Rides for Everyone – Coffee at the Palace – Saturday 16th April

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Meet Mortlake Green by the Station 10.15

We cycle by the Thames all the way down to Putney Bridge which we cross to Bishop’s Park and a break at the cafe in Fulham Palace. Return via the Wetland Centre and a glimpse at the “Arab tent” tomb of the explorer Richard Burton. 8 miles and flat so definitely a ride for everyone. – back about 12.

No takers – maybe just as well as the towpath would have been muddy after the previous day’s rain. There does seem to be a pattern that easy rides are not attractive ?

 

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Please let me know if you are thinking of coming – all welcome. Paul – rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

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.

 

Rides for Everyone – spring along the Crane – Saturday 19th March

Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.30. We get  to the Crane via Mill Rd  and head upstream to the borough boundary. Crossing the river we travel down Hounslow’s new path on the south bank of the Crane to Kneller Gardens and Twickenham where we cut through back streets back to Strawberry Hill.

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If weather is good we will have coffee in Kneller Gardens , if less good we will try the Airparks Leisure centre.

Fairly flat, short, low traffic ride. All welcome especially beginning cyclists.

In the event no beginning cyclists were evident but Sonia and I had a pleasant ride enjoying the last of the daffodils  and first of the bluebells.

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Contact Paul : rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – 10th January – Box Hill

Meet Twickenham Riverside – by Eel Pie bridge 10.00.

Our traditional post-turkey jaunt. On/off road quiet route to Box Hill then a steady climb to the viewpoint and lunch in NT Cafe at the top (as the pub we used to patronise is now a trendy wine-bar). Enjoy  a switchback descent taking us most of the way home. About 40 miles in total. Better bring lights but expect to get back before 4.

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Looks OK for Sunday but there has been so much rain recently that the commons will be very muddy. May have to grit teeth and go out by Hook Rd (back by normal route).

IMG_20160110_122433040Both the people who said they were coming cancelled and no-one turned up on spec but as it was a decent day I did the ride anyway.

Hook Rd isn’t too bad , on a Sunday morning anyway, and I got to the top of Box Hill by 11.30. The usual bicycle crush. On the way back checked the refreshment van on Headley Common ( second instalment of lunch ) – will be operating every Sunday so may be a useful lunch stop. Back in the Borough by 1.30.

Paul – rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

 

Hampton Hill Uplift – £1.8m paving slabs.

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After a rather vague public consultation LBRUT have come up with a not very cunning plan. The public were concerned about traffic and the condition of the footway but the council gone for the easy part and put in lots of granite paving slabs.

On the plus side there will be a 20mph limit , parking bays will be inset ( so cyclists don’t feel obliged to go in and out around parked vehicles and access to the park will (somehow) be made easier. There will be a toucan crossing but with no links to anywhere. Cycle parking is a detail to be added where there is room.

I have put together a response – Response to Hampton Hill Uplift

I am happy to amend this in the light of your comments but need to send it in later this week.

Also feel free to put in individual responses.

Paul