London Freecycle Feeder Ride – Appeal for Marshals.

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On 3rd August we are taking about 100  people up from Richmond to central London for the Freecycle. This is thoroughly worthwhile and opens people’s eyes to to possibility of getting about by bike. (ps we are avoiding the nasty bit in the photo this year)

If you are an experienced cyclist consider doing your good deed of the month and joining us as Marshal. Despite the daunting form (below) we mostly need you to keep people on course with some assistance at the junctions a bonus.

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Register at

https://lcc.org.uk/articles/volunteer-as-a-lcc-ride-marshal-at-freecycle-2019

Thanks Paul

 

Rides for Everyone – Coffee at the Palace – Saturday 20th July

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Meet Mortlake Green by the Station 10.15

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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 – recently renovated with interesting displays. Return via London’s latest cycling bridge at Hammersmith and a glimpse at the “Arab tent” tomb of the explorer Richard Burton. 10 miles ,  flat and mostly traffic free so definitely a ride for everyone. – back about 12.

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

Richmond Rides for Explorers : Off Road to Norbury Park

Sunday 7th 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 mountain bike probably ideal as some surfaces are a bit stony.

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Contact Paul : rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Just 2 of us braved the damp conditions and we made a bit of a short cut to the lunch stop so got back to Twickenham at about 2 – just as the sun came out ! Still an enjoyable ride.

Richmond Rides : Windsor Loop

Sunday 5th May 10.30.

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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.

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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 !