultry day saw 9 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Thames Ditton, Molesey, Walton, Weybridge, Addlestone, Bretlands, Lyne to Thorpe Green for lunch at the ‘Rose & Crown’ (Barons Pubs), Virginia Water village & Lake, Totem Pole (Photos),
Egham Wick, Egham, Staines Bridge, – with the Back marker suffering a broken gear cable, hence a deputy Tail ender took the rear-, Staines, Thames Towpath past Penton Hook, Laleham, Shepperton, to Sunbury for Tea & Refreshments at the Walled garden, Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 36 Miles.
A glorious Sunny, if somewhat humid day, after 3 late cancellations, saw 13 Cyclists gather at New Malden, split into 2 groups, leave via Raynes park, South Wimbledon, Colliers wood, – with 1 member of group 2 suffering a ‘brief encounter with some Nettles-, Tooting collecting 1 extra Cyclist, Streatham, Norbury, Thornton heath, Heavers Meadow, Woodside, Ashburton Field, Shirley, Langley Park, to West Wickham for lunch at ‘the Railway’ (Ember Inns),
then more Shirley, Addiscombe, Lloyd Park (Photo 2), South Croydon, Waddon to Beddington Park (Photo 1) for Tea & Refreshments, a congested Hackbridge, a nicely re-wilded part of the Wandle trail, Morden, Morden Park, Merton Cemetery, Motspur Park, to finish back in New Malden. Total 31 Miles. Special thanks to Pete M for leading Group 2, thanks to Stephanie & John E for back marking each group.
Wednesday 12th May, A largely Sunny day, with a few light Showers, saw 15 Cyclists, with 1 cancellation, split into 3 groups of 5 leave via Portsmouth Rd Track, Thames Ditton, Molesey, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands Park,
Byfleet, New Haw to Addlestone for lunch at the Pelican, a lovely Wey Navigation side Pub, Chertsey Meads, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton, Sunbury, Hampton, Bushy Park for Tea & refreshments, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 30 Miles 2 new faces, special thanks to Mags & Mike F for group leading, thanks to Dave P, John E & Steve F for back marking each group. Alas it was Raining the couple of times I thought about a Photo for group 1, but if any others have Pics to share, do let me know.
Wednesday 21st April, A bright Sunny day, with too much cloud in the afternoon, saw 16 Cyclists, split into 3 groups leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park (helped by a nice Tailwind), Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, (group 2 took a slightly longer route, catching group 3, just as g3 had a visit from the ‘P fairy’, so g2 stayed ahead), Ashford, Staines upon Thames, Staines Bridge, Egham, Stroude, Thorpe Green, to Lyne for a Picnic lunch at ‘the Royal Marine’, Bretlands, Addlestone -alas the Wind was still mostly an Easterly, so now a Headwind-, Victory Park (alas group 1 Photo did not record properly 😦), Weybridge, Broadwater Path, to Walton Bridge for Tea & refreshment at Wilde Bunch, Walton on Thames, Molesey, Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 31 Miles, 1 new face, 1 visit from the ‘P fairy’, Special thanks to Mike F & Pete M for group leading, thanks to Steve F, Dave P, & John E for back marking each group.
With the latest news from the Government, that a new Lockdown will begin on Thursday 5th November, a swift review of a planned Sunday ride thus.
Wednesday 4th November. A largely Sunny but chilled day, with 1 cancellation & 1 no show, saw 14 Cyclists, with 1 to join us a bit later, split into 3 groups, leave via Farefield, Norbiton, New Malden, Raynes park, South Wimbledon, Tooting, -where suddenly we saw a familiar face , but with the Bike upside down, fortuitously with a nice man, a very very nice man helping to repair a ‘P’-, Tooting Bec Common, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill, Brockwell Park,
Dulwich, Dulwich Park, East Dulwich, Peckham Rye Park, Nunhead, Brockley, Ladywell Field, Catford- with another visit from the ‘P fairy’, leading to Group 3 taking the lead ? Where had group 2 got to ?, Ah here they come, so now 1 becomes 3, Bellingham, to Beckenham place Park for Refreshments at the ‘Stableyard Cafe’, also some self catering in evidence, New Beckenham, Cator Park, Beckenham, Maberley Field, South Norwood Country Park, South Norwood,- with a ‘kind member of the public’, helpfully holding the Traffic, for group 2 to catch Group 1, not-, Heavers Meadow, Selhurst, Thornton heath, Pollards hill, Mitcham, Morden, Morden Park, Lower Morden, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 37 Miles. 2 visits from the ‘P Fairy’, 1 new face. Special thanks to Mike & Steve for group leading, thanks to Dave, John & Amy for back marking each group.
Wednesday 14th October, a bright start, with more cloud in the Afternoon, would it stay dry ? We had a full house of 18 Cyclists, split into the usual 3 Group’s, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, Joseph Hood Park, North Cheam, Cheam Park, still with ‘Sinkhole’, Nonsuch Park, East Ewell, Nescot Path, Epsom, Woodcote, Ashtead Park (Photo group 1), to Ashtead for lunch at the ‘Woodman (Ember Inns),
-Fortuitously, the Heavy shower of Rain came whilst all 3 groups where enjoying lunch, which did mean some large Puddles to negotiate-, Leatherhead, Fetcham (Photo Group 3), Bookham Common, including ‘the Isle of Wight’ area of the Common, Downside, Cobham, Fairmile, to Claremont Lake Cafe for Tea & Refreshments, Claremont Estate, Claygate, Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton, Portsmouth Rd track to finish back in Kingston. Total 31 Miles, 2 new Face’s, Special thanks to Steve F & Mags for leading groups 2 & 3, thanks to Dave P, Ellie & Mike F for back marking each group.
Wednesday 16th September, with a cloudy start, a total of 9 Cyclists, split into two groups, from New Malden, Motspur park, Joseph Hood Park, Pyl Brook path, Sutton, Carshalton, Carshalton Park, Wallington, Woodmansterne, Chipstead, – with 1 extra Cyclist joining group 2-, Coulsdon, Farthing Down, -with a minor Chain slippage causing group 1 leader to take a tumble, no harm done, swiftly remounted-, Chaldon, to Merstham for lunch at a very hospitable ‘Feathers’ (Stonegate), with a glorious Sunny afternoon, Reigate Hill, Colley Hill for the superb views of the South Downs & the Folly (Photo)
Walton Heath, – with group 1 having a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, whilst a bit later group 2 took a minor detour-, Walton on the Hill, Tadworth, Tattenham Corner, East Ewell, to Nionsuch Park for Tea & refreshments, Worcester park, Malden Manor to New Malden. Total 35 Miles, special thanks to Mike F for leading group 2, thanks to Steve F and John E for Back marking their groups.
A warm Sunny day saw a total of 12 Cyclists gather, (with 1 very lucky that another had dropped out), split into two groups of Six, 5 Minutes apart, leave via Portsmouth Rd Track, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Esher, Fairmile, Cobham, encountering a few CTC Wayfarers, Hatchford, Ockham, to West Horsley-, somewhat earlier than expected, due to being in smaller groups, for lunch at the very convivial ‘King William IV’, then East Horsley, Effingham, Great Bookham, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Ashtead Common, to Epsom for Tea & Refreshments at ‘the Old Moat Garden centre Cafe’, & soon after the second group arrival, another phlanx of Wayfarers, ( I think we left them some Cakes, 😉), West Ewell, Tolworth, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 1 new face.
Special thanks to Steve F for leading group 2, thanks to John & Mike for Back Marking the 2 groups.
Note: I forgot to get the Camera out, so if anyone did take any Photo’s they are willing to share, let me know.
Wednesday 11th March. A somewhat breezy day with a sunny afternoon, saw 17 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, -with 1 person have a small mechanical problem, delay the tail-, Thames Ditton, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton, Weybridge, -with 1 extra joining us-, Addlestone, Victory Park, (Photo), Bretland, to Lyne for lunch at the ‘Royal Marine’, then Thorpe Green, Egham, -with the ‘P fairy’ paying a visit, would a swift inflation work? Staines Bridge, no, time for a tube change, alas within half a mile a second victim, both quickly repaired-, Staines, Ashford, Sunbury, Hanworth, Hampton, Bushy Park to the ‘Pheasantry’ for Tea & refreshments, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 31 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Will & John E for back marking, 2 visits from the ‘p Fairy’.
Carville hall Park, with Crocus’s in the background
Wednesday 19th February. A day with a ‘topsy turvey forecast’, the Rain…, alright steady drizzle arriving before 11am, & finishing by 3pm, when it had been forecast to start around that time, saw 14 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, briefly joining a group of ‘Elmbridge healthy Cyclists’, Clapperstile gate, Teddington, Teddington Lock, Ham, Ham gate Richmond Park, White lodge, Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney, Putney Bridge, Bishops Park, Fulham, Thames Towpath, to Hammersmith for lunch at ‘the Plough & Harrow’, (Wetherspoons), then Ravenscourt Park, Acton,- with a large group trying for a breakaway, safely gathered back in the fold, only to find the intended path was closed due to Building work, so plan B+ came into play,- South Acton, Gunnersbury Park, Carville Hall Park, (Photo), Brentford, – with an inattentive Motorist almost wiping out the leader, 😦-, Syon Park, Isleworth, – with 1 person trying another ‘breakaway’-, Worton, Whitton, Twickenham to Squires Garden centre for Tea & refreshments, Fulwell, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 29 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Steve D for back marking, (in no way to blame for the breakaway attempt’s), others for marking corners.