Richmond Rides for Explorers – Surrey woodlands ride .

polsden-lacy-rideSunday 14th October

Meet at Twickenham Riverside 10.30. We head out across Bushy Park and through Thames Ditton to Littleworth Common and Ardbrook Common to reach Cobham. Crossing the Mole we follow lanes to Bookham Common and up to to NT cafe outside of Polsden Lacy. If enough of us are members we can have a quick look inside. As a life member + volunteer I can take 2 guests. On the way home we add Oxshott Common and Claygate woods.

37 miles mostly away from the traffic.

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If interested email rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Car Free Day Ride – 22nd September 2018

Crown Road , St Margaret’s will be closed to traffic so we have an easy afternoon ride starting from there at 2pm. Meet at the Richmond Council display.

crane ride 002aWe explore the new path from Twickenham Station to reach Crane Park where we ride both the Whitton and Hounslow banks before returning to Kneller Gardens . (Tea ?) where we divert to Twickenham Riverside ( soon , we hope, to be less car-dominated)  and return via Orleans House, Marble Hill and Turner’s House.

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If interested please let me know ; Paul. rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Burtons Road and connections.

Burtons Road has long been recognised as a generally cycle-friendly alternative to Park Road / Uxbridge Road but is plagued by rat-running at peak hours. Several traffic-removal schemes have been rejected as risking diverting traffic into other narrow roads.

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The map below (based on Open Cycle Map) suggests how two filters (red) one straight across and one diagonal could allow vehicular access whilst blocking rat-running.

Burtons RdSolid blue lines are important road links whilst the hashed lines are tracks used by cyclists with some difficulties.The railway path is narrow and overgrown

Burtons -railway pathwhilst the path at the west end has narrow gates.

Burtons -gateNeither has cycling forbidden  (the railway track is labelled footpath at one end but that doesn’t make cycling illegal). Some improvement would be needed to make them useful for all.

Green circles are existing toucan crossings whilst the orange ones are where a crossing is needed.There is a ramped bridge to cross the A316.

A316 BridgeThe numerous schools are shown by magenta circles whilst Fulwell Station is the nearest railway. ( a segregated track along Wellington Rd would shorten some journeys but that is a future ambition).

Richmond Rides for Explorers : Off Road to Norbury Park

Sunday 1st July.

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Meet Twickenham riverside 10.15

We head South via Kingston and Tolworth before heading away from the traffic along the Hogsmill and then through Horton Country Park and Ashstead Common. Emerging in Leatherhead we pass through the Mole gap before climbing to Norbury Park – Southern England’s best approximation to an alpine meadow. A Track takes us to Brockets Farm for lunch and our return journey features a foot/cycle bridge across the Mole , Oxstead Common and Claygate woods. 37 miles with a serious hill. This has been done on a fixer but not-over-narrow tyres would be comfortable.

Just 3 of us turned up on a Sunny Twickenham Riverside. The shady banks of the Hogsmill were welcome and we kept up a fair pace which provided a cooling breeze. The Tea Rooms at Brockets Farm were unusually quiet and the tracks where we usually encounter mud were dry this year. Back in Twickenham before 3 – is this a record.

 

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Contact Paul : rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – Windsor Great Park – Sunday 10th June

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Meet Twickenham Riverside , by Eel Pie Bridge , 10.30. Sunday 10th June.

We cut across to Hampton then roughly follow the Thames upstream using NCR4 from Chertsey to Staines. A steep climb to Englefield Green is rewarded by lunch at the Sun Inn then we enjoy the practically traffic free Windsor Great Park and track into Windsor. We than return more directly to Twickenham with more mixed surroundings but finishing with our local Crane Park trail.  38 miles with one big hill.

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Just 4 of us turned up – one having cycled from Newham – and enjoyed a smooth ride in ideal cycling weather. The Sun Inn , under new management , was even more accommodating so I will try to organise another ride with that stop.

Rides for Everybody – Palaces of West London

Osterley 2017Saturday 19th May

Meet Richmond Little Green by theatre at 10.00am.

We Cross the Thames and pass through the grounds of Sion House before heading up the Grand Union Canal to Norwood Green. A country lane takes us into the wide spaces of Osterley Park where we enjoy coffee in the stables before passing the mansion on the way home. About 10 miles, quiet with some slopes. Should be back around 12 ish.

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Rides for Explorers – Windsor Great Park – 6th May

Windsor Ride May 17 2SORRY  RIDE POSTPONED

Meet Twickenham Riverside , by Eel Pie Bridge , 10.30. Sunday 6th  May

We cut across to Hampton then roughly follow the Thames upstream using NCR4 from Chertsey to Staines. A steep climb to Englefield Green is rewarded by lunch at the Sun Inn then we enjoy the practically traffic free Windsor Great Park and track into Windsor. We than return more directly to Twickenham with more mixed surroundings but finishing with our local Crane Park trail.  38 miles with one big hill.

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