Rides for Explorers ; January 11th Box Hill

Meet Twickenham Riverside 10.30.

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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 35 miles in total. Better bring lights.

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Please get in contact if you are interested in coming – A switchback on ice might be a bit  over exciting so I will cancel if conditions sound too bad..

email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Santa on a Bike Ride – 14th December

Organised by Action Bikes:  www.actionbikes.co.uk  in aid of Bikes for Africa.
Sunday 14th Dec “Santa On A Bike Ride” starting at Action Bikes Whitton leisurely 5~10 Miles (depends on the weather) round the local area dressed as Santa – bringing some Ho ho ho to residents.  Free to take part —-register in advance to claim your free Santa suit.
Tony Yerby
Action Bikes
020 7096 1836

Rides for Explorers – Sunday 2nd November – Burnham Beeches

NO TAKERS and it looks to be the wettest day for a while so Cancelled.

A good route to try if you have a fine day free in the next week or so.

Modified route to avoid a busy road.

Burnham 005Meet 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