Ride for Explorers – Windsor Great Park – Sunday 3rd April

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Meet Twickenham Riverside 10.30. We head up the Crane then some unavoidable suburbia across Shortwood common into Staines.  After going through Egham we climb to Englefield Green for lunch at  the Sun Inn. We then enjoy the traffic free roads across Windsor Great Park and make our way through Sunningdale and Chobham Common descending to Chertsey to return along the Thames. About 37 hilly but scenic miles.

You can find a route for the ride here – Route

Nine of us turned up on a sunny Twickenham Riverside including one person who had ridden from Slough , a family from New Malden and a rider from Barnes to whom Twickenham Riverside was new. We successfully negotiated the suburbs and the climb up to Englefield Green where we felt we had reached the countryside.  The Sun Inn offered a larger menu than last time at the expense of longer waiting times so it was later than we expected that we reached The Great Park – to find the gates closed – a Duathlon was taking place. We tried again at the Saville Gardens entrance where we cycled very slowly on a busy path before diverting back to the usual road. The road down to Blacknest Gate had an impressive display of daffodils under flowering trees.

The road to Sunningdale passed through woodlands with yellow Skunk Cabbages and  Chobham Common was bright with Gorse before we headed down through Chertsey to Hampton Court where we split up to our respective homes.