Midweek ride to Beckenham Place Park

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,

Groupp 1 Brockwell Park & London Skyline

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.

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Midweek ride to Ashtead

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),

Grouip 1 Ashtead Park

-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.

Group 3, Fetcham Splash

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/1306141

Midweek ride to Merstham

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)

Folly near Colley Hill, with group 1

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.

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Midweek ride to West Horsley

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.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/763492

Midweek ride to Lyne

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Victory Park, Addlestone

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’.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/1049116

 

Midweek ride to Hammersmith

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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.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1033328

Midweek ride to Battersea

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Battersea Park Pagoda, Credit: Rob R

Wednesday 15th January 2020, after a night of heavy Rain & strong Winds, would anyone be brave enough to join the first Midweek ride of 2020, starting with cloudy Skies, and several large Puddles, Yes, 10 Cyclists left via Skerne Rd, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate Richmond Park, via White lodge, to Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney, Wandsworth Park, Wandsworth,- with our Baack marker suffering a visit from ‘the P Fairy’, happy to let the group continue, rejoining us at lunch-, Thames path, Battersea, Battersea Park & Pagoda, (Photo), to Battersea for lunch at ‘the Asparagus’, (Wetherspoons), now with a glorious Sunny if chilly afternoon, Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common, (with a very large Tree blown down, blocking a Cycle path, but luckily not the route we needed), Earlsfield, to Wimbledon Park for Tea & Refreshments, Wimbledon village, Raynes park, New Malden, Norbiton to Kingston. Total 27 Miles, thanks to John  E for back marking, & thanks to Steve D for deputizing while John recovered from the ‘P Fairy’.

Map:- plotaroute.com/route/1003924

Midweek ride to Northolt

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Clock Tower, Northolt

Wednesday 11th December. A largely bright, chilly day, with a short shower of drizzle in the afternoon, saw 11 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, a short stretch of River Crane path, Whitton, Worton, Osterley, Osterley Park, Norwood green, Southall to Northolt, passing the lunch venue to see the Clocktower, (Photo), returning to ‘the Crown’, for lunch, after a slight delay for 1 person having 3, yes Three course’s, then a short stretch of brand new Tarmac on the Grand union Canal towpath, Greenford, Drayton green, West Ealing, South Ealing & Cemetery, Brentford, -a strategic vote elected for a short cut-, Kew Bridge, Richmond, Richmond Hill, Richmond Park to Pembroke lodge Cafe for Tea & Cakes, Kingston Gate, -with a small pause for the tail end, taking an alternate route-, to finish at the Market place. Total 29 Miles, thanks to John E for back marking, & others for marking corners, 1 new face.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/983472

Midweek ride to Staines

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Bushy Park

Wednesday 13th November. A very Sunny Morning, with a cloudy afternoon, saw 14 Cyclists leave via Cranes park, (anyone spot the ‘loose Pig’, hindering Thames Water, trying to repair a burst water main ? 🙂) King Charles Bridge, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Littleworth Common, Esher, Walton, Walton Bridge, Shepperton, Laleham, Thames Towpath to Staines for lunch at ‘the Wheatsheaf & Pigeon, then, finding the ‘P fairy’ had paid another visit, swiftly repaired, onto Ashford, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton hill, Bushy Park, (Photo), to ‘the Pheasantry cafe for Tea & refreshments, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 28 Miles, thanks to Steve D for back marking, and others for marking corners, 1 visit from the ‘P fairy’.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/967836

Midweek ride to Woodmansterne

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the London Skyline, from Epsom Downs Credit: Rob R

Wednesday 9th October. A mostly bright day saw 16 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & the greenway, West Ewell, a brief part of the Hogsmill path, Epsom, Epsom downs, (Photo), -with a small tumble leading to a slight ‘exposé’, luckily for the victim, the Camara didn’t record the event 😉,-Tattenham corner, Burgh Heath, Banstead, to Woodmansterne for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, then Wallington, Beddington Park, Hackbridge, the Wandle trail, Morden, to Morden hall Park, for Tea & refreshments, then Merton park, Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, New Malden, Norbiton, to Kingston. Total 28 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Pete S for back marking, & others for marking corners.

Map:-https://www.plotaroute.com/route/945357