Richmond Rides : Windsor Loop

Sunday 5th May 10.30.

Windsor Ride 2019

Meet Twickenham Riverside by Eel Pie Bridge at 10.30. We cycle down to Hampton and then follow the Thames up to Staines where we cross the river and climb up to Englefield Green and lunch in the Sun Inn. After lunch we head through the open spaces of Windsor Great Park and down past Windsor Castle before heading back to Twickenham via Stanwell.

62km with one big hill.

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Just checked with The Sun a few days in advance – horror they have shut down. The Happy Man looked a possible alternative so I checked if they could accommodate about 10 cyclists arriving about 1sh on a Sunday  and yes they could.

Eight of us set off from a chilly but bright Twickenham Riverside and headed for Staines. The sun soon vanished but the scenic nature of the Thames from Chertsey Bridge to Staines was unspoilt. The obvious route to the new pub was up the  A30 Egham Hill but the cycle track degenerated into a narrow shared use footway so will look at alternatives.

Our bikes were ushered into the garden at the Happy Man and a variety of food and drinks ordered and consumed with general satisfaction.

Windsor Great Park was resplendent in fresh green with a scattering of bluebells and the twisting ride down into Windsor brought out the inner 6yr old.

Despite one puncture we had a tail wind back into Twickenham arriving at 4pm.

 

If interested please email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Everybody – New Crane Path and improved Thames Towpath.

WEDNESDAY 17th April. 10.40

Just two of us met up and enjoyed a ride in the sunshine. Apart from the section getting onto Richmond Bridge we had NO motor vehicles overtaking us and few coming the other way. Off -peak Richmond borough can be cycle friendly. What can we do to tempt more people onto our short rides ?

Meet at Strawberry Hill station and cycle to Teddington Lock. We enjoy the new smooth surface to Richmond where we cross and continue downstream to within sight of the Crane confluence. We then distantly follow the Crane to Twickenham station where we cross to the New Twickenham Rough Path (Craney Laney) to Kneller Gardens for a deserved cup of coffee. Just a short ride takes us back to Strawberry Hill.

9 miles and fairly flat. Almost all zero or low-traffic.

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If interested please email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Everyone : Park and Riverside

Saturday 16th March

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Meet Teddington Station west side 10.15.

We go through Bushy Park to Hampton Court – watch out for Daffodils  and then follow the Thames back to Teddington . More than half the ride off-road but decent surfaces. Coffee break en-route. Flat 8 miles so back by 12ish depending on how long we spend over coffee.

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If interested please email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers : Surrey Heathlands

Sunday 10th March

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Meet Twickeham Riverside by Eel Pie island bridge 10.30.

We head up the Thames to Chertsey  and then up into the hills as far as Chobham Common. We have lunch at the “Hangar Cafe” at Fairoaks Airport before enjoying a downhill section to Weybridge and so home.

35 miles and a bit hilly.

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Five of us met up on a windy Twickenham Riverside and threaded our way through the car park and so down to Hampton and , against a stiff wind , up the Thames to Chertsey. En route we had to crawl under a fallen tree and pass bikes over the top. The hills beyond were mercifully sheltered from the wind by the trees although there was a short shower.

After Lunch we had the wind behind us and made good speed back to Walton where we sampled a rather muddy river path so that we decided that Tea (and cakes) at the Cricket Club would aid recovery.

If interested please email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – Box Hill ; Sunday 13th January

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Meet Twickenham Riverside – by Eel Pie bridge 10.00.

Our traditional post-turkey jaunt. On/off road quiet and scenic 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.

Route  (May be modified if we get much more rain. )

Four of us met up on Twickenham Riverside. After a generally dry few weeks the going over the commons was good and we were treated with glimpses of sun. After a quick snack at the top we zoomed back getting back to Twickenham at about 2pm. Is this a record ?

If you are thinking of coming please contact Paul rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – Burnham Beeches

Ride cancelled this year due to lack of interest.

Sunday 4th November

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Meet Twickenham Station before 10.05 to catch the 10.15 to Staines.(arr 10.30) We cycle through Staines Moor then via Colnbrook , through Langley Park and past Black Park to  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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If interested please email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

NB ride will be cancelled if it is wet – lunch spot is not roofed !

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