Rides for Explorers – 2nd April – Up the Wandle

Meet Richmond Little Green (by Richmond Theatre) 10.30. We head to Putney Bridge and then go along the Thames via Wandsworth Park to the mouth of the Wandle where we head upstream along the Wandle Trail. After a bit of busy road we get into King Georges Park and then is is mostly a mixture of parkland and quiet roads to Morden Hall Park for lunch.

We return, after a quick look at a gate from Merton Abbey transplanted to a quiet church in Merton Park,  via Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park .

A fairly short ride at 20 miles but lots to see.

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It would be helpful if you could let me know if you are thinking of coming.

Paul : rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – January 8th – Box Hill

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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.

Eight of us met up with rather more “locals” than usual but with two riders who had already cycled from NW London. The weather was “atmospheric misty” but not cold and the surfaces across Horton Country Park / Ashsted Common not bad. We took our soup outside as the cafe was rather full and the weather still mild. The downhill return was marred a bit by drizzle encouraging us not to linger – we were back in the Borough soon after 3.

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Rides for Explorers – Burnham Beeches -Sunday 13th 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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Just 2 of us met at Twickenham but were joined by another 7 at Staines. A sunny but fresh day showed off the autumn colours. 3 lots of fly-tipping on the bridle-path north from Staines and one burnt-out car made the start a little messy. Lunch was a little slow despite the cafe being less busy than last year and things were still wet after the preceding day’s rain. Good ride back alongside the Jubilee River with continuing sunshine. Back to Staines by 3.

 

Rides for Explorers – Sunday 2nd October – Surrey Woodlands

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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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4 of us did this ride. The day was bright if chillier than we have become accustomed to. Pretty quiet from Thames Ditton back to Kingston apart from the road up to Polsden Lacy which was busy as they are running a food fair. We added in a drink at the social club on Downside Common and still got back by 3.

Contact Paul : .- rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

London Freecycle 2016

Again 100 people of all ages from Richmond met up on the green for a feeder ride up to the traffic free streets of Central London.

RichmondWe had a pleasant ride through Kew back streets and Strand on the Green before hitting the traffic of Chiswich High Road and shooting the rapids of the Hammersmith Gyratory to reach the haven of Kensington Gardens.

KensingtonThe actual Freecycle course was longer and less congested than on previous years and it was good to see small children, some with balance wheels , zooming about the streets of London.

Some 40 of us returned getting back to Richmond at about 4.30 and everyone seemed to have enjoyed their day.

Thanks to all the volunteer marshals and especially Cllr. Jean Loveland taking her role as cycling champion very seriously.

Rides for Everybody – 21st May – Palaces of West London

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 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 – Olympic Park via the new CSHs. Sunday 8th May

Meet Barnes Green by the pond 10.30.

We head over Hammersmith Bridge and make our way to Hyde Park the Mall and probably the Strand to join the updated Cycle Superhighway 2 towards Bow before diverting through Victoria Park to to Olympic Park for lunch – probably in the velodrome.

On the way home we cut across to the improved CSH 3 to Tower Gateway where we get onto the East-West superhighway to Westminster and so back to Barnes.

Just 2 of us met up at Barnes. The Superhigways are now open and reasonably well used on a Sunday – lots of “Boris Bikes”.  Pity we don’t get to see one in Richmond. The velodrome cafe does provide sandwiches.

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Rides for Explorers – Off Road in Surrey to Norbury Park – 3rd July

NorburyMeet 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.

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Six of us met up on a sunny morning.  We tried a slightly different route along the Hogsmill (shorter but busier main road section ) and the path into Horton Park was very muddy. The surface improved and the all-weather path across Ashstead Common lived up to its name ( some engineers know what they are about). By public request we stopped for coffee in Leatherhead High Street (pity about the litter of parked cars) which fortified us for the climb to Norbury Park. An efficient lunch service at Brockets farm saw us moving to a table with umbrella to keep off the sun  .

After lunch back to mud for a cut-across and then to a delightful footbridge across the Mole , a muddy track into Claygate and a luxury cycle track on the Portsmouth Rd into Kingston. Back in Twickenham at 16.05 after an enjoyable and scenic day mostly well away from traffic.