Meet Twickenham Station before 10.05 to catch the 10.16 to Staines.(arr 10.30) We cycle through Staines Moor then via Colnbrook and passing Pinewood Studios 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 on-road.
Having had NO indications that anyone was intending coming my partner and I set off and picked up one participant at Twickenham and another at Staines. The four of us enjoyed sunshine all day with light winds with just a few puddles. The trees were just turning colour so views were superb. The only problem was just missing a train on returning to Staines.
Meet 10.30 Twickenham Riverside by Eel Pie Bridge.
We cycle through Bushy Park then Esher Common to Cobham and then by a practically traffic-free road to Bookham Common and so to the Old Windsor Castle for lunch. (bit pricier than it used to be but good quality). Home via Oxshott and Claygate.
35 miles with quite a bit of gentle off-road suitable for most bikes.
We were a total of 4 with the “most bikes” being successfully demonstrated by a Brompton which had no problems with the mildly damp trails across the commons. We enjoyed excellent weather with the trees showing a golden tinge. The lunch stop was less successful with the pub moving further in the restaurant direction but three of us enjoyed some pleasant soup. Perhaps next year we will try the Cricketers on Downside Common or press on to the NT cafe at Polesden Lacy.
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In association with Ham United Group.
We start from Ham Library at 10.00 and ride past our unique 17th Century house before going off-road in the magnificent avenues set out by the Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale. A trip through the splendour of Petersham Village takes us into Richmond Park where we follow the newish path to Kingston Gate. We then head down to the Thames for coffee at the Hawker Centre and so back to Ham library. 7 miles with some gentle hills.
Seven of us met up thanks to some HUG posters and enjoyed good weather on the ride. Out of consideration for the youngest member of the group who made a gallant effort we shortened the ride by exiting through Ham Gate and reached the Hawker Centre via Ham Common.
On Saturday 3rd August there will be an opportunity to cycle thorough traffic free streets in central London past those iconic landmarks from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s and the Tower of London.
We are having a Feeder Ride leaving Richmond Green at 9.30 and returning from Buckingham Palace at 3.30.
We had about 40 participants on the ride in and more than half of those to take home – aided by ideal weather.
In the Freecycle
special thanks to our marshals for looking after everybody.
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. (Perhaps ice cream if the current weather continues ) About 10 miles, quiet with some slopes. Should be back around 12 ish.
Three of us met up and, as one rider had not been to Richmond before ,included the Green and Richmond Palace fragments in the ride. ” Like a film set “. A pleasant ride as usual with one tern seen on the canal. I hadn’t realised that Norwood Green comes under Southall ; not the usual image.
Back in Richmond at 12.10.
No takers ! – Too obvious a ride ? Cyclists don’t like flowers ?
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Meet Strawberry Hill Station 10.15 am. We cross the refurbished Teddington lock footbridge and head up into Richmond Park. After a quick look at the renewals at Isabella Plantation we move on to the refreshment stall for coffee (weather permitting) before descending to Kingston Gate and making our way home by the riverside. Only about 8 miles so the hill up into the park can be taken gently/walked.
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Meet Twickenham Riverside 10.30. We head up the Crane then some unavoidable suburbia across Shortwood common into Staines. After going through Egham we climb to Englefield Green for lunch at the Sun Inn. We then enjoy the traffic free roads across Windsor Great Park and make our way through Sunningdale and Chobham Common descending to Chertsey to return along the Thames. About 37 hilly but scenic miles.
A healthy eighteen of us turned up in Twickenham, including a lady and her grandson , and enjoyed a ride in excellent conditions. A fitter group detached themselves occasionally for extra miles which was a good solution to varying levels of riding. Given the numbers we avoided the awkward gates to Shortwood Common at the expense of a bit of main road. We tried the NCR 4 through Staines but were unimpressed.
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Meet Richmond Little Green by theatre at 10.30 We cross the Thames and head up the tributary river Crane. Passing the nature reserve we try the new cycle path on the Hounslow bank before regaining the Thames in Twickenham and returning along the tow-path. Coffee break in Kneller Gardens . 11 miles , low traffic and pretty flat. Back around 12.30.
Five of us enjoyed this ride in brilliant sunshine with trees coming into leaf and blossom. An excellent example of a good cycle route – thank you Richmond and Hounslow.
Meet at Richmond Station 10.15 Under 60s get return ticket to Watford. We take the 10.29 train to Carpenters Park via Willesden. We cycle through the remnants of the Great North Wood before descending into the Colne Valley and up into the hills using quiet lanes.