Meet Twickenham Station before 10.05 to catch the 10.16 to Staines.(arr 10.30) We cycle through Staines Moor then via Colnbrook and passing Pinewood Studios to quiet Fulmer and finally the woodlands of Burnham Beeches in their autumnal splendour. After lunch in a woodland cafe we head down to the Jubilee River path which takes us to Datchet and so back to Staines. About 30 miles mostly on-road.
Having had NO indications that anyone was intending coming my partner and I set off and picked up one participant at Twickenham and another at Staines. The four of us enjoyed sunshine all day with light winds with just a few puddles. The trees were just turning colour so views were superb. The only problem was just missing a train on returning to Staines.
Meet 10.30 Twickenham Riverside by Eel Pie Bridge.
We cycle through Bushy Park then Esher Common to Cobham and then by a practically traffic-free road to Bookham Common and so to the Old Windsor Castle for lunch. (bit pricier than it used to be but good quality). Home via Oxshott and Claygate.
35 miles with quite a bit of gentle off-road suitable for most bikes.
We were a total of 4 with the “most bikes” being successfully demonstrated by a Brompton which had no problems with the mildly damp trails across the commons. We enjoyed excellent weather with the trees showing a golden tinge. The lunch stop was less successful with the pub moving further in the restaurant direction but three of us enjoyed some pleasant soup. Perhaps next year we will try the Cricketers on Downside Common or press on to the NT cafe at Polesden Lacy.
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The Thames towpath from Mortlake Brewery to Barnes Bridge has been notorious for its poor surface and liability to flooding. Richmond council have now extended the paved section at a higher level as far as Barnes Bridge. An oral inspection of this gift horse might point out the narrowness of the paving ( about 1.5m ) and the poor quality of the original paving at the Brewery end.
Perhaps we could try it out on a Ride for Everyone on 19th October.
This petition is a direct response to Mr Ian Huggins petition, entitled “Stop Surrey being turned into a cycle track” http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/surrey-county-council-stop-surrey-being-turned-into-a-cycle-track
If you enjoy cycling in the countryside please sign here.
Bicycle thefts continue Over the last 4 weeks 105 individual bicycles have been stolen, worth a total value of £63,820. The peak area for thefts is Teddington with a mixture of bikes stolen from the street and the garden (mainly sheds overnight) with other locations including Twickenham town centre, Sandycoombe Road, St Margaret’s, Kew Road, Richmond and Second Avenue to Barnes High Street. Suspects include white males between 15-20 either alone or with 1 other. 55% offences took place overnight with offences during the day mainly being from the street between 12:00 to 19:59. Specialized was the most popular type of bike stolen. Tracker bikes have been deployed to various locations.
In association with Ham United Group.
We start from Ham Library at 10.00 and ride past our unique 17th Century house before going off-road in the magnificent avenues set out by the Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale. A trip through the splendour of Petersham Village takes us into Richmond Park where we follow the newish path to Kingston Gate. We then head down to the Thames for coffee at the Hawker Centre and so back to Ham library. 7 miles with some gentle hills.
Seven of us met up thanks to some HUG posters and enjoyed good weather on the ride. Out of consideration for the youngest member of the group who made a gallant effort we shortened the ride by exiting through Ham Gate and reached the Hawker Centre via Ham Common.
On Saturday 3rd August there will be an opportunity to cycle thorough traffic free streets in central London past those iconic landmarks from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s and the Tower of London.
We are having a Feeder Ride leaving Richmond Green at 9.30 and returning from Buckingham Palace at 3.30.
We had about 40 participants on the ride in and more than half of those to take home – aided by ideal weather.
In the Freecycle
special thanks to our marshals for looking after everybody.
I attach a useful leaflet to help prevent cycle thefts. This is unfortunately a crime we experience quite a bit of and are doing everything we can to catch the criminals involved, as well as prevent it from happening.
Safer Neighbourhood Teams can provide a security marking service for bikes and anyone can contact their local SNT by visiting our web pages, or using the following link;
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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. (Perhaps ice cream if the current weather continues ) About 10 miles, quiet with some slopes. Should be back around 12 ish.
Three of us met up and, as one rider had not been to Richmond before ,included the Green and Richmond Palace fragments in the ride. ” Like a film set “. A pleasant ride as usual with one tern seen on the canal. I hadn’t realised that Norwood Green comes under Southall ; not the usual image.
Back in Richmond at 12.10.