Meet Mortlake Green by station – 10.20 . We ride down the Thames towpath to Putney Bridge and then cross to Bishops Park and Fulham Palace, former home of Bishops of London. After coffee in the gardens we return through Barnes passing the Wildfowl Trust site and possibly paying a quick visit to the exotic tomb of Richard Burton- explorer and translator of the Arabian Nights.
A try to see how Rides for Everybody on a Sunday will do – well the same number – just 4 – and 75% identical riders to last time. A brilliantly sunny day. We stopped briefly at Tapestry Court marked both as the site of the seventeenth century Mortlake Tapestry Works and the sixteenth century home of mathematician John Dee. The path along the riverside to Hammersmith Bridge was very muddy and busy but things improved as we went on towards Putney Bridge which was quieter than for a Saturday. The Palace gardens provided a civilised location for a coffee break.