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.
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Half the distance of the Surrey 100 – and probably half the pace – it is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so might as well look at it. It is quite hilly.
Meet 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 the North Downs. After an interesting descent Lunch at the Compasses Inn at Gomshall .
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.
Just 2 of us met up despite the ideal weather and a few miles in my gear cable snapped. A diversion to Walton (Thank you Surrey for marking bike shops on your excellent cycling maps ) produced a replacement and we got back on track with a coffee before tacking the North Downs. ( The road across the Wey valley was closed to motor vehicles by bridge work – this is the ideal way of making cycle facilities) The Compasses produced excellent baguettes and salad by the bank of the Tillingbourne and we powered through Dorking and (more slowly) up Box Hill. (thinking how long before I need an e-bike for this trip). Back to Kingston about 4 after a really scenic ride. Where was everybody ?
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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.
This has been done on a fixer but not-over-narrow tyres would be comfortable. Route
Again we had only two riders – Please tell me what would get you to come along.
LCC has organised a rally in central London to call politicians to commit to Space for Cycling.
We will ride to join the group meeting Richmond Green (by theatre) at 9.15 and aiming to leave by 9.30. We will be going through Barnes so, if convenient, join us by the green there about 9.45. We intend to arrive at Park Lane by 11.00.
We will have closed roads for the Big Ride up Piccadilly through the West End to Temple.
For the return ,about 14.15 from Temple Place (look for Richmond on lamp post ), we will join the Wandsworth contingent using CS8 and Battersea Park. (may be chance to stop for a bite)
All welcome. Looks likely to be much better weather than 2012.
Good weather.Half a dozen of us met at Richmond and two joined at Barnes. Despite the “be there by 11 notice” nothing started before 12. With the small number of experienced cyclists we got there by 10.45.
And back out
I know we were going East but...
Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.30. We get to the Crane via Mill Rd (passing the site of our S Twickenham ask) and head upstream to the borough boundary (and the Heathfield ask)
Then we travel down Hounslow’s new path on the south bank of the Crane to Kneller Gardens and Twickenham where we cut through back streets back to Strawberry Hill.
If weather is good we will have coffee in Kneller Gardens , if less good we will try the Airparks Leisure centre.
Fairly flat, short, low traffic ride. All welcome especially beginning cyclists.
Well three non-beginning cyclists enjoyed the sunshine bluebells and cherry blossom. With the suggested asks the whole route would be ideal for young children who might be attracted to the playgrounds en-route.
Meet at Teddington Station west side. 10.20 am. We head through Bushy Park to Hampton Court for a glimpse of the first daffodils in the wilderness. After coffee we return via the Thames Path. Exact route dependent on how much rain we have had but will focus on paths and quiet roads. All welcome. Back around 12.
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Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath was bequeathed to the nation for free public access to an outstanding art collection. It has just re-opened after restoration.
Meet on Richmond Little Green (by the theatre) 10.00. I am working on a route via Holland Park and taking in Regents Park and Hyde Park on the return. Lunch at a cafe at Kenwood. About 37 miles.
Just the two of us did this ride despite the sunny weather. It gave us a chance to see other parts of London and enjoy a really excellent art collection (Scores of Gainsborough’s ) The promising looking cycle lane in Ladbrooke Grove turned out to be right up against parked cars and a signed cycle route in Hampstead was short of signing and involved some very muddy tracks. A bi-directional cycle track alongside the Heath suddenly stopped whilst the cycleable tracks over the Heath were too busy with pedestrians for comfort. So the grass isn’t much greener even in Highgate. Note to English Heritage about the lack of cycle parking has been sent
Meet at Mortlake Green by the station 10.30. We make use of the off road track over Chiswick Bridge and cycle along the riverside before cutting through to Chiswick House Gardens for coffee. We then follow quiet roads to Kew Bridge from where the towpath takes us back to Mortlake. An easy 6 miles for a winter day.
Just 2 of us this year. Dampish under-wheel but some brightness so an enjoyable ride. The chicanes on the towpath seem to contribute to the formation of puddles as turning cyclists wear away the surface.
Meet Twickenham Riverside – by Eel Pie bridge 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.
Twelve of us turned up on a bright sunny but part flooded Twickenham riverside. Unfortunately the sun was gone by midday and we detoured away from the Country Park and Ashstead Common due to the muddy surfaces. Box Hill cafe was crowded but provided welcome hot food and we enjoyed a swoop back via Headly ( 2 members swooped too rapidly and came off but without injury ) in grey but essentially dry weather.