Sunday 16th August
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 )
The main road into Dorking isn’t too trafficky and we soon get to Box Hill from where we take my favourite switchback descent to Kingston and so home.
Decent weather , great scenery and good company made an enjoyable ride.
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 not-over-narrow tyres would be comfortable.
Just 2 of us again. Ok there had been a sprinkling of rain but we enjoyed decent weather that became sunny by lunch time. With the dry weather the trails were mud-free is a bit bumpy but we certainly got away from traffic and enjoyed lots of greenery.
Sunday 7th June – meet Diana Fountain Car Park in Bushy Park 10am.
Steve Armstrong will lead this ride through Kingston out to Chessington then through Oxshott and surrounding villages over Bagden Hill to Westhumble. Then up Boxhill with stop at Boxhill cafe for refreshments. Return via Ashtead and Epsom Common to starting point. 42 miles hilly. Back around 3.30 pm.
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Meet Richmond Little Green 10.15 .
We get our climbing in first and are rewarded by the celebrated view from Richmond Hill. A descent through the Park follows before another climb past White Lodge. Down again to Ham for a circuit of Ham House using it’s own baroque avenues. We then cross Teddington Lock to get to Strawberry Hill house – coffee break in the cafe. Return along the riverside with a quick look at Orleans Octagon and Marble Hill house – the perfect Palladian doll’s house.
11 miles and a bit hilly but very scenic. route
Just 5 of us – perhaps because of threat of showers.
Saturday May 16th
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.
Combining a Breeze Ride with ours we only managed seven riders but enjoyed excellent weather and quiet roads on a day when Twickenham was log-jammed.
12th April ; meeting Richmond Little Green 10.15.
Some years ago we went to watch the construction. The site has been landscaped and there is a good cafe
We ride up through Central London - quite fun with low Sunday traffic - and plug into CS2 but turn off before the Bow Roundabout via Victoria Park to the Olympic Park. After lunch and a tour of the traffic-free park we return over the Green Bridge and SC3. About 37 miles.
Twelve of us turned up at Richmond Green thanks to Skyride publicity. As we had a number of out of borough people we threw in the view from Richmond Hill in the sunshine before heading East. Road closures diverted more traffic our way and the strengthening headwind added resistance training to the way home but a good time was had.
Meet Twickenham Riverside , by Eel Pie Bridge , 10.30. 3rd 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.
We started with 18 riders but lost one at Shepperton ( If you are beginning cycling 38miles is too much of a challenge) and another 4 at Staines after a revolt by the 3 children. The remaining 13 of us made light work both of the hill up to Englefield Green and of a substantial light lunch at the Sun Inn. The ride through Windsor Great Park was a delight as was the twisty track down to Windsor with sunlit lime green foliage contrasting with purple clouds. Back to Twickenham at 4.30.
Saturday 18th April : Meet Strawberry Hill Station 10.15
We head across to the Crane River which we follow on a shared use path upstream through woodland as far as the Hounslow Boundary then back down again on the other bank. Continuing downriver we have a coffee break in Kneller Gardens then thread the backstreets of Twickenham to pass Turner’s House to reach Marble Hill and the Thames. We go upstream along Twickenham Riverside to pass Strawberry Hill house on the way back to the station. 8.5 miles, fairly flat and mostly traffic free. Scenic and historic too.
Six of us enjoyed good sunny if a chilly breeze conditions on this ride.
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.
Putting our routes onto Skyride does seem to attract more interest. We had 8 riders of a wide range of ages despite a chilly wind. The Drawing Room Cafe at the Palace provided welcome refreshment and we emerged into (short lived) sunshine.