Rides for Explorers – over the North Downs

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Sunday 7th June – meet Diana Fountain Car Park in Bushy Park 10am.

Steve Armstrong will lead this ride through Kingston out to Chessington then through Oxshott and surrounding villages over Bagden Hill  to Westhumble.  Then up Boxhill with stop at Boxhill cafe for refreshments. Return via Ashtead and Epsom Common to starting point. 42 miles hilly. Back around 3.30 pm.

Contact Steve on armstrong.steven@sky.com

 

Rides for Everyone – Palaces of West London

Saturday May 16th

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 – The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

12th April ; meeting Richmond Little Green 10.15.

Some years ago we went to watch the construction. The site has been landscaped and there is a good cafe

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We ride up through Central London -  quite fun with low Sunday traffic -  and plug into CS2 but turn off before the Bow Roundabout via Victoria Park to the Olympic Park. After lunch and a tour of the traffic-free park we return over the Green Bridge and SC3. About 37 miles.

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Twelve of us turned up at Richmond Green thanks to Skyride publicity. As we had a number of out of borough people we threw in the view from Richmond Hill in the sunshine before heading East. Road closures diverted more traffic our way and the strengthening headwind added resistance training to the way home but a good time was had.

Rides for Explorers – Windsor Great Park

Meet Twickenham Riverside , by Eel Pie Bridge , 10.30. 3rd 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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windsor ride 001aWe started with 18 riders but lost one at Shepperton ( If you are beginning cycling 38miles is too much of a challenge)  and another 4 at Staines after a revolt by the 3 children. The remaining 13 of us made light work both of the hill up to Englefield Green and of a substantial light lunch at the Sun Inn. The ride through Windsor Great Park was a delight as was the twisty track down to Windsor with sunlit lime green foliage contrasting with purple clouds. Back to Twickenham at 4.30.

RIdes for Everyone – Crane River to Marble Hill

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Saturday 18th April : Meet Strawberry Hill Station 10.15

We head across to the Crane River which we follow on a shared use path upstream through woodland as far as the Hounslow Boundary then back down again on the other bank. Continuing downriver we have a coffee break in Kneller Gardens then thread the backstreets of Twickenham to pass Turner’s House  to reach Marble Hill and the Thames. We go upstream along Twickenham Riverside to pass Strawberry Hill house on the way back to the station.  8.5 miles, fairly flat and mostly traffic free. Scenic and historic too.

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Six of us enjoyed good sunny if a chilly breeze conditions on this ride.

 

Rides for Everyone – Coffee at the Palace -Saturday 21st March

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.

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Putting our routes onto Skyride does seem to attract more interest. We had 8 riders of a wide range of ages despite a chilly wind. The Drawing Room Cafe at the Palace provided welcome refreshment and we emerged into (short lived) sunshine.

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Route: Richmond Park Gate to Richmond Bridge

A perennial complaint has been about cyclists using the footway to descend Richmond Hill against the one-way system. We have argued that the legitimate route which has the benefit of filtered permeability P1010453a

has lost many of its signposts so cyclists are using the obvious route for fear of getting lost. Many of the signs have now been restored (Thank you Richmond Council)

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However, in the process, the Castle Yard cut through has been deleted so that cyclists are sent right down to congested Paradise Rd which we are not happy about. The RCC rides rep had a meeting with a council engineer discussing where signing is still not clear and we came up with a route using a contra-flow in Ormond Rd. To avoid head-to-head confrontations the engineer suggested that the carriageway should be raised level with the footway allowing cyclists to move to the side should they meet a (rare) vehicle coming the other way. NIce to get imaginative ideas from the other side – we are so used to “can’t do that”.

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