Rides for Explorers – Sunday 2nd November – Burnham Beeches

 

 

 

 

 

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Modified route to avoid a busy road.

Meet Twickenham Station before 10.05 to catch the 10.16 to Staines.(arr 10.30) We cycle through Staines Moor then via Colnbrook , through Langley Park and past Black Park 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 tarmac with some smooth gravel paths. Quite scenic / hilly.

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Please get in contact if you are interested in coming – the cafe is not roofed so I will cancel if it is going to be wet.  email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Another cycle lane getting trashed ?

The council are consulting on replacing a zebra in Sheen Road with a pelican. One of the suggestions is widening the footways. (to reduce delays to traffic).

The cycle lane by the crossing is currently suspended as you can’t  combine a cycle lane with zig-zag markings. However this problem is being resolved by a change in regulations so we could get a continuous cycle lane but only as long as the road isn’t narrowed. Please respond to the consultation arguing against the road narrowing.

Rides for Explorers – 5th October – Woodlands to Polsden Lacy

A variant of our favourite Bookham ride as the pub there has become less welcoming.

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Meet at Twickenham Riverside 10.00. 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. On the way home we add Oxshott Common and Claygate woods.

37 miles mostly away from the traffic.

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Three of us met up on a bright but chilly morning and enjoyed good weather all day. The surfaces were a little muddy where the previous day’s rain met with forestry work but we enjoyed some lovely countryside with the most traffic on the minor road to Polsden Lacy where a food festival was underway. As 2 of us are NT members and I have a volunteers concession we got in free and were impressed by the finest site that Edwardian money could buy. (No takers on the house though). With evenly matched riders we got home a hour ahead of expectations.

 

Rides for Everyone – 18th October – Crane and Hanworth Parks

 

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A favourite park and a new (to cycling) park.

Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.40.  We take our usual route to Crane Park,  which should be showing the first of the autumn colours, but after passing the Nature Reserve cross to the Airparks Leisure Centre for coffee. We then explore the newly created shared use paths across Hanworth Park before returning to the station through Hampton Hill.

About 8 miles , flat and mostly off-road.

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Just two of us today. Weather very mild but cloudy. Leisure Centre cafe functional/ basic. Maybe try Starbucks in Feltham Centre on a future occasion.

Rides for Everyone – 16th August – Apple Picking

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Garsons Farm has new season Discovery Apples for picking. This makes a pleasant 40 minute ride in each direction. Thinking of leaving from Teddington station 10am but could do an afternoon ride if people prefer.

Just 2 of us again but an enjoyable ride on a bright day. As an attempt to promote utility cycling – fail.

If interested email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Feeder for Ride London ; 9th August.

This summer’s Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle on Saturday 9 August offers a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling around an 10-mile traffic-free route in central London. The route features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling.

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We ride to the ride meeting Richmond Little Green at 9.30. A team of experienced marshals will shepherd less experienced riders through Putney and Battersea Park to Parliament Square returning from the same place at 3.00 pm.

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We had a sizeable contingent if not, perhaps, the 150 who had registered. All were safely delivered to Parliament Square at around 11.30 – slow average speed is what happens with large groups. A smaller group cycled home at 3 but all had enjoyed the bright breezy day. There were a few problems – for which I bear responsibility – but we all got safely home thanks to the efforts of the team of volunteer marshals.

Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Everybody – Saturday 14th June – Osterley Park

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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. About 10 miles, quiet with some slopes. Should be back around 12 ish.

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It would be useful if you could let me know if you are thinking of coming,

Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – 1st June- Surrey 50

Half the distance of the Surrey 100 – and probably half the pace – it is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so might as well look at it. It is quite hilly.

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Meet Bushy Park fountain car park 10.00. Use back roads to Brooklands for coffee then put up with some main road to Byfleet before turning off for Pyrford and the North Downs. After an interesting descent Lunch at the Compasses Inn at Gomshall .

The main road into Dorking isn’t too trafficky and we soon get to Box Hill from where we take my favourite switchback descent to Kingston and so home.

Just 2 of us met up despite the ideal weather and a few miles in my gear cable snapped. A diversion to Walton (Thank you Surrey for marking bike shops on your excellent cycling maps ) produced a replacement and we got back on track with a coffee before tacking the North Downs. ( The road across the Wey valley was closed to motor vehicles by bridge work – this is the ideal way of making cycle facilities)  The Compasses produced excellent baguettes and salad by the bank of the Tillingbourne and we powered through Dorking and (more slowly) up Box Hill. (thinking how long before I need an e-bike for this trip). Back to Kingston about 4 after a really scenic ride. Where was everybody ?

Paul – rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – Norbury Park – 6th July

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.

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Again we had only two riders – Please tell me what would get you to come along.

Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk