Meet Twickenham Riverside – by Eel Pie bridge 10.00.
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 40 miles in total. Better bring lights but expect to get back before 4.
Looks OK for Sunday but there has been so much rain recently that the commons will be very muddy. May have to grit teeth and go out by Hook Rd (back by normal route).
Both the people who said they were coming cancelled and no-one turned up on spec but as it was a decent day I did the ride anyway.
Hook Rd isn’t too bad , on a Sunday morning anyway, and I got to the top of Box Hill by 11.30. The usual bicycle crush. On the way back checked the refreshment van on Headley Common ( second instalment of lunch ) – will be operating every Sunday so may be a useful lunch stop. Back in the Borough by 1.30.
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Sunday 4th October
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.
Of the seven people who had signed up four of us met on the Riverside and one more joined at Polesden Lacy. (The remaining 2 cycled to Polesden Lacy but didn’t identify our group). It was sunny all day and the scenery was marvellous. With a dry surface in the commons and well-matched riders we made good time and were back in Twickenham by 3pm.
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Meet Twickenham Station before 10.05 to catch the 10.15 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.
Only 4 of us were at Twickenham but another 14 joined at Staines. The day was foggy but the sun peeked through at lunchtime. After a misty ride along the Jubilee River It was quite a shock to hit the traffic back in Staines. The route was commended by all participants.
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.
Saturday 26th September
Meet Bushy Park Fountain car park 10.30.
Walton Bridge has shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians. Photo by Get Surrey
We cross Hampton Court Bridge and head west along NCR4 beside the Thames. At Walton bridge we stop for coffee , cross and return along reasonably quiet roads on the north side.
Eight of us enjoyed sunny weather for this ride with an unscheduled view of the Royal Barge. The cafe at the bridge is not yet open (dispute between county and local councils ) but the temporary replacement served hot coffee. More traffic than is comfortable on the lower Sunbury Rd.
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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. 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.