WEDNESDAY 28th June 2017 and Sunday 3rd September 2017
Run by a local member and starting from Hampton Hill – I am tempted !
Meet Twickenham Riverside , by Eel Pie Bridge , 10.30. 7th 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.
17 of us turned up on a grey Twickenham Riverside but the sun broke through as we got through Staines. The Sun coped a bit slowly with the unexpected load but we had a sunny garden with chickens and were well fed and watered for a ride through verdant Windsor Great Park and down a twisty track into Windsor and traffic again.
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.
Six of us met up on a bright morning. There was a bit of congestion where the boat race was being prepared in Putney but we soon reached the Wandle. The first part was along quite busy roads and the contra-flow cycle lane full of parked cars wasn’t encouraging but we were soon cycling through parkland. There was a general request for a coffee stop at Merton Abbey Mills so we didn’t linger in the crowded Morden Hall Park and had lunch at the Windmill on Wimbledon Common. Hence down into Richmond Park and up again (one of us electrically powered) to Richmond Gate where we split.
Half the distance of the Surrey 100 – and probably under half the pace – it is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so might as well look at it. As we can’t get the roads closed for us we will aim for quieter alternatives where possible. It is quite hilly.
Five of us met in Bushy Park fountain car park 10.00. Use back roads to Brooklands for coffee then put up with some main road to Byfleet before turning off for Pyrford and quiet lanes before the North Downs. (If you think that Box Hill is a climb!) After an interesting descent Lunch at the Compasses Inn at Gomshall . (Ho Hum another Surrey Pub has headed up-market ; but the pricey food is good )
Meet at Twickenham Station forecourt 09:25, where we’ll catch the 09:33 train to Goring via Reading.
The Ridgeway goes up from here along the crest of the downs and we aim to get as far as White Horse Hill before dropping down and taking roads back to Goring.
Bring packed lunch and water as there are NO facilities on the Ridgeway. Fairly challenging terrain, so fat tyres and a sturdy bike advisable. Check this post near the day as the ride will be cancelled if poor weather is forecast.
Contact: Paul Luton
Telephone: 020 8977 4016