No one emailed or turned up so , as I was kitted up for a ride I took the opportunity to explore a route to the QE Olympic Park. – about 38 miles from Richmond.
Lots to see (call me old fashioned; but St Paul’s rising in front of you as you cycle up Ludgate Hill takes some beating) and a good cafe for lunch.
Any interest in having that as our Ride for Explorers next month – either on the 5th (Easter Sunday) or the 12th ?
Paul : firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.15.
We go through Bushy Park to Hampton Court – watch out for Snowdrops and then follow the Thames back to Strawberry Hill. More than half the ride off-road but decent surfaces. Coffee break en-route. Flat 10 miles so back by 12ish depending on how long we spend over coffee.
Just 3 of us met up – one from Staines and one from Hounslow on a mild but cloudy morning. The Barge Walk path was a bit muddy and potholed and we had to divert due to work on the railway bridge in Kingston but the clouds lifted as we came back across Teddington Lock
Meet Twickenham Riverside 10.30.
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 35 miles in total. Better bring lights.
A total of four of us started (but only one other from Richmond) on a chilly but sunny Riverside. We kept the sun through rather the muddy but scenic Horton Country Park and Epsom Common and the trip through the Mole gap and climb of Box Hill. After a sustaining lunch at the cafe (“packed with cyclists and babies”) we emerged into cloud but kept the dry weather for the trip home with half the group peeling off at Epsom to catch a train into London.
Any suggestions for future rides / recommended lunch stops ?
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NO TAKERS and it looks to be the wettest day for a while so Cancelled.
A good route to try if you have a fine day free in the next week or so.
Modified route to avoid a busy road.
Meet Twickenham Station before 10.05 to catch the 10.16 to Staines.(arr 10.30) We cycle through Staines Moor then via Colnbrook , through Langley Park and past Black Park 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 tarmac with some smooth gravel paths. Quite scenic / hilly.
Please get in contact if you are interested in coming – the cafe is not roofed so I will cancel if it is going to be wet. email Paul firstname.lastname@example.org
A variant of our favourite Bookham ride as the pub there has become less welcoming.
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.
Three of us met up on a bright but chilly morning and enjoyed good weather all day. The surfaces were a little muddy where the previous day’s rain met with forestry work but we enjoyed some lovely countryside with the most traffic on the minor road to Polsden Lacy where a food festival was underway. As 2 of us are NT members and I have a volunteers concession we got in free and were impressed by the finest site that Edwardian money could buy. (No takers on the house though). With evenly matched riders we got home a hour ahead of expectations.
A favourite park and a new (to cycling) park.
Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.40. We take our usual route to Crane Park, which should be showing the first of the autumn colours, but after passing the Nature Reserve cross to the Airparks Leisure Centre for coffee. We then explore the newly created shared use paths across Hanworth Park before returning to the station through Hampton Hill.
About 8 miles , flat and mostly off-road.
Just two of us today. Weather very mild but cloudy. Leisure Centre cafe functional/ basic. Maybe try Starbucks in Feltham Centre on a future occasion.
Garsons Farm has new season Discovery Apples for picking. This makes a pleasant 40 minute ride in each direction. Thinking of leaving from Teddington station 10am but could do an afternoon ride if people prefer.
Just 2 of us again but an enjoyable ride on a bright day. As an attempt to promote utility cycling – fail.
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This summer’s Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle on Saturday 9 August offers a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling around an 10-mile traffic-free route in central London. The route features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling.
We ride to the ride meeting Richmond Little Green at 9.30. A team of experienced marshals will shepherd less experienced riders through Putney and Battersea Park to Parliament Square returning from the same place at 3.00 pm.
We had a sizeable contingent if not, perhaps, the 150 who had registered. All were safely delivered to Parliament Square at around 11.30 – slow average speed is what happens with large groups. A smaller group cycled home at 3 but all had enjoyed the bright breezy day. There were a few problems – for which I bear responsibility – but we all got safely home thanks to the efforts of the team of volunteer marshals.
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.
Just 3 of us enjoyed this ride and were surprised by some unusual cladding at Brentford.
It would be useful if you could let me know if you are thinking of coming,